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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-11-2012, 02:39 PM
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Posted By riromero
Another issue besides being food safe is oxygen...

Another issue besides being food safe is oxygen permeability. I think I remember this being a problem for all but a couple of plastic types.

But the real problem for me is finding a container of...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-03-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,073
Posted By riromero
I never found a thermometer I liked for one...

I never found a thermometer I liked for one reason or another. What I really wanted was an accurate remote temperature reading with a long probe. Like 3 feet long. So I got a LM34 sensor for $2.50,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-21-2011, 05:52 PM
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Posted By riromero
I usually taste my starter, especially the first...

I usually taste my starter, especially the first smaller steps, just to make sure it fermented. Oftentimes if I let it go overnight, the whole thing will be done by morning. If I'm using harvested...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-25-2011, 06:25 PM
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Posted By riromero
Now you've got me thinking... The OG/FG is just a...

Now you've got me thinking... The OG/FG is just a measurement of the minuscule weight of beer displaced by the hydrometer. So with your sightglass idea, if the top of the tube were closed, then when...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-20-2011, 04:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,141
Posted By riromero
I use Glacier. It's RO water with an extra UV...

I use Glacier. It's RO water with an extra UV sanitizer step. I've never used it in a mash straight, however. I always add trace minerals to match the composition of water from a particular locale....
Forum: General Techniques 10-19-2011, 09:58 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By riromero
I fermented outside for many years. Winter is...

I fermented outside for many years. Winter is best because it's way easier to warm liquid up slightly than to cool it down. I use the garbage can full of water method. Put the fermentation vessel in...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-18-2011, 04:03 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By riromero
+1 on the grain conditioning using cyclonite's...

+1 on the grain conditioning using cyclonite's method. Not just for efficiency either since less flour also means way less trub after the boil in my experience. Less trub means more beer per batch.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-10-2011, 11:06 PM
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Posted By riromero
And there's the modified pasta roller malt...

And there's the modified pasta roller malt crusher for around $15.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/using-pasta-maker-mill-grain-75784/

I used mine for a couple of years before it fell apart and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-08-2011, 03:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,968
Posted By riromero
I use gentle wound spray in a bottle that looks...

I use gentle wound spray in a bottle that looks identical to the one Revvy posted. It's been several years since I looked, but at that time the MSDS for the wound spray product had ingredients...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-06-2011, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 945
Posted By riromero
+1 on the waiting. I had a batch go way, way down...

+1 on the waiting. I had a batch go way, way down using WLP026. Going into the secondary it tasted nasty: bitter and harsh like rubbing alcohol. So I waited another 2 weeks, by which time the...
Forum: Porter 10-04-2011, 03:50 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 123,313
Posted By riromero
I'm going to be giving bottles as gifts to...

I'm going to be giving bottles as gifts to friends that aren't necessarily beer aficionados. I was thinking to add the spice as a tea at bottling time anyway. Taking your advice to split the batch,...
Forum: Porter 10-03-2011, 08:42 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 123,313
Posted By riromero
I'm thinking to use this as a basis for a...

I'm thinking to use this as a basis for a Christmas spiced porter. Maybe go a little crazy on the spice with ginger, allspice, vanilla and orange peel. I want people to know it's Christmas. Too much?
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 04-15-2011, 02:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,530
Posted By riromero
Where did you find the bottles in that third...

Where did you find the bottles in that third picture? Those are very nice.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-20-2011, 05:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By riromero
+1 on conditioning. Personally, my grist has alot...

+1 on conditioning. Personally, my grist has alot of flour even, but I sparge with a braid and haven't had any problems with a very, very fine crush.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-20-2011, 03:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,465
Posted By riromero
Coopers. And yeah, health food store yeast is...

Coopers. And yeah, health food store yeast is dead.
Forum: Specialty Beer 03-07-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 80
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Posted By riromero
I'm down to my last few bottles of this. I added...

I'm down to my last few bottles of this. I added exactly the amounts of lactose and vanilla recommended in the recipe. For my first few bottles, the vanilla sweetness was just a little too much in...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 03-04-2011, 02:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By riromero
Advice needed on this label.

I could use some advice. My son says this label is too plain. Plus he recommends replacing the ball with a hop cone and calling it "Hop Kick". Any opinions?
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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-02-2011, 05:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,255
Posted By riromero
I've tried BIAB, manifold, strainers, whatever to...

I've tried BIAB, manifold, strainers, whatever to drain and sparge and they all work. But (for me) nothing beats batch sparging with a stainless steel hose braid for ease and efficiency. I'll never...
Forum: General Techniques 03-01-2011, 08:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,487
Posted By riromero
I use Iodophor for conversion testing and it...

I use Iodophor for conversion testing and it works great. Plus, I buy 1% Iodophor from the local livestock supply store where it's sold as "Gentle Wound Spray" at $10/gallon or so.
Forum: General Techniques 02-02-2011, 02:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,931
Posted By riromero
For my strong scotch ale I boiled the first...

For my strong scotch ale I boiled the first gallon or so of runnings down to an almost syrupy consistency before adding the rest of the wort. Works very well indeed.
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 02-01-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,833
Posted By riromero
Usually the QR codes in Japan simply link to a...

Usually the QR codes in Japan simply link to a web page. So if you encode a URL, say to a blog page, you could really go nuts with information about your beer. Scan the QR code with your phone and...
Forum: General Techniques 01-31-2011, 12:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 28,284
Posted By riromero
I've added invert sugar (glucose & fructose) to...

I've added invert sugar (glucose & fructose) to the wort. And I've used plain cane sugar (sucrose) to prime bottles for carbonation without any cidery taste. But I've never used both in the wort....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-30-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
Posted By riromero
Nice. My slants are all scattered here and there....

Nice. My slants are all scattered here and there. Out of curiosity: How many slants of one yeast strain to you make?
Forum: General Techniques 01-30-2011, 02:07 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 28,284
Posted By riromero
I'd highly recommend making your own. I use cheap...

I'd highly recommend making your own. I use cheap C&H sugar from the grocery store. I bet 1 cup sugar, 1.5 cups water and a pinch of citric acid would be more than 8oz. Just boil it till it gets ever...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-30-2011, 01:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,839
Posted By riromero
If you don't like wasting yeast, it's great fun...

If you don't like wasting yeast, it's great fun to make slants and streak plates which gives you a potentially endless supply. I'd highly recommend it. If you already have access to a pressure cooker...
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