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Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 11-22-2013, 05:23 PM
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Posted By Zen_Brew
I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a conical...

I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a conical today.
My yeast are salivating
Forum: Washington HomeBrew Forum 12-10-2012, 06:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 735
Posted By Zen_Brew
We ended up with 134 entries for this competition...

We ended up with 134 entries for this competition with quite a few coming in from out of state. The entries are all sorted and waiting for judging next weekend.

It will be exiting to see and...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-30-2012, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,018
Posted By Zen_Brew
Thanx for the input Yoop. The sulfites are also a...

Thanx for the input Yoop. The sulfites are also a good possibility that I hadn't thought of. Obviously CvilleKevin has had pretty good luck with beer yeasts so I know it is doable. There is just not...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-30-2012, 06:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,018
Posted By Zen_Brew
Thanx gregbathurst. I have done a few...

Thanx gregbathurst.

I have done a few ciders with English Cider yeast and I agree a PH of 3.3 worked nicely. I was curious why the Wyeast 1098 did not seem to work at that PH though, and the...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-29-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,018
Posted By Zen_Brew
Well it appears no-one has a firm answer on this...

Well it appears no-one has a firm answer on this one. As it ws getting to be way too many days without ferment I made up a re-hydrated batch of Lalvin D47 a couple days ago and pitched that. I had...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2012, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,018
Posted By Zen_Brew
Minimum Cider PH with Ale yeast

I have a question. My wife and I have been doing some playing around with cider for the last several months and have had some decent results using English Cider yeast. After reading much of...
Forum: Washington HomeBrew Forum 10-12-2012, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 735
Posted By Zen_Brew
The WA Mead and Cider cup is going to be a...

The WA Mead and Cider cup is going to be a fantastic competition. It recognizes the growth in home made mead and cider making in recent years and gives a place to compete these beverages clear of the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-17-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 810
Posted By Zen_Brew
Line length balancing is nowhere near as critical...

Line length balancing is nowhere near as critical with cider. The reason being is cider will not foam up the way beer will if the lines are too short. I have run cider at 16-18 psi through an 8' line...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-16-2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 810
Posted By Zen_Brew
The cider should be cold to take the CO2. Then...

The cider should be cold to take the CO2. Then put your 10-12 psi on and wait. In about a week you should start noticing decent carbonation Might be 10-12 days until you hit the peak carbonation for...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-16-2012, 01:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,148
Posted By Zen_Brew
Tannin extraction is not instantaneous. Only if...

Tannin extraction is not instantaneous. Only if you keep the temp over 170 will you be risking noticeable tannin extraction.

After initial vorleuf then drain, your grains will be somewhere in...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-16-2012, 01:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,027
Posted By Zen_Brew
I'm pretty confident my inlet was flowing at full...

I'm pretty confident my inlet was flowing at full capacity. I brew many beers with aggressive top cropping yeasts such as Hefs. these completely coat the bottle top and neck with krausen when they...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-16-2012, 01:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,148
Posted By Zen_Brew
That is absolutely correct.

That is absolutely correct.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-15-2012, 04:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,027
Posted By Zen_Brew
I'll throw in my .02 cents. I bought the Marks...

I'll throw in my .02 cents. I bought the Marks keg washer a year or more ago. I was a bit disappointed that the unit does not have side holes in the main tube to spray the sides ond neck of the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-15-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Zen_Brew
British ale yeast should work fine for a Pumpkin...

British ale yeast should work fine for a Pumpkin Ale. The English yeasts can leave a bit of fruitiness, although not as much with the British Ale. The fruitiness would play well with the pumpkin. In...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-15-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Zen_Brew
How did you save the yeast that you did? Be wary...

How did you save the yeast that you did? Be wary of sanitation if it touched anything that was not sanitized ie countertop, unsanitized glass etc. I think you safest bet is to get more yeast. If the...
Forum: General Techniques 08-15-2012, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 931
Posted By Zen_Brew
Gelatin is usually more effective if added into...

Gelatin is usually more effective if added into the beer after it is already at a cold temperature. So crash the beer to cold temperature, add the gelatin, wait 2-3 days for the gelatin to settle,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-15-2012, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,148
Posted By Zen_Brew
It really depends a bit on what your grist is,...

It really depends a bit on what your grist is, what style of beer you are brewing, and what your end goal for the beer is. If you are making a beer that you want to have a good amount of body left...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 08-15-2012, 05:09 AM
Replies: 1,617
Views: 77,431
Posted By Zen_Brew
Sign me up.

Sign me up.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-31-2012, 11:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,088
Posted By Zen_Brew
Most kegerator fridges will hold at least two...

Most kegerator fridges will hold at least two carboys. That is what I use. Chest freezers are also always for sale on Craigslist. Lastly you can put a raised bottom in a standard fridge to get around...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-24-2012, 07:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,234
Posted By Zen_Brew
It depends on how long you are talking about...

It depends on how long you are talking about aging. A porter should do well with a bit of age on it. The chocolate malts will help it resist oxidation, and the strong raosty flavors will meld...
Forum: For Sale 07-18-2012, 11:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,472
Posted By Zen_Brew
That is a pretty nice discount on these. I may...

That is a pretty nice discount on these. I may have to pick one up in a groovy color.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-18-2012, 11:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 763
Posted By Zen_Brew
I'd recommend Starsan. Is there a reason you can...

I'd recommend Starsan. Is there a reason you can not shop on-line? There are plenty of options on line for getting the traditional sanitizers that everyone else uses. In your area Rebel Brewer, or...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-17-2012, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By Zen_Brew
I hadn't heard. I saw them on the Perfect...

I hadn't heard. I saw them on the Perfect Strangers tour many moons ago.

Posting Sweet Child in Time.......Nice! Someone knows them some Deep Purple.
That song is haunting, passionate, and...
Forum: Brew Science 07-11-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,202
Posted By Zen_Brew
Yep, really no reason to do a full range...

Yep, really no reason to do a full range calibration for brewing applications. That is just another PH cal solution you would have to have on hand. You'll never be using the meter over 7.0 in brewing...
Forum: Brew Science 07-11-2012, 07:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,202
Posted By Zen_Brew
If you work in a lab you already knew the answer...

If you work in a lab you already knew the answer right? I work in calibration myself. You can always trust advice coming from AJ. As he and DSmith mention you can get reasonably good readings using...
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