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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A few nagging questions.
« on: April 06, 2011, 11:54:50 AM »
so I can't comment on that but I don't think you'll shatter a glass carboy if your wort is too hot. 

ahem, it can be done.  I know a guy who crimped his water in hose on his Therminator during the first part of runoff once. It shattered my, I mean his carboy.

I also use a Blichmann Boilermaker 15 with a Thermanator. I've found that by using the hop blocker and bagging my hops (muslin bags) acts as extra insurance against clogging the dip tube with trub. The muslin bags migrate around the hop blocker upon draining and act as a trub filter therefore rendering a filtered beer out of the BK.

wow - that's pretty disappointing that you still have to use hop bags with the Hop Blocker.  with my new brewhouse I am looking to use the same kettles (though I nixed the Therminator last year as you know).   Have you tried it with pellets floating freely and come to that solution or are you a belt and suspenders kinda guy?  Have you tried with whole flower?

To the OP - sorry not meaning to hijack your thread - here's some of my thoughts on your queries:

1). well, see above. but with regard to whirlpooling - do you have a whirlpool arm?  I created one based on Jamil's instructions, but you can get more advanced.  basically its a copper tube that spans the inside contour of your kettle.  pump wort out through the ball valve at the bottom through the arm and a whirlpool will start forming.  Mine is not super fast, but it works and actually IC + Whirlpool is WAYYY better than Shirron or Therminator of which I have tried all three and settled on this.

2). see above on chiller.  get buckets or Better Bottles.  Safer.  Or if you have the coin, Conical - fun toy.

3). the wort should be rolling, maybe jumping a little on the sides, but not trying to jump out of the kettle. don't stop the boil early - it will mess with your hop utilizations.  just try to keep it down.  if you can't, brew bigger batches (i.e. 6 gal instead of a 5 gal batch) and you'll end up where you intended.  but 2 gal an hour is high.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've never had a Kolsh
« on: April 05, 2011, 06:53:50 AM »
Gaffel is often available.

My local brewery makes an awesome one (Der Chancellor) but he is draft only right now, otherwise I'd send you some. 


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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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