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Ingredients / Nuts
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:50:55 PM »
I am searching for another nut to add to a Elnglish Brown Mild Ale. I have used hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds and pecans but want to try something else that is different and unusual. Chestnuts came to mind but my mind is still open to others. Has anyone used chestnuts before or do you have other suguestions? I plan to use the standard soak, freeze and skin method to remove the fatty oils. Thanks!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Problem with keg hopping
« on: November 10, 2012, 01:53:11 PM »
I lay my hopped corny kegs on their side in a X type rack I built. This allows the trub to settle on the side of the keg which is now the bottm. I rotated the keg down (Out Tube) tube so it is just below the surface of the beer inside. As the beer is drafted off I continue to rotated the kep to keep the tube just under the beer surface. You can then rotate (very slowly) the tube up over the beer surface and eject what ever beer is still in the tube by running a mini brew sample off. I read about this technique for using a corny to cask condition. Some time back I thought about assembling a hose with a float in one end that would fit onto the end of the down tube. Then carving or drilling a couple holes through the hose just under the float would allow beer entry. This may remove most of the need to rotate the keg. Just ideas!

Equipment and Software / 23 Nozzle Jet Burner
« on: October 29, 2012, 02:55:00 AM »
I got as 23 nozzle propane jet burner on a trade for some old equip. I have been experimenting with it a little. Does anyone know how much LP pressure these things need (20psi 30psi or?). My rig currently uses bayou type banjo burners and they works fine but it would be nice to heat the boil kettle a bit faster. Thanks!

Equipment and Software / Re: Copper Wort Chiller or SS?
« on: October 29, 2012, 02:44:01 AM »
Just remember to drain "all' the water out out of it if you live in an area where it freezes. Ruined one like this when I forgot to drain it. I got in the habit of storing it up-side-down so it will always drain. Yeah, copper works better given the same amount of surface area and mass.

Equipment and Software / Re: Interesting immersion wort chiller design
« on: October 29, 2012, 02:40:12 AM »
The design is kind of ugly but I guess that is not important if it were to work better. However I don't think it would work better than my 50 ft 1/2 copper submursion rig. I use a pump to recirculate from a 72 qrt cooler. I can chill five gallons from a boil to below 80F in about 12 min and a ten gal kettle in about 18 min. For 5 gal I put 2 twenty lb bags of ice in the cooler but the 10 gets 4 bags. I have used 6-1/2 gal of the the cooler water for a second batch of wert leaving several gal for the chill. Then I add starsan to the cooler to sanitiaze my equipment. I have seen a copper coil chiller that is called a rib cage (youtube)design and it looks more promising than this thing.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Microscope
« on: September 04, 2012, 01:08:39 AM »
Thanks for all the info. and recommendations.


Yeast and Fermentation / Microscope
« on: September 03, 2012, 01:30:03 AM »
I am going to advance to a higher level in my yeast processing and I need to know what model, size, shape and magnification of microscope to buy. I also need recommendation on a hemacytometer. Is a Neubauwer a good brand? Thanks

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