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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Quick (dumb?) OG, FG question
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:52:55 PM »
The relative offsets will be the same, so if all you want is to determine ABV, and you're using a simplified formula like
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131(OG-FG), you'll be fine.

Calibration temperature depends on the instrument. I have one that's 20°C.

The Pub / Re: Having fun with sanitation
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:48:58 PM »
Even after that, I'm not sure I'd trust the match to be sanitary.

Beer Recipes / Re: IIPA recipe / how's it look?
« on: January 20, 2012, 03:43:50 AM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency: How Good is Too Good
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:58:46 AM »
My efficiency has been pretty up and down (swings of 10 to 20%).

What kind of OGs are you brewing? That range is about right is there's a large variation in gravity.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:16:58 PM »
Of course, I grew up at 15 feet and went to school at 42 feet, so I'm high!

I had a friend visit from NOLA last winter. He had a lot of fun telling people he lives at -10 ft.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trucking wort?
« on: January 19, 2012, 08:34:49 PM »
You as a brewer pay excise tax in the state where it is sold/consumed. I am not aware of any transportation tax.

Some states do have import taxes on alcohol, don't they?

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 19, 2012, 08:27:26 PM »
I'm at 600 ft. and we got 7" of snow.

I don't understand. 600 feet from what?

It looks like it could be an elevation, but there are only three digits. ???

Ingredients / Re: Malt percentages
« on: January 19, 2012, 08:23:12 PM »
Designing Great Beers is definitely a good idea. Some of the bigger HBS online have guidelines in the malt descriptions too. Northern Brewer and Rebel Brewer come to mind.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency: How Good is Too Good
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:55:13 PM »
I got 10.5 gal. out of the mash at 1.044. ... I got 8.5 gal. of 1.051 in the fermenter.

If nothing else, you have a measurement error somewhere. Unless you left 0.6 gal in the kettle. 10.5*44 = 462 point-gal, 8.5*51 = 434 point-gal.

At any rate, it looks like your efficiency is in the low- to mid-90s, which isn't unrealistic with such a small grist.

Beer Recipes / Re: How to Doctor a Belgian Blonde
« on: January 19, 2012, 05:42:41 PM »
I'd ferment the split batch with a different yeast.

That's what I would do if I could, but it would render the tasting results moot. I think I'm going to go with the Citra dry-hop in one half.

I brewed this up this morning before work. Everything went well except for the getting up at 5:30 part.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 19, 2012, 03:41:19 AM »
Could be a rough water year if we don't get some significant snow late winter/spring.

Folks around here are already worried. The fire department used about 40% of the reservoir keeping the brewery from burning down.

In hindsight, I could have told them not to go to any trouble. ::)

Equipment and Software / Re: aerator.
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:29:08 AM »
You should be able to get an aquarium pump less than that, and you won't need to buy batteries.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: balancing ?
« on: January 18, 2012, 11:46:24 PM »
Nice, send us to your blackout page :)

Yes, that is what I did. On purpose. That. :-[

Sorry about the politics. It really was unintentional.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: balancing ?
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:46:04 PM »
Try this approach so that you don't end up with lines that are too short:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: serving pressure
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:30:32 PM »
I recommend using 3/16" I.D. tubing with about 6ft of length. It's always better to start with a longer line as you can always cut it shorter if need be.

For normal pressures I'd start out even longer than that. In theory, the length needed should be:

L = (P - 6)/0.7

Where L is the length in feet and P is the pressure in psi. For 12 psi, that's about 8.5 ft.

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