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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-18-2012, 09:43 PM
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Posted By evandy
I ended up keeping some of both the dark-grey...

I ended up keeping some of both the dark-grey yeast as well as the creamer "throw-away" jar. After 18 hours and no activity with the dark-grey yeast I pitched the "throw-away" jar, and got activity...
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-25-2012, 12:20 PM
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Views: 126
Posted By evandy
Project Fedora: The Return of Tex

NOTE: PLUG below. If you aren't an adventure game fan, you should probably go to the next thread now.

If there are any adventure game fans out there, the Tex Murphy series has a kickstarter...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-27-2012, 02:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 864
Posted By evandy
Look at your suppliers, and find out how many...

Look at your suppliers, and find out how many have ball-lock vs pin-lock kegs available. think about whether or not you might want to buy some more in 5-10 years. Ask them which they expect to be...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-23-2012, 01:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By evandy
Starter's done. This is a very odd yeast. There...

Starter's done. This is a very odd yeast. There are some HUGE clumps of nice, creamy off-white yeast. They settle out as fast as trub, they are so big. Then the suspended yeast is this dark tan...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-21-2012, 11:36 AM
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Views: 580
Posted By evandy
Well, the starter seems to be fermenting away...

Well, the starter seems to be fermenting away nicely. So either the 3 weeks in primary was a little long, or the wort made it darker than usual. Original fermentation was a 36-hour race; fastest...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-20-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By evandy
The strain is listed as "highly flocculant"... If...

The strain is listed as "highly flocculant"... If I've got clumps of yeast instead of single cells, that might do it. I am running a repitiching series, so I don't want to dump it unless I have to....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-20-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By evandy
It's from a best bitter, so not particularly...

It's from a best bitter, so not particularly dark. Only reason I worry was that the starter yeast was the normal color, so these guys must have picked up some color somewhere I guess.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-20-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By evandy
Washed Yeast Color

Usually when I wash yeast it comes out a creamy near-white. I just washed some wyeast 1882 (Thames Valley 2) and it's a deep tan, with shades of grey. Very odd. Anyone seen this before?
Forum: DIY Projects 02-03-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,744
Posted By evandy
<points up>: I have a PVC cap that fits over the...

<points up>: I have a PVC cap that fits over the end nicely. it's just cropped out of the photo.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-03-2012, 02:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,744
Posted By evandy
Yes, by the way, that is 1" pipe. Element fits...

Yes, by the way, that is 1" pipe. Element fits nicely in it. Whole thing was about $60, less the QDs.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-03-2012, 02:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,744
Posted By evandy
Copper RIMS Tube

Just about done with my eRIMS build. Just need to do a hydro-test and seal up the insulation! Instead of the usual "Jam the Element in real tight" I took a 1" pipe tap and reamed out the adapter...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-29-2012, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,024
Posted By evandy
I usually leave the pint or so of starsan that I...

I usually leave the pint or so of starsan that I use to sanitize my kegs in them. That way, when I'm ready to keg, I can use that to sanitize my autosiphon before dumping it out.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-10-2012, 12:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,952
Posted By evandy
You could make your own? The Flare-fitting...

You could make your own? The Flare-fitting ball-lock connectors have 1/4" MFL threads. Gas guages are commonly available with 1/4" NPT threads. Just buy yourself an adapter.
Forum: Cooking & Pairing 11-18-2010, 10:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 455
Posted By evandy
When you are kneading, be VERY careful about...

When you are kneading, be VERY careful about adding flour. Remember that you need to reserve your kneading flour from your initial mix. I have been kneading with my kitchenaid for years, and it helps...
Forum: Cooking & Pairing 11-14-2010, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 455
Posted By evandy
I usually have great luck with Birenbaum's Bread...

I usually have great luck with Birenbaum's Bread Bible. If you are getting a dense interior, then either the loaf isn't rising enough, you have developed too much gluten, or your water balance is...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-10-2010, 03:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 446
Posted By evandy
It also isn't that "mini". But smaller than...

It also isn't that "mini". But smaller than anything else I've seen
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-05-2010, 11:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By evandy
If you have a kitchen scale that measures in...

If you have a kitchen scale that measures in grams, it's even easier:

1) calculate starter size at mrmalty.com
2) put size/10 grams of DME in flask
3) add water until you are at <size>
4) add...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-04-2010, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By evandy
Get a copy of Palmer's "How to Brew" or go to...

Get a copy of Palmer's "How to Brew" or go to this on-line mirror. Use the nomagraph. The amount of sugar you need depends on post-ferment temperature, and the final number of volumes you want.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-03-2010, 02:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 817
Posted By evandy
I would rhink about drilling out the caps to some...

I would rhink about drilling out the caps to some 2L soda bottles and inserting a tire stem to make your own carbonator cap for cheap. Then tote along a couple to the beach.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-30-2010, 11:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 864
Posted By evandy
Well, according to the BB website, they are OK to...

Well, according to the BB website, they are OK to be picked up, when full, by the neck.

My blow-off solution is Fermcap. It works very well.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-29-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 864
Posted By evandy
Better Bottle Problem

I recently switched to better bottles, and really like them. However, I've got a problem! I have the made-for-better-bottle snap-on blue carry handle, which is advertised as Good to carry the...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-22-2010, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,614
Posted By evandy
Pump-in-a-toolbox is /always/ a good idea! Since...

Pump-in-a-toolbox is /always/ a good idea! Since you are adding a receptacle anyways, you might consider making it a GFCI outlet, and using it to filter power to the rest of the box. That way you...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-28-2010, 03:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By evandy
alarm circuit?

I would like to wire the alarm output on my PID to control a piezo buzzer. I would like the buzzer to start when the alarm output is closed, and then be able to mute it with a push-button switch....
Forum: DIY Projects 04-15-2010, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,387
Posted By evandy
I took a look on the Frigidaire website for the...

I took a look on the Frigidaire website for the schematic for your fridge, but it looks like the model number you gave may be incorrect.

Essentially, what you want to do is to follow the wires of...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-15-2010, 12:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,728
Posted By evandy
Fermentation Chiller

Well, I finally got around to using the new controller (It was cold and I have a baby). It worked flawlessly. Here's a picture of it's current duties: fermentation chiller controller:
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