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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-23-2009, 11:59 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By shertz
I've been using a 5 gallon paint strainer with no...

I've been using a 5 gallon paint strainer with no problems for a while now. If you have a good rolling boil, you should get good utilization if they are submerged.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-23-2009, 09:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,160
Posted By shertz
Another Ranco user that is happy. Yeah, once...

Another Ranco user that is happy. Yeah, once fermentation subsides you'll have to adjust the controller, but who doesn't check their beer during fermentation often?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-19-2009, 02:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,360
Posted By shertz
Same thing just happened with my Wyeast 1214 the...

Same thing just happened with my Wyeast 1214 the other day. Only one broke and the package didn't swell like it usually does. However, I made a starter so it didn't matter. I don't remember having 2...
Forum: Pennsylvania HomeBrew Forum 03-29-2009, 02:39 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,356
Posted By shertz
Didn't see you Mike! Place was packed as usual...

Didn't see you Mike! Place was packed as usual for this event and the ESB was spot on(kicked first, go figure!). These things are growing and getting nuts. When I walked in at 5:30pm, it smelled like...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-20-2009, 12:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,754
Posted By shertz
Yeah, that Ballast Point Big Eye rocks!! Our HBC...

Yeah, that Ballast Point Big Eye rocks!! Our HBC got a keg of it for our annual picnic...wow, it was phenominal(also, had it on cask!!). As far as those DFH 60 and 90 Minutes....I would mix them to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-19-2009, 01:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By shertz
OMG...that is too funny!!:p

OMG...that is too funny!!:p
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-19-2009, 01:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,034
Posted By shertz
I wouldn't have racked that...it still...

I wouldn't have racked that...it still fermenting! That's krausen and that tells you everything is going fine. Did you check gravity? Racking to secondary is when your fermentation is winding down....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-18-2009, 08:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Posted By shertz
Congrats on your first brew!:mug: As far as the...

Congrats on your first brew!:mug: As far as the vodka/water getting sucked in, don't worry about it. If anything it will give your brew a little kick, but probably not much.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-18-2009, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,635
Posted By shertz
Calibrating a digital thermometer

Anyone have one of these digital thermometers...Digital Thermometer w/Probe :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-16-2009, 09:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By shertz
Follow-up...I smacked my pack yesterday and I...

Follow-up...I smacked my pack yesterday and I have some swelling, about 1/2 the normal size. I would imagine some are alive and some dead. I'm a little concerned if the dead yeast will give off some...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-15-2009, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By shertz
Slushy yeast in smack pack

So I ordered my ingredients from Midwest last week when it was 40 degrees. Little did I know that this freeze was on the way for this week. So I receive my ingredients today and take the yeast...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-12-2009, 10:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,016
Posted By shertz
I got one of these not too long ago and I...

I got one of these not too long ago and I couldn't be happier. It's well worth the money.

Digital Thermometer w/Probe :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-09-2009, 02:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 971
Posted By shertz
Thought the same as you.....another first timer...

Thought the same as you.....another first timer dumping a batch!!! Thank God!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-02-2009, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,449
Posted By shertz
....and they bottle condition which a lot do not....

....and they bottle condition which a lot do not. If you really want to see some stuff floating in your beer, grab a bottle of Smuttynose IPA....tons of floaties.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-02-2009, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,311
Posted By shertz
I use the 100 grams per 1L. I would weigh things...

I use the 100 grams per 1L. I would weigh things out instead of using cups.

As far as temp, I like it to get as cold as possible to have the yeast drop out. At 50, the yeast may fall a little, but...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-02-2009, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,311
Posted By shertz
Swirl the vessel and if it foams your probably...

Swirl the vessel and if it foams your probably OK. That does seem like a small starter for a lager though. Do you plan on stepping it up? I would step it a few times to get to 3-4 Liters, put in...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-01-2009, 06:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,682
Posted By shertz
1971-2007.....0 gallons 2008............50...

1971-2007.....0 gallons
2008............50 gallons
2009............????????

Started back in February with my first ever brew after buying a starter kit from NB. Since then, have ditched stovetop...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-01-2009, 04:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,807
Posted By shertz
I put one in recently and hard pipe it into the...

I put one in recently and hard pipe it into the carboy. Much easier than dumping or siphoning and gives some nice oxygen to the wort in the process. Of course, it helps to work in a beverage plant...
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-01-2009, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,370
Posted By shertz
Depends on how much room you got in that carboy....

Depends on how much room you got in that carboy. If I put 5.5 gallons in a 6 gallon carboy, I use one. If I put 5.25 gallons in, I usually don't. Even if I do use one, once fermentation slows after a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-01-2009, 04:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 703
Posted By shertz
I wouldn't put much stock in a watery taste after...

I wouldn't put much stock in a watery taste after one week. What was the OG and FG when you checked? Did you hit your gravity that you were looking for? Those are the important factors. Also, what...
Forum: India Pale Ale 12-30-2008, 10:27 PM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 348,530
Posted By shertz
Got something close using extract in primary now:...

Got something close using extract in primary now:

Golden Light DME-7.2 lbs
Cara-pils .5 lbs
C-20 .5 lbs
Centennial .5oz 60 mins
Centennial .5oz 45 mins
Centennial...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-20-2008, 10:21 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 30,654
Posted By shertz
It's like this in PA also. However, only a...

It's like this in PA also. However, only a handful of breweries actually submit to it. Some even slap a label overtop of the one on the bottle. It's such a joke of a law.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-16-2008, 10:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 890
Posted By shertz
We use to use this at the dairy I work at. It led...

We use to use this at the dairy I work at. It led to some serious problems in our waste water treatment plant. I don't think that you have to worry about that. It also didn't work as well as...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-14-2008, 11:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,079
Posted By shertz
Yeah, I already bought the single. I think I'll...

Yeah, I already bought the single. I think I'll go with mklawz suggestion and buy the wye splitter and go from there. That way I'll have the shutoff valves for each line.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-14-2008, 10:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 538
Posted By shertz
To answer the last question first, I'm pretty...

To answer the last question first, I'm pretty sure you took a bad sample(not mixed or didn't adjust for temp.). So, your fine it that area.

As far as tough cleaning, I would use OxyClean. Let it...
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