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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-01-2014, 01:01 AM
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Posted By zgardener
I'm using a calibrated pen meter. It measures my...

I'm using a calibrated pen meter. It measures my buffers/testing solution spot on, but in the mash tun it just seems way off. I've brewed this before with the same treatment, but it never measured...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-01-2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By zgardener
Need an Accurate Ph Meter... Suggestions?

I'm looking for an accurate Ph meter that can accurately read in temps over 50c (122f).

My current meter is reading at 5.9 in my mash tun, which is at 150f.

I seriously doubt that this is...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-29-2013, 02:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 382
Posted By zgardener
Idk...I kinda like the balls to the wall...

Idk...I kinda like the balls to the wall approach. I have capacity, not going to temp control it, gonna do something not very high abv and let it go. I'll call it practice hitting my mash numbers.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-29-2013, 12:59 AM
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Views: 382
Posted By zgardener
Bugs = bacteria or wild yeast

Bugs = bacteria or wild yeast
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-29-2013, 12:59 AM
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Posted By zgardener
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Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-29-2013, 12:13 AM
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Views: 382
Posted By zgardener
What to Do With Infected WLP007 Starter?

Wasn't sure where to post this, Yeast/Fermentation, Recipes, etc. So posting it here, hoping someone can weigh in.

So, I had a starter get some bugs in it when I put it in the fridge to crash. I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-01-2013, 04:37 PM
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Posted By zgardener
Kegged 10 Gallons of an Imperial SMASH Blonde,...

Kegged 10 Gallons of an Imperial SMASH Blonde, brewed with 100% American 2 Row and Sterling Hops. Came in at a solid 7.3%.

Brewing 20 gallons of a Wit today, boiling batch #1 now. Gonna fill up...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 10-09-2012, 09:13 PM
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Posted By zgardener
Here is a banner I worked up for tailgates. I've...

Here is a banner I worked up for tailgates. I've been brewing full 1/2 bbl kegs for tailgate and they float so much faster than any commercial macro or micro in the past.
The second was thrown...
Forum: General Techniques 05-07-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By zgardener
I'm starting to think that may be my issue, the...

I'm starting to think that may be my issue, the inside of my MLT has started to bubble up in a few places, and the false bottom doesnt sit 100% flush on the bottom. Could a screen, or piece of...
Forum: General Techniques 05-07-2012, 02:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By zgardener
with a 3" piece of high heat vinyl tubing, I've...

with a 3" piece of high heat vinyl tubing, I've checked and double checked to make sure the worm clamps are tight, but that wouldn't explain why it would flow once I dumped out the mash, raised up...
Forum: General Techniques 05-04-2012, 09:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By zgardener
Yeah, I'm positive it's not a priming issue, as I...

Yeah, I'm positive it's not a priming issue, as I would unhook the pump, open the valve on the mash tun all the way and barely get a trickle, or sometimes not even a drop...
Forum: General Techniques 05-04-2012, 09:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By zgardener
Yes, I did. I had 5 successful brews w/o issue...

Yes, I did.
I had 5 successful brews w/o issue with my HERMS set up, then the problem started.
Last brew I didn't recirculate until my 20 min Vorlauf after mashout water was added (it didnt flow...
Forum: General Techniques 05-04-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By zgardener
I get everything milled at AHS, never had an...

I get everything milled at AHS, never had an issue before.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-04-2012, 04:47 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By zgardener
Cool, what was your fermentation temp?

Cool, what was your fermentation temp?
Forum: General Techniques 05-04-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By zgardener
thanks for the suggestions. I added an extra 90...

thanks for the suggestions.
I added an extra 90 degree elbow to act as a pickup tube, and it lifts the false bottom up by maybe a 1/2", I'll loosen those nuts and see how it all works when I brew on...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-03-2012, 04:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,264
Posted By zgardener
Not sure if that's it, because I took a 3/4 full...

Not sure if that's it, because I took a 3/4 full keg to a party, when we first started pouring, it was extremely cloudy and muddy, it wasn't even that bright hefe yellow, it was more like a light...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-02-2012, 10:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,264
Posted By zgardener
I figured I'd update on my hefe. After about a...

I figured I'd update on my hefe. After about a week in the keg, the extreme lemon presence was greatly decreased. Though still present (I like a little to be there) the banana and clove come...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-02-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 585
Posted By zgardener
I'm working on a similar recipe, but w/ crystal...

I'm working on a similar recipe, but w/ crystal 40 instead of 60, and different hops, but overall, a very similar malt bill and same yeast.

Did you lager the steam beer post fermentation, or just...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-02-2012, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By zgardener
I mad a take on the Cream of 3 Crops w/ 1# Flaked...

I mad a take on the Cream of 3 Crops w/ 1# Flaked Rice and 2# Flaked Corn and didn't notice corny or ricy flavors.

The lager was in primary for 2 weeks, no need for a D rest, as there was no...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-02-2012, 05:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By zgardener
American Lager Tastes Like Rice Krispies

So I made an American style lager w/ the simple grain bill of 7# pilsner and 3# flaked rice.

Now, I wasn't expecting this, but I'm not surprised, nor am I terribly upset about this (as I won't be...
Forum: General Techniques 05-02-2012, 01:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By zgardener
During sparge 2" to 3" above grain bed, though,...

During sparge 2" to 3" above grain bed, though, it won't drain at all at any point. I tried re-circulating with a HERMS system, when the problem started, it wouldn't flow, and I've also done a...
Forum: General Techniques 05-02-2012, 12:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By zgardener
Constantly Getting Stuck Mashes

I've had my 10 Gallon Igloo MT with a 12" Domed SS False Bottom for about a year and have never had an issue with stuck mashes (I've breweed 30 batches in it no problem). I have a 1/2" bulkhead w/ a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-19-2012, 09:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,264
Posted By zgardener
This is an old Dr. Pepper keg, but I've had about...

This is an old Dr. Pepper keg, but I've had about 5 of 6 other beers in it since I bought it from AHS.
If it's been a while since it's blown, I'll soak with PBW for 30 min to an hour, rinse 2 to 3...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-19-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,264
Posted By zgardener
1L starter for 2 days at room temp (+/- 70...

1L starter for 2 days at room temp (+/- 70 degrees)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-19-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By zgardener
No, it kinda smelled tart throughout, I'm pretty...

No, it kinda smelled tart throughout, I'm pretty sensitive to sulfur, I usually can pick it up in lagers when others cant, but I don't think that's what it is.
I'd say if anything, it'd be maybe...
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