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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-29-2010, 05:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,729
Posted By tentacles
My solution to plastic flavor was to abandon PVC...

My solution to plastic flavor was to abandon PVC hose and it's plasticizers (that which maketh the flavour) in favor of HDPE tubing (IE ice maker line). If you really want to get crazy you can buy...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-23-2010, 01:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,866
Posted By tentacles
Here is what BeerSmith has to say about raw...

Here is what BeerSmith has to say about raw barley:
"Raw, unmalted barley can be used to add body to your beer. Use in homebrew requires very fine milling combined with a decoction or multi-stage...
Forum: Hops Growing 12-09-2008, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By tentacles
I just covered mine with 5-6 inches of extra...

I just covered mine with 5-6 inches of extra dirt/compost. I live up here in Canada, and I know several guys who don't cover their hops with anything and they do just fine.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-04-2008, 01:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,387
Posted By tentacles
Bending the shelves as you described - top one...

Bending the shelves as you described - top one down and middle up and left - should present no problems. The trick with bending cooling lines, especially the aluminum ones (which are somewhat less...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-10-2008, 12:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By tentacles
You should pick up a copy of BeerSmith or...

You should pick up a copy of BeerSmith or similar, put every beer you brew in there, when, etc, and you'll be able to keep it forever (as long as you backup!). I always print out my recipes and write...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-04-2008, 02:54 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 34,372
Posted By tentacles
As kladue said, you need to eliminate that heat...

As kladue said, you need to eliminate that heat chimney in the center of your apparatus there - I'd bet 50% of your heat is lost there, going straight up and out, path of least resistance. Get a...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-27-2008, 01:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 28,495
Posted By tentacles
Why do the glass the hard way? Just call up a...

Why do the glass the hard way? Just call up a glass shop, and ask about triple pane IGUs in the size you want. These are what are typically used on commercial fridges. They're 3 panes of glass,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-24-2008, 02:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,187
Posted By tentacles
I use lab thermometers myself, I have a red...

I use lab thermometers myself, I have a red spirit and a mercury thermometer that I use. I prefer the mercury thermo for mashing because it reads the temp much faster. They're not certified, but...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-12-2008, 02:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 507
Posted By tentacles
Why not dry them and mash them into plugs and...

Why not dry them and mash them into plugs and take them all back with you? All you need is a cheap way to dry them - window screen and a fan? And then a piece of pipe and a rod/dowel.
Forum: Hops Growing 09-12-2008, 02:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,330
Posted By tentacles
Has anyone tried making a hop tea and comparing...

Has anyone tried making a hop tea and comparing it with hop teas made from various AA% hops (commercial hops) of equal quantity? I'm going to give it a go and see if it's a useful test at all.
Forum: Hops Growing 09-12-2008, 02:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By tentacles
Senor: Is there some reason you believe the heat...

Senor: Is there some reason you believe the heat would affect long term AA levels? I would think that if this were the case, commercial hop farms would not bother with an expensive to run kiln and...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-11-2008, 07:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,258
Posted By tentacles
Drying your harvested hops

I was just harvesting my first year Cascade hops (got a 5 gallon bucket full!) and was getting ready to dry them in the food dehydrator. I googled up "hops drying temperature and got... THIS:...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-01-2008, 05:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,366
Posted By tentacles
I honestly can't see any reason why you'd use a...

I honestly can't see any reason why you'd use a vacuum pump - a mechanical one at least - to supply vacuum for this.

Two words: vacuum aspirator. You hook it up to a water source (ie faucet/hose)...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-01-2008, 05:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 8,645
Posted By tentacles
Backwards - bleach is a cleaner, not a sanitizer....

Backwards - bleach is a cleaner, not a sanitizer. At least, not unless you correct the pH (NOT RECOMMENDED - chloric acid is very bad stuff to breathe)

Bleach is both a cleaner and a (weak, by...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-16-2008, 12:22 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,907
Posted By tentacles
+1 on that... Also, check your valve stem seal on...

+1 on that... Also, check your valve stem seal on the tank valve. A lot of people make the mistake of not turning it on all the way until it is tight in the fully open position - this ensures a...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-15-2008, 03:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,567
Posted By tentacles
Glass is easy to clean, especially when dealing...

Glass is easy to clean, especially when dealing with substances as soluble as acids and cyanide salts. A simple acid and base regimen after a good rinsing will clean it of just about anything likely...
Forum: Introductions 08-15-2008, 01:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By tentacles
Nice to see another Manitoban on the boards! I'm...

Nice to see another Manitoban on the boards! I'm over in Winnipeg, started a cascade and magnum this year, the magnum died shortly but the cascade is flourishing. It does help that we've had a...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-04-2008, 12:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,746
Posted By tentacles
The specific day length when a plant starts to...

The specific day length when a plant starts to flower (and possibly when it is finished) will be related to the variety and even to the specific mother plant. But hops *are* a photo period flowering...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-03-2008, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,746
Posted By tentacles
Harvest time vs latitude/photo period

From what I've read, harvest time is more or less based on the length of day. Or rather, the length of daylight determines when the hop plant will switch from vertical to branching growth, and then...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-01-2008, 02:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,489
Posted By tentacles
Not sure I'd use pyrethrin on consumables,...

Not sure I'd use pyrethrin on consumables, excerpt from the wiki entry:
"Pyrethrins are harmful to fish, birds, and mammals, including humans. In humans, pyrethrin irritates the eyes, skin, and...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-01-2008, 01:32 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,828
Posted By tentacles
All talk and no action in this thread... I put...

All talk and no action in this thread... I put mine in dirt around early June. Planted 1 magnum and 1 cascade, the magnum did not survive. The cascade has done well, I think, it's about 9 feet tall....
Forum: DIY Projects 06-27-2008, 12:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 895
Posted By tentacles
3/8" Female NPT 316SS weld on fittings.

I was over at my local salvage yard today picking through some SS pipe fittings for another project and noticed that he has bags and bags of 316 SS 3/8" weld on female pipe fittings. Brand new,...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-09-2008, 04:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,215
Posted By tentacles
You ask if it's too late - up here it's still too...

You ask if it's too late - up here it's still too early! We got more snow (~2") about 4 days ago.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-29-2008, 04:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 490
Posted By tentacles
... I ended up with this: 5 lbs Pale Malt -...

... I ended up with this:

5 lbs Pale Malt - 2 Row (Cargill) (2.0 SRM) Grain
2 lbs 3.2 oz Munich I (Weyermann) (7.1 SRM) Grain
2 lbs 3.2 oz Munich II (Weyermann) (8.5 SRM) Grain
8.0 oz Crystal...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-29-2008, 03:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 15,335
Posted By tentacles
I mash out with steam power! No problems doing it...

I mash out with steam power! No problems doing it for me..
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