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Equipment and Software / Re: auto siphon
« on: January 21, 2014, 01:17:56 PM »
I have seen them at the LHBS, was busting a little on Keith. Always read about problems or breakage. Since I don't have problems I don't see me buying one.

I've never had problems starting a siphon either, but you can just sanitize the autosiphon, pump all the sanitizer out and with a single pump start the siphon without having to worry about putting you hands on the ends that will touch your beer or worry about what to do with the sanitizer or water in the line that you are using to start your siphon.

Yeah, they break after a few months if you are not really careful. And if you don't want to use one, ok. But why so many people have problems using them .... that's what I just don't get when it has been a really nice and functional too for me.

I ferment in sankes now and use co2 pressure to rack my beer so I don't even use them any more. But if I was in carboys or buckets I'd go back to the autosiphon because it is so darn convenient.

Maybe someday if I run out of other gadgets to buy.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg to keg transfer of carbonated beer
« on: January 21, 2014, 05:19:17 AM »
Get the beer cold, real cold. Reduce pressure on the beer keg, Transfer with only 2 or 3 PSI. Vent the receiving keg PRV periodically, almost counter pressure. Might help to have the receiving keg cold too.

I have transferred many beers that way. Not much problems that I remember.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:50:51 AM »
You have to know the one sheet method though.





Save center punch for cleaning under fingernail

A friend of my dad had that joke and used it often in the 60s. Exactly what came to mind when one sheet was brought up.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: German Pilsner water?
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:57:00 AM »
Martin, can you point me to any references to lager yeast and low Ca?

Having lived and traveled around Germany, the water can be variable. Some is pretty hard. Where I lived it had a mineral taste, but that was more wine country.

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Equipment and Software / Re: auto siphon
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:49:48 AM »
I have seen them at the LHBS, was busting a little on Keith. Always read about problems or breakage. Since I don't have problems I don't see me buying one.

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Equipment and Software / Re: auto siphon
« on: January 21, 2014, 12:57:56 AM »
If gimmicks make your life that much easier than count me in. Turkey baster ideas sound good, though. But I had great luck with my auto siphon and never could figure out the complaints. Just never added up.

Keith - what's an Autosiphon? I know how to start a siphon many different ways. Of course, I am almost as old as Denny!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: German Pilsner water?
« on: January 21, 2014, 12:55:05 AM »
It has been said that SO4 clashes with noble hops. I like German Pils, and plenty of places in Germany do not have Pilsen water. If you like an assertive lingering dry finish, then some SO4 does the trick.

I like Kai's Pilsner water profile for German Pils.
Ca=59 ppm
SO4=89 ppm
Cl=63 ppm

http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Various_water_recipes


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Original Schneider mash schedule
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:31:44 PM »
We were all beginners at one time!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Original Schneider mash schedule
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:45:56 PM »
Is this what they did long ago? If that is the case, you need some undermodified wheat malt, correct?

Assuming this was a step mash, I would also go longer at the scarification rests, 45 minutes low, maybe the same for the high. Accurate thermometer? Did you check the mash pH also?

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The Pub / Re: Quite flattering to Denny
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:46:35 PM »
She forgot to say that Denny is ubiquitous on the internet beer forums. His posts are everywhere.  :D

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I have made IPAs that tasted the best to me when they dropped bright, right before the keg blows!


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Equipment and Software / Re: Organization
« on: January 20, 2014, 01:48:28 PM »
John Blichmann wrote an excellent article on designing your homebrewery space in the November 2012 issue of Brew Your Own.

While Google searching I also found a Powerpoint presentation by John that incorporates a lot of the photos from the BYO article.

Links?
John did a presentation at the 2010 NHC.
http://www.ahaconference.org/wp-content/uploads/presentations/2010/Tips___Tricks_to_Setting_Up_Your_Own_Homebrewery-Blichmann.pdf

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Distilled water brewing
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:18:59 AM »
The Congress Mash uses distiller water. Martin Brungard has been saying you may not always need 50 ppm or greater. I did a Bo Pils and had a fine mash with 35 ppm, and I think it could go lower, as that was a triple decoction with an acid rest.

It would be a good little experiment to run.

Edit - mash pH is also important. You could use acid to drop the pH to 5.5. Gordon Strong claimed he does this for his mash with RO water. Adds brewing salts to the kettle for flavor, and any Ca in the kettle will be there for the yeast.


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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Shipping Map
« on: January 19, 2014, 03:40:41 PM »
The sites are on the BJCP Competition Schedule. Specific addresses are not. Be patient.
http://www.bjcp.org/apps/comp_schedule/competition_schedule.php

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Beer Travel / Re: Anchorage , AK?
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:29:40 PM »
We did not visit Midnight Sun, but the Sockeye Red is the humpy's house brew IIRC. Had some of their other beers, and those are excellent.

Alaskan Smoked Ported is excellent, but I a sure you can find that in the PNW.

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