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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 02:16:37 PM »
I wish I had a bigger house with a backyard and an off-house man cave with a workshop. THen I could do it right. ... one day.   :P

Then you'd need a fully automated brew sculpture and a conical with a glycol jacket.  Brewing equipment is like Great Stuff.  It expands to fill the available space.

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Equipment and Software / Re: window AC for cold room
« on: June 06, 2014, 02:02:39 PM »
You should be able to set the AC as cold as it can be set and attach it to a Johnson/Ranco controller.  The controller will then get it as cold as it can i believe.  Otherwise you can set it to the temp you are looking for via the controller.

Yes, but this will only get to 60 which is the lower limit set on the internal AC controls.

The hurdle is apparently the sensor on the coils.  I pulled that and stuck both sensors in the can.  As long as I keep the coils from freezing it seems like it will get as cold as I want it to.

I've got the A/C plugged into a timer, so it only runs 15 minutes at a time to avoid icing the coils.  I have no idea how much it is actually running, but it doesn't seem like much.  The room is mid-50s at the floor, 60 at the ceiling.  I'll see if I can take the whole room down to 50 but I don't think I need to go any lower.

This is my ghetto coolbot.  A can to keep the sensors warm, a timer to keep the coils defrosted.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 01:03:52 PM »
I was strangely impressed to see Skotrat post here every now and then.  I was like "that's the dude with the recipes!"

I'm chalking it up to nostalgia and telling myself I'm not creepy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:19:07 PM »
looking at the pics I would say it was not done fermenting so the smell is just continued fermentation.

I concur with your diagnosis, doctor.

And, yeah, I wouldn't recommend stacking the burner and kettle like that.  Worked once.  But all you need is for it to fail once.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:06:42 PM »
I wish this forum had been around when I started - there's always somebody here to help.

I know there were Bulletin Boards (BBS for us old people) but I don't recall even using e-mail back then.

Maybe on America On-line.  But I don't remember too much about that service.  Dial-up, baby.  You were hot if you had a 1200 baud modem.

I used the rec.crafts.brewing Usenet group when I started brewing in 98.  "Met" Mike Dixon there.

Good Gawd, Denny.  I've been brewing for longer than you.  Now I feel... about as old as I already felt.

However, the first on-line recipe source I ever used was Skotrats.  The Rat Cellar or something like that.

Prior to that it was all Papazian's books and BYO.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:39:15 AM »
I wish this forum had been around when I started - there's always somebody here to help.

I know there were Bulletin Boards (BBS for us old people) but I don't recall even using e-mail back then.

Maybe on America On-line.  But I don't remember too much about that service.  Dial-up, baby.  You were hot if you had a 1200 baud modem.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:15:56 AM »
I'm going to guess there was additional fermentation in the secondary and/or that the hops knocked some CO2 out of suspension and that's where the yeasty smell came from.

I've had some beers (typically Belgian) that smell strongly of yeast in the fermenter but once they drop clear and are in the glass no worries.

Since it's your first ever, the recommendation to wait and be patient before dry hopping and/or transferring is one of the very best you will ever get.  Patience is important, don't rush the beer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:03:26 AM »
What does the beer look like?  Have you tasted it?

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Beer Travel / Re: Not going, stuck at home
« on: June 05, 2014, 02:09:34 PM »
Your week sounds like mine, but I'll have more work and less firewood.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most frustrating waste of beer ever
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:30:09 AM »

Ron lost 5 gallons of RIS force carbing at 30psi I believe with a picnic tap attached.  There is a max pressure for the tap, 15 psi comes to mind, although it's not in stone and I have had mine up to 30 psi before with no problems.

I wasn't aware that there was a pressure rating for the taps.  I've done hundreds of kegs at 30-35 psi, so I must have been lucky.

I have a picnic tap on my root beer, which is at 40 psi (IIRC).  Of course the dispensing line is REALLY long so the pressure at tap has got to be a lot less.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most frustrating waste of beer ever
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:20:38 AM »
I carb without a tap attached, so my picnic taps have never been a cause of lost beer.

I have had a poppet leak, though.  Didn't lose much, but had a sticky beer floor.

That was post-carbonating, though.  I think the poppet stuck slightly open after I removed a tap.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 05, 2014, 09:38:30 AM »
I guess now that I've crapped all over the rumors about Chinese kegs, I should say that one of the reasons I asked about the Indian kegs is I had heard rumors of problems, as well.

What I had heard is issues of weld quality.  Not that they leaked, but that the welds were sloppy and could cause issues with cleaning and sanitation.

But I've not actually seen these in person.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 05, 2014, 09:25:15 AM »
Those look like the same Chinese ones I have.  I think I may have paid more, though...  AIH has some pretty good pricing.

I haven't had any issues with leaking and I've had these kegs for a few years.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:45:05 PM »
The two I have are VERY thin, so denting could be a concern if your concerned.  I don't intend to abuse them, but shtuff happens.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:14:59 PM »
That's not happiness, that's delirium from the lead poisoning.

But seriously, what rumors?  Lead?  I don't believe it.  I've heard them, too, but can't figure out why there would be lead in stainless steel.

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