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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-05-2013, 02:38 PM
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Posted By kenc_zymurgy
A couple things: 1) At room temperature CO2...

A couple things:

1) At room temperature CO2 goes from liquid to gas at 870 psi. A reading of 500 PSI does not mean you are ~~ half full, it means you have no more liquid in the tank, that is just...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-12-2013, 06:06 PM
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Posted By kenc_zymurgy
I'm not Ace, but I will say that there are...

I'm not Ace, but I will say that there are potential problems with using a probe in the wort.

If you start with wort that is not so close to the desired set temperature, it will take a loooong...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-09-2013, 04:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 641
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Agreed, short cycles like what the OP is seeing...

Agreed, short cycles like what the OP is seeing are very hard on the compressor.

With the probe hanging in air, the cold blast when the A/C comes on cools it quickly, and it shuts off, then warms...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-05-2013, 05:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 832
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Thanks for the added info. Do you have any idea...

Thanks for the added info. Do you have any idea how big the second effect is for beer going from 70F to 38F? I'm assuming it is a pretty small effect?

-kenc
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-04-2013, 10:25 PM
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Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Pretty close, as far as I know, but I'm not too...

Pretty close, as far as I know, but I'm not too good with chemistry stuff. If you say 'mole', I think of mouse-like creatures, or a tasty Mexican-style sauce.

Not really that important to this,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-04-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 832
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
I naturally carb my mini-kegs, and I know brewers...

I naturally carb my mini-kegs, and I know brewers who routinely naturally carb their cornies.

A) You aren't taking up any fridge space waiting for it to carb up.

B) Table sugar is cheaper than...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-04-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 832
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Yes on the cartridge (or other CO2 source for...

Yes on the cartridge (or other CO2 source for dispensing), but actually, I do not think that the beer 'absorbs CO2 as it is chilled'.

Look at a CO2 volume/pressure chart. At room temperature, you...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-03-2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,490
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Very nice. Is that for a Corny, or a larger...

Very nice.

Is that for a Corny, or a larger fermentor? Do you have any performance data? It still seems like a lot of coils to me for a Corny. I know my estimate was a wide, wide shot at it, but...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-02-2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,490
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
How about an update on this? How's it working for...

How about an update on this? How's it working for you?

Offhand, that coil length seems like WAY overkill, and takes up precious volume in that Corny. Just using some very rough estimates, a 25' SS...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-24-2012, 03:56 PM
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Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Suggestion: I'm pretty sure the connections for...

Suggestion: I'm pretty sure the connections for these things are pretty generic. Is there a 'standard' thermostat that is known to be easy to adjust to these temperatures, that could be purchased...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-20-2012, 12:55 AM
Replies: 43
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Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Right, that's all it should take. The main thing...

Right, that's all it should take. The main thing is air in = air out.

As far as dumping the cold air into the bottom and drawing warm from the top of the chamber, I do think that is ideal (but...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-19-2012, 10:41 PM
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Views: 6,627
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Every one I've seen has circulation paths. They...

Every one I've seen has circulation paths. They might not be obvious, but they are there.

Yes, natural convection will move the air around inside the chamber, that's not the issue. What you want...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-19-2012, 10:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,627
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Well, I'm not certain it makes a lot of...

Well, I'm not certain it makes a lot of difference as to the cold air being injected into the bottom or the top, as the fan should get it all displaced pretty quickly anyhow. But the bigger point I...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-19-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 43
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Posted By kenc_zymurgy
It's not clear to me how those fans are set up....

It's not clear to me how those fans are set up. You want to circulate that cold air. Pull cold air from the bottom of the fridge, push it to the bottom of the chamber you wish to cool, and pull (or...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-02-2012, 12:52 AM
Replies: 67
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Posted By kenc_zymurgy
I'm curious if anyone has looked into using 6" or...

I'm curious if anyone has looked into using 6" or 8" bench grinder wheels as DIY mill rollers? With that big diameter, you should not have the problem of the idle wheels not turning. You could...
Forum: Brew Science 01-08-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,118
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
You've helped us so much with water chemistry,...

You've helped us so much with water chemistry, maybe I can return the favor with a little spreadsheet help?

The programs should be able to read older versions, but I have seen Microsoft screw this...
Forum: General Techniques 10-20-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,841
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
IIRC, one of the ideas behind this is that the...

IIRC, one of the ideas behind this is that the lower efficiency actually produces a better beer, that is, you are getting more of the 'good stuff' and/or less of the 'not-so-good stuff'.

I don't...
Forum: Soda Making 10-20-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,763
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Just FYI, I experimented a bit lately with a...

Just FYI, I experimented a bit lately with a mini-keg for carbing soda (a 3 or 5 gal corny would be the same idea, and provide more volume). This should work if your tap water is good enough for...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-19-2011, 02:32 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,055
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Very interesting. If I understand this...

Very interesting.

If I understand this correctly, it seems that in some cases yeast can produce CO2 faster than the beer will absorb it. Many of us bottle a sample in a PET bottle to monitor...
Forum: Soda Making 09-11-2011, 10:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,634
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Old thread I know, but has anyone come up with...

Old thread I know, but has anyone come up with some of the La Croix flavorings? I like them and the fact that there is no sugar - but how do you get that flavor? Zest alone (for orange)?

-kenc
Forum: DIY Projects 09-10-2011, 03:33 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 27,482
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Ahhhh, brain fart - I was doing volume rather...

Ahhhh, brain fart - I was doing volume rather than surface area - thanks for straightening me out.

Please report back on how this works for you, it looks really good. What did the insulation...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-10-2011, 02:39 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 27,482
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
It does seem like a big box for a small fridge....

It does seem like a big box for a small fridge. However, you do have it well insulated, so hopefully you'll be good.

TIP: Regarding getting the starting temp down - Freeze a bunch of water...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-01-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,479
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
Well, the important thing is that it is working...

Well, the important thing is that it is working for you. It appears you have a solid design, no big 'oooops' anywhere. You can add insulation and so forth, or just weigh that effort against the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-30-2011, 08:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,479
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
I'd agree. Some rough calcs I did show that...

I'd agree.

Some rough calcs I did show that for a typical fermentation chamber (~ 20 sq feet surface area), insulated to an R-Value of 2, and a 10F delta to ambient, you will lose ~ 100 BTU/hour....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-28-2011, 01:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,479
Posted By kenc_zymurgy
For the initial chill, I'd add ice directly to...

For the initial chill, I'd add ice directly to the fermentor side. You won't need the control until you get close to target - no sense running the pump so much and adding heat which just melts ice.
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