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Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone ever use the FastRack Fast Ferment?
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:32:19 AM »
If you can't disassemble a ball valve on the fermentation side it is a major infection risk. You simply can't clean them.

Couldnt you autoclave a SS 2piece to sterilize it?

Other Fermentables / Re: Anybody try kombucha
« on: July 30, 2014, 07:47:46 PM »
Not that i have seen, I have yet to check the farmers markets because i have a hard time being able to get to them.  I need to have a few friends keep an eye out

Other Fermentables / Re: Anybody try kombucha
« on: July 30, 2014, 06:31:21 PM »
Id like to try it but im having a hard time finding a culture that isnt crazy expensive.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichman Hop Rocket
« on: July 29, 2014, 08:42:56 PM »
Recirculate for a short period before attaching to your chiller should solve your hop back woes, and will also sterilize all of your equipment pre chiller.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:50:43 PM »
We just had Tornados Rip threw the area:)  Now i know what it feels like to live in the midwest!  Im fairly Certain i saw Dorothy and Mary Poppins dancing a jig during.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Where to start?
« on: July 27, 2014, 02:04:18 AM »
Take a class at a Homebrew store and buy a kit.

Pimp My System / Re: GCBC 1BBL Pilot Build
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:25:53 PM »
Kolsch Sample from the Fermenter.  Batch #2 on the new system

Hop Growing / Re: Hermaphrodite hops
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:32:13 AM »
What do you do in this situation? Let it be?

I know if you arnt careful then Jurassic Park happens....  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CO2 question with kegerator
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:18:58 AM »
I built a kegerator out of a chest freezer that has 4 taps.  I currently have 3 beers on tap and I have been going through CO2 like crazy.  Should I be shutting off the valves when not in use?  I have, at best between me and my wife, 3 beers a night but I leave the gas on all the time.  Is it normal to go through a 10lb CO2 tank in a couple of days?

Sounds like you need to leak test your system.  Get a squirt bottle and put star san in it and squirt all the fittings etc.  Make sure you have teflon tape on all of the threading as well and a washer in between the regulator and the tank.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Barleywine Yeast Suggestions
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:50:41 AM »
I'm currently planning to mash at 151. When formulating my recipe, BeerSmith says I should hit 1.026 FG. Then again, you really can never nail the FG perfectly with bigger beers. Only about 9% specialty grains, so I'm thinking that will also help the attenuation.

Got a recipe? 1.026 sounds kinda high.  I would mash at 148 for 90-120 minutes

Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Alarm
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:39:02 PM »
Does anyone have a carbon dioxide alarm?

I'm thinking of getting one for the basement where I keep my kegerator.

Maybe something like this, though it'd be nice to find something less expensive:

Its probably not a bad idea.  Either this or get some plants and put them near the kegerator?

Going Pro / Re: Yellowhammer Article
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:02:34 PM »
Way to go Keith!  How do I order so.e frankenhammer?;)

Ingredients / Re: Whirfloc Question
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:12:23 PM »
Ive always used Irish Moss just because i can buy it by the pound.  I have also NEVER heard of rehydrating it.  Of course ive never really looked for that info, but i cant recall hearing or reading it ever.


Equipment and Software / Re: Cold crashing alternative
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:00:52 PM »
Found out today that you can use a nylon hop bag over the racking came to reduce hop sediment into beer. Does anyone do this? Seems to be a better and quicker alternative to cold crashing.

This will not fix any of the yeast/haze issues, as they are far smaller then the holes in the hop bag.  Using certain finings at room temp like polyclear(i believe) is the only option compared to cold crashing or filtering.


Equipment and Software / Re: Tracking Water Usage
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:52:40 PM »
Excellent. Thanks Martin!  Ill probably give this one a shot because its SS.


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