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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starter Question
« on: November 19, 2016, 05:17:52 PM »
The volume of your starter is the amount of water. The amount of DME would be in oz

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So a 1500ml starter is really more like 1725ml? 1500ml of water + 5oz DME + 125ml yeast pack.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Starter Question
« on: November 19, 2016, 05:13:49 PM »
According to Beersmith, I need a 1500ml starter. Is that the end volume after adding the DME and sick pack? It doesn't clearly show how much water to use, just the amount of DME for the starter size.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outdoor Propane Cooker Problem?
« on: November 18, 2016, 06:39:08 PM »
I recently purchased a King Cooker outdoor propane cooker since I have started all grain brewing. It puts out a nice flame and I can bring 7 gallons of wort to boil in about 20 minutes. It has a nice blue flame at this point but then I have to turn it down to avoid boil over. In order to prevent boil over I have to turn the flame down until it is a yellow flame. The yellow flame causes lots of black soot on the brew kettle and is a real pain in the butt to handle the brew pot later.
Is this normal for an outdoor burner or do I have a defective burner?
There should be an air intake adjustment on the front of the burner where the gas line goes in. See the attached picture.

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Could be a bad hose regulator. Another thing to consider is if it's a high pressure burner and the person you bought it from put a regular pressure burner regulator on it. I'm assuming it's for propane and not natural gas right? CNG does not work on Propane and vice versa.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outdoor Propane Cooker Problem?
« on: November 18, 2016, 03:55:27 PM »
I recently purchased a King Cooker outdoor propane cooker since I have started all grain brewing. It puts out a nice flame and I can bring 7 gallons of wort to boil in about 20 minutes. It has a nice blue flame at this point but then I have to turn it down to avoid boil over. In order to prevent boil over I have to turn the flame down until it is a yellow flame. The yellow flame causes lots of black soot on the brew kettle and is a real pain in the butt to handle the brew pot later.
Is this normal for an outdoor burner or do I have a defective burner?
There should be an air intake adjustment on the front of the burner where the gas line goes in. See the attached picture.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Final gravity
« on: November 18, 2016, 03:51:30 PM »
Oh I never waste it, even if it is still green and yeasty tasting, lol.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Final gravity
« on: November 18, 2016, 03:25:40 PM »
I always use the refractometer for pre-pitch readings, after fermentation, back to the old school. I tried using the correction on beersmith but it was still off when compared to the hydro. Too bad too, every test with a hydro is a drink or two of beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Not To Home Brew (Video)
« on: November 11, 2016, 07:13:09 AM »
This is a legit question.  When you flush the toilet, does it go down counter-clockwise?  Seriously,  post a video to prove it; using a clean toilet please...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Not To Home Brew (Video)
« on: November 08, 2016, 04:05:48 PM »
 Great video man!  One thing I did, prior to using a RIMMS tube, I insulated my Budweiser mash tun with the aluminum/fiberglass insulation that you can get at your local hardware store (the stuff used for insulating ductwork). I also used some 2" styrofoam for the bottom of the keg so that heat didn't escape.  On my temp test run, it maintained temperature for nearly two hours with the use of a lid and towels on top of the lid. Good thing is it is a very cheap option and will last you a long time; you also don't have to remove it. If I find an old picture I will post it for reference. Cheers!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Trub Trapper
« on: November 04, 2016, 02:01:55 PM »
   Has anyone purchased and used one of these yet? If so, what is your opinion ofit?
   Thanks
I used a similar thing for my mash tun, but it never worked,  still had grain getting by. For my boil kettle, I whirlpool and have a side pickup tube which leaves about .25 gal in the kettle with most of the trub. Works pretty good too.

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Equipment and Software / Re: wiring a pump
« on: November 03, 2016, 02:28:45 PM »
why not just switch an outlet then you do not have to cut end off so you can use the pump in other spots if needed
Great minds think alike lol!

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Equipment and Software / Re: wiring a pump
« on: November 03, 2016, 02:27:45 PM »
Wait,  why cut off the plug?  Just wire the power switch to an outlet and plug the pump into that!  That's what I did,  that way you don't have to worry about crossing wires or making a mistake.

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Equipment and Software / Re: wiring a pump
« on: November 03, 2016, 02:03:25 AM »
Hopefully you have a voltmeter,  if not,  they are cheap at Harbor Freight Tools.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Inkbird
« on: October 23, 2016, 09:26:24 PM »
The 306 is heating only, the 310 is heating and cooling. According to Amazon that is.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mailing Beers
« on: October 22, 2016, 04:07:20 PM »
Several years ago while I was still employed I worked in a shipping department and watched as a UPS guy gave a package covered with fragile stickers a hail Mary toss into the back of his truck.
Yeah, I've seen the same thing a time or two, from both FedEx and UPS.
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While not appreciated by the customer that kind of thing is the only logical method for the drivers as they are closely monitored on how long their route takes to complete and they don't really have the time to baby any packages.
I have a friend who drives for UPS. If their manager know that they purposefully mishandled a package, they get written up. They track their performance on the route by gps.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mailing Beers
« on: October 21, 2016, 06:07:54 PM »
I put "Yeast Samples! Extremely Fragile!" All over the outside of my box. Never had an issue with UPS or FedEx.

Several years ago while I was still employed I worked in a shipping department and watched as a UPS guy gave a package covered with fragile stickers a hail Mary toss into the back of his truck.
Yeah, I've seen the same thing a time or two, from both FedEx and UPS.

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