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Yeast and Fermentation / Harvesting Yeast from A Corny Keg Fermentor ?
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:06:11 PM »

I have started fermenting in a Corny keg.   I removed the beer-out pin lock and dip tube and used a short length of
beer line to attach an air-lock. 24 hours later and things are looking good.

Does anyone have any idea on how I might top-crop some yeast from this rig? 

I thought that maybe I could sanitize the dip tube, post, etc, reconnect it all and force out some yeast with C02 - but that
seems kind of risky and would only give yeast that's dropped out.

I guess the other approach is to remove the lid and dip in with a sanitized SS spoon.

Is there a better (easier, less risky) way to do this ?



All Grain Brewing / Small batches and DMS / SMM
« on: February 26, 2011, 05:22:55 PM »

I am starting to do some experimentation with 1/2 (2.5 gal) batches.

My first  is boiling now and  I am using a 5 gal kettle with about 3 gal. of wort to boil, so the kettle is nowhere near full.

As I am watching it, I am seeing a lot of condensation above  the level of the wort and I am wondering
if this condensate is full of DMS / SMM  and is not escaping the pot

When I brew a full batch in my 7gal pot the level of the wort is much higher in relation to the top  of the kettle,
so I assume that more condensate may be escaping the pot. I don't typically have a DMS problem with
my full  batches.

Any thoughts / experience with this?

Or  is this another case where I should RDWHAHB ?



I had a 2 K-Type Digital Thermometer

until it got too close to my brew pot and seriously melted. I used it for about about a  year and it was pretty reliable and not expensive on ebay.  I am considering  options for a replacement.

Would like one where I can set a target temp and have it beep when I hit the target.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
« on: January 31, 2011, 05:37:16 PM »
Last winter I did one brew when it was about 25F + wind. I mashed in the kitchen and did the boil outside -
things went fine until I started up my immersion chiller. Water froze in the hose and there was now way to get the flow going.
There was no snow either so I couldn't just set the pot in the snow to cool.

Ended up lugging 5.5 gal of steaming wort down to the basement, hooked up the washer hose to the chiller and
let it run. It was pretty much my worst brew day ever.

Now, for a variety of reasons, I am considering doing 2.5 / 3 gal batches, which I can do comfortably in my kitchen.
Just have to decide which is worse - dealing with the cold temps or the SWMBO complaining about the smell of hops & grain ...

Come to think of it, either plan has me dealing with cold temps ...

Off to a nice start.
It looks like you put a lot of effort into this and I really hope this takes off!

I really like the RSS Feeds for new recipes,  the newsletter feature and the advanced search.

It would be great to be able to download (and upload) the recipes in formats that support popular brewing software (Promsah, Beersmith, etc) and also have the ability to print  a brew sheet straight from the website.

Just out of curiosity, is the site built on Wordpress or another package, or is it based on a back end that you designed? :) :) :)

Best of luck!


Kegging and Bottling / Moving Beer from Growler to bottles ?
« on: December 19, 2010, 03:47:02 PM »
I know that this is a bit off-topic, but ...

I bought a growler of beer from a local pub and want to keep some
for later in the month. I figure I can transfer this to bottles, but how.
I have kegs, CO2, etc and can fill bottles from kegs -

any great ides for filling bottles from a growler ?

Thanks in advance...


All Grain Brewing / Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« on: September 25, 2010, 12:48:38 AM »
Mine ends up in the garden out back. It will stink big time for a few days.

If you spread it out, it stinks less... or maybe my garden is far enough from the house that I don't notice.  When I dump it in the composter, it stinks like a dead body.

Throw it in the compost pile and cover it with diirt - it won't stink and the worms will love it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Priming with 3rd Runnings?
« on: June 19, 2010, 02:01:53 PM »

Yes, now that I think of it, the post-boil wort would make the most sense.

In the end, my wife insisted that I go the kegging route, so that batch is now happily kegged and carbonating under C02.

Thanks to everyone for the ideas ...

Equipment and Software / Re: Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« on: May 30, 2010, 11:20:33 PM »
Well ...

for what it's worth I went with a new auto siphon. My results with the Wonder Pump were less than wonderful ..
I found it very difficult to get the siphon going on a reliable and predictable bases ...

Dave :-\

Kegging and Bottling / Priming with 3rd Runnings?
« on: May 29, 2010, 12:10:35 PM »
 Hello Everyone,

When I brewed a few weeks ago I saved some of the wort and froze it, thinking that I would use this wort for priming.

Has anyone tried this?

I realize that using corn sugar or DME may be easier, but I like the idea of using the original wort for the priming.

Has any one tried doing this?
Any words of wisdom before I embark on this endeavor?


All Grain Brewing / Re: Mixed Grain problem
« on: May 29, 2010, 10:20:30 AM »
Thanks all for the responses !

I mashed the whole thing with 1 qt / lb and it seems to have worked out fine.
Fermenting 1/2 with an American Ale and 1/2 with San Fran Lager yeast.


Thanks for the replies! 
Tomorrow I brew my "Accidental Common Porter"

1/2 batch to be fermented with Ale yeast and 1/2 with San Fran. Lager yeast ...

dz  - hope to have it bottled and ready to go for a possible NJ trip toward the end of June ...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mixed Grain problem
« on: May 22, 2010, 02:47:25 AM »
a10t2  -  Thanks for the suggestion, I think I may be brewing a porter on Sunday....

All Grain Brewing / Mixed Grain problem
« on: May 22, 2010, 01:24:07 AM »
Hello Everyone -

I bought  a bunch of grain with the idea that I would brew Jamil's California Common with this grain bill:

9 lbs 8.0 oMiz Pale Malt(2-row) (1.8 SRM) Grain 72.38 %
2 lbs Munich Malt (8.0 SRM) Grain 15.24 %
1 lbs Crystal 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 7.62 %
8.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3.81 %
2.0 oz Chocolate Malt - Light (200.0 SRM)

I purchased:
10  lbs  Pale Malt(2-row)
2 lbs Munich Malt
1 lbs Crystal 40L  
1lbs   Victory Malt
1 lb  Chocolate Malt -

when the kid crushed the malt
He said "you want this in one bag"
and I was a little distracted and said "uh - Sure!"

so now I have a big bag of mixed grain
I think It's more grain than my 5 gal mash tun can handle and I am not sure that I want a
Chocolate Malt Common.

I guess I have to find a way to thoroughly mix the grain and then  measure out about 10 or 11 lbs for a mash.
and use the remainder for something else.

Any ideas on what to do ?

Equipment and Software / Has anyone tried the Wonder Pump ?
« on: April 15, 2010, 08:51:23 PM »
Hi -
My  auto-siphon died and I've been looking for something better.
I was at the local big-box home store the other day and
saw the "Wonder Pump"

the package suggests all kinds of uses but nothing food related. The hose is some kind of plastic tubing with a copper fitting on the end. Has anyone used one of these to move wort or beer between vessels?



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