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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the holidays
« Last post by Lazy Ant Brewing on Today at 02:04:42 PM »
Is there anything that doesn't go well with homebrew?
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For sure use a dip tube that picks up from the side. I have mine clipped to leave 1/2 gallon behind which makes it a little stupid proof.

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=45&product_id=159
If buying a commercial kettle, you would likely need the flush welded.

Yep!  I'm hoping that the 1/2" threaded full coupler is mounted flush to the inside of the kettle, in which case the item you linked to should work perfectly. 

Sean does that look right to you?

Thanks Stevie!  And I like very much your suggestion to raise it above the 1/2 gal mark!

https://www.morebeer.com/products/185-gallon-brewmaster-stainless-steel-brew-kettle.html
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All Things Food / Re: Tom is on
« Last post by HoosierBrew on Today at 01:58:48 PM »
Looks great Bama!
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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stout Help
« Last post by HoosierBrew on Today at 01:48:28 PM »
Hard to go wrong with WY1028 for British style porter and stout. It attenuates well, probably comparable to 1450,ie., just a tad less than 1056.


Edit -  No tricks needed. It goes strong at 65-66F with the esters under control. It's a reliable, strong fermenter.
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For sure use a dip tube that picks up from the side. I have mine clipped to leave 1/2 gallon behind which makes it a little stupid proof.

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=45&product_id=159
If buying a commercial kettle, you would likely need the flush welded.
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Pumps are awesome,  but a good stir for a full minute or using a mix-stir works well. Settling for 30 min is the key.


Thanks Stevie.  That's helpful to me.  And honestly I prefer the simplest possible set-up, so hand-stirring or a mix stir sound better than a pump set-up to me.

Do you have an opinion as to whether to us a "trub deflector" - I believer they're commonly called a whirlpool pick-up, as an attachment to the inside threads for the drain port?  I recall seeing short bent tubing with the end opening close to the kettle wall, sometimes with a partially pinched tube end, and maybe connected to the port threads via compression fitting??  I didn't see anything similar on MB website.
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Pumps are awesome,  but a good stir for a full minute or using a mix-stir works well. Settling for 30 min is the key.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP questions
« Last post by dmtaylor on Today at 12:47:25 PM »
Session IPA is like an overhopped APA, which is great if you want to win competitions.  A few judges might ding an overhopped APA, but most probably won't.
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For whatever it's wort...

My own data to date has confirmed the Novotny formula for calculating SG from Brix is a good one.  Not necessarily "better" than Terrill's, but a bit different, and valid in its own right.

And the most accurate FG formula for me is............

None of the above.  :)

Actually, it's the one that Terrill refers to as the "Old Cubic", for which I forget the source but so far it seems closest on the average.  Not perfect either, but close on the average.

To be fair, some of my data is for very high gravity beers, for which no formulae are very accurate -- they are all calculating FG values 0.003-0.006 higher than my hydrometer.  For example there is one beer where my OG was 1.098 as measured by hydrometer (and original Brix was 23.2).  Calculated FG for final Brix 12.9 and correction factor 0.99 (yes, NOT 1.04) was anywhere 1.026-1.029 depending on the formula, but my hydrometer said 1.023.  So, not a big deal -- next time I make a huge beer of OG >1.090, I'll expect to have to subtract a few points from the calculated FG if I skip the hydro and just use refract.  Close enough.

For me, ultimate near-exclusive use of refractometer is desirable, as I am a small batch brewer and would prefer to get 14-15 bottles out of a batch rather than just a 12-pack from too many hydro samples.  For those doing 5 or 10 gallons, sure, I get why you might not care.  But I do.
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All Things Food / Re: Tom is on
« Last post by 69franx on Today at 11:43:00 AM »
Looks great. Happy Thanksgiving.
Oil is at 185 for mine, should be dropping it by 2 and eating by 4 after letting the bird rest while trimmings get finalized

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