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It's on tab 4 to the right of backing soda and below the total volume

got it.....thanks

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I use the "add sparge minerals to mash" option all the time with lighter beers. It helps keep my ph in range with lower acid additions. I'm not against acid additions, just against extra steps and effort.

I'm not seeing this option, where exactly is it?
It might only be in the latest supporters version.  The supporters version does have many extras that the free version does not. I haven't used the free version in quite a while.

I'm using the "supporters ver" it's ver 3.4, is there a newer ver out now?

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I use the "add sparge minerals to mash" option all the time with lighter beers. It helps keep my ph in range with lower acid additions. I'm not against acid additions, just against extra steps and effort.

I'm not seeing this option, where exactly is it?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anyone here keg drectly from a Speidel?
« on: August 20, 2016, 08:01:20 AM »
I use a silicone tube that fits perfectly.  It looks to be a 3/8 i.d..  here is how I transfer under CO2 pressure:



That's the ticket right there, I think I'll I need is a barbed QD to fit the 3/8 silicone tubing to go into the keg. I worry about the barbed reducer getting clean enough after use, and having one clean open line would be better.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anyone here keg drectly from a Speidel?
« on: August 20, 2016, 07:54:34 AM »
I use two different sizes of tubing and I use a barbed reducing union to join the sections.

I don't remember what sizes of tubing I used, but I got the barbed union from us plastics web site I think. I also have to use clamp on the tubing that connects to the spigot, since it was just not tight enough for my liking. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Jumping
« on: March 07, 2016, 04:45:28 PM »
Thanks...in my case (at least for now) I'll be using these jumpers to move around cleaning/sanitizers.

I use this method with my sanitizers, I fill the keg with starsan completely full after cleaning it, then I'll use Co2 to push into another cleaned keg. That way I have a completely O2 free keg for ready for filling, and the starsan keeps getting passed on to the next keg. I'll test ph on it after about 4 or 5 kegs for effectiveness.

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I'll hook up from my water faucet through the gas connection and flush with hot water, then add some pbw and soak, then hook up a picnic tap and flush a bit of the solution, then empty and rinse with more hot water. Been doing this for a couple years now and have yet to break them down. I have replaced my beverage tubing and picnic taps recently.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from primary fermentation vessel
« on: February 28, 2015, 10:14:57 AM »
I've used Domino's dots before with good success when I use to bottle.
One cube per 12oz bottle gave me good carbonation, if I had to guess maybe 2-2.5 vols.
Yes bucknut, I'll have to admit that's probably the simplest and cheapest bottle carb solution.  But it's one-size-fits-all.  What do I do when I want to bottle some English Bitter at 1.7 volumes of CO2 or Dunkelwiezen at 3.2?  Also how do I know those sugar cubes are reasonably bacteria free?

Yea, it's limited but easy and just one of the many reasons why I went to kegging. I wouldn't be to worried about infection from the cubes, the beer has enough alcohol I believe to negate any chance of infection.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from primary fermentation vessel
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:55:33 PM »
I've used Domino's dots before with good success when I use to bottle.


One cube per 12oz bottle gave me good carbonation, if I had to guess maybe 2-2.5 vols.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: stupid BIAB cleanliness question
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:44:53 AM »
Brewed 8 liters of porter last Sunday, using BIAB, on my kitchen stove. Small batch - 8 liters into fermenter. One thing that bothers me related to keeping the kitchen clean is when I pull out the bag and move it to another receptacle.  I had to scrape wort off the floor, the closets, the inside of drawers, and the ceiling.

OK, a slight exaggeration, but I want to keep the kitchen as clean as possible, especially since the cleaning person comes on Fridays, and I usually brew on Sundays. I have come a long way: my shoes no longer stick to the floor at the end of the brewing session.  But transferring the bag is a pain.

So how do you BIAB folks keep your kitchen clean? And at the same time optimize the draining process (without going into the discussion whether you still want/need to sparge). I already know one thing: don't transfer the bag to a pot that is little bit too small :-(

After my last biab session in the kitchen, the wife kicked me outside (garage) because I got some wort on her new stove and that stuff doesn't come off, got baked on and has become one with the cooktop now.
Afterwards I did find one of these on Amazon...

That fit the bottom of my kettle to prevent burning the bag, and I also found this strainer...

That was just big enough to set on top of my brew kettle. Got them both on Amazon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Long do You Dry Hop in a Keg?
« on: December 18, 2014, 07:56:04 AM »
Using pellet hops, I'll keep them in till the keg kicks, 1-2 mos. No hop sacks or containers, I use one of these..

over the end of the dip tube that I shorten, works great and pours are clear after the first 1 or 2.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg hopping frustration
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:40:46 AM »
I think all is fine. You still need to get past the first few yeasty pints. Pellets do cause some more haze. All you are doing is dry hopping, just in the keg not the fermentor. If you don't have a clog then I wouldn't worry. You have to get the pick up tube above the bottom sediment, waiting won't help, you have to pour. You also can't move the keg around or it all stirs up. Also if you normally dry hop say 8 days then package and wait another week or two before trying the beer it will certainly have melded more than a sample barely a week old.

I have 4 of these, so I can have multiple kegs going.
http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/home_brew/kegs/c711_hops_filter_screen.html
I have free floated many pounds of leaf and even pellets without a single clog or any keg cleaning issue. They work great, are cheap and easy. I still always dry hop in a fermentor as well, and keg hop to supplement or adjust or just go nuts. It is really easy to add hops midway through a keg as well.

I have a couple of these and they work great, I use pellet hops and just toss them in. First glass is murky, but by the third or fourth glass it's clear and I never get any floaties.

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Commando.....don't fear the floaties ;D

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg hopping while carbing
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:12:30 AM »
I use a stainless steel screen that fits over the bottom of the dip tube, got it at my LHBS for about 5 bucks. Just toss the hops in commando, first pour some trub/hop material but after that it's clear all the way to the end.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Floating Keg Dip Tube
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:50:14 PM »
Not sure it's worth it, anyone think it'll draw a better conditioned/carbonated brew. At the beginning this may be an issue but not after a week or two in the fridge.

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