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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: May 06, 2014, 06:34:16 PM »
I think the 60 dollar ones on AIH are the all metal bottoms correct?  They look awesome but id be worried about how well the metal holds up to normal handling over time.

I wonder if you could coat the bottom in some sort of polymer, like that liquid truck bed lining stuff just to give it a little renewable durability.

Going Pro / Re: Hop contracts and obtaining hops
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:28:00 PM »
One of the best takes on the rapid rise of new breweries opening was something like this.

"There are hundreds of new breweries opening or in planning with recipes designed around hops they will not be able to get."

One of the realities of the supply chain of hops.

Sounds to me like poor Business research and planning!

Equipment and Software / Re: upgrading to the next level
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:34:32 PM »
No. But I can see people thinking that way.

I mean make the best decision that fits your needs and doubly so as the costs goes up. Cheaper is preferable in my way of thinking but sometimes you gotta spend some extra to get to that next level. Avoid buying equipment  that'll necessitate buying more equipment for it to perform properly unless it is all part of the plan. Unfortunately I have plenty of equipment that I no longer use sitting collecting dust, and as an aggregate they add up to significant investment.

I think its time to start selling some of the dusty things to gain back some of the $$!

All Grain Brewing / Re: What is going on with my Kolsch??
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:13:26 PM »
Thanks all! Great advice. I checked the spec gravity a couple days ago. From what I have been hearing, it is right on the money for what it should be. I am going to check again today to ensure the consistency. I am just a little bit worried however that the OG was 0.020 lower than what it should have been..

List the Recipe you used.  IT is most likely an efficiency issue, with the recipe putting more sugars into the Boil kettle then you did.  There is some math we can coach you threw once you list your recipe, OG, final volume and temperature of your sample while you where measuring for gravity.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Head Retention on A Wheat beer
« on: May 05, 2014, 04:59:45 PM »
Wouldnt Capsaicin itself work against head retention due to its nature?

"Capsaicin is believed to be synthesized in the interlocular septum of chili peppers by addition of a branched-chain fatty acid to vanillylamine; specifically, capsaicin is made from vanillylamine and 8-methyl-6-nonenoyl CoA.[16][17] Biosynthesis depends on the gene AT3, which resides at the pun1 locus, and which encodes a putative acyltransferase.[18]"

Im not a chemist, but it makes some sense to me.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Fining/cold crash question
« on: May 05, 2014, 04:45:47 PM »
When you use gelatin, does it continue to get sucked through the dip tube? Or how do you remedy using it in the keg? I'd prefer to wash and reuse yeast, but I'm interested in this too.

By the time you are using the geletin anything caught in it is something you wouldnt want in your next brew.  Low floccing or mutated yeast, other types of trub etc.  After primary fermentation you should get a good yeast cake, when you transfer to secondary(keg in this case) you should be leaving as much of that behind as possible.  This is the yeast you would ideally repitch, not anything still in suspension.


I haven't tried it myself but this article seems to be a reasonable process.


After reading that article it makes me wonder if its worth it.  OF course the most noticable damage is on the door of the enclosure, which will be most seen. FML

Hi there,

So im looking for some advice on how to paint a pre-powdercoated enclosure.  I have a TEB setup that i just finished cutting the holes in, and in doing so caused some damage.  There are a few decent scratches and scrapes on it so id like to give it a new coat of paint.  IF anyone has any advice id love to hear it, id rather not paint this thing incorrectly and then have the paint peeling off once i get everything installed.

Points of consideration.

Do i need to wash it? i had to use a good amount of cutting oil at times, and im sure there is a residue?

Paint prep?  Do i need to sand it down, fill int he scratches or will a decent paint fill them in?

Primer?  Do i need to prime it if its been powder coated?

Is it even possible for paint to adhere to powder coats?

I was thinking of a good automotive spray would be the way to go.  Other opinions are welcome.


Equipment and Software / Re: BrewEasy
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:04:11 AM »
I wish they would give you more info about this system. It says it is like a BIAB system. So does that mean it is "no sparge"? Does that mean you can not vorlauf? I like the built in RIMS - does that mean there is a coil in the BK? And then I assume that can be used as an IC during cooling?

If it does have a built in coil that BK is gonna be kinda sucky to clean.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermapen or MW101 PH meter?
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:15:31 PM »
I believe morebeer has very very competitive prices on the solutions.  Might wanna check it out.


Pimp My System / Re: 1 BBL garage system with automation
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:37:24 AM »
More on this.  I've only used it to crash fermented beer until now but temps are rising here and I have an ESB yeast in one of the tanks today that needs to stay under 70. It's low end range is 64.  I found that if I didn't disconnect the Coolbot even though it's set at 65 I was seeing temps down to 45.  For most ale yeasts you're going to want to disconnect the heater on the Coolbot from the AC thermostat.  The AC on its own is quite happy maintaining 67 degrees in the room but only after I disconnected the heater wire.

Have you contacted coolbot?  It sounds like the coolbot is not behaving the way it should be.  COuld be an issue with the electronics, or it could be the way you have configured your chamber.   

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermapen or MW101 PH meter?
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:27:15 AM »
I love my Thermapen and have yet to regret it. i bought it in an open box sale for about 80 bucks.  PH meters are kinda scary because if you dont keep proper care of them when NOT in use, then you have to replace the whole meter, or just the electrode which is almost as much money.

The thermapen is probably the safer purchase, but like people have said, you can buy something almost as fast and accurate for 1/4th the price.

Equipment and Software / Re: BrewJacket
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:04:24 PM »
Remember, they arnt selling tshirts for 50 bucks.  they are asking for a 50$ donation from you and in return they will give you cool swag in tshirt form. 

I Cant speak for all HBS but i can for the one i work at.  We lean towards White labs because they have a returnablility program.  WL understands that you cant predict what people will ask for but want you to have a diverse selection.  They enable you to return a certain amount of each strain every 3 months, allowing the ability to stock quite a bit of product with a low risk to the retailer..  Wyeast has no such program, so the HBS i work at is reluctant to stock heavy in wyeast, because for every 5 Wyeast packs we sell, we seem to lose 1.

Both big liquid yeast manufacturers require next day air.  it adds significantly to the cost of a yeast vial.  White labs sells direct to the public.... if you can stomach the cost of shipping.

Good luck man, considering the strains available to both manufacturers, id look for the WL alternative and buy whatever is fresher.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sulfur Smell from 1 Month Old Beer
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:16:56 PM »
Could you have an infection in your lines?  If it pours of quickyl it means the beer inside the keg is still ok, correct?

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