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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Priming Calculators and my Heffe
« on: April 05, 2011, 03:34:42 PM »
That does seem like quite a bit. Depending on the type of sugar, it looks like that's 3.9-4.1 vol of CO2. Be careful storing and opening the bottles - I've heard that standard-weight bottles will burst at about that point.

Equipment and Software / Re: Best Hydrometer?
« on: April 04, 2011, 04:24:15 PM »
Since I've been worrying about reading FGs precisely recently, I got a narrow-range -5 to +5 Brix hydrometer. It's graduated to 0.1°Bx, and can actually be read down to 0.05°Bx (~0.0002 SG). For OG readings you can use the cheap triple-scale hydrometer, since a variation of a "point" or two isn't as much of a concern, or use a refractometer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 2.5 hour mash ?
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:39:24 PM »
Refractometer reads sugar and not starches.

I've actually checked a cornstarch solution and it does result in a reading on the refractometer.

Ingredients / Re: Shopping supplies
« on: April 03, 2011, 07:54:50 PM »
uthristy, what's the difference between the Castle and F-B pils that you need both?

All Grain Brewing / Re: 2.5 hour mash ?
« on: April 03, 2011, 06:26:31 PM »
There is a conversion table to check your mash OG.
Thinner mash lower OG.
This seams to be better then iodine test.

That just tells you that you've solubilized the starches, though, not that they've been converted.

All Things Food / Re: A new Sushi place
« on: April 03, 2011, 11:12:28 AM »
Just come
and try it !

"It's San Antonio, we know you don't have any options!"

A finished beer will have, at most, roughly a million cells per milliliter. So if it was stored cold there could be as many as ~350 million cells in a 12 fl oz bottle. More than likely, it's actually less than 100 million. So the key is to start with a very small volume of wort and step up several times. I like to start with 50 mL of wort, then 250 mL, then 1 L, give or take. At that point you should have roughly 50-100 billion cells and you can treat it like a pack or vial.

Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: April 02, 2011, 04:30:57 PM »
After a year and a half of being on the forum almost daily, this his now happened to me half a dozen times in just the past two days. Maybe the timing will give the server gnomes a clue...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparging big grain bills
« on: April 02, 2011, 10:42:07 AM »
That's a large enough volume and a small enough grain bill that I don't think there's any need to no-sparge it unless you want to brew a small beer with the second runnings. If you mash with 6.3 gal and sparge with 4.0 gal you'll have equal runnings and only take up 32 qt of volume in the tun. With 100% conversion efficiency that will get you 8.0 gal of 1.063 wort, 5.25 gal at 1.098 post-boil.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Chimay
« on: April 02, 2011, 08:43:52 AM »
FWIW you are brewing a Belgian Ale .... Belgium is a country. You don't brew an America IPA.  ;)

Maybe you don't, but out here we do. These colors don't run, baby! ;D

The Pub / Re: It's Friday! I'm out! (And heading to happy hour!)
« on: April 01, 2011, 06:43:21 PM »
1323 Greene St, Silverton CO. I was joking, but if anyone actually comes up to Silverton the beer's on me.

The Pub / Re: It's Friday! I'm out! (And heading to happy hour!)
« on: April 01, 2011, 06:06:01 PM »
I missed happy hour, but the POW has live music if anyone wants to meet up with me there. ;D

Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: April 01, 2011, 04:16:28 PM »
This actually just happened to me for the first time today. Had to click reload 5-6 times before the page would render.

If you aren't getting full conversion in an hour I think your mash chemistry may be a little out of whack. As long as I get my pH in range I have >90% conversion when I start recirculating at 45 min.

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