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Equipment and Software / pH51
« on: September 20, 2010, 11:38:16 PM »
Okay, here is a possible stupid question but I purchased the Milwaukee pH51 meter.  It states to store it in a few drops of storage solution or pH7 solution in the protective cap.

Is it simply "few drops" and can I store it with few drops in its case; i.e. laying down horizontally.  Will that take the solution off the electrode?

Finally, when would you know the electrode is shot.


All Grain Brewing / Water Profile for Oatmeal Stout
« on: September 18, 2010, 10:29:32 PM »
I want to make an Oatmeal Stout (Jamil's McQuaker's Oatmeal Stout from Brewing Classic Styles).  All grain, 1.5 qt per pound and batch sparging. The water in Bend is quite soft: 

Calcium CA 6
Total Alkalinity CaCO3 42
Magnesium Mg 4
Sulfate SO4 <1
Sodium Na 8
Bicarbonate HCO3 51
Chloride Cl 2
Total Hardness CaCO3 32

I tried to use Palmer's nomograph but am not quite clicking in on it.

Any suggestions regarding what I should aim for and what additions (gypsum vs. alternatives).

Thanks everyone.

Kegging and Bottling / Dispensing Equipment For Nitrogen/Beer Gas
« on: September 17, 2010, 01:07:17 AM »
Hello All:

I am planning on making an Oatmeal Stout.  I am interested in the use of nitrogen.   Other than the gas/tank/gauges are there other requirements?  Do I have to have a nitrogen dispensing head/tap?


Equipment and Software / Mash Tun Leak Question
« on: May 10, 2010, 11:10:34 PM »
Sorry to be bothering all of you again.  As I prepare for my first all grain batch on Saturday, I am finalizing my equipment.  I just made a copper manifold for my 70qt Xtreme.  I have a stainless steel ball valve and bulkhead fitting.  There is a small drop that appears between the stainless steel ball valve and the brass lock nut going into the cooler.  I cannot seem to tighten that more.  Should I simply seal with food grade silicone?  Any recommendations on brand and where to find? 


All Grain Brewing / First All Grain Batch
« on: May 10, 2010, 02:59:43 AM »
Okay, so I have all of my equipment ready.  I will be doing my first all grain batch this weekend.  I am trying to decide what to brew.  I love English Pale Ales but would like to make them a bit stronger (6-7%).  I want to have a great hop aroma, finish (i.e. floral).  I am thinking Maris Otter, Crystal, Roasted (?) and someone suggested Flaked maize.  For hops, Fuggle and Golding:

Assuming (first time and batch sparging) a 70% efficiency:

13 gallon initial boil
90 min boil

11 finish volume

25lb Maris Otter
2lb Crystal 40
.125 oz Roasted Barley Flaked Maize
2 oz Goldings (60 mins)
2 0z Fuggle (15 mins)


I would appreciate all responses as I am completely unsure what the heck I am doing.


converted 15 gallon keg as brewpot
blichmann burner
secondary burner 65
10 gallon igloo cooler with false bottom
70 qt coleman extreme with coper manifold

All Grain Brewing / First All Grain Batch
« on: February 26, 2010, 01:24:26 AM »
Well-I finally have all of my all grain equipment and ready to do my first all grain batch.  I am going to do Denny's Rye IPA but have a quick question. If I decide to do a ten gallon batch would I need to double everything?  I am using the recipe posted on this site.  Here it is for your review:  (Thanks)


Recipe by Denny Conn
O.G.: 1.073
F.G.: 1.013
IBU: 68
11 lbs. Pale Malt (2-row)
3 lbs. Rye Malt
1.25 lbs. Crystal 60L
0.5 lbs. Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt
0.5 lbs. Wheat Malt
1.0 oz. Mt. Hood, 4.9% Alpha Acid, First Wort Hop
1.0 oz. Columbus, 17.8% Alpha Acid, 60 min.
0.5 oz. Mt. Hood, 4.9% Alpha Acid, 30 min.
1.5 oz. Mt. Hood, 4.9% Alpha Acid, 0 min.
1.0 oz. Columbus, 17.8% Alpha Acid, Dry Hop
1.0 oz. Columbus, 17.8% Alpha Acid, Dry Hop in keg (optional)
Wyeast 2450PC Denny's Favorite 50, Wyeast 1272 American Ale Yeast II, or Wyeast 1056 American Ale (in order of preference)
1 tsp. Gypsum (add to the boil, not the mash)
1 tsp. Irish Moss

Equipment and Software / Cooler Washers
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:10:53 PM »
Does anyone know if you can buy replacements for the washer that comes with the Coleman cooler-specifically the 70qt extreme?

Equipment and Software / Pumps
« on: February 18, 2010, 01:42:30 AM »
I am considering getting the march 809HS pump.  Does anyone have that one?  Is it a good option?


Equipment and Software / Vacuum Sealers
« on: February 14, 2010, 04:14:29 PM »
I was recently turned onto Hops Direct.  In order to keep the unused portion of hops preserved I am considering purchasing a vacuum sealer.  The prices seam to vary greatly.  Does anyone have any recommendations?


Equipment and Software / Chiller Suggestions
« on: February 12, 2010, 12:42:34 AM »
I am building my all grain system.  I have a 15 gallon converted keg for a kettle.  I will be doing 5 and 10 gallon batches.  I am torn at this point with which chiller to go with.  I have read Jamil's article on the Whirlpool/Immersion Chiller.  I am interested in making my own hopback and wonder if a counterflow would be a better option.  To add even more options there is the Shirron Plate Chiller.  I am curious what others have and think would be best with the 15 gallon keg and plans for a hopback (I know that a pump will also be  a necessity/benefit).  Thanks all

Equipment and Software / Sweet
« on: February 02, 2010, 12:10:42 AM »
I will be picking up converted 15 gallon keg with a ball valve, bazooka and thermometer  along with a 10 gallon cooler with a ss false bottom/ball valve and  for $150

All Grain Brewing / Grain Depth
« on: February 01, 2010, 12:39:58 AM »
So I have purchased a 70qt cooler on my journey to all grain.  My latest question has to do with grain depth and its effect on efficiency and clarity.  With dimensions of 17.75 by 36.5 by 17.3 is there an issue with doing a 5 gallon batch?  I have read that you need a depth of 4 inches to act as an effective filter.  Thanks yet once again.

Equipment and Software / Manifold vs. Screen/Braid
« on: January 30, 2010, 09:28:05 PM »
Okay-so I will shortly be getting my 70qt Coleman Extreme.  My next decision is whether to build a manifold or use a stainless steel screen or braid.  I have read that the issue appears to be efficiency.  Anyone have an opinion either way?  Thanks.

Equipment and Software / Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:50:52 PM »
This may stir up some passion but I am wondering which is perferable-the round cooler or the rectangular one.


General Homebrew Discussion / Converting All Grain to Partial Mash
« on: January 25, 2010, 05:19:42 PM »
Does anyone have a calculator for converting all grain recipes to partial mash?  I am doing the partial mash system written about by Chris Colby in the October 2006 issue of BYO.  I have a two gallon cooler I converted into a mini-mash ton.  I think the most it can handle is 4lbs or so of grain.



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