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Other Fermentables / Re: Sweet Potato Mead
« on: Today at 04:16:57 AM »
Obviously, unless you used some enzymes, you just added starchy mess to your mead. You might bet a little flavor but I'm guessing you realize there will not be much in the way of fermentables.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bulk or bottle aging?
« on: April 27, 2015, 10:56:38 PM »
What about oxygen scavenging caps and waxed bottles?  ;)

O2 scavenging caps help remove some of o2 present in head space, but nat conditioning should take care of that any way. It still doesn't prevent storage oxidation. I'm not aware that waxing bottles does anything to slow down o2 ingress.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bulk or bottle aging?
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:10:22 PM »
Either is a valid option. Bottle aging will probably oxidize earlier than bulk aging since the caps are not impervious to oxygen. Kegs and carboys are much more impervious. If you want the oxidation flavors, then bottles are your best bet. If not, bulk aging.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: April 25, 2015, 08:20:57 AM »
Saw this beer in the grocery store last weekend. The six pack didn't last long! Very nice pils. Going to pick up another one today!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Stopped Working
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:51:45 AM »
So, it sounds like a number of things. You regulator is off and probably your lines are either not long enough or  the ID is too large diameter.

I have a few regulators whose gauges are wonky. All it takes is one tip over. Some have come from the manufacturer screwy. What ID is you line? How long a line are you using?

I was going to ask the same thing but also I didn't see if the OP checked the Qd's (Disconnects). I just went through something similar (air in line) and found a bad QD was the culprit, perhaps the disconnect is faulty or partially plugged up. It could also be that the small pin inside is damaged and not fully depressing the poppit.

That's a good thing to check as well. I dry hopped in a keg recently and didn't use a sure screen and had to take apart the QDC to clean out plugged hops and was getting exact scenario as OP was saying.

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I have several and really like them. They extremely easy to clean. I'm a little antsy about the spigot but so far no probs. planning on buying some rubber stoppers to fix that issue.

I rigged up a thermowell for one but I stopped using it. Now, instead, I attach the thermo probe to the side of the fermentor under a layer of paper towels for insulation and duct tape. Temp seems to be close enough.
Major, do you have several Speidel fermenters or Braumeisters? I do know a pro brewer to be who just ordered a 7 barrel Braumeister brewhouse.

I have several. 4 - 60L and 4 - 120L for my 12 gallon homebrew and 1 bbl pilot systems. I didn't know they made larger stuff. My commercial fermentors are 20 and 30 bbls.

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I have several and really like them. They extremely easy to clean. I'm a little antsy about the spigot but so far no probs. planning on buying some rubber stoppers to fix that issue.

I rigged up a thermowell for one but I stopped using it. Now, instead, I attach the thermo probe to the side of the fermentor under a layer of paper towels for insulation and duct tape. Temp seems to be close enough.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Stopped Working
« on: April 24, 2015, 04:06:26 AM »
So, it sounds like a number of things. You regulator is off and probably your lines are either not long enough or  the ID is too large diameter.

I have a few regulators whose gauges are wonky. All it takes is one tip over. Some have come from the manufacturer screwy. What ID is you line? How long a line are you using?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP001 fermented at lager temps?
« on: April 24, 2015, 04:03:24 AM »
I think you will need to raise the temp near the end or risk problems. I have had it actively fermenting at 45 degrees but let it warm back up into the 60s. I detected no off flavors. Do it, but put a heating pad of wrap it at the end to raise temp up.

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The Pub / Re: SN THROW BACK THURSDAY
« on: April 23, 2015, 07:03:40 PM »
Any one else remember when SN was twist off caps?

Yep.

Heck, wasn't even that long ago.

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The Pub / Re: SN THROW BACK THURSDAY
« on: April 23, 2015, 06:59:03 PM »
Any one else remember when SN was twist off caps?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Stopped Working
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:46:26 AM »
Looks like you covered basics. My guess is your regulator gauge reads incorrectly. Have you tried turning up the pressure? Simply sounds like you are not getting enough pressure.

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I don't often make starters any longer except for lagers or if the yeast in not as fresh as I am comfortable with. I start with a beer whose gravity is lower than 1.050, aerate well and then just pitch the yeast. Then I harvest that yeast for whatever series of beers I have planned.

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The Pub / Re: Brand new beer style...
« on: April 22, 2015, 02:01:17 PM »
Terrapin Hop Karma was formerly known as terrapin India Brown Ale.

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Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 22, 2015, 12:17:53 PM »
Last I heard there were tix still available. Everyone on this thread should go!

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