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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:12:47 PM »
Did you use any fermcap when boiling the starter?

FYI - 5 minutes is plenty of boil time for a starter. Some just heat to sanitize and chill.

Beer Recipes / Re: Is this too many hops in session APA?
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:11:14 PM »
I think your are right about the Columbus. If I use it to finish or dry hop an IPA, I use it about 15-25% of the addition.

As for the rest, it's more than I would use, but not out of line. Consider moving a good portion to 0 and allow to steep.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room AC control by-pass
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:52:54 PM »
I'd be careful about powering an AC unit with the STC-1000- the STC is rated for lower power applications only.  I'm guessing an AC unit would fry it.  The coldbot was created to handle this application.

Or, you should be able to run the SSR that I linked to with the STC-1000.
Exactly. The STC 1000 can be used to switch a higher amperage SSR.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Celleraring vs storage
« on: March 15, 2017, 10:13:29 AM »
Colder is better. All chemical reactions slow as the temp drops. No need to cellar If your beers are will not benefit from it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for experimentation
« on: March 14, 2017, 01:31:02 PM »
But I'm 1000% positive academic studies have already researched this and have data covering all of that. For the "We are homebrewers and academic research doesn't always apply to us" crowd, simply putting a beer of N IBUs outside in direct light for X minutes and tasting it in a triangle should suffice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for experimentation
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:56:53 AM »
I guess it depends on how technical you need to be. I think it could be done low tech pretty easily.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for experimentation
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:05:16 AM »
Basic brewing did this, and I have experienced it myself. They put out some SNPA and it was skunked in <15 minutes. I've experienced it while BBQ'g outside.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Kits taste off
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:46:00 AM »
You should also evaluate your sanitation ahead of bottling. Fermenters, stoppers, racking equipment, etc.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP810
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:21:49 AM »
My stirplate broke and I don't feel like replacing it. I've been using shaken starters with good success. The only tough part is timing for peak activity. I missed high krausen by about 8 hours because it took longer to get down to 50 than I expected.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room AC control by-pass
« on: March 14, 2017, 08:26:31 AM »
I think that the bypass will depend on the model of the A/C.  When I researched this a few years ago, I found it simpler just to trick the internal A/C temp controller by heating it, rather than bypassing the controls electronically.  So, basically, I can't help.  Sorry!

Mine works functionally as you desire, it's just not as elegant.  But it's also easily reversible, which was nice when I went to larger A/C.
This is the basic idea on how the coolbot functions but it also has some protections built in to prevent freezing.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP810
« on: March 14, 2017, 07:03:52 AM »
Well, you should be making a starter anyhow, so do that and it will let you know if your good to go

Kegging and Bottling / Using old bottles
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:23:37 PM »
I don't believe the 8oz test. In the Bay Area many breweries get their bottles from the same manufacture in Oakland, California Glass. Often times the bottles I would buy form MoreBeer, and other shops all the way up to Sacramento and Folsom, were in overrun cases and all from California Glass.

ETA - I'm sure variation exists, I just doubt it's a brewery vs homebrew shop distinction.

Equipment and Software / Re: Kw's and quantity
« on: March 13, 2017, 04:04:17 PM »
I run a 3750watt boil coil in my BK. I run that at 47%. I am considering dropping down to 120v and run that wide open.  This is for 6.5g post boil.  I could pick up vegetal hop flavors from using the 5500 way ULWD elements. Going to a boil coil solved the issue, much lower w/sqin.  Remember a 5500watt element ran with a PID is not really half power at 50%. It's still on 100% just for a lower amount on time. Phase angle is the only way to drop wattage. 

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That's why it's important to adjust the amount of power as well. Some PIDs allow this, but a dial works as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room AC control by-pass
« on: March 13, 2017, 12:13:31 PM »
Coolbot. Not cheap, but worth it.

ok, this may have been covered before, but I would like to listen to these podcasts while I drive, but reception is spotty and my data plan is terrible. Is there a way to download them on my phone and listen to them through my aux port in my car later on?
Use a podcast app like stitcher.

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