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Yeast and Fermentation / New fermentation chamber
« on: September 20, 2011, 12:43:02 PM »
I am a proud new owner of a chest freezer now being used as a fermentation chamber.  I am using a Johnson Control A419 to control the temp.  I have attached the probe to the carboy via tape.  Is this the proper way to read temperature of the wort.  Wouldn't it also take into account the exothermic temp or internal temp of the wort.  If not, I need to make some adjustments on the control.  Please advise.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Has anyone else had this problem?
« on: August 27, 2011, 11:41:21 AM »
It sounds to me like some sanitation related problem.  We all experience the trub in the bottom of the keg.  That is no big deal.  Maybe the soap is affecting the taste if there is any residue.  If it is a small beer just leave it in the primary up to thrree weeks or so and then rack to the keg.  I usually give it another week or so to condition and then carbonate.  Then the first pint or two gets rid of the trub and we're good to go.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: all foam from keg
« on: August 26, 2011, 08:24:17 AM »
+1 to Mark

If I recall correctly, my lines are more like 12 feet.  Crazy.  I carb for a week at 12 lbs for most of my beers.  I am at 4500 feet elevation.  38 degrees with a fan directing bottom cold air to the shanks.  Important to keep the lines and shanks as close to 38 to 42 degrees as you can.  Also no weird things in the beer line to activate bubbles as the beer moves along.  Good luck, can be frustrating but start long and cut back. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need to downsize my Kegerator. Any Ideas?
« on: August 11, 2011, 04:25:18 PM »
+1 on a new girlfriend and get a chest freezer big enough to hold six perlicks and a couple of kegs lying in wait!  Then go ahead and get a freezer for lagering.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Am I over-pitching?
« on: July 16, 2011, 01:33:05 PM »
Denny, I was wondering the same thing about reserves.  I did add nutrient to the starter but it is highly floculating in two days.  I don't know if that means it ran out of steam early.  I suppose it is pitch and learn.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Am I over-pitching?
« on: July 15, 2011, 10:11:45 PM »
I am making a starter of London ESB for a Porter of 1.055.  I only had a two liter Erlenmeyer for the stir plate.  I had a smack pack produced in May.  Mr. Malty suggested a two liter starter.  I also had a smack pack of ESB made in Jan.  Mr. Malty wanted to use 4 or 5 liters for one pack.  I used both smack packs in a 1.7 liter starter.  There is a lot of yeast being produced.  So, will the yeast be viable as in growth phase and will it be to much to pitch in a 5 gallon batch?  

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Ingredients / Re: Dry hop in primary
« on: June 14, 2011, 06:18:43 AM »
I took a major leap several months back and decided to try dry hopping in the serving keg.  I have done a couple of red ales and IPA's.  I have not found any problems with it, grassiness or serving negatives.  It saves lots of cleaning steps and I love that.  Just did another IPA yesterday.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Controls
« on: May 16, 2011, 04:19:23 PM »
Hey, thank you

I understand what you are saying.  I am using several of the controls you speak of.  This time I want to use the digital unit that will control both hot and cold, using preset high and low temps.  I would like to know what model brewers are using.

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Equipment and Software / Johnson Controls
« on: May 16, 2011, 04:01:37 PM »
I am interested in purchasing a control for a chest freezer.  I want to control cold and heat from the same controller.  Could someone tell me which Johnson Control will do both jobs automatically.  Set and forget.  I have looked at the 419 but I cannot tell which does both.  Thanks in advance.

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This is what I use.  However, use the food grade cartridges only. 

www.cornykeg.com/catalog.asp?prodid=668627

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The Pub / Re: Bin Laden's dead
« on: May 02, 2011, 10:28:33 AM »
+1 to that!

This is a huge patriotic issue.  One that brings America together.  I raise a brew as we speak!

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The Pub / Re: Bin Laden's dead
« on: May 02, 2011, 07:53:53 AM »
USA #1
A heartfelt thank you to all the men and women that rise to any occasion to keep us FREE.  We will party for you tonight.

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The Pub / Re: He had his own Boogie Woogie
« on: March 22, 2011, 05:50:57 PM »
+1 to the Grinder Man  Hes eat mo chicken than most men seen.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hop - where?
« on: March 18, 2011, 10:45:54 AM »
I am now dry hopping in the keg as a secondary and serving from it.  I am not finding any problems.  Nice flavors.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should I be upset?
« on: March 14, 2011, 07:28:34 PM »
Barliman, would you share the results of your spruce beer when consumed?  I have been thinking of gathering some Engleman tips in late spring for a brew.

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