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General Homebrew Discussion / CO2 bottle in the fridge?
« on: September 22, 2012, 01:35:30 PM »
Can I keep my CO2 bottle in the fridge with my cornies at 40F or so? Any problems with this?

I don't want to drill holes yet - the fridge is still new - don't have the guts to pop holes in it quite yet...

General Homebrew Discussion / Whirlfloc and Fluffy Trub
« on: September 16, 2012, 01:02:27 PM »
Anybody else have really fluffy trub as a result of using Whirlfloc? I used a half tablet today in a 5-gallon batch of IPA and could only get a little over 4 gallons in my fermenter - the rest was trub - very fluffy trub!

My batches have a 6.75 gallon boil, 1 hour scrubs about a gallon, and I'm used to loosing about a half a gallon to trub which normally leaves me 5.25 or so in the carboy.

This is the second time this has happened - I was thinking the first time it was something I was doing wrong, but the only thing I had changed was to add the Whirlfloc; a half tablet at T-10 minutes - same as this time.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Water Profile for IPA
« on: September 14, 2012, 07:58:23 AM »
Doing a partial mash American IPA this weekend and was wondering if there was anything special I should look for in my water profile - anything that I could or should change to make it optimal for an IPA. Currently my water report shows the following (I included only what I thought were the most relevant properties):

Chlorides are 8.3 ppm
Sulfate   is 3.2 ppm
pH is 7.30
Total Hardness is 23 mg/L
Ca Hardness is 17 ppm
Alkalinity is 21 ppm

I've also seen suggestions that where a substantial portion of the fermentables is Extract, it is advisable to use a 50/50 blend of Distilled to Spring Water (I use only bottled Spring Water for my brews currently). Does this sound sensible?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Dry-Hopping with Pellets - Cold-Crashing?
« on: September 09, 2012, 03:44:44 PM »
Can I cold-crash my IPA to get the dry-hop pellets (bits and pieces) to drop out without dropping too much yeast (I may bottle-condition this one)?

I plan on racking to secondary after a couple of weeks in on the cake where I'll add a couple of ounces of hop pellets and let 'em sit for a week before bottling. Question is; can I drop the temp low enough to get the hops to settle out without causing too much yeast to also drop out? Is so, what is a good temperature to shoot for here?

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