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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Closed transfer
« on: March 02, 2018, 07:49:19 PM »
Here is my final solution. The one I'm getting, the racking cane will actually have a liquid ball lock tip though. Then a jumper from that to the liquid out post on the keg. It doesn't include the orange threaded Speidle collar but I have about 6 extras at home.

I should have it in time to keg my double mash stout, and English IPA. So from here out I'm purging by pushing out sanitizer, and closed transferring. I use Brewtan B in my light colored beers. But that's it! Don't paint me a LODO guy! Lol

Jim,
So the gas flows in around the dip tube, pressurizing the fermentor and forcing beer out the dip tube and into the keg? Are you just installing this into the fermentor when it's time to transfer or leaving it in during fermentation? How much for that setup with the ball lock out?
This is the rig in use. I'm pushing cleaner through it right now

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Ingredients / Re: what category of beer does this fall into
« on: March 02, 2018, 06:47:06 PM »
Sometimes recipe will make it pretty obvious what style it is. But the very best way to determine which style to enter in a competition,  or just when handing it to a beer snob..  Is to poor a sample and compare what you see, smell, and taste, to the style guidelines. Some styles are (controversial) very similar to others. For example, in the glass, a certain pale ale might actually line up better to IPA guidelines. Or a beer with some vegetable in the recipe might not be present in the glass. There are numerous examples where a slight bump can move a beer from one style to another.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spunding balloon
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:42:39 PM »
I hope I have my terms right.   I am wondering if someone has tried putting a balloon on the top of their fermentation vessel in order to capture the CO2.   I’m thinking about trying it so that when I dump the yeast  I don’t suck in any oxygen.

 Thoughts? How big of a balloon do I need?

How 1920s!
I remember my dad having balloons on his carboys back in the 60s 70s. I think he started with blow off tube, then when the bubbles stopped he put on a big balloon. It must have been something you got at the beer/wine supply because I'm pretty sure they fit over a carboy. Long time ago though... who knows. He mostly made wine.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spunding balloon
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:38:25 PM »
Dumping yeast, it must be a conical... why not put a corny gas in post on it? When it's time to dump yeast, you'd only need a couple psi of CO2 to keep air out.

Hi Jim.  Yeah I have one of those ball lock pressure relief tri clamp fittings that I have used previously.  I’m just tired of buying CO2.
It should only take a little dab of CO2

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spunding balloon
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:10:51 PM »
Dumping yeast, it must be a conical... why not put a corny gas in post on it? When it's time to dump yeast, you'd only need a couple psi of CO2 to keep air out.

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The judges will be able to tell what your recipe was just by tasting it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Lid of Chest Freezer - CO2 lines
« on: March 02, 2018, 01:54:40 AM »
It's an old little freezer. Sits in the shop. Hoping it dies some day so I can get another 14cft

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water profile for a Scottish export
« on: March 01, 2018, 10:03:15 PM »
TOBY!!!!
lol I'm still around here and there. Just been pretty slammed with getting the kiddo through her last year of high school and prepped for college. You gonna be at NHC this year, since it's in the PNW?
It doesn't look good. 2 already on vacation that week and I'm scheduled Wed - Saturday. I was hoping to at least slip down there for one afternoon, but most likely not.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Double Mash
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:29:13 PM »
Why not just put total needed water in 1st mash, and split your grain bill 50/50?

I want to keep my water to grain ratio at 1.5 qt/lb.  If i go half and half I will have to increase it in the first mash to get it close in the second. 

This will be a no sparge method for the first mash tun but it looks like I will have to sparge somewhere to get the final volume I need. so probably in the second mash. 

Still working this idea out.
Ok. Mine was 3qts per lb

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'n Water pH off
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:25:13 PM »
The first thing I did when I went to nearly all cold side measurements was to compare my final pH from my favorite stuff.  I am fanatical about pH and was way off... 

I haven't studied that in my favorite commercial examples. What do you typically find? Homebrew pHs are higher or lower than commercial examples?
Martin,

Some time ago, when I was still repitching slurry, (pale lagers and APA) I measured pH on degassed SNPA and a full strength Coors. I don't remember the numbers, never wrote it down, but if memory serves they were in the 4.3 Coors, 4.5 SNPA range. My repitched beers were always higher. I couldn't figure out why. I tried adding acid to the boil to 5ph, but that did nothing to the final beer pH. When I switched from repitch slurry to 1 smack pack oxygenated active 1200ml starters that problem went away. It might be correlation rather than causation, but I suspect that over pitching may effect proper final beer pH. I was most likely over pitching when using slurry. More is better, right?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Lid of Chest Freezer - CO2 lines
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:13:38 PM »
On mine the gasket alone would not be enough because the lid fits tight inside the chest. So I grabbed my sawsall and a sharp knife.

No more squeezing kegs in, or lifting the bottle out!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Lid of Chest Freezer - CO2 lines
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:40:46 PM »
Much better idea. Otherwise you have to take apart your hoses to pull them through the lid, if you want to use them for something else

didn't even think about that.  good point.
That's what has been stopping me from drilling. The gasket trick never occurred to me though, I might look at that. My tank takes up too much room inside...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Lid of Chest Freezer - CO2 lines
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:26:43 PM »
Much better idea. Otherwise you have to take apart your hoses to pull them through the lid, if you want to use them for something else

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Closed transfer
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:17:00 AM »
Nice

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Closed transfer
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:05:49 AM »
That makes more sense than a spigot. To me at least. A little easier to actually clean and sanitize right before transfer. We are always told clean then sanitize. I can't bring myself to transfer through a plastic spigot that was cleaned and then sat for a month, then spritzed with starsan. A lot of people do it, and it works for them, but I just cant.

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