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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-29-2006, 01:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,912
Posted By smorris
I'm quite familiar with galvanic corrosion, and...

I'm quite familiar with galvanic corrosion, and while these 2 metals are classic corrosion parties Al being anodic anywhere from 6 to 26 depending on alloy with copper being the cathode at 33. See...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-10-2006, 04:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,825
Posted By smorris
I use alcohol wipes for my hands. Just grab one...

I use alcohol wipes for my hands. Just grab one and wipe my hands down before I handle anything that will contact the beer. You can buy them in bulk pretty cheaply at any med supply store.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-20-2006, 11:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 455
Posted By smorris
I have used white vinegar with good success...

I have used white vinegar with good success removing that type of residue. YMMV.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-21-2006, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,554
Posted By smorris
When using a valve to control flow from a pump,...

When using a valve to control flow from a pump, always put it on the exit side of the pump.
Forum: Extract Brewing 05-21-2006, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Posted By smorris
I use both, 3/4 cup dextrose and 1/4 cup DME....

I use both, 3/4 cup dextrose and 1/4 cup DME. Works fine but I do add a week to the wait to make sure the DME is consumed.
Forum: General Techniques 04-22-2006, 03:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,211
Posted By smorris
I own the kitchen and all that happens there, so...

I own the kitchen and all that happens there, so all the messes are mine with very few exceptions. I found after several brewing sessions that the wife did not like the smell of the hops. The rest...
Forum: General Techniques 01-21-2006, 02:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,603
Posted By smorris
My dumbest move was using a metal spoon in the...

My dumbest move was using a metal spoon in the boiling wort and leaving it in the pot while I walked away for a minute. Came back and grabbed the spoon...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-15-2006, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 885
Posted By smorris
Historic moments for beer

The Meux and Company Brewery, located on Tottenham Court Road in central London, had one of the largest Beer vats in the city. The 20 foot high container could hold 3,555 barrels (511,920 liters) of...
Forum: General Techniques 01-09-2006, 01:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,048
Posted By smorris
Fastest was about 4 hours when I made a large...

Fastest was about 4 hours when I made a large starter. Typical is about 8 hours before the airlock is banging away. Had one hangfire for 36 hours once then it just exploded to life.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-09-2006, 01:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 528
Posted By smorris
This weeks brew attempt

I thought I would make something a little darker for the wife. She likes darker beers and I prefer the pale ales, although we agree that we both like nut brown ales. So we chatted with the LHBS guru...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-04-2006, 12:32 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,761
Posted By smorris
Bleach will destroy SS in a fairly short time if...

Bleach will destroy SS in a fairly short time if left in contact. That is why you do not ever use bleach to clean SS. That said, I do not like it around my beer anyway, just too messy, corossive and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-03-2006, 01:37 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,761
Posted By smorris
My method FWIW 1) Rinse bottles. Put 1/2 cap...

My method FWIW

1) Rinse bottles. Put 1/2 cap Idophor in dishwasher and run a rinse cycle.

2) Fill bottling bucket with 3 gallons warm water and 1 cap Idophor. Submerge bottles, 5 or 6 at a time...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-31-2005, 02:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,478
Posted By smorris
You could try the same thing we do for steel...

You could try the same thing we do for steel boats in saltwater, a barrier coat of epoxy. Be sure to use epoxy and not polyester resin which will absorb water.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-30-2005, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,004
Posted By smorris
Same as you it would appear, Tampa.

Same as you it would appear, Tampa.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-29-2005, 09:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,004
Posted By smorris
>>How do you wash yeast that's already been used...

>>How do you wash yeast that's already been used in a previous batch?

http://www.wyeastlab.com/hbrew/hbyewash.htm
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-27-2005, 07:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,670
Posted By smorris
I wash with betadine soap before I start, once...

I wash with betadine soap before I start, once the wort is cool. Also keep a bowl of Idophor solution to swish my hands around in from time to time.

Of course the time I found the cat perched on...
Forum: General Techniques 12-22-2005, 05:08 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,751
Posted By smorris
I must be the exception. I use the hydro at every...

I must be the exception. I use the hydro at every step of the process, document the readings and graph the results so I can compare from batch to batch. Must be all the money spent on engineering...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-22-2005, 01:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,004
Posted By smorris
This may be my best batch ever

I just racked a partial mash pale ale into the secondary. It had a slow ferment (10 days) due to the cooler weather staying around 72 instead of the usual 77-80 in the house during the nonwinter...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-20-2005, 12:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,435
Posted By smorris
I've used peroxide with good success, get the...

I've used peroxide with good success, get the large bottles from your local pharmacist or local chemical supply house. And yes white vinegar will clean up the oxyclean.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-17-2005, 01:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,366
Posted By smorris
The wife got me a Mr. Beer a few years ago and it...

The wife got me a Mr. Beer a few years ago and it brewed acceptable beer and I started reading about the process and realized there was so much more that could be done. The following year she got me...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-13-2005, 05:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,077
Posted By smorris
It's a secret .. Some of us remember. :D

It's a secret ..
Some of us remember. :D
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-12-2005, 07:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,627
Posted By smorris
Vinegar right out of the bottle, or diluted? ...

Vinegar right out of the bottle, or diluted?

I use it right from the bottle. Soak the object for a few minutes and rinse well.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-12-2005, 03:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,627
Posted By smorris
White vinegar will also get rid of the oxyclean...

White vinegar will also get rid of the oxyclean haze. How i discovered this is a story for another day. :o
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-12-2005, 01:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,974
Posted By smorris
This made me think. I use my noncontact IR...

This made me think. I use my noncontact IR theromometer for lots of things and it is pretty darn accurate. I'll have to try it on wort next time and compare to my floating one.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-17-2005, 01:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,687
Posted By smorris
FWIW, I have a friend in the health department...

FWIW, I have a friend in the health department and he told me that tap water is fairly dirty if you don't take precautions. What is in the lines is fine but our taps get wet and dry and harbor lots...
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