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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-03-2011, 02:48 AM
Replies: 37
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Posted By ssabin
For what it's worth, I just did some research on...

For what it's worth, I just did some research on this myself. I chose the SQ-14 and used it to brew a couple times already. My last brew was a 10-gallon extract batch (full boil) using a 26 gallon...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-17-2011, 10:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,160
Posted By ssabin
Just ordered one of these myself yesterday!

Just ordered one of these myself yesterday!
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-21-2010, 04:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,291
Posted By ssabin
Not saying that you won't be happy with the...

Not saying that you won't be happy with the turkey fryer, but I wish I had gone straight to my large stainless kettle with drain valve and avoided the temporary purchase.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-21-2010, 04:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By ssabin
The only thing about extending thye boil is that...

The only thing about extending thye boil is that you need to decide to do that before you reach the end of your planned 60 minute boil!

If you know accurately the evaporation rate of your rig and...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-30-2010, 01:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 585
Posted By ssabin
Lead free solder is the stuff you want - it can't...

Lead free solder is the stuff you want - it can't leach lead!

Seriously though, that's what many folks do.
Forum: DIY Projects 01-23-2010, 04:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 939
Posted By ssabin
I like Visio for schematics, although I usually...

I like Visio for schematics, although I usually find that I prefer my own template for certain sysmbols (relays, diodes, etc), although you could say that the included symbols are adequate.

I...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-22-2010, 03:49 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,446
Posted By ssabin
Had my wife stop by the nearest Target which...

Had my wife stop by the nearest Target which showed "Limited Availability", and she came home with one for less than $10!

The thing sure does look thin though, but I figure I'll try to see how it...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-18-2010, 04:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,622
Posted By ssabin
I'm in the same boat as the OP. I think Morebeer...

I'm in the same boat as the OP. I think Morebeer and Jaybird both have SS 26 gal pots with valves (maybe the same exact one) already installed with the nice bottom. Less than $300 shipped. It's a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-05-2010, 01:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,788
Posted By ssabin
If the pump is truly isolated from everything...

If the pump is truly isolated from everything anyone would ever touch, then techincally, it doesn't matter which wire gets switched. However, it is much safer (and the only way this could be up to...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-31-2009, 01:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By ssabin
I also add my LME at flameout, stir, and then...

I also add my LME at flameout, stir, and then start cooling.

I recall a post on HBT about something similar in the past, with someone quoting the FDA time and temps required for pastuerization. ...
Forum: General Techniques 04-03-2009, 10:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,996
Posted By ssabin
As far a extract goes, I don't think it actually...

As far a extract goes, I don't think it actually needs any boil time. The FDA guidelines for pasteurization are 165 degrees for 3 seconds for acidic liquids. As long as you were successful at...
Forum: Extract Brewing 04-01-2009, 02:34 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,796
Posted By ssabin
AHS Cream Ale or MW Liberty Cream Ale

Anybody compare these two kit beers? Debating which one, and I've tried searching to get as much feedback as possible. Haven't heard anything bad about either, but wondering if anyone had brewed...
Forum: American Ale 03-30-2009, 04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,751
Posted By ssabin
Thanks, Wallygator. I just started reading...

Thanks, Wallygator.

I just started reading Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels and starting to accept the fact that all extract recipes will be darker beers. Maybe I just need fresher stuff.
...
Forum: American Ale 03-28-2009, 08:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,751
Posted By ssabin
What brand of LME did you use and where did you...

What brand of LME did you use and where did you purchase it? That's a nice light color for using all LME and adding it all at the beginning. Methinks I should give this LME a try or two.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-27-2009, 04:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By ssabin
I don't think there's much helpful to say. I...

I don't think there's much helpful to say. I guess I wouldn't rule out infection if you use a plastic fermenter until you brew a batch that turns out good.

Other than that, I don't know how to...
Forum: Brew Science 03-27-2009, 01:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,633
Posted By ssabin
You've inspired me, DEC, to see if the average,...

You've inspired me, DEC, to see if the average, or some combination of the top 3 algorithms provides an even "better" algorithm. But I won't be able to look at this until tomorrow.

For the...
Forum: Brew Science 03-25-2009, 01:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,633
Posted By ssabin
Well, it's obvious that there is a lot going on...

Well, it's obvious that there is a lot going on and that accurately predicting IBUs is difficult at best at this point in time. Still, I was curious as to which IBU predictor model was "best".

It...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-20-2009, 10:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,204
Posted By ssabin
I have this exact type of calculation in my...

I have this exact type of calculation in my spreadsheet. It does use the fitted equation for utilization as a function of time and gravity. I'll explain how I did my calculation using your example...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-19-2009, 04:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,204
Posted By ssabin
That's why I have opted for the "homebrewed" home...

That's why I have opted for the "homebrewed" home brew spreadsheet! At least that way I know the limitations and assumptions behind the calculations, and I can provide degrees of freedom or simplify...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-14-2009, 04:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,204
Posted By ssabin
No, I think what you posted will be fine, and I...

No, I think what you posted will be fine, and I assumed you would top off to a finished total of 5 gallons. If you want to make the final batch size 5.5 gallons, you'd probably be OK, and you could...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-14-2009, 04:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 974
Posted By ssabin
This is the formula I use, have found elsewhere...

This is the formula I use, have found elsewhere on the net, and seems to be what the calculator on Rooftopbrew.net uses - at least a few folks are using it:



The simplified formula (OG-FG)*131...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-14-2009, 03:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
Posted By ssabin
I've done 4 batches - 1 liquid, 2 with...

I've done 4 batches - 1 liquid, 2 with re-hydrating, and 1 pitched dry on top. The only one to have fermentation problems (due to stalling, perhaps due to colder storage temps) was the one I pitched...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-13-2009, 12:28 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,578
Posted By ssabin
Base price less than $5 more. Don't know how...

Base price less than $5 more. Don't know how much more shipping would be, but I wouldn't expect much of a difference, if any in shipping cost.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-12-2009, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,204
Posted By ssabin
I think you'd be fine adding the wheat DME after...

I think you'd be fine adding the wheat DME after you steep the grains.

I've noticed my spreadsheet is wrong, so I don't know exactly what your IBU level would be, but it should be somewhere...
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-12-2009, 03:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,204
Posted By ssabin
I have a spreadsheet that uses the hop...

I have a spreadsheet that uses the hop utilization formula given in How to Brew. If you truly only used the steeping grains before you boiled, your starting gravity would be 1.0095 if you boiled...
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