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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-08-2013, 12:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,595
Posted By BigdogMark
Medical Oxygen Regulator another option

I have a regulator that appears identical except for the bottle connector. Mine has a yoke that goes around the post of a medical oxygen cylinder. If you search for medical oxygen regulator on ebay...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-07-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,670
Posted By BigdogMark
It is obvious what your opinion is worth...

Facts can't be communicated if they are unknown, unless of course this is a network news channel or three where they make them up as they go along. The "fact" of the breach was made public. After...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-03-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 28,359
Posted By BigdogMark
I'm going to assume those that are claiming they...

I'm going to assume those that are claiming they were affected by this issue did not choose to save a credit card in their Midwest account. My account has no cards saved. If you did, you chose to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-03-2013, 07:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,790
Posted By BigdogMark
What are you using for sanitizer? How are you...

What are you using for sanitizer? How are you cooling your wort? No accusations in the question, just wanting a clearer picture.

You mentioned something about forced wort sample. What do you mean?...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-03-2013, 02:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By BigdogMark
So the implied concern is with such a large...

So the implied concern is with such a large growth rate, there is a higher probability the starter will become infected? I will have to consider that with my sanitation procedures.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-02-2013, 06:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By BigdogMark
Why not go bigger?

I've been propagating yeast for myself and my brew buds, primarily WLP-001 California Ale and WLP-530 Abbey Ale. I started with 1 liter starters, going through the step-up process to get multiple...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-07-2013, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,116
Posted By BigdogMark
It tested as 8.5% ABV, and 23.3 IBU per...

It tested as 8.5% ABV, and 23.3 IBU per Brewsmith. That is on the low end of the scale for Golden Strong Belgians.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-07-2013, 08:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,116
Posted By BigdogMark
FG of 1.006 and tastes sweet?

I have a Golden Strong Belgian that just came out of the fermentor. The FG is 1.006 according to two hydrometers and my new refractometer (corrections applied). The OG was 1.072. I tasted the sample...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-01-2013, 06:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,059
Posted By BigdogMark
I washed five yeast pitches this past Saturday...

I washed five yeast pitches this past Saturday before throwing into fermentors. I was using half-pint jars, and each had 100 ml of densely packed yeast plus water to the top. I put one crushed tablet...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-25-2013, 02:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 319
Posted By BigdogMark
Question on reading a refractometer

I have a new refractometer I have been using for a while with favorable results, particularly when comparing to hydrometer readings. But I took a reading this afternoon that was unlike all others and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-19-2013, 04:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,192
Posted By BigdogMark
I use Bru'nWater and get good result from it, but...

I use Bru'nWater and get good result from it, but yes you do need to know the ph of your water. A swimming pool test kit will get you close and make sure you don't have a big issue. If you don't...
Forum: General Techniques 10-17-2012, 02:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,022
Posted By BigdogMark
Tie off additional bags

My brewbud and I have run into this issue a couple of times and resolved it by putting the late hops in a separate bag, tie it off at the top and toss it in the boil. It seems our 5 gal bag on the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-19-2012, 06:05 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,636
Posted By BigdogMark
It looks to me like the flame got back to the...

It looks to me like the flame got back to the orifice and started heating up the hose connection to the point of melting the hose itself. I've seen that happen a couple of times on our rig but we...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-27-2011, 08:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,532
Posted By BigdogMark
I wouldn't even put an enemies keg on a perlick...

I wouldn't even put an enemies keg on a perlick tap. You can kill the enemy and drink his beer, but if it's on a perlick tap then it will be on the floor. My beer bud has been through three perlick...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-27-2011, 08:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 900
Posted By BigdogMark
I've done the filtering nightmare, multiple...

I've done the filtering nightmare, multiple filter types, etc. Spilled more than ever got filtered. Only once the filtering seem to do anything.

When I need fast clearing, I go with a package of...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-02-2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,541
Posted By BigdogMark
I love a good heffe myself. My brew-bud and I...

I love a good heffe myself. My brew-bud and I have made 10 batches of heffes (100 gallons) with varying degrees of success, but always improving. Our last batch was very smooth and drinkable, but...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-02-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 747
Posted By BigdogMark
I often store a keg of beer in my closet to let...

I often store a keg of beer in my closet to let it age and/or settle out. I've done this with both carbed and un-carbed beers with no issues. I've participated in a keg round-robin of a hefty...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-29-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2,165
Views: 276,535
Posted By BigdogMark
I guess I need to try that method just for...

I guess I need to try that method just for giggles. I've made two batches with sliced frozen strawberries that I pureed in a blender. They went through the fermentation. Came out with a nice flavor...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-24-2011, 03:57 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 12,906
Posted By BigdogMark
547+5 = 552 Just finished another batch of...

547+5 = 552

Just finished another batch of Strawberry Pee. Only one bottle of first batch left!
Forum: DIY Projects 06-22-2011, 07:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,127
Posted By BigdogMark
That looks like the same motor we bought and...

That looks like the same motor we bought and connected to our Barley Crusher. We love it. It never binds up, just keeps a nice consistent slow grind going while we work on other things. We typically...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-20-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,651
Posted By BigdogMark
I used my hands and my knee. I make a slight back...

I used my hands and my knee. I make a slight back bend in the portion of the tube that goes straight down, then I bend the bottom section up just ever so slightly. After a few drinks and a few bends...
Forum: General Techniques 06-14-2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,123
Posted By BigdogMark
The rig my brewbud and I have been working on...

The rig my brewbud and I have been working on uses the 40 plate DudaDiesel chiller and a circulation pump. We also use a big hopsock in the boil to minimize trub and speed up cleaning between...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-14-2011, 02:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 619
Posted By BigdogMark
Skeeter Pee Carbonation?

I'm playing around with carbonating my strawberry Skeeter Pee using forced carbonation. I have a kegging system for my brews, and a separate regulator for sodas, etc. I did a small test carb on a...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-07-2011, 08:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,651
Posted By BigdogMark
I cut the tube in the first couple of kegs, but...

I cut the tube in the first couple of kegs, but only just a snip. The other eight kegs I just did a bit of creative bending on the tube so the tip is about even with the top of the dimple in the keg...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-07-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,372
Posted By BigdogMark
I've gone the Skeeter Pee route and have been...

I've gone the Skeeter Pee route and have been very happy with the first batch out, a strawberry variant. Took it public at a picnic this past weekend and everyone raved about the flavor.

The...
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