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Equipment and Software / Re: Gravity-fed Therminator duration-to-pitch
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:04:05 AM »
In cold northern Utah, a 5.5 gallon batch from post whirlpool temp to pitching temp of 64 degrees is 15 to 20 minutes.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Temp
« on: December 02, 2013, 05:09:53 PM »
A couple of degrees per day.  Not to fast to crash the remaining yeast.  We want them to do their thing while lagering.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profiling
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:26:27 PM »
I say, ask Santa for a cheap computer and down load Bru'n Water.  It will serve you very well!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometers?
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:00:36 PM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg hops - Pellets
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:56:59 PM »
I always dry hop in the keg.  Pellets only.  I leave in until through dispensing.  I have never had a problem with debris except when I used Sherwin-Williams one quart paint straining bags.  The weave would slip and let out debris.  I was unhappy.  And, no off flavors for the amount of time in.

The Pub / Re: Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
« on: November 28, 2013, 09:27:00 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  So much to be thankful for, friends, family, and patriots.  Cheers to all!!!!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bicarbonate HCO3
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:35:01 PM »
Okay, I agree with repo on the pale ale numbers.  Your pH is in range.  Do your final numbers look within repo range?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bicarbonate HCO3
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:18:32 PM »
So Jim, what does your spreadsheet tell you the estimated mash pH is and the estimated sparge pH?  If your pH is in range, it should be taking care of your bicarbonates

Equipment and Software / Re: NB Big Bubbler
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:52:06 PM »
That is a great idea!  Don't think I could fit two in my fermentation chamber as with 6.5 carboys.  Boo hoo!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: a different lagering question
« on: October 29, 2013, 12:14:57 PM »
+1 to lagering and carbing at the same time.  However, I have found it to my advantage to keep the pressure down a couple of pounds or so while at 32 or 33 degrees.  When you transfer to the Kegerator you won't have foaming problems.

I "no sparge" and use Bru'n Water spreadsheet.  I do a late infusion of sparge water and run it all off at once.  So, I adjust the sparge water for pH which is slightly different than mash adjustment.  The most important thing is to measure pH of the kettle at runoff.  If it is where you want it, no matter how you arrived there, your good to go or you will need to adjust the sparge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 29, 2013, 09:33:29 AM »
Mine as well on Saturday!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using yeast from a blow off as a top crop.
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:53:33 PM »
Check T Schmidlin's article, "Yeast Recovery System" in the Gadget's Issue of Jan/Feb 2011 Zymurgy

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen flow meter?
« on: September 17, 2013, 02:35:29 PM »
I don't even know why we are worried about medical vs welding 02.  I have used welding exchange five lb tanks for years with no problem.  Throw a cheap Harris gauge on it and you are there.  You will get at least 40, 5 gal kegs out of the tank.  I leave it slightly open all the time so it never sucks wort into the sintered stone or metal until I drop it into the starsan. 

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