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Equipment and Software / Re: good place to buy perlick faucets?
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:50:08 AM »
Good advice to go the few extra $$ for stainless. I even went a few bucks more and got the Creamers - very happy with them for over a year now.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cake in beer
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:42:44 PM »
oh good, your subject line made me think you were going a different direction.
It made me want to experiment... Next time I have left over cake I know what I'm going to make a 1 gallon batch of!

I'm still trying to figure out how to add cake as in ingredient in BeerSmith... (I guess it'd be a Specialty Grain?)

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump advice
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:23:23 PM »
...Personally id go with center inlet over inline but yet again, pick what feels right:)

Having just started using a pump and still not knowing that much about them; can you tell me what the major differences would be with a center inlet? I looked at those but couldn't argue with the price of the Chugger at the time.

Equipment and Software / Re: Natural Gas Burner Cost
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:42:00 AM »
@ euge - How much would you charge me to do MY garage? Got a hot water heater gas line near by...

Just kidding. Well, maybe not...

Please remember safety when messing with gas lines - it only takes one mistake and, well... you know.

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump advice
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:32:52 AM »
Just tried my pump for the first time yesterday - handled all kinds of boiling gunk with nary a problem. It's a Chugger and has a stainless steel head so there's no worries about hot stuff affecting it.

Thermometer for the plate chiller is on the way along with a Tee and cam-locks so hopefully my next brew will incorporate this new chilling system and I can run straight to the fermenter.

My first attempt yesterday was with just the pump and an immersion chiller in the kettle. I also had my Hop Rocket after the pump, and it had a 5-gallon paint strainer bag stuffed in it as sort of a filter. The hope was that while recirculating and chilling, I'd also be pulling all the gunk out of my wort leaving a nice clean wort into the fermenter. Nope, sorry, nothin'! Darn thing clogged within a couple of minutes and I had to pull it out of the circuit and continue chilling/recirculating without it. Next time maybe I'll try 3 or 4 stainless steel scrubbies stuffed into the Rocket and slow my flow down a little bit.

Let me add; I do not (as of yet) harvest my yeast so I'm not that worried about the yeast after fermentation - mostly concerned with flavor/haze/fermentation issues, if this helps.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend 1/4/2014?
« on: January 03, 2014, 12:40:22 PM »
American IPA with about a pound of 2012 Falconer's Flight I have left in the freezer (5-gallon batch). Trying to blow-out my old stock.

I've seen bits and pieces of information on this forum and in other sources concerning cold break in the fermenter, and it appears there are varying opinions on whether or not this is OK and if so, how much is OK.

To get a handle on controlling the temperatures with my new chiller set-up, I'll be recirculating with a filter (Hop Rocket) between the pump and chiller until I hit my pitching temp, meaning I'll trap most of the cold break material before I switch hoses and run the wort to the fermenter.

Question is; when I decide to remove the training wheels and run the wort through the chiller directly to the fermenter w/o recirculating, all of the cold break is going to end up in the fermenter, no?

I know some break material is good for the yeast, but are there any other concerns?

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:31:11 AM »
I'm just now adding a pump so I can pull the wort through my system w/o gravity. I'm sure my back will appreciate the gesture.

One of my goals is to be able to filter the hop sludge and break material so I can get cleaner wort into the fermenter. I did notice something in this thread...

...(more hoses, trub filter and chiller)

Trub filter? I'm thinking of using my Hop Rocket stuffed full of hop-socks. What do you use?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Single Infusion Mash Time
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:02:55 PM »
Seems pH is more important than I originally thought regarding conversion. I normally mash for 60 minutes but for some reason the last couple of batches have come up short on gravity points into the kettle.

Not sure if I'm not converting fully or if it is a sparge issue - I haven't changed my sparge process but I have been playing with water chemistry and my last couple of batches came in at pH 5.2 in the mash, so conversion is my prime suspect. Maybe I'm not mashing long enough?

I read something to the effect longer mashes can increase fermentability, so I'm trying 90 minutes on my next brew this weekend - I figure it can't hurt as long as I'm keeping the pH in check.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:08:08 PM »
Just got the yeast today for a HUGE American IPA set for this weekend. First beer of the year, and first time using my new pump and Hop Rocket, and my new silicone hoses and cam-locks. Mop is at the ready...

Equipment and Software / Re: Organization
« on: December 30, 2013, 02:37:31 PM »
With those corny's stacked like that, I'll bet it sounds awesome during an earthquake... (sorry - cheap California joke - I used to live there, too!)

Equipment and Software / Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« on: December 29, 2013, 06:08:18 PM »
Sorry to hear, and glad there were no casualties other than the carboy. Got me thinking; I'm setting up my new pump and plate chiller, tossing in a Hop Rocket as well, and I also use glass carboys.

Seems there will be a bunch of hoses laying about during the chilling process and this type of accident is bound to happen if the carboy is just sitting there empty - light enough to be knocked over easily.

Thinking I might put the empty carboy in a crate or other device to hold it securely and protect it from such a mishap.

See? Something good DID come from this. Thanks!

Got my Chugger pump a couple of months ago - still setting up the lines and fittings - and Santa just left me a shiny new plate chiller! Woo-hoo!!

For those of you using a plate chiller AND a pump; it looks like there are a couple of ways to set it up - running from kettle to pump to plate chiller to fermenter; or from kettle to pump to plate chiller and back to kettle until temp is reached, and THEN running it to the fermenter. So, the question:

Which method do YOU use, and why? Are there specific advantages/disadvantages to each method?

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