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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-14-2011, 03:15 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By sdbrew1024
Sorry, should have mentioned that. I built a...

Sorry, should have mentioned that. I built a keezer conversion and have 6 taps, so yes, I have corny kegs!
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-14-2011, 02:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By sdbrew1024
$200 gift, what to ask for?

All,
the in-laws want to get me something homebrew related for about $200 or so and I need some advice! I was originally thinking of getting a counterflow or plate chiller to replace my immersion...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-14-2011, 01:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By sdbrew1024
So the overall consensus seems to be that I would...

So the overall consensus seems to be that I would be at least a bit better off with a 20-plate chiller. That would indicate that I should stay away from "traditional" counterflow chillers, right? ...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-11-2011, 10:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By sdbrew1024
get a counterflow wort chiller?

I currently have an immersion chiller that is not performing well enough for my tastes. I brew 11 gallon batches and living in so cal my tap water can be on the warm side so it can take an hour or...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-25-2011, 01:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By sdbrew1024
Coming from beer brewing where a few degrees...

Coming from beer brewing where a few degrees change in fermentation temp can have an impact on the final product I can't believe that there isn't an optimal temperature for wine fermentation,...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-24-2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By sdbrew1024
Yeast type and fermentation temperature

I'm about to make my second winexpert kit and have 2 questions. First, would there be any benefit to me buying a liquid yeast strain from White Labs or is the included dry packet sufficient for a...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-16-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By sdbrew1024
Didn't degas well enough

Well, the title says it all. I just opened a bottle of Merlot (my first wine!) that I made from a kit about 9 months ago and there is definitely some residual carbonation left in the wine. Is there...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-02-2011, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,497
Posted By sdbrew1024
Yeah, I crush the grain a few feet from where I...

Yeah, I crush the grain a few feet from where I eventually boil, cool, and rack the wort, I'll have to change that!

What about equipment sanitation, would this potentially indicate that my...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-02-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,497
Posted By sdbrew1024
lactobacillus!

In the past 6 months or so I have had 4-5 beers taste very off, but could never identify what was wrong. Last night I finally got 2 of these "off" beers in front of a few senior judges, and I the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-23-2011, 06:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,299
Posted By sdbrew1024
Yeah, I currently have an analog one too,...

Yeah, I currently have an analog one too, something like this:
http://morebeer.com/view_product/16663//Analog_Temperature_Controller

I'm trying to get a more integrated, better looking setup,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-23-2011, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,299
Posted By sdbrew1024
Which Love temperature controller?

I'm doing a keezer conversion and would like any advice anyone has on which love (or other panel-mount) temperature controller to buy. What are the benefits and drawbacks to each TS, TS2, TS3, etc....
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-20-2011, 02:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,772
Posted By sdbrew1024
I've read quite a bit about beer line lengths and...

I've read quite a bit about beer line lengths and diameters needing to be certain values, that's why I'm so curious about the shank bore diameter. I'll have a 5" shank, so I have to imagine that the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-19-2011, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,772
Posted By sdbrew1024
Shank bore size

I'm doing a keezer build and can't find much info on whether to get shanks with a 1/4" or 3/16" bore size. Any opinions? What would be the difference between the two, more foaming from one vs. the...
Forum: Brew Science 05-15-2011, 08:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,417
Posted By sdbrew1024
Thanks for the info! So just to be 100%...

Thanks for the info!

So just to be 100% clear, I should cool my samples to room temp, then take the pH reading, and that reading is what I want to be between 5.4-5.5?
Forum: Brew Science 05-15-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,417
Posted By sdbrew1024
So I want a pH of 5.2-5.5 after temp correction,...

So I want a pH of 5.2-5.5 after temp correction, IE at room temp? Just double checking, I thought I had read somewhere that the pH difference of the same sample at room temp and at mash temps is...
Forum: Brew Science 05-15-2011, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,417
Posted By sdbrew1024
Mash pH

I finally got a working pH meter and just took my first mash pH reading. However, I just realized that I completely forgot if I should care about the pH at mash temps or at room temp. My reading...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-12-2011, 08:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,921
Posted By sdbrew1024
I did let the meter sit in the solution for some...

I did let the meter sit in the solution for some time, probably not a full 30 minutes, but around 20 or so... I didn't see anything about my specific issue in the manual.

I did read the manual,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-12-2011, 06:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,921
Posted By sdbrew1024
pH meter problems

I recently got a Hanna 98128 pH meter. The first thing I did was try to calibrate the meter. Unfortunately the 7.01 buffer reads 8.5 and the auto-cal won't recognize it. the 4.01 buffer reads...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-06-2011, 11:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By sdbrew1024
I noticed them a few months ago. I'm positive...

I noticed them a few months ago. I'm positive they weren't there when I bought them, and I don't have the same things on any of my other carboys...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-06-2011, 10:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By sdbrew1024
Carboy cracks?

I have what appear to be small cracks around the top of 2 of my carboys. Anyone know what they are from and if they will pose any issue for me, IE be a danger or a source of contamination?
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-24-2011, 07:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,005
Posted By sdbrew1024
Maybe I should expand on my question a little...

Maybe I should expand on my question a little bit. When I asked if more expensive models were worth the money I was wondering if anyone else has felt limited by the less expensive models in any way...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-24-2011, 05:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,502
Posted By sdbrew1024
PBW and Oxyclean

What sort of off flavors would a small amount of residual Oxyclean or PBW impart into a beer, any ideas? how much residual would need to be left in/on equipment for these flavors to show up, if...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-24-2011, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,005
Posted By sdbrew1024
Thanks for the info Any recommendations for...

Thanks for the info

Any recommendations for a decent pH meter? I am willing to spend up to $100 or so if it's worth the money to do so. I don't know if a $20 model will perform adequately.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-24-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,005
Posted By sdbrew1024
pH meter

It's finally time for me to get a pH meter. Any suggestions on a good unit that is easy to use and isn't too expensive?

I have some general questions about using a pH meter:

First, is it...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-22-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,386
Posted By sdbrew1024
I just read this: ...

I just read this:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/off-flavors-possible-infection-plastic-mash-tun-234206/#post2761133

Any chance the MLT is contributing the flavors?
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