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All Grain Brewing / Re: So your Barley Crusher won't Crush?
« on: April 05, 2011, 06:52:21 AM »
maybe the hardened rollers that are 2" in diameter.

yeah, that's what I got - they are sweet.  I do my "Tim Allen/Tool Time" grunt when I crush grains now.  That helps I think.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Conical fermenter HELP
« on: April 04, 2011, 02:32:32 PM »
THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON to use a stainless conical over a glass carboy is the improved safety.  I really like my Blichman conical. But does it make better beer?  Probably not.  But I don't have to worry about severing a limb.
Wait. What?  Have there been reasonable glass carboy brewers that have sacrificed limb for their craft?  

he's exaggerating a little (I think toes and fingers more common than limbs), but there have been plenty of horror stories posted on the forums about broken carboys and the trips to the emergency room. 

the only nice thing about carboys is the voyeuristic aspect.  otherwise, they are an obsolete relic of late 20th century brewing  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Leaky Better Bottles
« on: April 04, 2011, 07:25:32 AM »
I've had 2 that leaked. I would not attribute it to cleaning solution, rather mishandling.

If, when they are full of liquid, you put them down a little too rough, the hard plastic on the bottom can crack - I noticed this on both ones that leaked.


I think you hit the nail on the head.  Thanks.  But rather than call it mishandling, I would call it weak design, which is why I'm not buying any more, because I don't recall doing anything rough with them.

yeah - I hear you.  I don't really use them anymore, but if I was going to need 5gal fermenters going forward, I think I would just get good ol' buckets. 

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perfect brewnight, 'cept as I am cleaning up stuff and the WIC is cranking away, I look over to see my flameout hops sitting on the scale  :'(

threw them in at 180df so I should get something. and then worst case, I'll just have to dryhop more, but I'm still pissed cause it was otherwise a flawless session.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: So your Barley Crusher won't Crush?
« on: April 04, 2011, 07:00:27 AM »
ditto lonniemac - get a Monster.  Best new tool of the decade for my brewhouse.  BC had around 2tons through it, but its been decommissioned.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Leaky Better Bottles
« on: April 04, 2011, 06:55:59 AM »
I've had 2 that leaked. I would not attribute it to cleaning solution, rather mishandling.

If, when they are full of liquid, you put them down a little too rough, the hard plastic on the bottom can crack - I noticed this on both ones that leaked.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermcap-S The good and the bad.
« on: April 02, 2011, 04:48:29 PM »

I use a false bottom in my boiler as well, these days mainly with pellet hops...no problems at all and no schmutz going into the fermenter either..

So free floating pellets?  If so what kind of kettle do u have and who made the false bottom
?

I've not tried pellets only in years; I recently switched to a false bottom from a screen, but I've been skirred to try pellets not in a bag because of the horror stories.

I stock mostly whole leaf but if I could use pellets without bags that would be sweet!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Maris Otter in a Steam Beer?
« on: April 02, 2011, 11:58:00 AM »
What's your water profile like?  Cause frankly that's pretty small as far as hop additions go to be over hoppy, but if you have really hard water, very high sulfates, etc that could be your problem.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
« on: April 02, 2011, 11:53:54 AM »


I'm working on a stout atm but i may try this recipe again with the other yeast just to see the difference.

And waste a fresh slurry of 002 you got underneath that brown ale?? I'd redo that brown after you make the stout ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermcap-S The good and the bad.
« on: April 02, 2011, 11:43:17 AM »
Learning is taking place. Fermcap stays, FWH goes.
I have a false bottom, why use a bag?

With pellets or whole leaf?  That may be the difference?

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Ingredients / Re: Maris Otter and Diacetyl (butter taste)
« on: April 02, 2011, 07:55:15 AM »
I use both TF and Crisp MO all the time as the base malt for my America (left of the 'n' just for you Keith ;)) ales and I think you guys are nuts - no diacetyl cept the rare occasion when I use 1968 Fullers.

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The Pub / Re: It's Friday! I'm out! (And heading to happy hour!)
« on: April 01, 2011, 01:52:22 PM »
Wow PTE on tap.  Bastid!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Chimay
« on: April 01, 2011, 12:51:26 PM »
-A airlock and stopper that will fit the bottle you're stealing from.

Actually, the general wisdom these days is to never use an airlock on a starter.  You're looking for yeast growth which requires oxygen and the airlock limits that.  Just cover the top of the bottle with aluminum foil.

I *think* that is more of an issue with a stirplate where the vortex is supposedly pulling in oxygen into the wort.  No vortex in an unstirred bottle, thus it probably doesn't matter.

I'm pretty leery of growing up strains from bottles though - they always (in the handful of times I've done it) to overattenuate beyond my expectations - might have something to do with natural selection.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Brewer's Prayer Meetin'
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:18:11 AM »
Thank you for making it possible for me to live where I can brew outside every day of the year!

I say thank you for that every morning when my feet hit the floor.

Amen!  (although I am now building an indoor brewery  ::) )

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Other Fermentables / Re: Better Bottles and Mead
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:12:50 AM »
do you have an extra corny keg?  you could primary for 2 months or so and then rack to corny for bulk aging?

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