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Equipment and Software / Re: Options other than racking cane?
« on: July 08, 2013, 04:40:14 AM »
If you are racking from kettle to fermenter, try adding level markers to you cane.  This way you can place the cane into to wort at the desired level and not worry about overfilling your fermenter.  I prefer the auto siphon to the regular old racking cane.

Spring loaded bottling wand works best for bottling unless you're willing to pony up some money for something with a level sensor.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: July 06, 2013, 04:40:25 AM »
Not having a bunch of bottle bombs after incorrectly measuring priming sugar was a big reason!  I also feel its more convenient.  Cleaning the keg after use doesn't take too much time for me.  Maybe a half hour,  then I sanitize and pressurize so it's ready to be filled right away.  I find sanitizing all those bottles takes about the same time, but I'm using a 5 gallon buck, so I only let 10 or so soak for about 5 min or so at a time.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sour question from a beginner
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:04:12 PM »
Just to echo some others, I'd let it sit longer.  I've brewed a few sours and have let some of them sit 12 months or so prior to kegging.  I've always been a little concerned about bottling sours since the bugs are still working and could cause bottle bombs.  I'd recommend thicker bottles for these.

I use a side port with no screen.  Will whirlpool with the help of a pump for 15 min. then let stand for another 20-30 min. pripor to running into carboy.  I used to use a hop bag prior to having a pump because I wasn't getting a long enough whirlpool, but now I get a great cone in the middle of the kettle and as long as I start the run off slow it stays intact.  What little sediment I do get in the fermenter is just a little extra nutrient for the yeast.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hoses gone wild
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:44:42 PM »
Check out the quick disconnects from Kent Systems:

They are a lot cheaper than the ones at northernbrewer.  They are twist lock, but I've used them in my system for a little over a year now and have no complaints.

Equipment and Software / Re: Help with mash tun size
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:37:22 PM »
Sounds like I should go with the smaller size!  Thanks for the help!

Equipment and Software / Help with mash tun size
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:13:16 AM »
I'm in the process of setting up a HERMs system and need help determine what size mash tun would be best.  I'm looking at a kettle that is either 12.75 (10-15 Gal) or 15.75 inches (20 Gal) in diameter.  I like to brew both 5 and 10 gallon batches so I'll be using any where from 8 lbs of grain on up.  I'm not sure how to calculate what the grain bed depth would be. I'm concerned that if I go with the larger kettle I will have problems with some smaller beers, or if I go with a smaller kettle bigger beers will be an issue.  Any help/suggestions is greatly appreciated!

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