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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:01:29 AM »
My recollection is that they were in the bottom of the bottles.  But I don't recall for sure.

I guess if they were in the bottles, they might have been floating in the fermenter or I sucked up some trub and gelatin when bottling.

Equipment and Software / Re: Home Brew Stand
« on: March 25, 2015, 01:01:45 PM »
there's not much to guestimate.

They used 2" tube steel.  The top is 54" wide.  It looks like the gaps between the steel in the mid-section are probably 2".  This leaves you with openings of 12 2/3" for the burners. 

Alternatively, they say it's built for 16" kettles, so an opening of 12 inches for the burners lets your kettle overhang onto the steel framing (which I think it is supposed to do) giving you a total of 16" for each bay. This gives you 3 inch gaps between the steel in the mid-section.  Since these are whole numbers, I'd bet this is how they laid it out.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pinic tap hose length?
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:17:32 AM »
In the 5+ years I've been kegging (I've lost track of who long, truth be told) I've never used anything but picnic taps.  I've never had one leak like you describe.

I've bought them in-line, at the LHBS, wherever.  No problems.

I recommend replacing them pretty regularly, as the plunger can get kind of nasty.  Stuff will grow in there.

The Pub / Re: What is this?
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:12:02 AM »
I think that might be the frumunda.  But I sure hope not.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:40:39 PM »
I have high hopes. I'd really dig consistently clear beer.

I really only use gelatin on stubborn batches.  But, yeah, clear is nice.

Equipment and Software / Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:31:37 PM »
u can try to modify mini fridge box - by adding another feet or two of height to original box - may not be professional but u can possibly have temp chamber for around $50 (depening on type of material u decide to use ) plus cost of a mini fridge around $ 100 - 150

Are you suggesting increasing the height of a minifridge?  My recollection is that typically there is a refrigerant line that runs across the top, which is why you must be careful when installing a tap tower, so adding height would not seem possible unless you were to splice into the refrigerant lines and then re-charge the freon.  Doesn't seem worth it.

But I may be misunderstanding you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:05:04 PM »
I chilled my current batch of Dunkel. Its at 31º right now. So, I took a cup of distilled water and added one pack knox gel. Stirred it in with my sanitized thermometer (44º). In 20 min I will nuke n stir about 20 seconds at a shot until it reaches 150-160º. Then I'm dumping that into my primary.

I can keg or bottle. How does gel fining in the primary effect bottle conditioning? Still plenty of yeast for carbing?

You should be fine bottling.  I think the actual amount of yeast you need to carbonate is far less than you might think.  The only problem I ever had bottling with gelatin is what I mentioned above.  Some chunks in the bottom of some bottles.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 20, 2015, 12:08:39 PM »
I've seen the Town Branch bottles in various stores, but haven't picked one up. The reviews have been mixed is why I've passed it up.

Try it for yourself. I find reviews foolish in most cases. It's not a popularity contest, it's whiskey!. ;)

We just got Town Branch here, and that will be my next purchase along with Green Spot. Need that for next week. Loving Four Roses Single Barrel.

I'll give the Green Spot a big thumbs up.  Tasty stuff.  Took a flask to the parade last weekend, along with some Tullamore 12 year.  The 12 year was smooth.  The Green Spot was head and shoulders above it, and flavorful.

As far as rye, I've been drinking a fair bit of James Pepper lately.  I like it, though it's not as smooth as some.

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

Ingredients / Re: Does Pilsner extract require a 90 min boil?
« on: March 17, 2015, 01:37:42 PM »
I use a lot of Breiss Pils DME.  Always added late to the boil with no issues.  It's by far the palest and most fermentable DME I've encountered.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 17, 2015, 01:21:30 PM »
Since "we're not making jello" i assume the only reason for the high temp is to aid in dissolving the gelatin, correct?

The gelatin dissolves easily doing the Bertus thing. I don't know, different methods I guess. I never wanted to let it boil because I'd heard stories of brewers getting little 'Jello' chunks in the first pint or two - didn't want to chance having Jello floaties. You don't get that the way I do it because the gelatin doesn't congeal since it doesn't boil. The brewers here that boil don't talk a lot about floaties so it must not be that common.

The first time I ever fined with gelatin, I must have boiled it.  Who knows, it was many years ago.  I added it to the fermenter and then bottled.  I had chunks of jello in some of my bottles.  Pretty nasty.  didn't use it again for years.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: o-ring lube for corny kegs?
« on: March 16, 2015, 10:53:16 AM »
^^This. You will throw your nasty Keg Lube away. It washes away in hot water.
Which washes away in hot water, Keg Lube or CIP??

I'm assuming CIP.  Keg Lube is pretty hard to remove.  I can't stand it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gravity/volume adjustment
« on: March 16, 2015, 08:29:32 AM »
I filter my water and have never had an issue.  But I certainly wouldn't go straight off the tap.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer won't Come out of Keg :-(
« on: March 15, 2015, 05:46:01 PM »
Joe, I can visualize the extra pressure disfiguring the little o-ring on the spring loaded poppet so that it seals the liquid out port right at the quick disconnect.
Anyway, it can't be any where else in the system other than the poppet, can it?

I wouldn't think so.  But since it pours fine if I blow off some pressure, I haven't tried to figure it out.

I can't recall if I've marked the keg or not...  Should have.  Just kegged a saison in what might be that keg.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer won't Come out of Keg :-(
« on: March 15, 2015, 12:20:02 PM »
I have one keg that won't pour at higher pressures.  Release the gas and it pours fine.  Gas it back up and it won't pour.  It's weird, and it usually winds up with a Belgian that I want higher pressure on, but it works out eventually.  I have no idea why it does this.

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