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Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-08-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,570
Posted By cosmo
A few days before the judging in PA, I got an...

A few days before the judging in PA, I got an email stating that they couldn't find my entries. I e-mailed back the tracking number and they said they found one that appears to be right, but lost...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-03-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 36,108
Posted By cosmo
Mine were submitted to PA. I got an e-mail...

Mine were submitted to PA. I got an e-mail saying they couldn't find them. After sending the tracking number, they found one of the three entries. Not sure how that happened since they were all in...
Forum: General Techniques 01-30-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,419
Posted By cosmo
I think there may be some merit to both...

I think there may be some merit to both arguments. I normally don't do secondary and I don't like to leave the beer in primary longer than is needed either. I do try hard to avoid oxidation. And I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-28-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 447
Posted By cosmo
I have a Polder and really like it for my HLT. I...

I have a Polder and really like it for my HLT. I also have a thermopen and the polder is within 2 degrees of the Thermopen. The polder has a silicon wire with stainless probe. It is water...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-24-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By cosmo
On cold nights I put a wall transformer (i.e. for...

On cold nights I put a wall transformer (i.e. for cell phones, etc.) inside the chest freezer and plug it in using an extension cord. It doesn't give off much heat, but just enough to keep it from...
Forum: Brew Science 09-25-2013, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 888
Posted By cosmo
So, for example, if I need 1 ml of 88% lactic...

So, for example, if I need 1 ml of 88% lactic acid to acidify my sparge water, how much 10% phosphoric acid would I need if I use that instead of the lactic acid? I have searched, but have not been...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-14-2013, 04:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 910
Posted By cosmo
Martin, I hope this is not too far off topic. ...

Martin,
I hope this is not too far off topic. Is oversparging a concern when batch sparging, or just with fly sparging? Not sure if I should limit my batch sparge water and add top-off to the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-09-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 882
Posted By cosmo
I think there is some validity to your approach. ...

I think there is some validity to your approach. I use whirlfloc and let the trub settle after chilling for about an hour. I transfer all but the last several quarts to limit the trub in the...
Forum: Brew Science 07-24-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,186
Posted By cosmo
Post 37 summs up the results so far on my batch...

Post 37 summs up the results so far on my batch with 50% RO and 50% Tap water. I seem to be detecting some slight improvement. I have bewed with this process change a few times and am waiting to...
Forum: Brew Science 07-08-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,186
Posted By cosmo
Tannin Mouthfeel

Agreed. I think this point was made a while back. That's why I avoided using the term flavor in my last post. I would change the title of the entire thread if I could, but I don't know if that is...
Forum: General Techniques 07-03-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By cosmo
That's what I did with my SS imersion chiller as...

That's what I did with my SS imersion chiller as well. Those are comression fittings and they work great. No more leaks. By the way, I only did this to the input side. Since that side is under...
Forum: General Techniques 07-03-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,231
Posted By cosmo
You're absolutely right. It's best to transfer...

You're absolutely right. It's best to transfer to a keg or secondary (with little headspace) before cold crashing. Otherwise you could pull in a lot of air and oxidise your beer. Sanitizer I'm not...
Forum: General Techniques 07-03-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By cosmo
Oxidation could be coming from the secondary. ...

Oxidation could be coming from the secondary. You said you used a 6 gal carboy. If it's a 5 gal batch, that leaves 1 gal of headspace (air) after primary fermentation is done. You should have as...
Forum: Brew Science 07-03-2013, 04:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,186
Posted By cosmo
I think post #24 may answer your question. I'm...

I think post #24 may answer your question. I'm not %100 sure it is tannin, but it's definately not bitterness. I don't know how better to describe it.
Forum: Brew Science 07-03-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,186
Posted By cosmo
That's what I had been doing all along. I was...

That's what I had been doing all along. I was using all RO for mash and sparge with salts in mash only. I switched to 50% RO and 50% tap with salts in both mash and sparge and acidified sparge. ...
Forum: Brew Science 07-01-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,186
Posted By cosmo
Well, it's been a couple months since my original...

Well, it's been a couple months since my original post and I thought I would give everyone an update. Previously I was using all RO water with salt additions in the mash only. I followed Martin's...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-25-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,866
Posted By cosmo
I've invited friends over several times, but...

I've invited friends over several times, but rarely does someone take me up on it. Usually they are either only interrested in drinking and not brewing, or they are so into brewing that they are...
Forum: Extract Brewing 06-18-2013, 04:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By cosmo
It sounds like you may be using too much water...

It sounds like you may be using too much water for one pound of steeping grain. That much water may have a significant amount of alkalinity which may prevent the grains from lowering the pH to below...
Forum: General Techniques 06-13-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
Posted By cosmo
Just to be clear, air will bubble backwards...

Just to be clear, air will bubble backwards through any air lock whether or not the liquid is sucked back. It's the air that is the biggest concern, not the liquid. The ONLY prevention is to to...
Forum: General Techniques 06-12-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
Posted By cosmo
You definately do not want to do this in a...

You definately do not want to do this in a primary. When the C02 contracts from the temperature drop air will get pulled into the headspace past the liquid in the airlock. That's worse than starsan...
Forum: General Techniques 06-06-2013, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 920
Posted By cosmo
Either vodka or starsan are fine in an airlock,...

Either vodka or starsan are fine in an airlock, but that't not the point. You can't drop the temp down to near freezing in a primary and not expect to suck a bunch of air in. Pulling in a quart of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-04-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 266
Posted By cosmo
One degree is what I use also. My Johnson...

One degree is what I use also. My Johnson controller also has an anti-short cycle setting, but I don't think that is even needed.
Forum: General Techniques 06-04-2013, 04:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 920
Posted By cosmo
I'm not sure which is worse in the fermenter,...

I'm not sure which is worse in the fermenter, Starsan or Air. I avoid both.
Forum: General Techniques 06-03-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 920
Posted By cosmo
I don't "Crash" cool in the primary just for this...

I don't "Crash" cool in the primary just for this reason. I leave the blow off tube in and don't switch to an airlock unless I go to a secondary. That way I can monitor the liquid level in the...
Forum: Brew Science 05-14-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,186
Posted By cosmo
Hops are pellets from Yakima Valley hops and...

Hops are pellets from Yakima Valley hops and Northern Brewer. All seem very fresh and stored in vacume sealed bags in freezer. Great hot and cold break. left about a gallon of break material in...
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