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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Purity and Why It's So Important
« on: January 24, 2018, 03:52:59 PM »
If I have a really clean fermenting beer like a kolsch or lager I will often add the hops into this tank once the beer has been racked, don't bother cleaning the tank and racking the dru hopped beers directly to this tank, insuring the least amount of DO pick up.

not sure I follow here?

I will add the hops to the "dirty" tank that is already purged because of racking and run the IPA/hoppy beer into the purged/"dirty" tank. This doesn't really help a homebrewer unless you have conicals. It's hard to time that right so only do it with a few beers a year.

now I follow - was reading 'clean fermenting' in a different perspective.  makes sense now.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Purity and Why It's So Important
« on: January 24, 2018, 01:52:18 PM »
If I have a really clean fermenting beer like a kolsch or lager I will often add the hops into this tank once the beer has been racked, don't bother cleaning the tank and racking the dru hopped beers directly to this tank, insuring the least amount of DO pick up.

not sure I follow here? 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: ESB: 1450 1028 or 1056
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:36:25 PM »
its going to come down to a coinflip for me, I think. 

I am splitting a 10gal batch of old ale later this year, using my BOS recipe, and that uses 1028.  so part of me thinks, well youre using 1028 there, why not use 1450 on the ESB/RIS run. 

thanks for those that shared their experiences - especially TheProfessor - I think its been ages since I've seen him post!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Unwanted CFC Whirlpool Aeration
« on: January 22, 2018, 06:20:07 PM »
Hey all,
I have a few brews under my belt with a new system. I am using a CFC and have a dedicated whirlpool port. I have had issues when initially starting my whirlpool with the wort bubbling considerably even with the valve open minimally. I am trying to avoid this and my thought would be to have the wort run through the whirlpool arm because that hose is connected to the top of the CFC. If I use gravity to fill the CFC will I be successful if, once “filled”, I then slowly push the wort back through the CFC using the pump from the bottom up?

I have the same issue, but just have to deal with it.  the only way I can see to virtually eliminate it would be to prime the CFC and return hose by opening the kettle out valve before attaching the return hose to the whirlpool valve but that sounds like a mess waiting to happen, and in my case potentially dangerous since I start recirculation 30 min before flameout in order to sanitize the CFC and hoses.

Would also love to hear a workable solution. 

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The Pub / Re: Loss of a great brewery
« on: January 19, 2018, 03:25:41 PM »
https://smuttynose.com/about-us/news/


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Yeast and Fermentation / ESB: 1450 1028 or 1056
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:20:18 PM »
yes, I know, not traditional, not going for traditional.

all this recent talk of imperial stouts has me wanting to make one again this spring for next holiday season.  my yeast choices are:

Denny's 50 1450
London Ale 1028
Chico 1056

I plan to make an ESB to grow enough yeast for the stout.  has anyone made an ESB with any of these yeasts and would you do it again.  surprisingly the London ale yeast isn't really recommended for ESB on wyeast's website. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:44:23 PM »
beware that Bill's recipe will likely only get you around 7.8-8.0% ABV.  good double stout, but not quite the 9%+ imperial/Raspy clone you may be looking for.

I would juice up the 2row to get your OG about 8-10 points higher if that's your goal.

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The Pub / Re: Loss of a great brewery
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:40:18 PM »
oh no!!  I love smuttynose.  a great lineup of beers.  seems like there is hope they'll continue under different ownership. 

2 other excellent breweries, great divide and green flash significantly pulled back their distribution recently as well. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How often do you clean your keg faucets?
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:27:52 PM »
Got forward-sealing faucets, like Perlicks? They are less gunk-accreting than standard vented types, but you're still lucky if you can go 3 months! (I do have forward-sealing.)

yeah - forward seal.  that and having the tower cooled I think helps. 

when I did not have the tower cooled, I had to run cleaner a lot more often - maybe every 6-8 weeks.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How often do you clean your keg faucets?
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:18:37 PM »
hmm.  I clean my lines and faucets every 3 months with BLC and iodophor.  I've been running a kegerator (ventmatics and perlicks) for over 10 years and I've never experienced the problems you are facing. 

faucets definitely get gunky though, I would always clean them at the same time as the lines.

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Pimp My System / Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« on: January 17, 2018, 07:48:41 PM »
Yeah it's in an air conditioned room.  73 df. I usually don't have that many at one time, either - post group buy


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Pimp My System / Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« on: January 17, 2018, 03:36:45 PM »
I'm having trouble seeing all the photos, but what I can see looks great! Any chance of getting the links to the later photos fixed? I'm aiming to reorganize and am looking for inspiration.

Sure I fixed what I could on the original.  That was at my old house in my garage.  Here are some new pics of my new brewery:






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Pimp My System / Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« on: January 16, 2018, 05:35:28 PM »
Finally got my board done in my home tap room


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What I want
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:41:36 PM »
I use these, but you need to connect them to a reader:

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_15&products_id=249


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:02:24 AM »
Far Far Away APA this Saturday, all Comet and Galaxy hopped
The puns are strong with this one.




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