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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-26-2013, 08:46 PM
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Posted By nbolmer
Always have a bottle of star-san around. You...

Always have a bottle of star-san around. You don't really need to worry about pulling samples, but go ahead and give it a spritz for piece of mind.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-26-2013, 08:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,683
Posted By nbolmer
I'm resurrecting this ancient thread because I...

I'm resurrecting this ancient thread because I (still) get a lot of private messages about it.

Background: When I was homebrewing (I now own a production brewery in Sebastopol, CA), I wanted to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-15-2012, 02:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By nbolmer
QUICK, turn it upright before it spills...

QUICK, turn it upright before it spills everywhere!!!

...

it's fine.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-14-2012, 12:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 482
Posted By nbolmer
Adding a bit of maltodextrin is fairly typical...

Adding a bit of maltodextrin is fairly typical for this application.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f127/should-i-add-sugar-my-secondary-brett-fermentation-244892/
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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-13-2012, 07:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By nbolmer
Yep, gelatin works well. So does polyclar, and...

Yep, gelatin works well. So does polyclar, and whirlfloc, and...

With the large variety of kettle finings available, there's really no reason to filter - unless you really need beer to be 1)...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-11-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By nbolmer
You basically have a beer that fermented for 2...

You basically have a beer that fermented for 2 weeks, including primary. Depending on the filter, you essentially remove all yeast (to the point that filtration requires force carbonation). It's not...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-25-2012, 10:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,783
Posted By nbolmer
I don't recommend using narrow tube blowoffs for...

I don't recommend using narrow tube blowoffs for the same reason I don't like airlocks for primary. They easily clog and cause beersplosions, which aren't dangerous, but are messy. Stick with the 1+...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-19-2012, 02:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,186
Posted By nbolmer
We've all been there... nothing harmful really...

We've all been there... nothing harmful really lives in beer - the worst that will happen is that it will taste... less good :)
Forum: DIY Projects 03-18-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,318
Posted By nbolmer
Absolutely! My buddy who brews at Lagunitas has...

Absolutely! My buddy who brews at Lagunitas has major biceps from wrenching those connections. There is something particularly badass about wielding a 3 foot wrench though ;)

Valves / Valve...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-18-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By nbolmer
This. 24 hours is all you need, starter the night...

This. 24 hours is all you need, starter the night before.

Also, I've brewed dozens of high gravity beers - making a standard culture, all at once. I go 3-4L per 10 gallons, O2 and stirplate...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-16-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,318
Posted By nbolmer
For those interested: the plumbing is about...

For those interested: the plumbing is about finished. Most breweries use diverter patch panels to send liquid from one place to another. I hate patch panels - connecting and disconnecting bits of...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-12-2012, 11:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,393
Posted By nbolmer
My Hanna 96107 agrees within ~.2 of paper. Good...

My Hanna 96107 agrees within ~.2 of paper. Good enough, considering the Hanna is rated to ~.1

The big advantage of the tester is range - I can test starsan with it. Paper is close enough for...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-11-2012, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,393
Posted By nbolmer
pH paper is cheap and accurate, as well. Meters...

pH paper is cheap and accurate, as well. Meters require buffers, storage solution, probe replacement, etc...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,171
Posted By nbolmer
True, but only if the 25 footer goes all the way...

True, but only if the 25 footer goes all the way to the top of your vessel. The 50 also helps future-proof, should you decide to go bigger. Nothing wrong with a 25 footer - I used one for years...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 07:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,730
Posted By nbolmer
Still haven't seen this mythical storm of ire...

Still haven't seen this mythical storm of ire directed toward small batch brewers. I've seen some rational conversation, discussion, and weighing of pros and cons. Questioning a practice isn't the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 07:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,171
Posted By nbolmer
Deadlink edit: works now :) good choice.

Deadlink

edit: works now :) good choice.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,264
Posted By nbolmer
I came to that epiphany after realizing I brew...

I came to that epiphany after realizing I brew more styles than there are color caps easily available. I'd also have 3 different IPAs and not remember which was which.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 07:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,171
Posted By nbolmer
Wait a tick, given the exact same outflow temp, a...

Wait a tick, given the exact same outflow temp, a 50' will cool much faster than a 25', even though they will both get you there, because the 50 foot is absorbing twice as much heat per second, no?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 07:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,264
Posted By nbolmer
Over the years, I've tried a great many...

Over the years, I've tried a great many solutions. My favorite:

1) Office depot rubberbands. About 4 bucks per trillion bands
2) Inkjet perforated cards, 10 to a sheet
3) Hole puncher

I have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,171
Posted By nbolmer
Not sure I understand. You're asking why the...

Not sure I understand. You're asking why the bigger, better one is more expensive?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 717
Posted By nbolmer
An hour is probably longer than you need, and you...

An hour is probably longer than you need, and you really only need to check it a few times.

If you're into the automation thing, search the forum for automatic temperature control - there are a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-11-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 692
Posted By nbolmer
Winner! There was a program where you could send...

Winner! There was a program where you could send a small amount of stuff to space for a fee.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 574
Posted By nbolmer
Yep, miss-read OP. Still wouldn't use it.

Yep, miss-read OP. Still wouldn't use it.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-11-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,078
Posted By nbolmer
Perfectly reasonable - shouldn't be...

Perfectly reasonable - shouldn't be carmamelization from surface contact, it's not your boil. Sample size?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-11-2012, 06:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 574
Posted By nbolmer
Sour mashing techniques are not basically the...

Sour mashing techniques are not basically the same thing as steeping moldy grain. Techniques range from simply adding an acid to carefully innoculating with specific strains of several bacteria, or...
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