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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-25-2014, 02:07 PM
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Posted By chriscraig
I'm going to say that your problem is...

I'm going to say that your problem is under-pitching. A packet / vial of yeast would be good enough for a 1.050 beer, but you'd need to double up for something as big as a 1.070 beer. It has to do...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 02:02 AM
Replies: 23
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Posted By chriscraig
No, they just go in the tun.

No, they just go in the tun.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 01:55 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By chriscraig
24 hours without pitching is quite a risk. ...

24 hours without pitching is quite a risk. Remember that there is a lag time of ~24 hours even after you pitch. The best defence wort has against contamination is inoculation :)

Seriously, chill...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 01:47 AM
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Posted By chriscraig
It should be fine if it's strong enough. The...

It should be fine if it's strong enough. The benefit of the dome is the added strength against the pressure of the mash.

Is it flimsy?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 01:45 AM
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Posted By chriscraig
I've taken to using rice hulls in all my beers...

I've taken to using rice hulls in all my beers regardless of style. It helps with the speed of the sparge if nothing else.

I use 250g for 20L and 500g for 40L brews.

I use Beersmith to work...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-06-2014, 12:40 AM
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Posted By chriscraig
You're talking about no-sparge brewing. Totally...

You're talking about no-sparge brewing. Totally valid, but more expensive. Hops utilization would be a bit lower, but you can compensate for that.

I say go for it. Worst that can happen is you...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-08-2013, 12:41 AM
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Posted By chriscraig
I only really noticed that when brewing really...

I only really noticed that when brewing really light, clean beers like pilsners or blondes with little hops to cover up the DMS. The aroma hops was the primary reason for the change.
Forum: DIY Projects 04-07-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 550
Posted By chriscraig
Whirlpool immersion chiller

I've been using a CFC for a year now, and it's been working ok, but I wanted a way to chill my wort to below 120F as quickly as possible. A CFC was chilling 10 gallons of wort to pitching temps in...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-25-2012, 03:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 729
Posted By chriscraig
There are lots of formulas on the internet for...

There are lots of formulas on the internet for this, but your best bet is to start with a long line, and keep chopping off 6" at a time until you get a good pour...about a pint in 8 seconds.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-25-2012, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 729
Posted By chriscraig
Foam happens for a couple of reasons. 1....

Foam happens for a couple of reasons.

1. Over carbonation. If you have over-carbonated beer, there's not a really quick way to deal with it. Take the keg off the gas, and bleed the pressure out...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-09-2012, 02:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,166
Posted By chriscraig
I say STAY AWAY FROM THESE PUMPS! I recently got...

I say STAY AWAY FROM THESE PUMPS! I recently got one of the stainless steel versions, and the input fitting was an NTP fitting, and the output was a BSP fitting...I think. In any case I could only...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-13-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Posted By chriscraig
Well, I get decent water pressure in my house. ...

Well, I get decent water pressure in my house. It's just that after water going through 12' of hose to get to the CFC, and then through that 25' of fairly obstructed hose, the output is pretty slow....
Forum: DIY Projects 06-13-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Posted By chriscraig
I wonder if there is a simple solution to the low...

I wonder if there is a simple solution to the low flow rate...A march pump between the faucet and the CFC perhaps?
Forum: DIY Projects 06-13-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Posted By chriscraig
My CFC is 3/8 OD copper inside 5/8 ID garden...

My CFC is 3/8 OD copper inside 5/8 ID garden hose.

What I'm trying to determine is what I should be expecting from my CFC. I've read that many people have to restrict the flow of water to avoid...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-13-2012, 02:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Posted By chriscraig
Shouldn't I be able to chill the wort closer to...

Shouldn't I be able to chill the wort closer to the input water temperature though?
Forum: DIY Projects 06-13-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Posted By chriscraig
Issues with counter flow chiller

I've been using my 25' CFC for a few months now, and it's doing what I need it to do for now. Right now it's gravity fed, and with my water temperature being about 48F, I chill the wort down to about...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-22-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By chriscraig
How long for priming sugar to be fermented

Hi all,

I misjudged by pipeline. I primed 3 kegs with dextrose on Sunday, and since then I kicked 2 kegs!

I want to charge at least one of them before the weekend using CO2, but I want to make...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-16-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,492
Posted By chriscraig
That's probably a good idea.

That's probably a good idea.
Forum: DIY Projects 05-16-2012, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,492
Posted By chriscraig
Hop Spider - 1lb of hops

I'm getting ready to brew an IIPA that calls for a full pound of pellet hops. I'm using a 5 gallons paint strainer bag on my hop spider, and I'm wondering if I'm going to have any issues in my...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-29-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 491
Posted By chriscraig
You can do this, but you'd want to leave the keg...

You can do this, but you'd want to leave the keg hooked up until the CO2 has fully saturated the beer before storing.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-29-2012, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 755
Posted By chriscraig
No. You're going to need a separate regulator for...

No. You're going to need a separate regulator for each pressure you want to keep.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-07-2012, 12:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,929
Posted By chriscraig
+1

+1
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Posted By chriscraig
I'm in!

I'm in!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-26-2012, 04:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,586
Posted By chriscraig
This is all I could think of as well. I had the...

This is all I could think of as well. I had the foresight to buy enough 3/16th beer line over and above what comes pre-assembled with the kit for just this reason.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-25-2012, 02:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,586
Posted By chriscraig
Just curious.

Just curious.
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