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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-20-2013, 03:04 AM
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Posted By tomhen
I re use my yeast 10 generations, but have gone...

I re use my yeast 10 generations, but have gone longer. If you do simple cell counts with a methalyn blue stain for viability test (there's a crappy video on this on our web site coloradoboy.com) you...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-29-2013, 01:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By tomhen
I do a diacytal rest on all my ales and lagers. I...

I do a diacytal rest on all my ales and lagers. I let it hit terminal gravity wait 24 or 48 hours, chill and transfer to conditioning/serving. It works. Didn't mean to butt in.
Cheers,
Tom
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-28-2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By tomhen
The problem as you have already figured out is...

The problem as you have already figured out is you produced too many dextrins in your wort so extra yeast isn't going to do it. Age it and brew another with a mash of 147 then after it ferments blend...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-28-2013, 10:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By tomhen
Did you do a diacytal rest of at least 24 hours...

Did you do a diacytal rest of at least 24 hours before racking? If not you will get diacetyl or a butter flavor in your beer, which can be ok in IPA's a bit.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-07-2013, 10:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 394
Posted By tomhen
Counter Pressure Sankey Filling

Here is a video we made on how we fill our kegs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DswZFNUxsTE

Cheers,
Tom Hennessy
Forum: General Techniques 04-07-2013, 10:39 PM
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Posted By tomhen
Sankey Cleaning

Just fyi, here is how we clean our sankey's.
Cheers,
Tom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl6pxAV32t4
Forum: General Techniques 12-16-2012, 12:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,164
Posted By tomhen
I whirl pool for ten minutes then rest for ten. I...

I whirl pool for ten minutes then rest for ten. I use whirl floc 15 minutes before the end of boil to hold the trub together. I highly recommend whirl pooling. It will improve your beer flavors and...
Forum: General Techniques 12-16-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,345
Posted By tomhen
I'm not understanding these posts. How are the...

I'm not understanding these posts. How are the volumes calculated? When I had a packaging brewery we carbonated to 2.5 volumes using a Zahm-Nagel CO2 tester. I think 3 seems a little high. At...
Forum: General Techniques 12-09-2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,093
Posted By tomhen
This looks like a nice simple recipe, and your...

This looks like a nice simple recipe, and your brewing methods look great. I'd have you brew at my brewery any time. I'm assuming you hit your gravity? I sparge at 170 but I don't think that will...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-08-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,250
Posted By tomhen
I'm way more relaxed. Most home brewers I've met...

I'm way more relaxed. Most home brewers I've met are way more technical than me. I keep good records when I brew, so it is easy to make slight tweaks to a recipe. given the numbers of that brew, I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-08-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,250
Posted By tomhen
It's your mash pH like mentioned above. I would...

It's your mash pH like mentioned above. I would add a couple mils of Phos. acid to your strike water. You will probably be ok in the 5.0 to 5.5 area. Also check your last runnings. They shouldn't go...
Forum: General Techniques 12-08-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,093
Posted By tomhen
I think it could be in the yeast. 1 Mil cells per...

I think it could be in the yeast. 1 Mil cells per liter per degree Plato for ales and 1.5 for lagers. I would take your yeast (better to over pitch than under pitch) and add it to a sterile flask...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-24-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 943
Posted By tomhen
Fermentation

Yes, even on our 7 BBL system it is usually done in four days, then I wait another 24 hours and check the gravity. If it hasn't changed that is my diacytal rest, then I chill and transfer it on the...
Forum: General Chit Chat 10-28-2012, 01:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 42,825
Posted By tomhen
Cost to open a brewery

Just to chime in on the original topic. On the less expensive side a brewpub starting with an existing restaurant should be less than 100k with a nice 7 bbl system. If you are doing a small packaging...
Forum: General Techniques 10-24-2012, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,506
Posted By tomhen
Put 30 psi on your keg that is at about 35...

Put 30 psi on your keg that is at about 35 degrees. Tilt it up at an angle and give it 100 shakes back and forth, not too fay to kill your back and fast like to pumps per second. Wait an hour and...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-11-2012, 12:14 PM
Replies: 1,135
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Posted By tomhen
Spreadsheet

If you are trying to figure numbers you can shoot me an e mail and I can forward a spreadsheet I made up some years ago. It looks like a mess but it is easy to use. Numbers in red are formulas. Just...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-10-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 124,724
Posted By tomhen
Here is how I do it on my 7 BBL system It...

Here is how I do it on my 7 BBL system It shouldn't be any different on yours.
1. I prepare my conditioning/serving tank by sanitizing it, adding a layer of CO2 which will keep the beer away from...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-01-2012, 05:33 PM
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Posted By tomhen
Can you do a tasting room where people can buy by...

Can you do a tasting room where people can buy by the pint? That's the best way to create cash flow. How about cask ale? Here is a link on a video I did on how we are making it....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-29-2012, 07:17 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 124,724
Posted By tomhen
You are not dry hopping in the fermentation, but...

You are not dry hopping in the fermentation, but rather during conditioning.It is suggested to only keep it on hops for three weeks but I have gone longer with no bad off flavors. It will turn out...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-26-2012, 12:28 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 124,724
Posted By tomhen
If you are serving out of a corny keg, use a...

If you are serving out of a corny keg, use a nylon paint strainer bag and add hop pellets to that then tie it off to the down tube with a string long enough to let it drop to the bottom without going...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-26-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,961
Posted By tomhen
First I would start brewing 5 gallons batches all...

First I would start brewing 5 gallons batches all grain every week and read The Practical Brewer which is a VERY professional book on brewing. If you want to do something professional and unique that...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 09-24-2012, 12:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By tomhen
Licensing

First you need to decide if you are going to be a brewpub or just a packaging brewery. Packaging breweries get licensed directly through the state. Brewpubs go through your town clerk. You also need...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-24-2009, 02:09 AM
Replies: 1,135
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Posted By tomhen
Just something to think about

Bottling and kegging are fun because you get to see your product out there, but to support the brewery you need retail sales. For example you sell a keg to a draft account for $100, you also have to...
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