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Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-23-2014, 10:41 PM
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Posted By rt4philly
Is this normal?

I was transferring from primary to secondary and noticed a white buildup below the krausen line. Never had that before, but the beer seems to taste ok. Any idea what this is and should I be worried?...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-01-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,294
Posted By rt4philly
I heat my mash kettle with a burner does that...

I heat my mash kettle with a burner does that matter? The false bottom sits about 4 inches off the bottom so I figure it's ok. It's the best way I've found to hit and maintain my mash temperatures...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-31-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,294
Posted By rt4philly
I have two 16 gallon stainless kettles one for my...

I have two 16 gallon stainless kettles one for my mash and one for the brew kettle. I typically just recirculate the mash water a few times before transferring to my brew kettle. Just wasn't sure if...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-31-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,294
Posted By rt4philly
Brewing with 2 vessels?

When I see the professional setups for mashing and brewing there are always 3 vessels. The HLT, mash kettle, and brew kettle. Is there a reason one shouldn't just use the mash kettle to bring and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-30-2013, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By rt4philly
I pitched at 3pm and noticed some activity at...

I pitched at 3pm and noticed some activity at 9pm. And this morning it was going full-bore with a nice yeasty foam on top. So not sure I need to pitch another. The gravity on this batch was...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-30-2013, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By rt4philly
Hmm hadn't heard of that site, good to know. I...

Hmm hadn't heard of that site, good to know. I usually pitch the same amount of slurry and don't have any problems. But I always wonder how healthy the slurry is. And if it's not as healthy, should I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-30-2013, 01:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By rt4philly
Better to over or underpitch

Hey Everyone,
I was brewing the other day and now that I wash my own yeast I don't have a clear idea of how much yeast I am pitching exactly. Which got me wondering is it better (or worse), if you...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-23-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,709
Posted By rt4philly
While I like the idea of cooking with grains it...

While I like the idea of cooking with grains it seems like a lot of work AND I'll have a ton of grain I'll probably never use. I don't bake that often. Composting seems more my speed. Anything...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-20-2013, 02:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,709
Posted By rt4philly
What do I do with my grains?

Hey all-grain brewers. What do you do with your grains after you're done. Just toss them? Or do you do something special with them?
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-20-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,142
Posted By rt4philly
@TxBrew, not sure if you were referring to my...

@TxBrew, not sure if you were referring to my setup but I sure do have pictures. It's nothing fancy right now but I'll be adding more equipment in the future. For the record I brewed with the garage...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-19-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,142
Posted By rt4philly
I finally brewed in the garage last weekend. It...

I finally brewed in the garage last weekend. It was great. As they say in the movie Step Brothers "so much more space for activities." Easy clean up too. Only drawback is it's been about 100 degrees...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-11-2013, 02:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By rt4philly
Hmm I wouldn't think so.. Not worth the risk in...

Hmm I wouldn't think so.. Not worth the risk in my opinion. However, all is not lost!

I think you could probably bring about a cup or so of water(however much you need to adequately dissolve your...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-11-2013, 02:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,142
Posted By rt4philly
We have a mini extinguisher under the sink ill...

We have a mini extinguisher under the sink ill just bring it down with me. I've decided I'm going to brew in the garage regardless, I know it's safe. As everyone said you just have to be smart about...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-10-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,142
Posted By rt4philly
Showed the wife this forum as proof it's ok to...

Showed the wife this forum as proof it's ok to brew in the garage and now she think I need some sort of heat shield and a fire extinguisher first. I'm going to be brewing ing the center of the garage...
Forum: General Chit Chat 07-10-2013, 12:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,142
Posted By rt4philly
Brew in the garage

I want to move brewing out of the kitchen and into the garage. I just bought a propane burner and she's afraid I'll burn down the house if I brew in the garage. I'm convinced its safe, what do you...
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