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Equipment and Software / Anyone use a cold break filter?
« on: September 22, 2011, 10:08:56 PM »
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 24, 2011, 05:44:43 PM »
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 01, 2011, 08:47:54 PM »
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 19, 2011, 07:27:10 PM »
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, 03:42:21 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: August 31, 2010, 08:28:12 PM »
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, 08:08:27 AM »
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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