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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-11-2009, 05:25 PM
Replies: 7
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I mean, I figure if the rubber coated handle on...

I mean, I figure if the rubber coated handle on the ball valve is okay, the fitting, which is designed to handle hot liquid, should be too, right?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-11-2009, 05:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By PitsPale
Yeah, I was thinking a wet dishtowel or rag...

Yeah, I was thinking a wet dishtowel or rag wrapped around it.

foil might be easier/better.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-11-2009, 04:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By PitsPale
Northern Brewer Polysulfone QD's

Does anyone use a male (or female, I guess) polysulfone disconnect (as sold by NB) on a brew kettle ball-valve?

Any issues with heat from the burner?

I had a brass QD failure and am searching...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-03-2009, 12:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By PitsPale
How do I keep it sweet? Crash cool the fermenter?

How do I keep it sweet? Crash cool the fermenter?
Forum: Cider Forum 08-02-2009, 11:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By PitsPale
Ok - added a bit of the Wyeast nutrient. We'll...

Ok - added a bit of the Wyeast nutrient. We'll see how we do.

That said - should I plan on kegging/force carbing this?

Andy
Forum: Cider Forum 08-02-2009, 10:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By PitsPale
First Cider attempt - Check my recipie please!

So my buddy has been hounding me to make a cider - I'm not much of a fan but he is.

This being August, choices for fresh cider aren't great, so I picked up 5 gallons of Zeigler's (sp?) and used...
Forum: General Techniques 12-11-2008, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,940
Posted By PitsPale
I've been hesitant to try a lambic because I've...

I've been hesitant to try a lambic because I've been nervous about introducing the bacteria to my brewery equipment. I've heard once the bugs "start working" it's hard to get them to stop and to...
Forum: General Techniques 12-10-2008, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 468
Posted By PitsPale
Harvesting from bottles REPRISE

I, like someone else who recently posted, would like to harvest the yeast out of a couple bottles I have but I would like to clean it and save it for use in a later brewing...

I've read the yeast...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-05-2008, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 430
Posted By PitsPale
First Batch Sparge - Questions

I'm forced into doing an all grain batch even though I'd rather not. I ordered a kit from Northern Brewer and I may have accidently ordered the all grain version or they sent me the wrong one......
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-24-2008, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By PitsPale
Conical Users: Question

So I'm debating on getting a minibrew conical. I like the idea of single vessel fermentation and the price is right.

That said - when you drain sediment, etc. from the bottom port, the level of...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-06-2008, 07:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 426
Posted By PitsPale
Keg generates its own CO2

No, seriously...

I've got a keg on tap right now that hasn't been on gas for days, yet keeps pouring. I took it off gas because it was way over-pressure and was pouring nothing but foam. A few...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-27-2008, 03:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By PitsPale
That's fine... but why couldn't you just pump...

That's fine... but why couldn't you just pump boiling wort through it for a few minutes prior to flame out, much like people do to "sterilize" their immersion chiller? I currently use an IC, and get...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-27-2008, 02:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By PitsPale
That's fine... but why couldn't you just pump...

That's fine... but why couldn't you just pump boiling wort through it for a few minutes prior to flame out, much like people do to "sterilize" their immersion chiller? I currently use an IC, and get...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-26-2008, 07:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By PitsPale
Do you have a recommendation to filter out hops...

Do you have a recommendation to filter out hops (yes, I'm using pellets)? What works?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-26-2008, 07:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By PitsPale
Therminator and Hopback questions

Hey everyone -

I'm trying to improve my wort cooling process - I currently use an immersion chiller.

I'm looking at the therminator - any good?
1) Is it easy to sanitize? Can you just run...
Forum: General Techniques 08-03-2007, 07:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 518
Posted By PitsPale
We noticed when we were racking it to a secondary...

We noticed when we were racking it to a secondary that their DID seem to be quite a bit of yeast in suspension. Could it be, perhaps, that fermentation somehow "stalled" and racking it somehow...
Forum: General Techniques 08-03-2007, 02:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 518
Posted By PitsPale
Endless fermentation...

All -

Quick question:

Last week, I brewed an American Pale Ale using Wyeast 1056. We pitched the yeast at about 80*F. Usually, this yeast is very tame, ferments quickly, etc.

The OG was...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-29-2007, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,412
Posted By PitsPale
I brewed an incredible Belgian Wit using Wyeast...

I brewed an incredible Belgian Wit using Wyeast 3944 (Belgian Wit "smackpack"). I'd recommend this route if you have an LHBS that sells the Wyeast smackpacks - it's all I use anymore. The feedback...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-03-2007, 11:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 496
Posted By PitsPale
Can you fit all three kegs in your kegerator? If...

Can you fit all three kegs in your kegerator? If so, get a Wye Fitting (http://www.williamsbrewing.com/TWO-LINE_REGULATOR_ADAPT__P56C117.cfm is just one place you can get them... Northern Brewer has...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-29-2007, 08:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,405
Posted By PitsPale
I shed a tear for my wife last night... she...

I shed a tear for my wife last night... she showed up last night from the store with a 4 pack of Delirium Nocturnum (I think that's what it's called)... anyway, it's a high falutin' Belgian... she...
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-20-2007, 10:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 881
Posted By PitsPale
Pumpkin Ale Recipe Wanted

I'm looking to do a pumpkin ale soon to let it keg condition and be ready for fall.

I understand that pumpkin ales, by nature, are pretty labor intensive b/c all the crap that ends up in the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-20-2007, 10:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By PitsPale
Try a glob of keg lube on each seal. You don't...

Try a glob of keg lube on each seal. You don't have to go all porn-movie money shot with the keg lube, but lube each one up and try it then. You should operate your keg anywhere between 8-15 psi...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-20-2007, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 486
Posted By PitsPale
Purging beverage Lines

Is it necessary to somehow purge air from your beverage lines? I'm running at 8 psi with 6 feet of 3/16" ID beverage tubing and there is foam in the beer lines for my new draft tower where the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-19-2007, 11:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 673
Posted By PitsPale
New Draft Tower Question

Okay - so I've been serving my beer from a picnic tap with 6ft of 3/16" diameter line for a few weeks and all has been good. I install a draft tower and plumb it up, draw a beer and it's all foam. ...
Forum: General Techniques 06-19-2007, 01:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 473
Posted By PitsPale
I've never soaked an airlock for longer than a...

I've never soaked an airlock for longer than a few minutes. I think if you've got it in bleach, then rinse well with water you should be fine. I was switching airlocks with my Belgian Wit almost...
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