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Going Pro / Re: Why Plato?
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:28:07 PM »
4000 next year is what they are working on.

Yeah, that's kinda scary....

I hope there are more than 4 concurrent sessions. Those rooms were too big.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonating 2 beers on a single tap system
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:52:41 PM »
The o rings would suffer most and they are cheaper than a manifold

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonating 2 beers on a single tap system
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:51:06 PM »
Either will work, so do what works best for your setup. I like priming sugar if I don't have room to cool the keg yet.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:10:02 PM »
I made a mistake of under pitching (I think) this weekend into an Altbier. Chilled the wort in the fridge over night down to 55F. Rehyrdrated one packet of US-05, aerated for a minute with pure O2. 36 hours, no activity, raised temp to 60, nothing. Ended up pitching another packet last night and have a krausen forming this morning. I probably should've pitched 2 packs. Gravity was 1.050 for 4 gallons (that's the batch size I brew these days). Plus I rehydrated at 95F for 15 minutes, then pitched right into the wort, that probably wasn't the best idea either...

Thoughts, anyone?
An 11 gram packet should be plenty for 4G of a 1.050 beer. They are twice the size of Red Star packets.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:47:20 AM »
That refractometer sure didn't get very positive reviews. Kind of apprehensive after reading some of those. Usually there's one or two bad reviews, but that one has quite a few.
All the bad reviews I read were either the SG scale wasn't accurate or they shipped a brix only refractometer instead. I will only use the brix side, which solves both problems. If brix isn't accurate I'm sending it back.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: It's in the can.......
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:25:22 PM »
Keystone Homebrew's booth at NHC had some wines that were canned by one of the mobile bottling lines. You though craft beer in cans was a tough sell...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation where are you?
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:22:24 PM »
I wouldn't expect much from the 15lb/65F. At 65F you'd need like 30lbs to get 2 volumes of CO2.  Now that it's at 35, take it out and shake it. Works best if you can keep it connected to the CO2 while you do this. Shake until you hear the CO2 flow slow down. 5-10min.

Those are really nice!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club night pictures
« on: July 07, 2013, 03:35:03 PM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Options other than racking cane?
« on: July 07, 2013, 03:03:23 PM »
"Stop when full" - are you talking about filling bottles? If so, add a bottling wand which will only fill when you push down on the bottom of the bottle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:05:19 PM »
I don't have iodine, so for me it's an ok way to check conversion in the mash. I ball park what it ought to be and aim for that. When I'm close with no change in 15 minutes I figure its done. With beers around 1.060 that's usually 60-90 minutes. Strange huh?

At a minimum, that is a unique logic flow.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 05, 2013, 08:14:00 PM »
I would urge you all to check the refractometer against a hydrometer.

Na. I'm just going to walk away and assume it all goes to plan. Sharks with frickin laser beams.

Going Pro / Re: Why Plato?
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:46:39 AM »
Technically, I think that's because a refractometer can't directly read SG. And the problem is the relationship between SG and Plato are not perfectly linear. For the same reason, a hydrometer can't directly read Plato.

Going Pro / Re: Why Plato?
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:39:34 AM »
I says to myself - I'm sure there is a SG refractometer out there. Sure enough - dual scale ...
AND IT'S ON SALE FOR $15 (from $90). SCORE!!!

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