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Going Pro / Re: Counter Pressure Keg Filler
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:35:08 AM »
I currently just use two of these coming off a dual line.  Seems like it is basically the same thing as what you have there but less bulky.

http://breweryparts.com/index.php/equipment-and-supplies/beer-kegs-amp-kegging-equipment/keg-coupler-amp-filling-head/manual-keg-filler.html

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Going Pro / Re: Counter Pressure Keg Filler
« on: May 27, 2012, 12:51:04 PM »
Still not sure how it is any different thn a standard keg filler, except you have a pressure gauge attached.

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Going Pro / Counter Pressure Keg Filler
« on: May 27, 2012, 07:27:11 AM »
Trying to figure out why you would need this?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:41:47 AM »
So, I'm trying to draw Mr. Denny Conn out here.  Have you noticed any thing different (off flavors, etc...) just pitching the dry yeast pack without rehydrating?  Anything over 1.060 I just pitch two packs, but is the rumor true that if you pitch dry yeast, without rehydrating,  it kills half the cells instantly?  This doesn't really make any sense to me, as I usually rehydrate in around 85 degree water.  Wouldn't that kill some cells too?  Why does it make a difference when you pitch into wort, is it because of the sugar content, like it's such a shock to the yeast?  Just need a little food for thought.

I use 1 pack, not rehydrated, for beers up to 1.070ish.  I have not had any off flavors or fermentation problems from doing that.  Until I do, I'm sticking with my procedure.

The whole point of using dry yeast for me is convenience. While boiling some water and letting it cool isn't has much work as making a starter, it's still an added step I'm not going to mess with. I do agree that rehydrating the dry yeast makes it look prettier going in the fermenter. Maybe that's what people like so much, the aesthetics.    ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 25, 2012, 06:19:41 AM »


Pitching dry straight into the wort forces the yeast cells to rehydrate with wort, which has hops compounds and substances that invade the cell and kill it. Many more cells die than by using straight water. My theory is pitching two packets adds more dead cells which are what contribute to the off flavors, not to mention any resulting underpitch as a result, which also adds off flavors.

Warm water is better for them. Follow the recommendations from the yeast manufacturer and I think you'll be happiest with results.

Yup. Except practically it doesn't seem to make any difference, least not on low gravity wort. Perhaps because pitching an entire pack of yeast in 5 gallons is already over pitching. Just saying, if you can't tell a noticeable difference in the finished beers all the theories and postulations ain't worth a warm Coors Light. :)

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The Pub / Re: Note keeping app for iPad
« on: May 25, 2012, 05:22:57 AM »
Yeah, but I'll tell you what, if you're trying to plan a book or an article or a project plan, it works like a charm.

Here's an example from my book planning for the Everything Homebrewing Book



How is it any different than a basic outline?

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The Pub / Re: Note keeping app for iPad
« on: May 25, 2012, 05:21:57 AM »
Funny how others constantly try to show up Apple, while Apple users just smile and nod.

Yup. I keep giving the others a shot (kindle fire, for instance. It sucked) but I keep coming back to Apple. And the high def on the iPad 3 is truly stunning. This thing is a work of art. Not perfect, there are a few maddening aspects. But definitely awesome.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 25, 2012, 04:20:46 AM »
Tried it numerous times sued by side and there is no perceivable difference. Try it for yourself. That's the ultimate test.

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The Pub / Re: Note keeping app for iPad
« on: May 24, 2012, 05:29:40 PM »
You poor kids and your ipads . Droid baby! Droid!

Jealous much?

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The Pub / Re: Note keeping app for iPad
« on: May 24, 2012, 08:16:08 AM »
Thanks, drew, I'll check that out.

Re: google docs. Is there a way to copy a document or set it up as a format? The think I would like to do is copy a doc and then fill out changes, add notes, along the way.

Forgive me if it is something easy I am overlooking. I really am smart when it comes to adobe illustrator, photoshop, quark express and in design. I can even code some old school html. But I'm an old clunker with anything resembling spread sheets or even Microsoft office. :)

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The Pub / Re: Note keeping app for iPad
« on: May 24, 2012, 07:01:48 AM »
That's the old way, need a newfangled one. Specifically one my partners can read. Although, between my spelling and auto correct....

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The Pub / Note keeping app for iPad
« on: May 24, 2012, 06:42:25 AM »
Can anyone suggest a note keeping app for iPad that I can track brewday with, preferably one that would update to a cloud.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rookie Needs A Lil Help
« on: May 24, 2012, 03:32:51 AM »
Even if it is nothing harmful and even if re boiling can re sanitize, the beer will not turn out nearly as good as it could have. For a guys first batch I am sure he wants it to turn out as good as possible. Well, he's already taken a step back and the steps to fix it aren't that much more difficult at the extract level than to remake the batch. Dump it and start over.

Or, you could take some guys advice over the Internet that you never met before and don't know from Adam that you won't get botulism or turn into a little green monster.  ;) seriously, I agree that reboiling probably eliminates any potentially harmful food born bacteria, but I don't think it is worth the time, energy or yeast to try and save the batch. Call me a waster, I'm usually wasted anyway.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Farmhouse Ale help
« on: May 23, 2012, 07:14:05 PM »
I agree with you, I don't like the extract for that very reason. I dont mind fruit beers as long as the fruit is treated like a spice and is subdued. Beer first. Fruit, maybe, if you look for it.

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