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Messages - Steve in TX

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Pimp My System / Re: Mash-In Grain Hopper
« on: August 27, 2015, 05:40:03 PM »
Pretty cool. I normally have the wife dump while I stir or I just dump with one arm and stir with the other. I might consider something like this.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Hello from the sleepy creek brewery
« on: August 27, 2015, 09:49:55 AM »
Adventures in homebrewing. They sell new Chinese made ball locks for $75 each.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Hello from the sleepy creek brewery
« on: August 26, 2015, 05:05:09 PM »
Welcome fellow Steve

If it weren't for AiH's kegs, I'd consider sanke as well. Maybe someday.

Bar keepers friend has taking all sorts of crud off my kettles. Give that a tey

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Extra long fermentation / Flat tasting beer
« on: August 25, 2015, 07:57:14 PM »
Priming sugar should only add a point or two, not a full 10 points. Something is certainly off here.

Did you mix your priming sugar with the wort?

3 weeks + 3 weeks isn't the issue.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bottling with WLP002
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:11:01 PM »
002 is an old stand by. My guess is the people that had trouble, bottled before the yeast was done. It is a lower attenuator generally, but that is because it can't break down certain sugars. Those sugars will be the same in the bottle, so you have nothing to worry about.

When you go to bottle, take a hydrometer reading and come back a few days later for a second hydrometer reading. If they match, you can bottle.

Ingredients / Re: Honey
« on: August 25, 2015, 02:13:12 PM »
That's a hobby I can respect, but never do. It's like taking care of thousands of pets. Way too much responsibility for me.

You can use a paint strainer bag that runs about 2/$5 at Home Depot or lowes. Your LHBS may sell a more durable version for about $5-6. I don't direct heat after I mash-in, so I am not worried about burning the bag.

Some adjustments would be needed, but it's not too tough.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Fermentations
« on: August 25, 2015, 07:03:15 AM »
Buying more dry yeast is easier than building a starter IMO

Kegging and Bottling / Re: residual CO2 and bottling
« on: August 25, 2015, 06:30:35 AM »
I guess it also depends on style. Maybe hedge your bet in the middle.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: residual CO2 and bottling
« on: August 25, 2015, 06:25:26 AM »
I would think it depends on how active co2 production was at those various temps. If fermentation was basically done at 70° and you then lowered the temp, I'd go with that. The difference in the amount of priming sugar needed isn't so much that I would worry about bottle bombs.

Yeast and Fermentation / Lager Fermentations
« on: August 24, 2015, 08:39:49 PM »
2+2 should get you close enough. I think it doesn't quite equal a 4 liter starter because of maximum density or something along those lines. I'm no biochemist/microbiologist. What was your og?

If I didn't have a large enough bottle or flask, I'd go with dry yeast, but I'm lazy.

All Grain Brewing / Momentary Lapse of Reason...
« on: August 24, 2015, 07:57:09 PM »
It will be completely beer sanitary. Sometimes we way, way, way over-worry about sanitation. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But stuff like bottled water is sanitary enough for beer, no problem. Things like aluminum foil, plastic bags, paper towels, bottled water are all sanitary enough for clean beer fermentation.
I'll rephrase - bottled water is sanitary enough, barring some screwup at the plant. I've done it plenty of time myself. Easy fix for those windy days with too much boil-off.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Momentary Lapse of Reason...
« on: August 24, 2015, 02:33:42 PM »
Bottled distilled water should be sanitary enough. I wouldn't worry about it.

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