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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-24-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 156
Posted By stephelton
Camlock o-ring replacement (and food safety)

I've accumulated a few different variations of camlocks over the years, and unfortunately some are more difficult to lock than others. After some experimenting, the o-ring seems to be the cause..
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Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 04-28-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,039
Posted By stephelton
I imagine you'd be fine either way... but if it's...

I imagine you'd be fine either way... but if it's doing fine as it is, I might let it sit. That beer is actually still in the barrel! It has some vanilla notes for sure, but doesn't seem overly oaky....
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 04-27-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,039
Posted By stephelton
I've had some more experience with barrel aged...

I've had some more experience with barrel aged sours since starting this thread. What exactly are you interested in? I'd say in general moving to barrel should wait at least a week or two after...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-30-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By stephelton
I don't want to just let it rust... that's the...

I don't want to just let it rust... that's the whole point of this thread. Even if it were a purely aesthetic problem, I still want to prevent it.
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-30-2014, 03:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By stephelton
POR-15 to prevent rust on camco heating elements?

I'm putting together my electric brewery. I've been using my HLT extensively for sous-vide while I finish up the enclosure and software. I've noticed a lot of rust, and since sometimes I leave water...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-03-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By stephelton
ideal long term storage temp

I've got a spare room in the basement, about 8' x 15' x 8'. I'm thinking about getting a cheap window unit and temp controller to keep the room at a suitable temp for storing beer. Obviously, it's a...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-26-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 284
Posted By stephelton
bottle storage?

I've got a bit of a dumb question... should I store my corked mead bottles on their side like I would a wine bottle?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-30-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 291
Posted By stephelton
Goodfriend is awesome. My brother owns the coffee...

Goodfriend is awesome. My brother owns the coffee shop that's next door and they make some incredible coffee. I think they were awarded best coffee in Dallas from the Dallas Observer recently.
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Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-12-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 273
Posted By stephelton
Thanks. That website is pretty old school (to use...

Thanks. That website is pretty old school (to use nice words...)
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-07-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 273
Posted By stephelton
Wine book/resources for experienced beer brewer?

I've made some wine before and it turned out alright. I want to give it another shot with fresh grapes this time. Of course, they are expensive, so I want to do a good job. I'm an experienced...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-07-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,031
Posted By stephelton
This sounds like you turn the flame out,...

This sounds like you turn the flame out, whirlpool for 30 minutes (with your aroma hops) and then chill. Am I interpreting that correctly?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-07-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,031
Posted By stephelton
I left the boil sitting for many hours after...

I left the boil sitting for many hours after posting this... some friends came over and I was distracted :) One of the nice things about whirlpooling is that the wort is covered the entire time, so I...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-05-2013, 02:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,031
Posted By stephelton
Whirlpooling best practices

I'm doing a whirpool through a counterflow chiller at the end of a boil. Chilling time was great. But now that I've left the pump running for about an hour (water has been shut off :) I'm seeing a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-30-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 594
Posted By stephelton
It's definitely the honors system... and that's...

It's definitely the honors system... and that's not just relevant to this small case of re-brewing a beer for second round. What's to stop me from picking up a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, stripping the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-29-2013, 10:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 594
Posted By stephelton
No, it was in 4C :) Here's the recipe: ...

No, it was in 4C :)

Here's the recipe:

5.5 gal / 82% mash eff.
mash at 152

5 lb vienna
3 lb pils
0.5 lb dehusked carafa II
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-29-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 594
Posted By stephelton
I just got an email back from Janis, the NHC...

I just got an email back from Janis, the NHC Director. She said she "doesn't have a problem" with me submitting my new schwarzbier in place of the first round winner. It would still be nice to see...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-29-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 594
Posted By stephelton
So -- to be clear -- it's supposed to be the...

So -- to be clear -- it's supposed to be the exact same recipe?

edit: I really cannot find info on this. What I want to enter is my same recipe without the oats (same subcategory...) If I'm really...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-29-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 594
Posted By stephelton
Ah, thanks... Indeed there are instructions...

Ah, thanks... Indeed there are instructions included in a PDF for me.

I have a few bottles of the IRA left, which I'll enter. I don't have any more of the Oatmeal Schwarzbier (I thought I did,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-29-2013, 06:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 594
Posted By stephelton
NHC second round entry?

I won a first and a second place for my Irish Red and my Oatmeal Schwarzbier (respectively) at first round NHC in Denver. I understand that both can advance to the second round -- is that right? I've...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 04-24-2013, 12:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,039
Posted By stephelton
Which part? I ended up topping the barrel...

Which part?

I ended up topping the barrel off with a small batch, as described.

The beer has a great brett aroma with lots of funk, but the flavor is a bit weak. Still a good bit of sweetness...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-22-2013, 04:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By stephelton
More good thoughts. I'm trying the food dye right...

More good thoughts. I'm trying the food dye right now. The garden hose pressure idea is probably better, but oh well. Pressurized air would be good too, but I don't think I have the equipment for...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-22-2013, 03:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By stephelton
Good thought. I don't even have to be running the...

Good thought. I don't even have to be running the water through the outer hose, I can just flush it after a few hours.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-22-2013, 02:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By stephelton
Test for leaks in counterflow chiller?

I recently made a counterflow chiller out of some spare copper pipe I had laying around. It was in pretty bad condition to begin with, and I kinked it a good bit as I formed it. The outer part where...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-27-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By stephelton
Well that's largely why I'm here asking a...

Well that's largely why I'm here asking a question. Perhaps you'd like to elaborate?

My concern is the remaining complex sugars in the beer which can't be metabolized by the yeast. My...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-27-2013, 04:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By stephelton
I'd rather not take any chances with the...

I'd rather not take any chances with the fermenter. They're cheap, and I can always use extra "utility" buckets.

If I "ride it out" for a couple months, there will be far less sugar to contribute...
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