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  • Posted in thread: gas solenoid valve questions on 02-01-2013 at 08:34 AM
    The parts needed are a VR8200 gas valve pilot burner a thermocouple power the valves a
    120-24VAC transfomer with 75VA rating for 2-3 valves A 40 VA will operate 1 valve all day,
    and 2 for shor...

  • Posted in thread: Homebrew Companies that Ship to FPO? on 01-18-2013 at 12:53 AM
    Northern Brewer doesn't send to soldiers abroad. Any idea which companies do? I have relatives
    who want to brew but...

  • Posted in thread: Impact of high mash temp on OG on 11-02-2012 at 02:23 AM
    Thank you moderator for info on OG not being influenced by ratio of maltose to other sugars
    resulting from alpha/beta-amylase ratio. Appreciate also extra ideas on calibration. The lab
    thermometer has...

  • Posted in thread: Impact of high mash temp on OG on 10-29-2012 at 03:44 AM
    LAB thermometer off 5*F!!! Mashed in at 154-155 instead of target 149. Didn't figure it out for
    45 minutes, thus killing off much of the beta-amylase enzymes. I understand that hitting the
    higher temp...

  • Posted in thread: Thermometer off - low OG? on 10-29-2012 at 01:45 AM
    Ugh. Kicked-out of kitchen for almost a year. Got back in and thought I would try BIAB. Added
    15% grist to offset expected lower gravity. Should have been 1.067. I got 1.050!!!!!!!!!!!
    Couldn't believ...

  • Posted in thread: Age Sour Beers in Sealed Plastic Buckets on 11-07-2011 at 06:40 AM
    I have seen the permeability stats shown for plastic buckets versus other materials. But what
    is not considered in those calculations are the internal pressure of the bucket. (My thoughts
    come from ex...

  • Posted in thread: Nackte Stadt Berliner Style Weisse on 08-23-2011 at 06:17 PM
    What did you learn? What would you recommend doing differently next
    time?Thanks,Markwww.hiddenwellbrewery.comGood catch, I made the corrections. Promash defaults
    to 60 min boil and forgot to change it...

  • Posted in thread: Top freezer Refrigerator: Remove divider? on 06-01-2011 at 02:44 AM
    I have 4 dedicated beer fridges - all with top freezers. I just purchased a minibrew fermenter
    and it will not fit in any of them - 33" - they advertise 32".Anyway, if I remove the divider
    between the...

  • Posted in thread: Stupid Hops on 05-29-2011 at 10:12 PM
    This used to drive me crazy. I tried all the suggested options. Then I read in Kunze,
    Technology, Brewing and Malting, 2010 ed. p. 371: “Many breweries mill the hops very
    finely immediately befo...

  • Posted in thread: Issue with fermenter, can I add top-off water after fermentation? on 05-21-2011 at 05:37 AM
    Just use Fermcap or any other anti-foam. You can fill it right to the top and no problem. No
    affect on final foam retention either. Great product. Cheap aand available through many
    homebrew stores (No...

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