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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shaken not stirred lager starter?
« on: October 25, 2015, 08:13:20 PM »
Nerve racking trying something new.  I finally gave the procedure a try.  1 L, 1 two month old smack pack.  Pack was expanded.  I was expecting at least twelve hours to high krausen.  Sixteen hours later it appeared high krausen had taken place hours ago.  It probably occurred around the seven hour mark.  Is this possible?  There was a nice slurry at the bottom of the flask like it had dropped out and was going dormant.  Does the age or viability have this kind of effect on high krausen time?  I did use an Erlenmeyer if that makes a difference.  The house temp was around 65.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2278 for hop-forward lagers
« on: September 23, 2015, 02:29:32 PM »
I have a two gallons of a Pilsner left in a keg.  Fully lagered and serving.  What do you think about an aggresive dry hopping?  In particular, the introduction of O2 to a lagered beer.  I have another lagering keg of the wonderful Pils so I am not concerned if it doesn't work.  I have been wanting to try out a hoppy lager for a long time.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Massive Head, Minimal Carbonation in Keg
« on: July 31, 2015, 06:48:56 PM »
Also, once you have reached Steve's lazy carbonation level and still experience excessive head when dispensing, you need to lengthen your lines.  I have 10 plus feet of line for 10 to 12 psi.  I like a nice easy pour down the side of the glass.  If I don't get the head I want then I pour more aggressive, down the middle.  I find it to be very simple just to carb the keg at serving psi and forget it.  It always works out. 

Events / Re: Lucky me!
« on: July 19, 2015, 04:52:59 PM »

That should be a brewfest of a lifetime.  Bend is certainly becoming a craft beer mecca of the west.  Just tried the citrus mistress while in Boise, yesterday.  It was delightful. 

Ingredients / Re: Need help with water adjustment
« on: July 16, 2015, 09:11:53 PM »
Download Martin's spreadsheet and plug in your Wards water profile.  It will fit perfectly.  Play with the spreadsheet until you are familiar with it.  It works very well.  You will be surprised how much better your beer will be. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Denny's 50
« on: July 13, 2015, 06:19:35 PM »
What are we brewing?  Denny, I enjoy your yeast in my IPA's and Pale Ale's.  I attenuate well at 64 degrees.  What is the advantage of going to 70?

Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill Drill Question
« on: July 07, 2015, 07:37:05 PM »
I have a DeWalt DWD 520 10 amp VSR Hammerdrill attached to my MM3 2.0.  It sold for around 120.00 at Home Depot.  I load about a pound of grain in the hopper then fire it up for a second to start the feed. stop.  Then pour in rest of the grist to fill the hopper.  Fire it up again and it chomps through the entire hopper at any speed you want to grind.  Always a one person operation.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvesting some yeast
« on: July 02, 2015, 12:44:22 PM »
Check out Tom Schmidlins article in Zymurgy Jan/Feb 2011

The Pub / Re: Super Troopers Sequel
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:39:05 PM »
I think I would rather be washing kegs!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 04:10:57 PM »
I have tapped many kegs of lager that have been lagering at 33 degrees on 12 lbs CO2 for several months.  I have not experienced your problem.  I also have 12 foot lines in a 38 degree kegerator.  Did you try switching it up to one of your other lines?  If it is the same, maybe it is just over carbed.  Could be a little clog of some kind in the keg or facet.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need help with beer tower
« on: March 10, 2015, 09:24:43 PM »
Micro Matic has specialty fans just for that purpose.  They pick up cold air on the bottom of the fridge and pump it up the tower.  I have adapted its use to cool the shanks on my kegerator.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: I hope I'm not screwed
« on: January 04, 2015, 11:06:27 PM »
Hey, you can justify keeping the kegs all you want.  Fact of the matter is you are stealing them!!!! 

If I am reading you correctly, you have a primary regulator on the CO2 cylinder feeding to a taprite dual product secondary.  If this is the case, you may dispense or carb two kegs with independent pressures.  You can also split each secondary with a manifold and feed to additional kegs but they will be carbed at the same pressure.

Equipment and Software / Re: Lowes vs Home Depot MLT
« on: August 08, 2014, 03:51:56 PM »
I had the same problem.  I gently heated the cooler exterior plastic and pushed the ball valve handle in.  It sized perfectly and has worked for years.

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