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Wasn't sure how to search this one, so I figured I'd just toss it out there - how much beer can one expect to lose in the pump and lines?

I ask because I am adding a pump to my system (5-gallon batches, 10-gallon cooler for the tun, 10-gallon BK) and my initial use will be to circulate the wort during chilling (using an IC) and introducing my new Hop Rocket to the mix as a filter at first - just to get used to working with a pump.

I'm adding a ball-valve near the top of my BK for a return. A hose will go from the bottom of the BK to the pump, then to the Hop Rocket, then back up to the BK. My total line length will be about 12 feet.

Is there a "standard" procedure to get that wort out of the lines and into the kettle once the pump is turned off? Or is anything left in the lines considered "waste" and just dumped during the cleaning process? If so, I can note how much is lost and add it to my batch size to compensate - just wondering what other folks are doing.

Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Gordon Strong
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:36:08 AM »
Hi Gordon,

For a spiced ale; is it best to add the spices (tea or tincture or...) to the secondary or are some OK for the boil? I worry about astringency when tossing cinnamon sticks in the kettle. Boiling wood doesn't sound like a good idea to me. What is your take?

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lagering Freezer
« on: October 05, 2013, 10:59:46 PM »
It is hard to get a fridge with a flat bottom all the way to the back.  Sears has one (fridge only, no freezer) for about $600...

This is the fridge I got for conditioning or aging up to 3 kegs, and the top shelves are packed with bottles, glassware goes in the door, and has a Johnson A419 keeping an eye on the temperature.

Also have one kegerator which holds two kegs, one chest freezer for hops and bags of ice (used during the chilling process) and another chest freezer on Johnson A419's (one for cold, one for heat) for fermentation. Luckily my wife likes brewing and we've got plenty of room in the basement. I'd tend to count the kegerator as it doubles as a conditioning fridge when there's no room left in the upright, so I guess that's 4 for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Dogs Premiere
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:35:19 PM »
Saw it, thought it was insightful and pretty amusing. Not sure I'd put kelp in my beer, though... I guess it's still better than beaver anus, no?

...Engaging people in conversation is really the best way to gain knowledge anyways....


I spoke with one of my associates at work who is a recent Georgia Tech Grad (works in our engineering department) and asked him about this practice, and he told me this is a pretty normal practice for Senior Projects there.

Perhaps their professors could could let them know if they're going to use a forum to get information, they should stay on top of their posts so it doesn't seem so anonymous. We could really help this guy, if he'd let us.

Not sure if this is the reason they finally chimed back in, but when I completed their survey, I added some comments to the effect they may want to check back on the forum to look at all of the comments as there would likely be useful input for them here. Otherwise it just felt like dropping a coin in their cup without being able to ask how they were doing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pH Meters
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:23:26 AM »
+1 on the MW 101. Easy to calibrate, easy to use, good precision, good investment. As Martin said, replacing the probe is simple - many replacement probes have a standard BNC connector.

Done, and "what they (above) said", and I sure hope they chime in from time to time to look at some of the comments generated by their post. Feels kinda like a drive-by... post-n-run...

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen flow meter?
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:23:33 AM »
From what I've discovered; oxygen is filled into welding tanks and medical tanks using the same master system, same oxygen, same everything. The difference is when it leaves the filling plant - chain of custody (and tank configuration) is what really separates "medical-grade" and "welding-grade" oxygen.

No matter the source of the tank or oxygen, I'll still feel better with medical-grade regulators and flow meters - just "feels" more sanitary to me.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen flow meter?
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:26:15 AM »
I too did a bunch of research before getting my O2 system; I settled for a small tank for welding (easy to get filled/exchanged), and the flow meter is integral to the regulator on my unit. It's a 1-4 LPM device I got on Amazon for $50

This one's configured for a CGA 540 connection to the tank - yours may be different. Only issue I had was the fitting on the output - it a DISS outlet for medical fittings and is specific to Oxygen (thread size and pitch) so I had to order from a medical supply. Got the fitting and an elbow, a master ON/OFF valve and nipple out to the hose - this thing works great!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Coolest Wife Award?
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:17:22 PM »
Had it made, and everything is edible. Fondant bits and pieces - my dentist is going to kill me!

General Homebrew Discussion / Coolest Wife Award?
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:08:26 PM »
Check out what the wife did for my birthday...

The Hop Rocket she also got me doesn't suck either...

There is one positive in this article, though; the author points folks away from the BMCs and toward micros and locally crafted beers... I'll give her that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 31, 2013, 12:49:08 PM »
Rusty - I started with extract, moved to partial-mash and now I do all-grain, but I have yet to even place in a comp with one of my all-grain brews. My one gold came from a partial-mash (mostly extract) brew further reinforcing that it's not necessarily HOW you make your beer, rather it's how WELL you make your beer, and it's the brewer that makes it happen, not just the ingredients.

I am reminded of a couple of very big names around here; Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer - say; didn't they write the book "Brewing Classic Styles"? Every recipe in that book is... you guessed it; EXTRACT!

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