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General Homebrew Discussion / Fermenting under pressure.
« on: May 21, 2012, 12:13:15 PM »
As per my post in "equipment" yesterday I spent a day slaving at a large-ish (10bbl) brewery in Holland. One of the big surprises was that these folks ferment under pressure. It' all goes in a large SS conical fermenter, and the thing is sealed. Dry yeast is re-hydrated in a cornie sized keg, and then forced in with CO2 through a little valve on the side of the thing. Then it airlock, no blow off. After a week or so it gets racked to a lagering tank. (They call it lagering, although most of it's ale....the word is used for what we call lagering as well as for what we call conditioning.) The result is a carbonated beer.

Thoughts on fermenting without blowing off CO2?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pennsylvania Brewers
« on: May 21, 2012, 12:08:38 PM »
Sorry, I just did a hard delete on my FB account. Aaaaahhhhhhh.

Equipment and Software / My new system.......
« on: May 21, 2012, 12:01:28 PM »
Well no not really, but I had to pick a forum to put this story. Yesterday I had the honor and privilege to help with a brew at this place:

Sorry it's in Dutch. It's a micro brewery, with tasting room, food and live music. It's a cool place in that it offers employment opportunity to people that are recovering from, and dealing with psychiatric problems. There are over 100 employees. The head brewer is a psychiatric nurse. (how's that for a job description). Health care pays for part of the occupational therapy, beer sales does the rest. It's a NFP and is holding it's own quite nicely. (My wife thought I would fit right in..... that's a joke, I'm not making light of people with real mental health issues.) Anywho this is the brew setup....

A half a million dollar stainless steel German precision artwork. Whirlpool, plate chiller (the mother of all) and fermentation vessels all down stairs. Grain loft up, you can see the balcony where there's a chute to drop the grains into the BK.

We made 275 gallons of Russian Imperial Stout. (that's a lot of 50 pound bags bags of wet grain to get rid of at the end of the day.....)

I found a lot of inspiration for my "ultimate system" and also a lot of questions about process that I will pose in the appropriate sections of this forum.

The Pub / Re: Police in Chicago bust NATO protestors homebrewing
« on: May 21, 2012, 11:50:48 AM »
Everyone knows you don't put bottle caps on your Molotov's.

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: May 09, 2012, 03:41:25 PM »
Yes, they are by the ladders. NSEW.....

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: May 09, 2012, 03:20:02 PM »
Forgive me for I have been negligent of my brewer brothers and sisters on this forum. Too much work and the temptations of other projects..... (think building an RV starting with a not yet, but lots of research......but I digress)

Good news is I have NOT forgotten to brew, or drink, the noble brew. 10 Gallons of German Ale and 10 Gallons of IPA in the fermenters.... and as a side note, and on topic with this thread:

I sit corrected...... learn something every day.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation Experiment......
« on: March 01, 2012, 07:12:11 PM »
And since this was such a success, I have to do it again. (Read, I've got 6 kegs that need carbonating on the way to the event......) Except this time the event is a few hours in Eastern PA to Mississippi, via Orlando Florida.

Stop for diesel and a pee brake, check the bearings and the tires on the camper, switch the CO2 hoses on the know, just another road trip...... 8)

Which is not a problem, as long as you know, and apply the correction.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: cold crash....freeze??
« on: February 29, 2012, 07:26:50 PM »
I would add that you might want to find a cold spot where the sun does not shine.

You want him to put his beer where? Sorry, couldn't resist.  :D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Carbonating
« on: February 29, 2012, 07:23:38 PM »
Like somebody said........ sugar is for boosting the octane. CO2 bottles are for carbonating.  ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tightening keg posts
« on: February 29, 2012, 07:11:17 PM »
Can't remember where I saw it (it was on youtube somewhere) but the guy said turn the post finger tight then tighten with a wrench a little and give the wrench one "whack".  That's what I do.

Would that be a metric or a standard whack?

It would work, briefly, until the vacuum in the cask would no longer be overpowered by the pump. So, you'll need to put a connector on the gas side of the corny with a short piece of hose to let the air in.

Speaking of which, the problem with casks is that the air gets into them as you serve them. So, either you serve it quickly or you the beer goes bad. Unless you hook up just a wee bit of N2 on the gas side to act as an inert replacement for the beer. But now it all gets tricky and more spensive.

Also, to be a true cask conditioned ale make sure you let the beer carbonate itself, no CO2, no sugar. And finally, most fridges will run no warmer than 40-45. Cask ale is served at cellar temperature, ie 50-55. So you'll need an external controller.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tightening keg posts
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:11:47 AM »
From memory feel......20 ft pounds sound OK?

If it was me I would indeed bleed the head off the beer, and switch out the post. Don't forget to sanitize the new post.

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