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Equipment and Software / Re: Filter
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:54:10 AM »
Hey Guys, the only filtering I want to do on my water is for chlorine. I bought a Culligan whole house filter, because my new house doesn't have any faucets that work with my old faucet carbon filter. This unit comes with a 5 micron filter. Will that strip out anything I want in my beer? Will it get rid of chlorine?

Yes it'll get rid of chlorine. You might want to get ahold of your water report to see if they use chloramine. Edit:  Typical carbon filters can remove chloramine, but it requires a longs contact time.

Equipment and Software / Re: Outdoor Gas Cooker
« on: July 16, 2013, 02:46:10 AM »
My husband and I have been brewing on our electric stove and we find that it is so inconsistent and takes so long. I was looking in to buying a Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker, Propane.
Any thoughts or suggestions?

This is the burner I've been using for a year. I love it. Just bought a Blichmann so now I have the Bayou for HLT and I'll use the new one for BK.

Ingredients / Re: Anyone use the Pur Mineral filter?
« on: July 15, 2013, 10:48:29 PM »
Saw this at target the other day. It claims to filter chlorine, mercury, lead, blah blah blah and filters the water through a mineral bed. I've got city water that's super soft and thought about giving this a whirl just to see if I could taste a difference in my beers.

Is your water from municipal supply or from a well?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My first homebrew comp. score
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:21:21 PM »
I wouldn't read too much into it if only one person tasted it. Could have been their palate not enjoying a good bitter IPA at that time. Otherwise, great scores.

Beer Travel / Re: Mobile, AL
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:51:34 PM »
Went to Loda Biergarten last night downtown. It used to be Hopjacks. They have a fairly large selection on tap and bottles. Not much in the way of IPAs though, which is what I was in the mood for.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Die Hard with a Spoon
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:51:24 PM »
Hopsand that is the bolt-together design from the Zymurgy article?  I was thinking of going this route.

Yes it is. I "generally" followed Beechum's design. I had to have three tiers though. I'm sure it was a lot easier to construct than welding, unless you can weld it yourself. It works good for mounting equipment, burners, chillers, piping, etc.

Ingredients / Re: Base Malt Allergy
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:47:57 AM »
It's gotta be something else! It's just gotta be something else! :'(

Beer Travel / Mobile, AL
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:43:27 PM »
Any good pubs or taprooms here?

Equipment and Software / Re: What type fittings are these?
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:42:44 PM »
I guess it depends on where you are using it in your system, but polycarbonate is only good to 200oF.  Borosilicate glass would be a better choice.

It's going after the chiller and O2 injection, so it should be around 60-70*.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1010 Advice/help!!!
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:09:36 PM »
Thanks for the replies and helping to ease my worries a bit.  Will wait and see how it turns out.  Just out of curiosity, is it normal to have almost no swell from the smack packs?  The only other time I used one it got very big and tight.  This one had almost nothing.

It depends. I've read on their website that it doesn't necessarily have to swell up all the way. Also, I just got to packs in that we're already swollen. So following their direction I put the in the fridge until I need them and they have deflated a lot. Best way to make sure it's good would be to make a starter.

From now on, American IPA shall be called... Tim. Or the beer formerly known as AIPA.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Die Hard with a Spoon
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:50:30 AM »
Yes. I admire your endurance! I too have been in my man cave this past week building my new stand (shout out to Beechum) with 3 refrigerators running and yellow flies the size of your fist that are relentless. Easily +100* in Florida (@liquidbrewing can attest, and btw thanks man). Check out pic. Not done with piping yet, but you get the idea.

Equipment and Software / Re: What type fittings are these?
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:54:55 AM »
Thanks for all the input. I ordered some polycarbonate tubing and compression fittings from Wayne at I'll let you know how it turns out.

Equipment and Software / Re: What type fittings are these?
« on: July 10, 2013, 09:12:55 PM »
For the tubing you could use polycarbonate or borosilicate glass (McMaster-Carr) and use a couple of silicone O-rings in place of the metal compression ring.
That's how my sight glass is constructed. I bought it from

Thanks. If you get around to it, can you post a pic?

You mean like this?


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