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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Dogs Premiere
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:35:19 AM »
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, 03:23:26 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, 02:23:33 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, 03:26:15 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, 12:17:22 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, 12:08:26 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, 05:49:08 AM »
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!

Could you pull a decoction with pumpkin in the mash? That may be one way to hit mash-out temps without violating your tun's capacity...

Just read that article this morning and I too was taken aback. I always thought if conditions were ideal and the yeast was healthy, and there was not too much hop matter, and the beer styles were similar or identical, pitching on the cake was OK.

Sanitation was likely one of the first things brewers learned and by the time one gets to the point they're ready to reuse yeast, they're likely pretty darn good with sanitation so I'm not sure where that's coming from.

All Grain Brewing / Re: how do you add your salts?
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:39:35 AM »
We add all of our salts to the mash.  No trouble dissolving them that way and easier than weighing out separate salts for the sparge water.


I add my "mash salts" directly to the grain just before adding the water, and any remaining salts from my Bru'n Water calculations just goes into the kettle come boil time. I also use the pearl CaCl2 and as Martin indicated; these salts are all quite soluble.

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