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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lager question
« on: September 07, 2012, 08:00:05 PM »
I have had the most remarkable luck with my lagers by pitching yeast at 44 degrees and letting it ramp up for a couple of days to between 50 and 52 degrees.  It then sits in the primary at that temp for 28 days.  I then rack to a keg, carbonate and lager at 33 or so degrees for at least a couple of months or until I am read to drink it.  Each week in the primary a different odor occurs, sulphur etc.  It cleans up nicely by the end of four weeks.  One thing I have experienced is a slightly bitter finish on the most light lagers.  It is not alcohol but more like bittering hops.  Anyone know what that might be?

All Things Food / Re: Knife sharpener
« on: June 17, 2012, 11:49:14 PM »
Important in maintaining a sharp knife for a prolonged period of time, the use of a sharpening steel is critical.  You are not sharpening, or buffing any spots out, but aligning steel sheathes on the cutting edge vertical to the cutting surface of the blade.  Two or so strokes are sufficient.  The same principle is with the leather razor strop.  This whole process keeps us from grinding precious metal from the blade. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Jet bottle washer and hose-cleaning
« on: June 16, 2012, 10:52:22 PM »

I have been playing with a submersible pond pump such as this.  I picked it up at Home Depot for 25 bucks.  It has an automatic shutoff when taken out of water.  This has been a real time saver for hose and chiller cleaning, rinsing, and sanitizing.  I would use with GFI circuit only.

All Things Food / Re: Knife sharpener
« on: June 16, 2012, 02:23:27 PM »
Check out Henckels Knives website or Amazon.  Any of those are the best and very inexpensive.

Brewed a nice American-Style Kolsch on Wed.  This time I used Wyeast 2575 for the first time.  It should be wonderful.  One of my favorites.

Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:05:36 AM »
I use a Thermapen for everything, brewing and household.  Wouldn't be without one.  The link below is what I use in the carboy to measure wort temp coming from my chiller.  It has a 5 foot waterproof probe that I sanitize prior to use.  It is also certified.

Beer Recipes / Re: Looking for some input please
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:31:16 PM »

I am with you Tom.  I would reverse the malt and use 6 lbs of 2 row and 4 lbs of wheat or rye malt some nice Kolsch yeast, a little Mt Hood at 60 min and a little more at 10 or 15 and have a nice American Wheat or Rye.  Having one right now, tastes great.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp control for fridge/freezer
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:51:11 PM »
I agree with the thermowell or taped.  I have always taped the probe to the side covered with a good chunk of styrofoam.  My confusion was with the H1 setpoint.  In your application, C1 and H1 set point are the same.  The differential lightens the load on the equipment.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp control for fridge/freezer
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:25:53 PM »
Perfect, thanks Drew

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp control for fridge/freezer
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:02:37 PM »
I don't mean to hijack the string but I do need some experience with the temp controller.  I am a first time user of the Ranco 2 stage.  I have cooling set point at 65 with a 2 point differential.  My confusion is the heat set point and differential.  Anyone give me the proper way to set the Heat side?

Not brewing this weekend but I am brewing an American Dark Lager as I type.  75 into the boil. Geez, better go!

Ingredients / Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« on: March 27, 2012, 08:30:44 PM »
Every rye I have ever bought looks like that and it makes the best American Rye!  Not to worry!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: White gelatinous Matrix
« on: March 17, 2012, 08:02:58 PM »
It is the same thing as Starsan without the foaming agent in it.

Kegging and Bottling / White gelatinous Matrix
« on: March 17, 2012, 07:00:25 PM »
I have been experiencing a white protein type, gelatinous matrix in my stored Saniclean.  I store a pint in a plastic spray bottle for keg post and whatever sanitation.  That bottle will have it in within a few days.  I also store a gallon in a plastic medical grade 4 liter jug.  It will have it within a few days also.  I use distilled water only.  The Saniclean is very clear with the matrix floating around near the bottom.  Anyone experience this?

Equipment and Software / Fermwrap Heater
« on: March 15, 2012, 10:37:54 PM »
I have purchased a Fermwrap Heater to get my ale temps up a bit.  I am curious how you all use this piece of equipment.  I have a chest freezer and will be using a Ranco Two stage.  I have been attaching the probe of a Johnson A419 to a glass carboy under a piece of foam.  My question, are you wrapping the carboy or draping the heater on a wall and heating the chamber?  If wrapping the carboy, are you wrapping directly over the foam?

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