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Forum: DIY Projects 12-14-2013, 02:01 AM
Replies: 678
Views: 167,614
Posted By BetterSense
I have a 100W lightbulb in a GE chest freezer...

I have a 100W lightbulb in a GE chest freezer that easily keeps 3 kegs at 10C even when it's below 0C outside. I think it depends on your insulation.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-14-2013, 01:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By BetterSense
Good question. I personally think that airlocks...

Good question. I personally think that airlocks are pointless for brewing beer (except for maybe for bulk aging, but it's better to do that in a keg or bottles, so, still pointless).

The only...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-01-2013, 04:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By BetterSense
Buy a glass thermometer and make it your...

Buy a glass thermometer and make it your standard. You might prefer using digital units but you have to have something to check them against. Glass thermometers, regardless of accuracy, never drift....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2013, 04:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 762
Posted By BetterSense
If I take a gravity reading after pitching, it's...

If I take a gravity reading after pitching, it's just so I have a final gravity to write in my journal. I let my beers settle for at least a week or two after signs of fermentation are over. What's...
Forum: General Techniques 11-26-2013, 05:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By BetterSense
It has plenty of head space, but corny keg lids...

It has plenty of head space, but corny keg lids always leak when unpressurized. At least mine all do.
Forum: General Techniques 11-26-2013, 01:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By BetterSense
I have a blowoff hose rigged.

I have a blowoff hose rigged.
Forum: General Techniques 11-25-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By BetterSense
So if you aerate after cooling, how do you do it?...

So if you aerate after cooling, how do you do it?

I guess what I'm getting at is I no-chill in a corny keg. Then I want to just pitch yeast into the same keg and use it as a fermenter after the...
Forum: General Techniques 11-24-2013, 11:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By BetterSense
No-chill and aeration

After boiling, there is almost no oxygen in wort. Also, you are not supposed to aerate hot wort. So, what do no-chillers do about wort oxygenation? Do you just not aerate, then RDWHAHB?
Forum: Electric Brewing 11-21-2013, 02:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By BetterSense
Grainger doesn't even have a category on their...

Grainger doesn't even have a category on their site for 24VDC coil voltage. The only choices are 24VAC and 120VAC. It wasn't a question of whether DC contactors exist, but why 24VAC is so popular. Is...
Forum: Electric Brewing 11-21-2013, 02:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By BetterSense
Why are contactors 24VAC?

All the 2-pole, 30A contactors I can find at Grainger are 24VAC. I would prefer 12 or 24 volts DC so I can use a common swithmode wall plug to get the DC and not have to mess with a transformer....
Forum: BIAB Brewing 11-18-2013, 11:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,490
Posted By BetterSense
Buckets are not rated for boiling liquids. I have...

Buckets are not rated for boiling liquids. I have no idea what actually happens if you do subject them to boiling.

I did my first no-chill a couple weeks ago and used a corny keg as a no chill...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-18-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,062
Posted By BetterSense
Stainless steel is the best. Just use kegs; they...

Stainless steel is the best. Just use kegs; they are widely available, unbreakable, lightproof, and last forever.
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 11-18-2013, 10:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By BetterSense
Money is no object. I should not have used...

Money is no object.

I should not have used the word "accuracy". Whether the water is 28.0 or 27.0 or 29.0 doesn't actually matter much. What I care about is that the temperature of the output...
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 11-17-2013, 02:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By BetterSense
Temperature control accuracy

Technical question:

I'm making a 5-gallon reservoir of tempered water, heated with a hot-water-heater slement. It won't be used for brewing but the application is extremely similar to the hot...
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 11-17-2013, 01:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 708
Posted By BetterSense
This is what the timers are for. If you are not...

This is what the timers are for. If you are not using the 16bit timer just set it up with a nice slow frequency and use as an asynchronous time source.

Example:

If you chip is running at 1MHz,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-26-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 230
Posted By BetterSense
How many watts to warm an outdoor fermfreezer

I have a 7 cu ft GE freezer outside on my patio. Will 100W be enough to keep the inside at ale temps through the North Carolina winter? It may get down to freezing temps, but not consistently as far...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-10-2013, 12:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By BetterSense
Non-hoppy APA?

Is there such a thing as a non-hoppy APA?

I've been looking for examples of American Pale Ale that lean toward malty rather than hoppy. With the IPA craze going on, most of the pale ales I get...
Forum: For Sale 07-27-2013, 10:14 PM
Replies: 1,006
Views: 86,425
Posted By BetterSense
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/free-bottles-richa...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/free-bottles-richardson-tx-423611/

Free
Forum: For Sale 07-27-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 538
Posted By BetterSense
East Richardson

East Richardson
Forum: For Sale 07-27-2013, 07:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 538
Posted By BetterSense
BIAB setup $70

7.5gallon pot, burner, full propane tank (that's worth $60 right there), fryer basket, hoist, and rope ratchet all for $70 if you come pick it up. Moving and have an electric setup now.

Pick up in...
Forum: For Sale 07-27-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 237
Posted By BetterSense
Free bottles in Richardson TX

I have 2-3 cases, maybe more, of empty bottles I will not be moving in a couple weeks. Come get them or they go to recycling.

I also have a turkey fryer, burner, basket, rope ratchet and full...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-11-2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,099
Posted By BetterSense
The website uses flash, so apparently you don't...

The website uses flash, so apparently you don't want me to see your product. I would suggest using some regular old fashioned jpgs so people can see your product without some proprietary browser...
Forum: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer 07-07-2013, 02:28 AM
Replies: 567
Views: 99,045
Posted By BetterSense
I drank my last bottle of this (brewed 21 months...

I drank my last bottle of this (brewed 21 months ago, you can find my original post in this thread) and it was still pretty damn good. The original had too much cloves in it. The 21-month old version...
Forum: General Techniques 07-04-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,231
Posted By BetterSense
I've used the cheapest hose available at Lowes...

I've used the cheapest hose available at Lowes for all my brews. I do employ common sense in the form of flushing the hose out well before running any beer-water.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-27-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,385
Posted By BetterSense
Awesome. I brewed a follow-up with a bit more...

Awesome. I brewed a follow-up with a bit more hops because I felt the first was just a bit too sweet. The second is just a bit too bitter. Both turned out clean-tasting and with no diacetyl.

I...
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