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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-17-2014, 01:14 AM
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Posted By brian320fo
Thank you, Also, should I leave it on the...

Thank you,

Also, should I leave it on the stir plate until fermentation is finished or just until fermentation begins then remove from stir plate and let the yeast mix things up on its own?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-16-2014, 09:39 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
Another Yeast Starter Thread

I finally started to make yeast starters. Several months ago I made my first starter for a Pils (Wyeast Bohemian) I was brewing. After 36 hours the starter looked like the first picture. It turned...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-21-2014, 04:32 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
I'm just finishing upgrading my brewery to handle...

I'm just finishing upgrading my brewery to handle lagers better. To do this I bought a second plate chiller and attached it in series to my first. The wort comes through the pump on the right side,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-21-2014, 01:55 PM
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Views: 1,518
Posted By brian320fo
I had the same thoughts as the OP. This is also...

I had the same thoughts as the OP. This is also my first starter. I made it Saturday, fermented on a stir plate for 24 hours, crashed for 12 hours then warmed back up to pitching temp (50* for a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-12-2013, 01:46 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
Are you running it on 110V? If you are then you...

Are you running it on 110V? If you are then you would be cutting the wattage in half.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-23-2013, 04:00 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
Thank you or the replies. You're right about...

Thank you or the replies. You're right about conditioning too soon. I've put an airlock on my keg to try to let the CO2 flush out the sulfur. I'll let it sit for a couple of weeks and see what...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-21-2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By brian320fo
Lager Problem

Anyone have this issue before? I conditioned/lagered my beer in a glass carboy not realizing the airlock was plugged up. It lagered for a couple of months then the other day I kegged it. Needless to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-10-2013, 04:35 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
For those of you who adjust your mash water are...

For those of you who adjust your mash water are you also adjusting your sparge water? If so, how and how are you sparging? I use RO water so I make additions for the mash but for the sparge I just...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-25-2013, 12:48 AM
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Posted By brian320fo
These are the numbers I've been using. I've very...

These are the numbers I've been using. I've very carefully measured all my volumes and gravities and with these number I'm consistently hitting them right on. My equipment is the 20L with a dip tube...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-13-2013, 11:06 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
I seem to have a problem with over attenuation on...

I seem to have a problem with over attenuation on many of my brews. The temperature readings on the BM computer match my thermometer so I'm guessing the temps are correct. Since I do a protein rest I...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-02-2012, 02:50 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
Just had a brewday Friday and tested my theory...

Just had a brewday Friday and tested my theory about the density gradient after sparging. Taking a sample of the wort form the top of the kettle gave my a pre-boil gravity of 1.038. Taking a sample...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-22-2012, 01:34 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
I tested my hydrometer using your suggestion and...

I tested my hydrometer using your suggestion and the hydrometer was right on. I think I've figured out what's happening. I'm dealing with two issues:

1) BeerSmith calculates its predicted OG using...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-19-2012, 03:03 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
My bad, I misused terminology. When I said final...

My bad, I misused terminology. When I said final volume I was talking about as measured in the Braumeister before transferring to fermenter. I will test my hydrometer again using your suggestion....
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-18-2012, 01:56 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
Yes, I use a hydrometer and have calibrated it...

Yes, I use a hydrometer and have calibrated it with distiller water. It seems to be fine. All my other readings are normal so I'm investigating other areas in my system. Unfortunately this was not a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-18-2012, 01:44 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
I know. This is what has me so baffled. I'm very...

I know. This is what has me so baffled. I'm very meticulous about my measurements. I'm beginning to think my therminator has a leak in it, thinning out my wort as I chill it. Next time I'll take a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-16-2012, 07:10 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
I just finished my 14th batch on the 20 litre...

I just finished my 14th batch on the 20 litre system. I've had a problem on the last 6 batches or so and I can't seem to pin it down.

My pre-boil gravity and volume are right on the money. I do a...
Forum: Company Reviews 06-28-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 15,265
Posted By brian320fo
Eric, I had similar problems and finaly got...

Eric,

I had similar problems and finaly got his attention by threatening to go to the police and file criminal charges. He eventually sent me a check which bounced. I threatend legal action...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-13-2012, 02:17 PM
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Posted By brian320fo
I'm trying to get a handle on the rest periods....

I'm trying to get a handle on the rest periods. In Palmer's book, when talking about step mashing, he uses only a single rest for Saccharification, compromising at 153*F. Using a lower temperature...
Forum: Company Reviews 01-17-2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 15,265
Posted By brian320fo
After Marcus sent me the bad check I emailed him...

After Marcus sent me the bad check I emailed him and told him what happened. He apologized and a couple of weeks later sent me a cashiers check for the full amount. It has cleared and we are all...
Forum: Company Reviews 12-22-2011, 12:55 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 15,265
Posted By brian320fo
I emailed Marcus and requested a cashiers check....

I emailed Marcus and requested a cashiers check. He has responded and send he would send out a cashiers check next week. We'll see...
Forum: Company Reviews 12-21-2011, 09:46 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 15,265
Posted By brian320fo
I sent numerous emails to Marcus and finally got...

I sent numerous emails to Marcus and finally got a response. He promised me he would refund my money in full. Two weeks later he sent me a UPS package with a check for the full amount. Of course it...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-30-2011, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2,488
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Posted By brian320fo
Great thread. I'm considering purchasing a 20L in...

Great thread. I'm considering purchasing a 20L in the near future and have a couple of questions. I seem to recall some discussion earlier about whole hops but this thread has gotten so long I can't...
Forum: Company Reviews 11-26-2011, 12:06 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 15,265
Posted By brian320fo
If I don't get my money back I fully intend to...

If I don't get my money back I fully intend to file criminal charges. He said the other day he would have it to me within ten days. I'll give him that. But once those ten days are past I'll be...
Forum: Company Reviews 11-21-2011, 12:14 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 15,265
Posted By brian320fo
Marcus was supposed to build me a full electric...

Marcus was supposed to build me a full electric brew system, stand, kettles, controller and everything else. He's got over $3K of mine. I filed a complaint with the TX AG, BBB, an PayPal and I'm...
Forum: Company Reviews 11-17-2011, 06:08 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 15,265
Posted By brian320fo
I have had the same problem and requested a...

I have had the same problem and requested a refund from Marcus to no avail. I also plan to file with county and state. I will get in touch with others this coming weekend by PM once I get home. (...
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