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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Yesterday, 11:47 PM
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Posted By IslandLizard
The ball bearings from the push-on lock are very...

The ball bearings from the push-on lock are very difficult if not impossible to remove. That sleeve does not come off.

I'd say all those parts in the middle are the check valve mechanism. How they...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum Yesterday, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By IslandLizard
Williams Brewing has this blurb under their...

Williams Brewing has this blurb under their pinlock:



Now not serviceable is a stretch for most homebrewers... I could not find an internal diagram either.
Forum: Brew Science Yesterday, 07:38 PM
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Posted By IslandLizard
^ what AJ says. But I looked at your table...

^ what AJ says.

But I looked at your table and many numbers in the yellow column are way higher than in the "reporting limit" (last) column. I'll leave interpretation of that to those who know.
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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing Yesterday, 01:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 636
Posted By IslandLizard
I vow for BeerSmith, is under $20 (look among the...

I vow for BeerSmith, is under $20 (look among the sponsors on HBT) but the program can be overwhelming having a convoluted, non-intuitive interface. You need to get used to it and "play" with it for...
Forum: Group Buys Yesterday, 11:17 AM
Replies: 186
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Posted By IslandLizard
At least one is staying ;)

At least one is staying ;)
Forum: Group Buys 09-17-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 186
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Posted By IslandLizard
They charge for bags there? Whoa! There's no...

They charge for bags there? Whoa! There's no grocery bag worth paying money for, even those from Wegmans, since their pricing makes up for it hundredfold.

Hey, don't go out of your way, you only...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-17-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By IslandLizard
Mentioning the carrying case was in jest. As in...

Mentioning the carrying case was in jest. As in most infomercials, they pay more attention to extra-product qualities, stuff you get for free, and payment schedules than the actual performance of the...
Forum: Group Buys 09-17-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 3,914
Posted By IslandLizard
Added! Sorry, I hadn't checked the thread in a...

Added! Sorry, I hadn't checked the thread in a few days. A bump is good.

Grocery store bags without holes are fine. We prefer to double bag those, just in case. Pick up some extra ones next time...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-17-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By IslandLizard
That was a smart move. The only valid reason is...

That was a smart move. The only valid reason is this: Never buy anything you see on TV! (or is spamming your side bar).

OK you're not going to get that "handy" carrying case to take your new...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-17-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 390
Posted By IslandLizard
You got a good point there. Are those...

You got a good point there.
Are those multi-gang "secondary" regulators designed for low input pressure, or do they also require the tank's full supply pressure?
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-17-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 137
Posted By IslandLizard
Many don't even boil the extract or at most only...

Many don't even boil the extract or at most only a 3rd of it. Then add the remainder of the extract at flameout.

You get some caramelizations with extended boils, so for some styles it is...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-17-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 390
Posted By IslandLizard
That's only 6' long, I doubt long enough for the...

That's only 6' long, I doubt long enough for the OP's purpose.

I vote for a single or double regulator on the tank, with high and low pressure dials. Then a gas hose to your kegerator onto a...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-17-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 528
Posted By IslandLizard
Exactly. With the mechanical thermostats the STC...

Exactly. With the mechanical thermostats the STC just takes over and governs the on/off cycle.

With digital thermostats the best thing is to splice the STC into the circuitry, replacing the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-17-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 636
Posted By IslandLizard
Your first runnings contain most of the sugar,...

Your first runnings contain most of the sugar, and that gravity is the highest, typically higher than the OG of your recipe. You don't want to lose more than a drop of that. Sparging is "washing" the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-16-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 636
Posted By IslandLizard
Even at 140-145 you should have had better...

Even at 140-145 you should have had better conversion. What did the wort taste like? At 1.005 it is barely sweet, very watery.
Recheck and calibrate that thermometer. Your hydrometer maybe broken,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-16-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 636
Posted By IslandLizard
What are you using to mash in? A converted...

What are you using to mash in? A converted cooler?

It is very difficult to get a 30F+ raise in temp in that by adding boiling water, chances are your mash will get too thin too. Each time you add...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-16-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 278
Posted By IslandLizard
I get mine filled at a Fire extinguisher company....

I get mine filled at a Fire extinguisher company. Last time was $21 for 20#, while I waited. That's the best price in my area by faaarrr. They must have had over 800 cylinders of all sizes on the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-16-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 343
Posted By IslandLizard
I don't know about making all that watermelon...

I don't know about making all that watermelon wheat, it's nice to have a few bottles hanging around to brag with, but that flavor gets long in the tooth quickly. I usually experiment with a(n)...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-16-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 528
Posted By IslandLizard
Yes, that makes sense since the thermal mass of...

Yes, that makes sense since the thermal mass of the kegs prevents the larger swing the probe jar experiences. Although the whole system plays a role, the subsystems, i.e., kegs, probe jar, freezer...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 09-16-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 528
Posted By IslandLizard
What is the temp of the beer? How large is their...

What is the temp of the beer? How large is their swing? Your probe jar has a smaller heat capacity than kegs, and that is good. Your kegs likely don't swing more than 4-5F, if that.

Make sure to...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-15-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By IslandLizard
Use more yeast and give it 2 full rises. It will...

Use more yeast and give it 2 full rises. It will rise concrete that way.
Yes, you'll have a heavy bread. 2 slices will hold you over till lunch.

Those buns look good, so does the pizza. Needs...
Forum: Extract Brewing 09-15-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By IslandLizard
It could change a lot. If you're steeping a lot...

It could change a lot. If you're steeping a lot of dark and/or roasted grains, like for a Porter or Stout, I'd be a bit more careful how much to add in your bread dough. That stuff has a potent...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-15-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 273
Posted By IslandLizard
I polish the stainless doors of our fridge,...

I polish the stainless doors of our fridge, dishwasher, and stove with BKF, powder version. It's the only product that actually removes the drips and stains and returns the brand new look. Any other...
Forum: General Chit Chat 09-15-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 181
Posted By IslandLizard
I'm all for multi purposing. I make chicken,...

I'm all for multi purposing.

I make chicken, turkey, and beef stock/soup in mine. Or large batches of anything for that matter, like Indian stew. The high walls also prevent that annoying...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-15-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By IslandLizard
He's not sanitizing his kettles, he wants to use...

He's not sanitizing his kettles, he wants to use steam to sanitize his (plastic) bucket fermentors.
I doubt it being sufficient though. And the second you pull that hot bucket off the steam, new...
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