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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Which regulator?
« on: November 14, 2012, 07:44:20 PM »
What brand

My cheap eBay regulator is a Draught Technologies.  My other regulator is a Taprite Fasco.

Other than one being blue and one grey, the look and operate identically.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Curtain around brew stand
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:37:48 PM »
It's obvious to me now that it isn't an issue with "capture" but that of airflow, it's availability and pressure differentials.

I think cracking a window in the room would go a long way to solving your problem.

This.  Your system is not balanced.

You need a fresh air intake somewhere.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Curtain around brew stand
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:53:18 AM »
I would imagine the exhaust is going to draw the curtain in towards the flame.

Could be scary if something goes wrong.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Making a starer using washed yeast
« on: November 13, 2012, 04:48:21 PM »
My beer will be just above 1.060 and I like to use a starter to kick things in faster.

too much yeast can also lead to undesirable flavours. you want to try and target the ideal yeast populations. When yeast are reproduceing they metabolize ester precursors so too much yeast can result in a overly fruity beer.

A fast start is not a 100% desirable thing, even when things appear quite those yeast are working there butts off.

not to say you shouldn't make a starter but you should figure out if you have to first. a couple 100 ml of clean healthy yeast might well be plenty.

It was my understanding that overpitching results in fewer esters.  Thus more problematic when pitching strains like Belgians where you want some ester production.

I could of course be wrong.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Making a starer using washed yeast
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:46:23 PM »
Depending on how much you have, you may not need a starter.  You could just pitch the yeast.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Which regulator?
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:07:39 PM »
I've got a couple of these:  http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/regulator/double/premium_double_gauge_beer_co2_regulator.shtml

One triple gauge and one double gauge and they've worked great.

I agree with this recommendation.  I have that exact regulator and it has been great.  My old one needed a screwdriver to set the pressure and I hated it for a really long time.  When the old one finally died, I got this one with the large knob and I was wishing I'd have made the switch years earlier.

This would appear to be a cheaper solution to replacing the entire regulator.  http://www.pmpfasteners.com/media/micro_plastics_push_in.pdf


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Which regulator?
« on: November 13, 2012, 11:04:34 AM »
Looks nice.  Good price.

But, it won't attach to your tank.  They're selling it as a dual secondary regulator, so you still need a primary regulator coming off the tank.

You might could change the fitting on the far right side of the photo, but you might as well just buy something that does what need and comes ready to go.

I honestly don't think manufacturer matters much as these are pretty basic items.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Which regulator?
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:26:00 AM »
I'll check tonight.  I meant to over the weekend, but obviously never did.

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The Pub / Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:42:08 AM »
I was also laying awake last night thinking about this. Maybe at least put a chip in for either economy or even more get up and go. If the remote unlikelihood the motor ever needs replacing a 3.5L fits in the engine compartment! Hehe might have to look into a tune. Get the TDI and fix up the Rabbit! Of course we're not talking about saving anything at that point. Just fun!

I spent a couple months looking at mods for my GTI after I bought it.  3-inch DP, bigger turbo, blah blah blah.

It's fun to think about.

By the time I started bolting on performance parts to my Saab it was really time to let it go.  On the plus side, I sold all the parts for pretty much what I paid for them.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dead yeast?
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:30:52 AM »
If you bought it at the LHBS, they ought to replace it for you.

I've never had the issue with dry yeast, but I have had a Wyeast pack replaced when it did not swell.  No questions asked.

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The Pub / Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:25:48 AM »
A car that's paid for vs $25,000.00 in debt?  Really?   :o

But look at the savings at the pump, Carl!!!

I say forget the diesel and mpg and put a tune on that Rabbit.  You can juice those things for some serious HP.  You could go nuts and make it a Thunder Bunny.

You only live once, ya know.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Which regulator?
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:53:20 AM »
I think I got my eBay regulator for around $35.  6 years or so later, it works just fine.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrading Equipment vs Learning Your System
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:24:33 AM »
I actually do keep a clean never-used-on-anything-else toilet brush for scrubbing cornies.

That's a very dangerous game if you have roommates. ;)

Just a wife.  So no worries.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrading Equipment vs Learning Your System
« on: November 12, 2012, 09:54:43 AM »


. But don't aerate the wort with your toilet plunger.

no wonder i make s***ty beer 8)

I actually do keep a clean never-used-on-anything-else toilet brush for scrubbing cornies.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrading Equipment vs Learning Your System
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:42:05 AM »
I keep planning to upgrade to mashing in a cooler, instead of BIAB. I even bought the cooler.

And I also have that ol' turkey fryer sitting in the box in the basement for when I get around to brewing outside.  It's been there for six years or so at this point...

But when it comes down to it, I know my equipment and I know my process and changing it will take more time.

So I brewed 10 gallons this weekend on the stove top.  Hit my numbers (actually a little on the high-side, but that's OK by me).  Pitched the yeast and it's fermenting right now.

I have so little time to commit right now, that it seems better suited to staying with what I know works rather than investing the time in changing.

If you know your system, IMO you should invest your energy in improving your process and making better beer.  Don't change just to change.

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