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I am suprised I can't find a small, cheap, good quality glycol chiller out there.
Was thinking of running glycol chiller in my Therminator instead of tap water with required ice bath pre-chiller to hit appropriate temperature. Tired of the pre-chiller mess and water hoses.
I have no great desire to build one from a refrigerated air conditioner/ice chest.

Ingredients / Pumpkin powder?
« on: November 03, 2012, 05:18:17 AM »
I just stumbled onto this pumpkin powder.

I am thinking about trying this in the mash for my next pumpkin beer.
Anyone try this?
Any thoughts?
Perhaps save this till the end of the mash, sprinkle on top, then sparge?
Consistency of flour so might need rice hull addition....

Wood/Casks / How can I humidify a barrel closet?
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:00:16 PM »
So I finally figured out my barrels need to be at 60 degrees and 60% humidity.
See my prior post for this info.
I stack my barrels in a commercial refrigerator so temperature control is no problem.
Now I have been trying to figure out how to hold the humidity at 60%.
There are many ways to do this with spending big bucks.
I first looked at wine barrel humidifiers - $1000 plus. No good.
I then stumbled onto these cigar closet humidifiers.
This $150 Le Veil DCH-55 has a remote digital control panel.
Suppose to work up to 55 cubic foot closet.
Only holds 1/2 gallon of water in gel base.
Not sure this is enough without daily refill.
I live in the desert southwest, can you say dry?
Any thoughts / suggestions?

Going Pro / mash filtration technology systems?
« on: March 03, 2012, 12:25:13 AM »
Is there any other manufacturer of craft brewer mash filtration technology systems besides Meura and their Monsville system? I know the Alaskan Brewing Company is now using this system. Perhaps one or two other craft brewers in the USA. Of couse the really big brewers on their really big systems, but I am not interested in that massive scale.

I also heard a rumor that Paul Farnsworth is down south somewhere building a full custom mash filtration system - for some big name brewer I would venture a guess.  Rumor? Gossip? Straight out lie? Any insider info on this?

Wood/Casks / Optimum temperature for barrel aging?
« on: February 03, 2012, 11:18:07 PM »
I keep my barrels in my beer cellar (commercial refrigerator) at 45 degrees with the rest of the beer collection.  I have never seen any data or suggestions on optimum temperature for barrel aging beer.  Is there a best temperature for a barrel aged stout versus a sour beer?  Anyone have any insight / thoughts on best temperature range?

Equipment and Software / Blichmann Tower of Power - when available?
« on: January 18, 2012, 01:34:01 AM »
Anyone got the insider scoop on when the Blichmann Tower of Power RIMS will be available?
Web site keeps showing continued materials delay.

Equipment and Software / Anyone use a cold break filter?
« on: September 23, 2011, 05:08:56 AM »
I have been considering a cold break filter in my set-up...

I currently run from the kettle to a hop back to a plate chiller to an in line oxygenator to the fermenter.
I would like to run an in line cold break filter with my current set-up.
Don't want to go to a sedimentation vessel.
Anyone use a cold break filter?

Kegging and Bottling / source for 26mm crown cap with bidule
« on: May 25, 2011, 12:44:43 AM »
I see Williams Brewing is now stocking crown caps with bidule - but only in the 29mm size.
That cap will only fit French champagne bottles or Belgian ale bottles.
I would like to work on a Deus clone this year - including the remuage & degorgement.
All the USA champagne bottles I have located take the 26mm crown cap.

I would like to find either 26mm crown caps with bidule.
Or second best, several cases of empty French champagne bottles that fit Williams Brewing 26mm cap - for cheap.
I know I could buy the French champagne bottles full and drink them all...
Don't really like champagne that much....

Any leads on this one?

My local gas distributor where I get my CO2 now has this 75/25% nitrogen/carbon dioxide mix.
I have always used just CO2 for racking and carbonating kegs.
He says many local guys use this 75/25 mix for their dark beers, but CO2 for their light beers.
He didn't know why, he was just passing on the information - this is primarily a welding gas shop.

I am tempted to try this when my next bottle runs dry.
The questions:
1) Use this mix because its gives a nice, small bubble, persistent head?
2) Why only on dark beers and not also with light color beer?
3) Can I pressurize my kegs with this mix, or use it only for beer delivery via the kegerator?
4) Can I use this gas to fill crown cap beer bottles from the keg with no ill effects?
5) If I fill bottles with this gas does it also improve the bottle beer head retention?
6) Lastly, he says they can do custom N/CO2 mixes. Any thoughts on benifits of various ratio gas mix?

Thanks all......

In brewing I thought pH was expressed at room temperature.
As in pH 5.2 is that pH at room temperature of 68 degrees.
However, after reading Gordon Stong's book I now have the impression that pH is always expressed at the operating temperture.

So if I am aiming for a mash pH of 5.2, and at room temp of 68 degrees the pH meter reads 5.2,
I am really incorrectly mashing at a true pH of 4.9 or so?
What is the standard?

Wood/Casks / What is proper oak keg sanitizing?
« on: May 02, 2011, 03:47:54 AM »
So I finially bought my first used bourbon oak barrel for aging beer.
It seems that each place I look for information on barrel sanitizing has a different recommendation.
I am sure there are different techniques for new vs used barrels.
For my used oak barrel i followed these instructions:
1) sulfur strip
2) Barolkleen 3 ounces per gallon hot soak for one hour, rinse well
3) sodiummetabisulfite 2 grams per liter plus citric acid one gram per liter, hot soak for 30 minutes, rinse well
4) rack the beer!
Any suggestions, improvements?
Also, can I save and reuse the Barolkeen for the next few barrels?

Ingredients / sourcing Polyclar Plus 730 ?
« on: March 20, 2011, 02:27:10 AM »
Anyone have good leads on sourcing Polyclar Plus 730 in the USA other than 22 pound bags?

General Homebrew Discussion / define "West Coast style beer"
« on: March 18, 2011, 10:42:21 PM »
What does "West Coast style beer" mean?
Hoppy beer - exceeding the style parameters?
The type of hop - Cascade, Centennial, etc?
Grapefruit / pine hop flavors / aroma?
What does this term mean?

General Homebrew Discussion / Yeast book now on sale - coupon code??
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:28:12 AM »
I received this email tonight from the AHA:

Yeast Book Now on Sale
Brewers Publications, a division of the Brewers Association, announces the publication of its latest title, Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation by Chris White with Jamil Zainasheff.

Yeast is a resource for brewers of all experience levels. The authors adeptly cover yeast selection, storage and handling of yeast cultures, how to culture yeast and the art of rinsing/washing yeast cultures.

The pre-publication sale has already begun, and AHA members receive a 30% discount on Yeast if they purchase before September 12. Check your e-mail for a recent message with the required coupon code.

For the life of me I can't find any recent AHA email message with the "required coupon code" for the discount.
Did anyone get a coupon code?
Did I just miss this?
Really want this book too!

Equipment and Software / Need help sourcing mash mixer blades
« on: July 31, 2010, 03:08:27 PM »
I am about ready to build a steam injected mash system.
I can't seem to locate good fan blades for the motor mixer.
Would like to find some like in this picture.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Already looked at Grainger and couldn't find a close match much to my surprise.

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