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Equipment and Software / Re: What type fittings are these?
« on: July 10, 2013, 08:22:20 PM »
For the tubing you could use polycarbonate or borosilicate glass (McMaster-Carr) and use a couple of silicone O-rings in place of the metal compression ring.
That's how my sight glass is constructed. I bought it from

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 10, 2013, 04:06:43 PM »
Hear that. It doesn't have anything to do with India anymore. It's kind of like Kentucky Fried Chicken is just KFC now. Doesn't really have to do with Kentucky anymore.
KFC changed their name back to Kentucky Fried Chicken a few years ago. Apparently the real rub was that Kentucky tried to trademark the name Kentucky.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Bombs, ...oh my.
« on: July 10, 2013, 02:00:33 PM »
Ambient air pressure at sea level is 14.7 psi. Ambient at 7000 feet is 11.3 psi. If the pressure in a bottle with 3.0 volumes CO2 is 44.1 psi. Then a beer with 3.0 volumes CO2 at sea level would be at 3.9 volumes at 7000 feet. That's overcarbonated, but probably not enough to be a gusher.
By the same math, a 2.0 vol beer would be 2.6 at 7000 feet.
A 2.5 vol beer would be 3.25 at 7000 feet.
Disclaimer: This math is the product of my own logic.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 10, 2013, 01:30:47 PM »
Using it dry in a fermenting bucket has always worked for me as well.  It may be an extra step but I find it easier to hydrate before I pour it into a carboy......
Me too. Yeast viability aside, in a carboy you really can't "sprinkle it on the wort". I always wind up with a pile in the middle that takes forever to fully hydrate.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:25:57 AM »
This is just crazy to me. You're some kind of anomaly, Denny.

Really?  It doesn't work for you?

I do what Denny says.

Going Pro / Re: Why Plato?
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:28:07 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, 10:52:41 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, 07:51:06 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, 07:10:02 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, 06:47:20 PM »
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 08, 2013, 12:25:22 AM »
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 08, 2013, 12:22:24 AM »
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, 10:35:03 PM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Options other than racking cane?
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:03:23 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.

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