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Kegging and Bottling / Re: NO FLOW
« on: July 28, 2012, 05:27:03 PM »
You'll loose a little carbonation, but that will recover just fine. If you have a LHBS near you, there is a long thin brush made for dip tubes. Otherwise, you could use the thin stream on a multi-spray garden hose sprayer.

Beer Recipes / Re: Recreating an old recipe
« on: July 27, 2012, 03:00:43 PM »
I would do it as written just to do it. You are out an hour and a few bucks but would be a great tribute to Grandpa. I have a shoebox full of my grandmother's hand written recipes. I have followed some of them to the letter just to see even though I know of better ways or ingriedents.

Even if it is horrible, you'll know it is no worse than what your grandfather was drinking - and gulping down that swill will provide you guys with quite a laugh.
Maybe replace sugar with more malt for an 'unobtrusive' improvement.

Beer Recipes / Re: ThaiPA
« on: July 27, 2012, 02:55:47 PM »
I'd add some to the boil (or none) and have a thai basil tincture ready to adjust the taste at bottling.

Equipment and Software / Re: Infrared thermometer for carboy?
« on: July 27, 2012, 01:02:06 PM »
I figured reading a hot wet surface is even more problematic because of evaporative cooling at the surface.

Equipment and Software / Re: Infrared thermometer for carboy?
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:27:16 AM »
IR thermometers are really picky. To be accurate, you need a non-reflective, black surface.

When working at a chemical plant, we painted black spots on each tank to measure their temps with IR. The same could be done on your carboy. A few strips of electrical tape might do the trick.

Good info!

Equipment and Software / Re: Fryer for boils
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:00:06 AM »
Fermcap is great if you're lacking headspace.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: We need to talk...
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:42:52 AM »
Are there other beers that he'd notice the funk in, other than Guiness? Or is he not really into beer enough to notice it.  You could bring a bottled version of one of his beers on tap and do a comparison - that might convince him.
You probably need to start drinking there a lot to gain his trust.  ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Half Barrel Brew Tower Design
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:51:11 AM »
I think it should be noted (for any people wanting to built their own tower in the future), you'll also need to cut 8 pieces w/ 45 degree angles to weld into the corners on the top.  I don't know why I forgot about this in my plans, but it was simple enough to add in.  My burners come in this week (hopefully).  Getting excited to mount the banjo burners.  I'm also going to paint the frame w/ high temp paint.

I wondered about that - those angle pieces will increase strength a lot. Triangular pieces of plate steel would work too.

Equipment and Software / Infrared thermometer for carboy?
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:49:31 AM »
I'm wondering if you can use an infrared thermometer to read the temperature of fermenting beer in a carboy (through the glass). I can't think of why it wouldn't work, unless the thermometer needs an opaque surface for an accurate reading. Anyone do this?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bad gauges?
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:19:07 PM »
It affects the high pressure because pressure is proportional to gas volume and temperature, so the same amount of gas in the tank will be at a lower pressure when colder. The low pressure isn't effected because it is not a set amount of gas (the regulator provides enough gas to reach that pressure at the temperature).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 12/16oz Bottle Taste Difference
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:13:58 PM »
I had carbonation consistency problems until I started stirring the priming sugar in the bottling bucket.  Other than that I've never had a difference between bottle sizes.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fryer for boils
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:19:14 AM »
With 5 gallon batches you'll be starting the boil with 6-6.5 gallons. 1-1.5 gallons of headspace sounds like a lot, but in reality this is only 2-3 inches of space. You must pay really close attention to avoid boilovers.
That said, I used one for years and paid close attention at hot break - never had a problem. Now I have a much larger pot that I can relax with - and I've had a few boilovers because I'm not paying attention at the right time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Temps
« on: July 26, 2012, 05:37:58 AM »
If you're not having problems, DON'T GO LOOKING FOR IT!

I can't count the number of people who were making good beer, read a bunch of stuff on the internet, overthought what they were doing, and drove themselves into the ditch.

This has been a Public Service Announcement.

I always aim to underthink when brewing. Luckily beer and underthinking combine into a nice positive feedback loop.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sour Worting
« on: July 25, 2012, 07:09:09 AM »
Good news. Are you basing your decision to stop souring only on pH? I'd taste it too.

Maybe the brewer was going for a weizen made with pickles, curry powder, tofu, and chocolate - and they nailed it in all of its disgusting glory.  Is that a 50 point beer?  No.

I guess I'll scrap my plan for a durian fruit kolsh.

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