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  • Posted in thread: Beer Smith Mobile (android) good enough stand alone, or do I NEED the desktop? on 06-26-2014 at 07:01 PM
    I migrated to the Android mobile version a few months ago when it was time to replace my aging
    and vulnerable XP computer, and because I left windows entirely and went with a ChromeBook.
    Dealing with ...

  • Posted in thread: Sanitary Herms Rig for a cheap skate on 12-01-2013 at 11:08 PM
    Could someone give me some very basic knowledge on how a tig welder gets a sanitary ferrule
    into a keggle (with tri-clovers both inside and outside the keg)? If we start with a sanitary
    ferrule with i...

  • Posted in thread: High Attenuation on 12-22-2012 at 04:32 PM
    No need for split batches. Check your gravity before and after dryhopping. Unless you are
    dryhopping prior to your beer finishing this should clear up any confusion. Just speculating
    but if your dryho...

  • Posted in thread: High Attenuation on 12-21-2012 at 10:59 AM
    Komodo - If you're a "yeast technician", can you confirm that yeast that is kept from settling
    out (typically by mechanical stirring) attenuates higher than yeast allowed to settle? And if
    you agree w...

  • Posted in thread: High Attenuation on 12-18-2012 at 10:07 AM
    Does anyone have solid data around this subject? Please share if you do.

  • Posted in thread: Dry Hopping Fired it Up on 12-18-2012 at 10:04 AM
    I agree that dry hopping provides nucleation sites to stimulate CO2 out-gassing, but at the
    risk of swimming against the current,, I suspect that the increased wort agitation might slow
    flocculation a...

  • Posted in thread: High Attenuation on 12-16-2012 at 03:27 PM
    My home-brewed ales are consistently attenuating well beyond Wyeast published ranges and I
    wondered if dry-hopping could be the explanation. Here’s a concrete case study (my most
    current pale al...

  • Posted in thread: Hard Plumbing Suggestions for Single Tier Build? on 03-18-2012 at 01:12 PM
    What i am doing is making my own tri clover ball valves, taking the 3 piece ball valve apart
    and drilling out the threads in the ends and welding in 1/2" tube to a tri clover fitting..Hey,

  • Posted in thread: Jaybird's Stainless False Bottoms on 03-17-2012 at 04:21 PM
    I wish I could post more pictures here because I think you would get the drift of what a 15"
    false bottom can stop. I use an IC and was testing a new product. The 15" stopped about 80% of
    all the hops...

  • Posted in thread: Jaybird's Stainless False Bottoms on 03-11-2012 at 03:22 PM
    This is such a massive post that even using "search this thread" yields multiple pages of
    results. Direct me to the right spot if this has been answered already..How effective is a
    FB/hop blocker comb...

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