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Going Pro / Re: new keg product
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:46:55 AM »
Id just go buy sixtels at that price.  And while you may be saving waste water i dont think you are saving 4$ in waste water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barrel Aging & Space Filler
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:45:42 AM »
+1.  Id brew 5 batchs over a few days and fill it that way.  The most economical thing would eb to contact a brew club you are local to and ask for help filling it.  Make sure you brew an extra 5g or so to top off with over time.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:35:51 AM »
Another question...where do you set the freezer thermostat?  As cold as it will go, then let the controller take it from there?

Thats what i have always read.  IF you are using it as a ferm chamber tho i wonder if somewhere in the middle of the road is better.  Im not sure if the freon can be different temperatures or not.  Will you be putting your carboys/buckets directly on the floor of the freezer or will you be resting them on a platform of some sort?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Can I predict finial beer PH?
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:26:49 AM »
IF you raise the prefermented wort by .2 (say from 5.2 to 5.4)  it should reflect in the finished product, correct?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Can I predict finial beer PH?
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:06:27 AM »
The pH of beer goes down during fermentation.  Its one of the qualities of beer that allowed beer to be drinkable when the local water was not.  I believe i read a few paragraphs about this in the yeast book, but im not sure exactly.

Jeff

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Ingredients / Re: Pils Malt for Kolsch. recommendations please
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:21:08 PM »
We where gonna do like 93% pils malt and 7% vienna, Now we are playing with 75% pils 25% cologne Malt.  I had thought maybe 100% cologne malt but it would be kinda darker then the guidelines suggest.

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Ingredients / Re: Pils Malt for Kolsch. recommendations please
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:01:59 PM »
If you are selecting these from options at your local homebrew shop, then go ahead and chew a couple grains of each and decide which one tastes the best to you.  If not... I guess I'm not much help.  :)

I work at said homebrew shop, Sadly we dont stock a few of them, but since id need most of a sack i can have it special ordered.  I have chewed most of them at one point or another, but since i have never made a kolsch i cant relate them to how the finished beer would taste.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:00:13 PM »
I probably should have mentioned that the freezer will be for fermentation, not serving.

What's the # of the Ranco you guys are using?

IF you are looking to ferment id suggest a Dual Stage, which would make the Johnson unusable.  Go with the Ranco Kyle uses.

Jeff

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Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:08:40 PM »
I enjoy my Johnson A419's.  Keep in mind that if you choose to heat with it you will need to reconfigure the jumpers.  Mine is always spot on, intuitive to program, and they are easy to mount.  They also have smart programing built in to keep the compressor from kicking in constantly.  Id stay away fromt he analog version due to that last fact.

Cheers,
Jeff

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Ingredients / Pils Malt for Kolsch. recommendations please
« on: July 01, 2014, 11:48:34 AM »
A Buddy and I will be brewing a Kolsch soon and im looking for a recommendation for the Pils Malt.  Available to me are the following Options.

Weyermann Pils
Weyermann Bohemian Pils
Weyermann Floor Malted Bohemian
Rahr Pils
Avangard Pils
Chateau Pils
Dingmans Pils

IF anyone has any thoughts or preferences that would be great.
Cheers,
Jeff

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chillin' in the Summer
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:09:25 AM »
Enjoy it. Brewing in 27º weather will be here in 6-7 months

The brewing process throws far more heat then cool. I'll take 27f over 100f ANYTIME

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chillin' in the Summer
« on: July 01, 2014, 04:11:31 AM »
Nice!  Not sure how you can bear to stand next to a boil kettle at 100F tho.

Jeff

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I propose we go back to the original Maltose Falcons guidelines from 1978/1979

•   Ale, Grain
•   Ale, Grain - Dark
•   Ale, Extract
•   Ale, Extract – Dark
•   Stout or Bock
•   “Unusual”
•   Lager, Grain
•   Lager, Grain – Dark
•   Lager, Extract
•   Lager, Extract – Dark

Exciting times.  Im gonna start growing sideburns now!

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Ingredients / Re: Iodophor
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:54:34 PM »
I use Iodophor to sanitize starter equipment because it's easier for me to measure small amounts of it than StarSan.

I make 1-quart spray bottles of Star-San that come in really useful for this kind of thing.

+1.  I make 5 gallons of StarSan at a time, then fill a spray bottle from that to spray on beer and gas posts, QDs, etc.

I KNEW I bought that 3 pack of spray bottles for a reason. Thanks!

Jeff

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