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Ingredients / Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:56:52 PM »
I wonder if the low prices we are seeing on this malt are going to change once this company has a better foothold in the states.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:50:26 PM »
One should be more careful about casually using the term glycol and be more specific.

Even with a conical plastic or stainless I'd never submerge the chiller coils but wrap them around the fermenter. So a leak from the SS and thereby an appreciable absorption through the plastic? I think one would see signs of a leak first.

Leos submerges his chiller coils inside the conical and gets great results.  I wouldnt wrap a coil around the outside because youll get bad heat/cold transfer and have about 1/10th of the coil contact that you would otherwise.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:44:15 PM »
His stuff looks nice, id be interested in checking out a conical but i dont see much info about them on the kickstarter page.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First kegging attempt, Explosion
« on: February 03, 2014, 05:57:34 PM »
Gaskets are cheap.  You can buy them by the 100 from McMaster Carr (lid gaskets come in packs of 10).

If you need to replace posts, it gets a bit pricier and you'd want to consider if it's cost effective at that point to pay whatever they are charging.  Poppets are not too bad, but I think posts are about $15 each.

Get universal poppets. 15$ per post sounds high to me but i cant verify since the plac eit hink is cheapest is having web issues.  Shop around:)  Pin lock posts will be cheaper then ball locks because everyone converts the pinlocks to ball locks now ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shocked at Price! really?
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:00:02 AM »

Don't forget the price of the whiskey you'd need to fill it with first...
ya but they're selling the whiskey for profit already so the overhead is paid for and since they use the barrels more than once(I believe) it's already been paid for even if it was only once

Im afraid thats not the way capitalism works;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Microscope for Yeast counting and propogation
« on: February 01, 2014, 02:38:58 PM »
Hi there,

Ive been reading the yeast booka nd would like to start Yeast counting and monitoring helath etc.  The Yeast book suggests a microscope and i was looking at 2 on amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UMDLAA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2YIW3SB5CZKF5&coliid=I16BSNOOTQ2CZK

or

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QEFO1Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2YIW3SB5CZKF5&coliid=I3QR1C85L5IW24

I was looking for feedback from any of you scientific types on pros and cons to each.  I like the look of the Trinocular Scope because you can hook it up to a monitor or TV.  If anyone has feedback or a better option for cheaper money then let me know:)

Cheers,
Jeff

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Brew ... Advice?
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:34:49 PM »
good to know!

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Ingredients / Re: playing with limited ingredients
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:19:38 PM »
What about absence of roasted barley?  That might actually end up being a bigger problem.  I'm hoping maybe I can get my hands on some, it may only be available in huge quantities though as the places that I have found that have it listed are more microwbrewery supply than homebrew supply.  We'll see.  Found a handful of other hop varieties as well.

Maybe you should try to find other homebrewers in your area so you can spread out some bulk buys?  Otherwise buy a 55lb sack, use what you can in a year and just toss it out and buy a new one the next year...

Cheers,
Jeff

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Brew ... Advice?
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:15:50 PM »
I wouldnt add yeast nutrients during the boil.  Ive smelled that stuff and wouldnt want it cooked into my wort.  not sure if it would happen or not, but id avoid it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: All Grain setup
« on: February 01, 2014, 12:43:35 PM »
And for either cooler type use a bazooka type screen to save yourself some work over making something out of the stainless washer hose.


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my SS hose took about 3 minutes and a pair of pliers & wire cutters to make.  Would of been faster if i broke out the hack saw....  its also a lot finer then a bazooka tube.

I use a hatchet and just chop off the ends!

Have you lost a kneecap yet?;)

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Ingredients / Re: playing with limited ingredients
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:30:44 AM »

So no pale malt.  I'm looking for suggestions on ratios to play with to get darker.  I have a stout I love to brew.  How could I compensate using pilsner malt in place of pale?  My thoughts were scale up the chocholate while not adding too much more of the black so not to add in too much burnt flavor. 

Id brew your stout just subbing the pils with what you used for pale.  They color difference should make next to no difference because the black and chocolate will override it drastically.

I took a stout of mine with an SRM of 29.8.  It calls for 15 lbs of Maris Otter at an SRM of 3.  I changed the SRM of the Maris to 1 and the batches SRM changed to 28.7....

The only thing id think would change would be that the pils flavour isnt quite as bready as pale.  In a stout i dont think youll miss it to much.

2cents
Jeff

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Equipment and Software / Re: All Grain setup
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:25:15 AM »
And for either cooler type use a bazooka type screen to save yourself some work over making something out of the stainless washer hose.


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my SS hose took about 3 minutes and a pair of pliers & wire cutters to make.  Would of been faster if i broke out the hack saw....  its also a lot finer then a bazooka tube.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shocked at Price! really?
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:23:35 AM »
I think the problem is that it takes a cooper about the same amount of time to make a 5g or 55g barrel.  Ive seen prices for new 5g barrels range for about half as much as a 55g barrel.  Considering a 55g barrel takes about 5x as much material as a 5g barrel something is definitely out of sink. 

They may just gouge homebrewers, or they may reuse their barrels and add spirals or chips for new oak character.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How long to leave stir plate on
« on: February 01, 2014, 08:07:34 AM »
I tend to leave it on the stir plate for about 24 hours before cold crashing or just pitching into fermenter.

Cheers,
Jeff
I have had fresh vials of lager yeast take a day before they show any signs of activity. It all depends.

I have no experience with lagers, i should of specified Ale Yeasts. 
Cheers,
Jeff

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How long to leave stir plate on
« on: February 01, 2014, 07:35:33 AM »
I tend to leave it on the stir plate for about 24 hours before cold crashing or just pitching into fermenter.

Cheers,
Jeff

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