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General Homebrew Discussion / When did you switch to all grain?
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:15:08 AM »
One extract batch, then AG

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Ingredients / Hops is toxic and could be deadly to dogs...
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:59:16 AM »
I keep my hops in the freezer. Sorry bout the dog.

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Kegging and Bottling / Yeast ring
« on: May 27, 2013, 09:18:43 AM »
Just curious how a yeast ring ends up in bottled beer? Considering you siphon out only the beer and try to avoid sucking up the trub. Is the yeast present throughout and it simply settles again in the bottle?

The yeast usually settles and compacts at the bottom of the bottle. Is this a bottle you opened and tasted? A ring at the top of the beer is usually not a great sign, could be infected:(

+1 This is what I've heard too. How does it taste?

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Equipment and Software / Pump Selection
« on: May 27, 2013, 07:08:01 AM »
I see NB has an 809 and 815. Would the 809 be sufficient? Also, is the flow controllable, or is it wide open when it runs?
You need to throttle the outlet with a ball valve.

Even though it says not to restrict the outflow side?

I'm not sure about March Pumps, but my Chugger Pump states not to restrict flow to the inflow.  I've attached a ball valve on the outflow.  When I was researching pumps, this is how most (March and Chugger Pumps) people have theirs set up. 

I also recommend some cam fittings, they make it easy to change and remove your lines to the pump/ ball valve.  I got mine at my LHBS but check our Bargainfittings.com, I've gotten a few items from them.

I misread. It said not to restrict flow, only on the output side. That makes sense since you have to prime it.

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Equipment and Software / Pump Selection
« on: May 27, 2013, 06:19:41 AM »
I see NB has an 809 and 815. Would the 809 be sufficient? Also, is the flow controllable, or is it wide open when it runs?
You need to throttle the outlet with a ball valve.

Even though it says not to restrict the outflow side?

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Equipment and Software / Blichmann floor burner review
« on: May 26, 2013, 03:17:14 PM »
Thanks for the review. I use a Bayou Cooker or something like that. I've been dropping some pretty serious hints to my wife about getting me one for my anniversary present. The. I'll move the old one to HLT burner and use the new one for boiling.

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Equipment and Software / Hydrometer wort testing temp question
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:21:43 AM »
Either way. You can put your temp values and hydrometer reading in beersmith and it'll correct it for you.

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Equipment and Software / Pump Selection
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:17:23 AM »
I see NB has an 809 and 815. Would the 809 be sufficient? Also, is the flow controllable, or is it wide open when it runs?

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Equipment and Software / Pump Selection
« on: May 26, 2013, 06:36:57 AM »
Been toying with the idea of getting a pump to transfer water from HLT to MLT because I want to change my setup. Any suggestions on a good, reasonably priced pump for this?

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General Homebrew Discussion / 1st All grain today
« on: May 25, 2013, 07:13:09 PM »
In the future you can skip a step mash with that kind of grist.  It's unnecessary and could be detrimental.

+1

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Ingredients / Adding Strawberries
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:20:21 AM »
If you wanted to live up to your name (lazydog) you could buy the purée instead of doing it yourself. Then you wouldn't have to do anything but add it to the carboy. I've never looked for strawberry purée though, but I'm assuming you can get it. I recently made an apricot purée. I added the 3 lbs of purée straight to the primary without any preparation and it turned out fine.

Otherwise, since you're using fresh fruit, your technique sounds like what I would do in this instance. Let us know how it turns out.

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Why not let it sit another 2-3 days to finish off, dry hop for 7, crash for 3, then set on co2 for 2 weeks? That should give you a week to spare before the 28th? If you're trying to recreate something you've done on the past for the AHA conference, I would try to stick to the same routine as you did before.

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Equipment and Software / Dead fridge, brought back to life!
« on: May 25, 2013, 05:28:58 AM »
Last week I had a major scare too. Was brewing a 10-gal batch when the GFCI tripped and all 3 fridges and my fan shut off. Narrowed it down to the kegerator. Checked the compressor, working fine.  Ended up being the fan underneath the fridge. Took an air hose and blew it out good, plugged back in and now it works fine. I guess the fan was restricted by some gunk buildup over the years and it was pulling too much current and tripping the GFCI. Good news is I didn't have to build a new kegerator and waste the 15 gallons or beer inside. :)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Over Attenuation?
« on: May 23, 2013, 10:51:22 AM »
Thanks guys for the input.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Over Attenuation?
« on: May 23, 2013, 08:23:38 AM »
So a buddy and I were having a conversation about final gravity. I have several recipes that have finished below 1.010. Around 1.005-1.008 to be exact. He mentioned getting that low usually means wild yeast was introduced somewhere. I've only been brewing for a year and typically US-05 is my go-to yeast. What do you think of this hypothesis?

I think it's completely off the mark unless the beers taste like they're infected.

You mean the infection hypothesis is not likely?

He has been brewing for at least 5 years and said he's never had a beer finish below 1.010. Also, I use a digital thermometer and recently checked my hydrometer for calibration.

None of these beers tasted infected. One pale ale was a bit fruitier than expected when using US-05, but that was later attributed to hops selection.

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