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Old 06-20-2011, 08:40 PM   #31
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...I think I was told a long time ago from some experiencds homebrewers that 1oz per 5 gallons is good. After reading the container it actually calls for 1-2oz per gallon for brewing kettles, and .75oz per gallon for tanks and fermenters.

Once I did that this weekend with a 2.5oz/gallon ratio my kettles cleaned up like they've never been used to brew with.

Paul - Thanks for the PBW/StarSan split, I'm going to need it.
Thats the problem with having so many different chemicals with different dilutions, it's easy to mix things up. The 1oz per 5 gallons is correct for Starsan. Hopefully that good clean will solve your problem


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Old 06-21-2011, 01:44 PM   #32
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Interesting point on the filter, Dg.

Curious how big the filter would need to be to get a decent flow through it? Also, wondering if any desirable components would be filtered out as well...
I've only used mine once. Flow wasn't an issue. I counterpressure transferred it from a sanke I'd been fermenting in, so the beer was already carbed.

I think .45 micron absolute is pretty fine. I have to admit that the flavor of the beer seemed to change after filtering it. Not much, but there was a difference. It could just be the total lack of yeast in it as a filter this fine filters 100% of yeast out.

Beer still tastes wonderful, so it's hard to say. That being said, I am going to try going with a 1 micron filter next time.

Crash cool first if you're interested in trying it.


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Old 07-20-2011, 12:23 PM   #33
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In case anyone is interested I now have 10 gallons of an awesome IPA on tap that does not appear to be infected in any way. I did a batch a month ago and borrowed an immersion chiller instead of using my CFC. So it looks like the culprit was the CFC or the pump. I did a batch last week with my CFC and pump but only after an extensive cleaning and sanitizing so we'll see if I got it all.

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Old 07-20-2011, 02:54 PM   #34
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Good deal Ranger. I really hope it turns out good for you. I still use a rib cage IC for thaty very reason. I have been going back and forth about recirculating while I have my IC in and im still a little hesitant on doing it for sanitation reasons.

Shoot I run boiling water for 10 minutes and then iodophor rinse for another 10 in my RIMS tube and I still see crap the next brew session come through.

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Old 07-20-2011, 05:01 PM   #35
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Nice, it must be a relief to have found the culprit.

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Old 07-20-2011, 05:10 PM   #36
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That's great news. I would be so bummed if I went through what you did. Ever think of getting a stainless plate chiller?

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Now I'm all worried about my CFC.



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