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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Heaters...
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:08:06 AM »
I bought a "desktop" 200 W ceramic space heater at Wal-Mart. It has its own thermal cutout at ~40°C for added safety, and is plenty powerful enough to keep a 100 cu ft fermentation chamber warm.


I have one of these too.  It is controlled by a Johnson A419 Controller.  I want one of those BlackBox temp controllers though.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:03:33 AM »
http://everything2.com/title/Never+drink+or+cook+with+hot+tap+water

And of course we can trust everything on the internet.  LOL

This PSA comes from someone in the Virgin Islands.  Maybe their standards are not the same.  My house has all PVC or copper lines, absolutely no lead that I am aware of.  My tank is relatively new >3 years old.  This particular tank has a sacrificial anode (magnesium, not aluminum) which I think all tanks now have anodes to prevent rust build up.  But you still have to flush your tank every now and then.  I do mine twice a year and rarely get any sediment out of it.  If I were to use it for brewing, I would filter it just like the cold water that I use.  If you take care of the tank, I see no reason why you couldn't drink or use the water for cooking.

But, like everything else, to each his own. I think a lot of wisdom that has been passed down from our parents may have applied to them, but doesn't apply to us because we have modern equipment and tighter standards.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:30:14 AM »

I cannot imagine that the hot water from your heater is suitable for drinking.

Well I won't be using it in my beer but why wouldn't it be drinkable? Other than potentially more sediment...

I'm curious about that too.  I would assume if you were to run it through a filter you could remove any sediment, but the water supplied to the tank its drinkable, and your tank is just heating it.  Why couldn't you drink it?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:27:29 AM »
Making my first foray into the Belgians.  Going to brew a Belgian Blonde.

what yeast you using?

I have a choice between WLP500 Monastery Ale and WLP 530 Abbey Ale.  I was thinking of brewing this batch with one of them, and then brewing a second batch next weekend with the other.

Any suggestions?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:03:08 AM »
Making my first foray into the Belgians.  Going to brew a Belgian Blonde.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick Carbonation Question
« on: January 08, 2016, 06:57:25 AM »
Bleed off after turning down. Otherwise pressure will fill back in.

Here is what I do.
1. Turn knob to zero pressure.
2. Billed off from keg.
3. Raise back to new set point.
+1  This is how I do it as well.

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The Pub / Re: Magazine Subscriptions
« on: January 08, 2016, 06:56:26 AM »
Yep "Brew Your Own" is the only other magazine I read besides "Zymurgy".  Also, More Beer's website hosts all of the old "Brewing Techniques" issues.  I read through those occasionally.

http://morebeer.com/brewingtechniques/library/

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 07, 2016, 01:01:55 PM »
We almost touched 80 here in Virginia Beach, VA on Christmas.  It got down to the low 30s for 2 days and had a light dusting of snow on Tuesday the 5th of Jan.  Now we are back at a respectable 47.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:57:22 PM »
Thanks Factory -

Are you also on iPhone/iPad? Can you please send your device specs and version of iOS?

Much appreciated.

I have an older iPad 2, 16GB WiFi only and I'm running the latest IOS 9.2.  It is time for a new iPad, because this one has been running more and more slowly with each IOS update.

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Pimp My System / Re: New brew system
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:54:59 PM »
Another sweet build! Again, I wish I had the skill and equipment to weld my own stuff.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: January 07, 2016, 11:27:23 AM »
Sorry to hear about your troubles with the Zymurgy app. We are always striving to continually improve the app experience.

We do hear of the 'document error' from time to time, usually because an issue didn't complete downloading or was interrupted. You can tap and hold the issue to delete, then try again. If the problem persists, please let us know which issue is causing the problem.

re: disappearing issues, we have not been able to get that bug to repeat but I will add it to our bug list for further investigation. I assume you are able to re-download those missing issues?

-Nate
Sr. Web Developer

I have also experienced the "disappearing" issues.  They don't actually disappear, they "un-download" themselves.  Meaning, I will attempt to reopen an issue that I was reading, and notice that I need to download it again.  So I assume the data file is purged somehow, or there is a memory leak of some kind.

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So when is the Kickstarter Campaign?

Seriously awesome build.  I wish I had the skills/equipment/imagination to pull off something like this.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dark vs. light
« on: January 07, 2016, 05:35:21 AM »
Hats for beer.  Keep beer warm, keep beer happy.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Paddle
« on: January 07, 2016, 05:23:45 AM »
A Navy Master Chief friend of mine made mine out of a piece of White Ash. 

Here's his Facebook Page.  He makes shadowboxes for folks that are retiring.  The photo of the mash paddle he made for me is near the bottom.

https://www.facebook.com/BandZWoodworking/photos_stream

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low pH with Best Pils Malt?
« on: January 06, 2016, 08:31:15 AM »
I remember Martin recommending we enter Rahr 2 row in Brunwater as 5L, to account for its higher acidity. Maybe we need to start doing something similar for Pils malts.

That's good to know.  I brewed a Blonde last weekend with Rahr 2 row and my mash pH was .27 low.  It was my first time using phosphoric acid to reduce alkalinity, so I thought I may have added too much.

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