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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-08-2014, 08:59 PM
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Posted By MichaelBrock
Some regulators actually have this washer built...

Some regulators actually have this washer built in. One of mine does and does not leak without the washer (which is often made of fiber).
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-08-2014, 01:32 PM
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Posted By MichaelBrock
Well, in hindsight, that seems like a very likely...

Well, in hindsight, that seems like a very likely possibility!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-08-2014, 12:04 PM
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Posted By MichaelBrock
To be certain, I just tested this with a...

To be certain, I just tested this with a tank/regulator. I disconnected the regulator from the tank and the high side pressure dropped to 0 while the low side pressure stayed steady.

However,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-08-2014, 11:47 AM
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Posted By MichaelBrock
If the pressure on the low side is staying steady...

If the pressure on the low side is staying steady but the high pressure side has dropped to 0, then you have a leak somewhere between the bottle & and the regulator. Some people have reported...
Forum: Brew Science 04-06-2014, 07:15 PM
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Posted By MichaelBrock
The main idea of the primer is to keep the water...

The main idea of the primer is to keep the water chemistry simple and to adjust the ph of the mash. Extract brewers have the mash step already done for them so there isn't any need to make any...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-03-2014, 12:38 PM
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Views: 3,862
Posted By MichaelBrock
As a strong believer in pitching sufficient...

As a strong believer in pitching sufficient quantities of yeast (I find the scientific argument compelling) I found it very difficult to believe that Gordon Strong doesn't use starters. I went...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-21-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By MichaelBrock
That is Beersmith's best and worse quality! More...

That is Beersmith's best and worse quality! More information than you really need. Great once you figure out what you can ignore but makes the learning process a bit confusing.

I use a gallon...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-21-2014, 12:46 AM
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Posted By MichaelBrock
Have you already made this beer? Starter size...

Have you already made this beer? Starter size should be calculated based on the estimated OG...if you make it before you actually brew. If for some reason you brewed before starting the starter and...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-20-2014, 08:12 PM
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Posted By MichaelBrock
Okay, I'm in. I'm going to try it with a PC for...

Okay, I'm in. I'm going to try it with a PC for now. The page you sent the link to should be applicable still. I'm off to make some purchases.
Forum: DIY Projects 03-20-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 10,372
Posted By MichaelBrock
I have been on the edge of taking on one of these...

I have been on the edge of taking on one of these arduino/raspberrypi projects for quite a while now. I think I'll start with yours. The one concern I have is the ability to run more than one...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-18-2014, 11:52 AM
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Views: 1,673
Posted By MichaelBrock
You would have to seriously abuse an aluminum pot...

You would have to seriously abuse an aluminum pot to need to replace it and if you're that rough on it the average thin walled stainless pot is going to need replacing as well.

I use this 40q...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-27-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 164
Posted By MichaelBrock
In between. I predominately use the calculator...

In between. I predominately use the calculator at http://www.yeastcalculator.com and "hybrid" is an option for the pitch rate. Simplifies things.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-27-2014, 11:14 AM
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Sticky: Slanting yeast
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Posted By MichaelBrock
The link does work for me. Might be a browser...

The link does work for me. Might be a browser thing. The post number is 5779675. The article that I linked to there:
...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-26-2014, 04:01 PM
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Views: 164
Posted By MichaelBrock
I think that grain bill should work out pretty...

I think that grain bill should work out pretty well although it will be fairly light colored. It is similar to the recipe I have been using but I add a bit of pale chocolate. I also don't dry hop...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-26-2014, 01:38 PM
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Sticky: Slanting yeast
Views: 151,662
Posted By MichaelBrock
I had this same issue. In addition, yeast would...

I had this same issue. In addition, yeast would get in the liquid and make its way under the agar. It would grow, produce CO2 and push the plug of agar right out of the tube when I opened it. I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-26-2014, 01:34 PM
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Sticky: Slanting yeast
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Posted By MichaelBrock
I get this too. I thought it was undissolved...

I get this too. I thought it was undissolved yeast nutrient but others here think that it is hot break. Either way it hasn't been an issue for me and I doubt it will be for you.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-25-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 130
Posted By MichaelBrock
The BJCP guidelines actually lists Three Floyds...

The BJCP guidelines actually lists Three Floyds Gumbalhead as one of the classic examples of 6D. American Wheat or Rye Beer
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-23-2014, 02:28 PM
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Sticky: Slanting yeast
Views: 151,662
Posted By MichaelBrock
I figure that the yeast in a slant added to 10ml...

I figure that the yeast in a slant added to 10ml of wort and fermented out will have .8 billion cells. I posted about that, including where I got that information, earlier in this thread:
...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-21-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 239
Posted By MichaelBrock
From the BJCP guidelines for 16E: So the...

From the BJCP guidelines for 16E:


So the judges need enough information to determine what you're trying to accomplish. It is that which your beer is judged against. You don't need to explain...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-21-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 574
Posted By MichaelBrock
The ability to give this sort of advice comes...

The ability to give this sort of advice comes from experience with what the various malts add to the beer and familiarity with what a particular style should generally taste like. The BJCP...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-20-2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By MichaelBrock
That's a real mystery then. It certainly sounds...

That's a real mystery then. It certainly sounds like you are doing things correctly. It just sounds sort of impossible :D If the beer is truly fully attenuated when you bottle it (i.e. the yeast...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-19-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 166
Posted By MichaelBrock
6.1 brix is 1.024 sg! I think you definitely...

6.1 brix is 1.024 sg! I think you definitely bottled these prematurely. Your fermentation was definitely stuck. I would be worried about those bottles of beer, especially if you primed them to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-19-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By MichaelBrock
If your carbonation continued for a long time...

If your carbonation continued for a long time after you bottled then I think you likely bottled too early. The simple sugar you add when priming will get fermented out fairly quickly and I don't...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-19-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 17,921
Posted By MichaelBrock
I think that is the o-ring that fits above and...

I think that is the o-ring that fits above and below the ball in the valve. The dimensions given by McMaster-Carr fits the dimensions provided by Perlick...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-19-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 562
Posted By MichaelBrock
I know some small breweries purchase their grain...

I know some small breweries purchase their grain pre-crushed. It might be that this hypothetical HBS is buying their bulk grains the same way. So they aren't crushing it themselves (which, as said...
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