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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is a blowoff tube worth the loss?
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:04:23 AM »
I don't think kraeusen is detrimental to the beer.  At least not IME.  I have read that it is good to blow off the headache causing elements in the beer which are formed in the kraeusen, but I'm not sure if that has been proved.  Also, at commercial breweries I don't think they blow anything off.  I think it the kraeusen just settles back into the beer after active fermentation is complete.  As stated, I think the point of a blow off tube is to keep you from having to clean up a sticky mess.  It gives the kraeusen extra room to move.

Ingredients / Re: Amarillo
« on: July 28, 2013, 10:31:26 AM »
Sounds tasty. I usually get extra fruitiness with Amarillo. Definitely some grapefruit and orange.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is a blowoff tube worth the loss?
« on: July 28, 2013, 05:21:27 AM »
A blowoff tube is just to keep you from having a mess. If you use a stopper and airlock you're going to blow them off as well. I would invest in a 6 gal carboy and still use a blowoff tube. I have blowoff from time to time with 6 gal carboys. Not so much since I've been fermenting at lower temps though.

The Pub / Re: Awkward Band photos
« on: July 27, 2013, 10:40:29 AM »
Haha. Nice!

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Blocker/Stopper Mesh Size
« on: July 27, 2013, 06:12:56 AM »
I bought the mesh as described and made it into a square to fit around my dip tube. Seemed to work pretty good. Only thing coming through was small bits of hot break material. However I did get a clog somewhere trying to get the last gallon or so out. I think the bottom of my dip tube is too close to the bottom of the mesh and that may be the culprit. I couldn't use my pump, just had to gravity feed because the pump pulled too fast and caused clogging even at a low flow rate. That presented a problem when I got to the taller glass carboy. All in all it worked fine. I was able to chill using my Therminator to 68* and hold it, pitching right away. Looking forward to fine tuning this process.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help with recipe adjustment - Blonde ale
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:38:44 AM »
If he's getting married then it doesn't matter if the beer doesn't turn out good. He should get used to disappointment. :(

JK good luck. I've never brewed a blonde so no advice, just jokes.

Brewed 10-gal of a Columbus/chinook IPA.

Equipment and Software / Re: thermometer gun
« on: July 26, 2013, 05:30:10 AM »
I have this one:

Only $10 and it reads within about 6-8 seconds. Only place I use it is mash and SG samples. So I can't justify spending much more. Especially since I have thermometers on my HLT, BK, and O2 injection after chiller.

Equipment and Software / Re: thermometer gun
« on: July 25, 2013, 05:37:34 PM »
The problem with the infrared thermometers is that you only get the surface temp.  That's fine for some things, but not for taking a mash temp, for example.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Mosaic
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:35:14 AM »
Sounds tasty.  I'm brewing a Chinook/Columbus IPA tomorrow.  I plan on using Mosaic next week.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mosaic
« on: July 25, 2013, 10:23:16 AM »
How did this turn out?  I ordered some Mosaic, but haven't used before.  Curious about good combos.

West bound and down!

I say it's legal (of course I'm not the best person to interpret laws).  Put 'em in your trunk or in the back of your pickup.  How is it any different than driving a keg of commercial beer from the store to your keg party?  It's not like you're going to be stopping at rest stops to do keg stands...are you?  8)

Equipment and Software / Re: Keggle not kegel
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:40:09 AM »
I'm looking into the benefits/limitations of utilizing a Keggle for my brew pot needs. Currently using a 10 gallon steel pot that is very difficult to lift and mobilize when full. I'd appreciate any information on the benefits or limits of this apparatus and recommendations on how to acquire or make one. Thanks all

Live long and propagate.

Also, depending on how your burners are mounted (meaning how much air is available), a keggle is better than a flat bottom kettle because of the concave bottom.  I just built a stand out of unistrut and flat bottom pots won't work with my setup because of the lack of airflow to the burners.  I tried using a flat bottom pot and the flame just smothered.  Of course I could modify my setup to accommodate, but I already had some keggles fabricated from defunct kegs, so that's the route I chose.  All in all you end up spending close to the same amount if money for kettles as for repurposing and fabricating the keggles.  It may be a tad cheaper to go the keggle route.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keggle not kegel
« on: July 25, 2013, 06:01:32 AM »
And, I know it always gets a lot of controversy stirred up, but I don't mind: make sure if you get a keg it is a keg that has been junked by brewery. If you use any other keg - even if you pay the deposit - you are steeling the keg. Deposit does not pay for keg.

+1 (...but haven't we discussed this before, lol)  ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Question
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:31:54 PM »
Yes, anything labeled not safe for human consumption is totally safe in beer so long as you don't consume it.


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