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Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 05-26-2011, 04:54 PM
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Posted By Alemental
Me too!!!!!!!

Me too!!!!!!!
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-15-2010, 09:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,884
Posted By Alemental
The best place for the return is just below the...

The best place for the return is just below the top surface of the liquid. This way, the wort from the bottom is being moved to the surface & the entire batch gets thoroughly recirculated. This give...
Forum: HomeBrewTalk Announcements & Feedback 02-02-2010, 04:31 PM
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Views: 8,621
Posted By Alemental
Page one? Huh?

Page one? Huh?
Forum: General Techniques 11-28-2009, 11:48 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 209,273
Posted By Alemental
Yep, Plain ol' inexpensive Knox. No need for...

Yep,
Plain ol' inexpensive Knox. No need for the spendy designer gelatins that the homebrew suppliers want to sell you. This stuff works just as well.
Forum: General Techniques 11-28-2009, 11:34 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 209,273
Posted By Alemental
It may well be in your head. I have never noticed...

It may well be in your head. I have never noticed the smell/taste myself. Of course, maybe I am not sensitive to that flavor. I'll be transferring a batch later today that used gelatin; I'll...
Forum: Brew Science 11-20-2009, 04:19 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,942
Posted By Alemental
RO is very close to distilled. A little bit of...

RO is very close to distilled. A little bit of minerals do slip past the filters, but it is very a tiny amount. For brewing purposes they are interchangable.
RO can be a lot cheaper too. The grocery...
Forum: General Techniques 11-12-2009, 04:38 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 209,273
Posted By Alemental
It is best to prechill the beer as much as...

It is best to prechill the beer as much as possible. In cold temps, the proteins come together and form larger particles. (chill haze, for instance) The larger bits are more easily settled out.
Forum: Brew Science 11-07-2009, 10:46 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 26,942
Posted By Alemental
I start with RO and add whatever salts are...

I start with RO and add whatever salts are needed. For the mash, the salts are added right with the grain at dough in. For the sparge, I use straight RO water, and then add the salts directly to the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-14-2009, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Posted By Alemental
My suggestion would be to drop the cherry and the...

My suggestion would be to drop the cherry and the chocolate until you get a stout recipe that you are happy with. You should always have an established base recipe before trying to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-24-2009, 04:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,074
Posted By Alemental
This might not be a full answer the what you are...

This might not be a full answer the what you are asking, but a 4 minute wait after whirlpool is pretty much like nothing. Try more like a half hour.
Forum: General Techniques 01-06-2009, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 709
Posted By Alemental
If you are going to use stored yeast that is more...

If you are going to use stored yeast that is more than maybe 2 weeks old, definitely make a starter, and use that. I was using old slurry yeast and had attenuation problems. I've become rather fussy...
Forum: General Techniques 12-26-2008, 11:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,159
Posted By Alemental
Alcohol cleaners are just that;cleaners, not...

Alcohol cleaners are just that;cleaners, not sanitizers. To be an effective sanitizer, alcohol has to be over 70%, or 140 proof. And then it is still far inferior to Starsan.
Forum: General Techniques 12-25-2008, 09:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 595
Posted By Alemental
This is for 11 gallons.

This is for 11 gallons.
Forum: General Techniques 12-25-2008, 03:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 595
Posted By Alemental
Dissolving sugar

I will be making a triple tomorrow, and I want to add the sugar after the wort has almost fermented out. This batch requires a lot of sugar, 4.6 lbs, but I don't want to add a lot of fluid if I can...
Forum: General Techniques 12-25-2008, 03:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,513
Posted By Alemental
Yeah, Erlenmeyer flasks are like volcanoes,...

Yeah, Erlenmeyer flasks are like volcanoes, particularly if you try to add anything once the boil starts. Add all your ingredients, including the yeast nutrients, before the boil. The real solution...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-24-2008, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 576
Posted By Alemental
Both 304 & 316 can be welded. What you really...

Both 304 & 316 can be welded.
What you really want is 304L or 316L. The L versions are specifically formulated for welding and will produce more reliable welds.
You can hear a well informed...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-24-2008, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 751
Posted By Alemental
Racking on to a yeast cake; what a good idea...

Racking on to a yeast cake; what a good idea Evan! A boatload of active yeast, and it costs nothing extra. A win/win deal. I'll file that idea away for future use.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-26-2008, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,362
Posted By Alemental
Gearbeer, I think that this is what you are...

Gearbeer,
I think that this is what you are looking for, a gas valve that screws into your regulator with a a built in check valve:...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-21-2008, 01:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,016
Posted By Alemental
I know the 25' ICs are pretty standard, but they...

I know the 25' ICs are pretty standard, but they really are undersized for a full batch boil.


I tried the same thing, and it didn't work worth a hoot. I finally broke down and bought a March...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-10-2008, 02:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,396
Posted By Alemental
Likewise; at $5.75 these secondary regulators are...

Likewise; at $5.75 these secondary regulators are a steal! Perlick brand. I have 7 of them in my kegerator, 6 for beer I'm drinking, one to carb up the next keg to go in. 2 more on hand "just in...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-10-2008, 02:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,511
Posted By Alemental
Yep, I went the same route with a longer stir...

Yep, I went the same route with a longer stir bar. It got tossed alla the time. The conclusion I've reached is that if the stir bar is longer than the magnet in the stir plate, it will never center...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-08-2008, 08:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By Alemental
You are quite right, Kyle. I already recirculate...

You are quite right, Kyle. I already recirculate boiling water through my pump and hoses after every brew session. More toys, more housekeeping. *sigh*
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-08-2008, 12:40 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 14,976
Posted By Alemental
After reading this thread, I went up to my LHBS...

After reading this thread, I went up to my LHBS and asked if they had any 6.5 gallon carboys. He said he was out, but checked anyway and came out with the last one. Lucky day!
He then told me what...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-07-2008, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By Alemental
I've tried hop bags in the past, but I didn't...

I've tried hop bags in the past, but I didn't really like them. I would rather not go that route if possible.
I am glad to hear that the pellet bits will flow through the pump. I'll have to give...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-07-2008, 02:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By Alemental
March pump & hops

I have been using a Jamil-style whirlpool chiller & a pump to recirculate my wort. I use whole hops, so I have a screen to filter them out. Lately, I have been having problems with break material and...
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