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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.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:10:22 PM »
They'd have to boost the power of the unit for me to pull the trigger.  I have relatives in New Zealand, and I thought about having them ship me one of the higher-powered overseas units.  I'm just not sure how I would deal with the wiring here on my end.  I'm on the fence on this one.
Won't work easily. Their 240 is single phase while ours is split phase.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:09:01 PM »
That grain dust likely has some fermentables in it.

I have a 2-roll monster mill and love it.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Kits taste off
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:33:45 AM »
Sounds like you have an infection. How do you handle cleaning and sanitization?

You can always use a mounting plate or risers allowing you to adapt later without starting over.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Metallic
« on: March 10, 2017, 08:18:24 PM »
Prepping my starter for tomorrow and decide to drink the beer from the saved yeast. No metallic.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Using old bottles
« on: March 10, 2017, 05:59:59 PM »
While the glass may not degrade, it isn't meant to be used over and over forever. That said, it's fine under normal circumstances.

Ingredients / HSI
« on: March 10, 2017, 12:28:54 PM »
Hop storage index. % alpha remaining at one year at a given temp

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