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Equipment and Software / Re: Counterflow chiller questions
« on: December 10, 2013, 09:34:50 PM »
I'm jealous of 40 degree chilling water.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 16000 rpm motor for grain mill
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:51:46 PM »
16,000 rpm? Is that powered by jet fuel?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:45:55 PM »
I siphon from the top and keep moving the cane down as the level drops, which is probably how I lose the siphon from lack of paying attention. 
Sharks with frickin' laser beams

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Training up the new Assistant brewer
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:02:47 AM »
I actually got that for him at NHC last year. There was a guy, Princeton homebrew supply maybe? they were giving out skeeter pee and selling these cool little mash paddles. He always wants to help mash in so it seemed a natural gift. A good friend of mine made my mash paddle for Christmas last year.
Cool. I remember them. So, I guess everything he makes is a small beer.  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Training up the new Assistant brewer
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:10:47 AM »
Did you make him his own short stock mash paddle?


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Ingredients / Re: Radical brewing-Christmas ale
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:08:14 AM »
Do I then need to assume that with an addition of this steeped liquid I will also be adding approximately 2.5-3oz of sugar when bottling?
That makes sense. The yeast will certainly eat up any simple sugar available.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 06:32:41 AM »
I've always thought someone should invent a siphon starter (who writes syphon anyway? Oh, that was me). It would be two flat wheels in a frame that clamp over the flexible tube so that they flatten the tube between the wheels. You put it on at the top near the racking cane and pull it to the bottom. As the flat part moves to the bottom, it will pull liquid with it - much like a peristaltic pump. It should make siphon starting pretty easy.

Well, I guess I just invented it.  OK, somebody should make it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:14:38 PM »
Am I right in thinking that as long as the interior volume of tubeing/bottling want below the elbow of the racking cane is greater than the volume of the cane + a little I should still be able to start a syphon by filling that portion with star san right?

Am I way over thinking this?
Yes to overthinking. As long as the syphon outlet is lower than the syphon inlet, it will work. It doesn't matter how high the bend is or what the inside volumes are.

I have a racking cane that I cut down for gallon jugs.

Okay, I was going to argue about it not mattering but I realized you were right before typing it out. the only thing that matters is that the volume of star san is greater than the volume of AIR between the surface of the beer and the top of the bend. Otherwise the star san would exit before the beer made it over the hump and no syphon would form.
Actually, if it only makes it over the hump, it will flow back into the jug. The beer needs to make it over the bend and below the surface level of beer in the jug before the syphon starts.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlpooling
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:07:25 PM »
I whirlpool by stirring with a long spoon for a few minutes. Then letting it sit for 10. It seems most of the settling happens in the 10 minutes when the liquid is swirling slowly. Maybe the speed is too high and keeps kicking up trub? Or maybe the liquid movement is too irregular when using a spoon?

You can do what you suggested too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Maybe I'll try a kit!
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:47:20 PM »
Not Fleischmans, but it's just "Mr Beer 5g beer yeast" in a plain packet. http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/product_id/1190/nm/Dry_Ale_Yeast1  I really did think about using different yeast, but then it's not a Mr Beer kit so what's the point.

According to their website, the extract cans are manufactured by Coopers. I really with it wasn't pre-hopped extract, but for Classic American Light I guess you don't need much hop aroma anyway. That they sell pre-hopped northwest pale and IPA kits blows my mind. And let's not even talk about the lagers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:34:37 PM »
Am I right in thinking that as long as the interior volume of tubeing/bottling want below the elbow of the racking cane is greater than the volume of the cane + a little I should still be able to start a syphon by filling that portion with star san right?

Am I way over thinking this?
Yes to overthinking. As long as the syphon outlet is lower than the syphon inlet, it will work. It doesn't matter how high the bend is or what the inside volumes are.

I have a racking cane that I cut down for gallon jugs.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Counterflow chiller questions
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:16:21 PM »
If you are using a counter-flow chiller - can't you still just recirc it back to the BK until it's at pitching temp?
Not without a pump. Guess which guy doesn't have a pump.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Counterflow chiller questions
« on: December 09, 2013, 12:57:20 PM »
I have a counterflow chiller and keep thinking about buying an immersion chiller. It's just easier to sanitize.

What size is enough depends a lot of flow rate and water temperature. My CFC is really convenient when the water is 60F, difficult when it's 85F. Of course, the same is true with an immersion chiller. But at least with immersion you have the option of leaving it in longer. I sometimes have the wort slowed down to a trickle and it's still not enough.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Maybe I'll try a kit!
« on: December 09, 2013, 12:51:41 PM »
No really. We were at Goodwill and they had a Mr Beer kit. I've heard from so many that this was their first homebrew and it was horrible.  I checked and the extract has a year before the use by date, and it was only $5. I thought it would be fun to see what two experienced homebrewers get out of one of these kits. Anyone else try a Mr Beer kit lately?


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Ingredients / Re: Best way to sanitize cocoa nibs??
« on: December 09, 2013, 12:18:31 PM »
You can make a giant filter by laying paper towels in a strainer basket or colander.

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