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  • Posted in thread: Mash Tun Question on 04-29-2012 at 11:45 AM
    I used a heavy gauge piece of copper wire to make a "coil" (shaped like a long spring) to slip
    inside of the braid. This will stop the braid from collapsing. Your silicon false bottom idea
    might work ...

  • Posted in thread: Dry hopping questions... on 04-29-2012 at 11:39 AM
    I find that dryhopping at 65-70 degrees works faster to give hops flavor and aroma, while at
    kegerator temps it takes a bit longer. At room temperature, I find that in about 5 days I have
    peak flavor ...

  • Posted in thread: Dry hopping questions... on 04-29-2012 at 11:34 AM
    You may find this article interesting: article - would love to read the study. I fully agree
    that pellet over whole is the way to go. Was recently at a small brewery in Golden, CO - GCB -
    they use pe...

  • Posted in thread: Dry hopping questions... on 04-28-2012 at 12:34 PM
    I've been using pellet hops. Last keg I tried this stainless steel hop ball which to your point
    - sinks. I was thinking the same thing that the hops are not getting distributed evenly so I'm
    hoping th...

  • Posted in thread: Dry hopping questions... on 04-28-2012 at 11:57 AM
    I've been dry hopping in the keg my last few IPA's. I have been pressuring the keg right after
    transferring and hopping. It seems I get a great hop aroma with the first dozen pints or so,
    but then it ...

  • Posted in thread: Bottling bucket as HLT? on 04-04-2012 at 11:41 PM
    I have recently started using a bottling bucket as my HLT for fly sparging. I heat all the
    sparge water in my BK, transfer to the bottling bucket and start the sparge. It holds heat
    really well actual...

  • Posted in thread: First AG brew! on 03-05-2012 at 05:56 PM
    Solid. The only thing I see is that the boil kettle should be covered (IMHO) for the 50min or
    whatever of chilling. (I actually drape it with tinfoil as well as being covered, because the
    lid is ajar ...

  • Posted in thread: First AG Success on 03-05-2012 at 05:25 PM
    Completed my first AG yesterday, an IPA with ~14 lbs grain. A lot of changes to my setup since
    the last partial batch, but I think I can correct by next brew day. Biggest issue was missing
    my strike t...

  • Posted in thread: Gravity feed through a counter-flow? on 12-30-2011 at 11:34 PM
    Anyone tried to use a counter-flow chiller with just gravity feeding out of the brew kettle
    valve? I have a typical coiled wort chiller that I would like to convert to a CF but I don't
    have a pump (no...

  • Posted in thread: Secondary fermenter on 12-02-2011 at 01:01 AM
    Why move it at all? I've racked to secondaries for years due to the belief that long contact
    with the yeast cake will add off flavor to your beer. I've also left beers in the primary for a
    few weeks a...