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Forum: Electric Brewing 02-28-2014, 06:37 PM
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Posted By brewzombie
Location for electric brewery

I currently have 2 possibilities for setting up my brewery, which will require a 240V dryer outlet. Since I'll have to wire the house for it, I'd like some opinions on where to locate it.

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Forum: DIY Projects 02-17-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 358
Posted By brewzombie
Thank you both for your comments. Why...

Thank you both for your comments.



Why the insulation? Was most of the original fridge insulation removed?

Were the fans circulating air in the ferm chamber always on? I would assume so.
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Forum: DIY Projects 02-14-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 358
Posted By brewzombie
Planning Side-by-Side Kegerator/Ferm chamber: Any lessons learned?

I'm incredibly impressed by the side-by-side kegerator/fermentation chamber builds I've seen and would like to try it myself (my aquarium chiller-cooled swamp cooler is dead). I've never attempted...
Forum: General Techniques 01-19-2013, 07:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
Hi thetmaxx, Thanks for your post. I'm a...

Hi thetmaxx,

Thanks for your post. I'm a westcoast hop-lover as well. I don't have any updates to report, but will do so when I do. I have a few new diagnostic toys to try out thanks to Santa,...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-01-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,857
Posted By brewzombie
Thanks Nugent and gbx. I'll pick some up and...

Thanks Nugent and gbx. I'll pick some up and report back with my numbers next batch. Cheers!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-31-2012, 08:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,857
Posted By brewzombie
How much yeast energizer and when? I add a...

How much yeast energizer and when? I add a miniscule amount of yeast energizer to my starter culture (I think 1/8 tsp). Is that sufficient?

I just got a pH meter and will be monitoring my next...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-24-2012, 12:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By brewzombie
Thanks for your suggestion. I thought of that,...

Thanks for your suggestion. I thought of that, but didn't find any 6" PVC drain pipe with slip-joint at all. I was also worried about the screw-element not fitting the smaller chrome drain pipe...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-24-2012, 12:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By brewzombie
Sigh. Just ordered everything on amazon.com (not...

Sigh. Just ordered everything on amazon.com (not .ca) and shipped it to the closest US shipping depot. Hopefully the build will go smoothly. I only need to pick up a few small items locally, which I...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-23-2012, 09:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By brewzombie
Where to buy plumbing fixtures etc for heatstick in Canada

Happy Holidays!

I'm trying to build a heatstick as described at http://www.3d0g.net/brewing/heatstick, but I live in Vancouver, BC Canada, and our local Home Depot and Home Hardware etc do not...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-07-2012, 02:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By brewzombie
Gotchya. I usually use a plate on the top of the...

Gotchya. I usually use a plate on the top of the grains and pour on top of that to prevent drilling a hole.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-06-2012, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By brewzombie
Thanks! That's exactly the kind of advice I was...

Thanks! That's exactly the kind of advice I was looking for. I'll double my recirculation volume to 4L and be sure not to mess with the flow once the grain bed is set. Cheers!
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-06-2012, 01:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By brewzombie
Any tips on manipulating grains (milled)?

I've always got my grains milled at the LHBS. Here's a few questions that have been nagging me for awhile?

1. Has anyone experienced a beer flavour improvement when they switched to milling their...
Forum: General Techniques 11-28-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
So, I`ve tasted my beer after my many...

So, I`ve tasted my beer after my many modifications (have been tasting it for several weeks, actually). The situation has indeed improved, but I still notice an undesirable lingering bitter flavour;...
Forum: General Techniques 10-23-2012, 04:22 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
Congrats YZ250! I'm still waiting to crack one of...

Congrats YZ250! I'm still waiting to crack one of my own, made after my many adjustments (including bleaching my plastic, improved sanitation, CaCl2 & CaSO4 additions to boil, and more accurate...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-18-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,475
Posted By brewzombie
Thanks! It seems so counter-intuitive that...

Thanks! It seems so counter-intuitive that rinsing more would decrease efficiency. It must have to do with a loss of efficiency from the thicker mash, but I wouldn't have thought so as long as I was...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-18-2012, 02:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,475
Posted By brewzombie
Thanks. Any particular reason for aiming for...

Thanks. Any particular reason for aiming for equal runoffs?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-18-2012, 12:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,475
Posted By brewzombie
thinner mash or more (batch) sparge water?

WRT mash efficiency and batch sparging, is it better to have a thinner mash (eg 1.5 qt/lb) and less sparge water or a thicker mash (eg 1 qt/lb) and extra sparge water? It makes sense to me that I'd...
Forum: General Techniques 10-16-2012, 02:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
I do control fermentation temps, using a...

I do control fermentation temps, using a water-filled cooler, ice bottles and an electric thermometer. I've kept the temps at 19-21 C throughout primary, secondary and bottle conditioning. I've been...
Forum: General Techniques 10-15-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
I completely get what you mean. How would you...

I completely get what you mean. How would you propose I do so without a pH meter and without any real buffering capacity in my sparge water to start with? Remember the buffering capacity of my sparge...
Forum: General Techniques 10-15-2012, 05:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
No. I use a propane burner and try to maintain a...

No. I use a propane burner and try to maintain a vigorous boil.
Forum: General Techniques 10-14-2012, 11:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
Hi YZ250. I don't cold crash before bottling (no...

Hi YZ250. I don't cold crash before bottling (no means to do so), but I would say the fault does seem to worsen once carbed/chilled. It usually worsens with aging though.



So you're saying you...
Forum: Brew Science 10-11-2012, 03:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,217
Posted By brewzombie
Thanks marbrungard. My water source has only 1.2...

Thanks marbrungard. My water source has only 1.2 ppm Ca. Is this small amount ok for the mash given my pH is ok? I looked it up and it does seem that 50 ppm Ca is mostly recommended for lowering pH...
Forum: General Techniques 10-11-2012, 06:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
My intended point with the sparge water comment...

My intended point with the sparge water comment was that the water has insignificant alkalinity (and neutral pH) so I shouldn't need to acidify it. At least, that's what I read here on the forum.
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Forum: General Techniques 10-11-2012, 04:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
Hi Helibrewer: Water is one of the things I'm...

Hi Helibrewer: Water is one of the things I'm playing with. My water is essentially RO (super soft tap water treated with campden in the mash/sparge and CaCl2 and CaSO4 in the kettle). The mash pH...
Forum: General Techniques 10-11-2012, 03:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,343
Posted By brewzombie
Lou2row: Assuming you're directing your comment...

Lou2row: Assuming you're directing your comment to me, I did end up using bleach, but only 1 oz (30mL) per gal, in combination with 1 oz vinegar per gal. I only soaked about 1 hr, but other posts...
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