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Forum: DIY Projects Yesterday, 01:54 PM
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Posted By mjohnson
I second using a 10A fuse. I was worried about...

I second using a 10A fuse. I was worried about this when I built mine and feel much better knowing that it will trip before burning the house down. If anyone is interested retrofitting theirs with...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-15-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By mjohnson
I think with the fermentors, you should be wary...

I think with the fermentors, you should be wary that "shortcuts can cause long delays." I think you can do a lot of DIY for the brewhouse, but your fermentors are what control your product flow and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-15-2014, 08:40 PM
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Posted By mjohnson
Like Temptd2, when tasting anyone's homebrew, as...

Like Temptd2, when tasting anyone's homebrew, as a conversation starter, I usually ask if they're happy how it turned out. You can usually tell pretty quickly if they'd want any comments.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-11-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By mjohnson
You might want to do some reading about high vs...

You might want to do some reading about high vs low pressure propane before dropping cash on regulators and burners (I'm not sure what a home propane tank service is). The hardware for high and low...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-09-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 1
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Posted By mjohnson
If you make sure your controller doesn't flip on...

If you make sure your controller doesn't flip on and off quickly (most controllers can limit this) you should be ok. Also, with a bunch of beer at temp in there, the temp is not going to swing much....
Forum: General Techniques 04-09-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By mjohnson
Another use for that leftover wort is to do a...

Another use for that leftover wort is to do a ferment test. After pitching my yeast, I'll put some leftover wort into the flask with the remaining yeast dregs. I leave this at room temp to see how...
Forum: General Techniques 04-09-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,247
Posted By mjohnson
If its not water or infection, could it be the...

If its not water or infection, could it be the ingredients? Did you use the same ingredients source for both batches? Could you have some bad malt, or nasty hops or something?
Forum: General Techniques 04-07-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By mjohnson
I think that was a common practice used to...

I think that was a common practice used to produce Scottish ales.


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Forum: General Techniques 04-01-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By mjohnson
I'm no expert so apply as many salts to my...

I'm no expert so apply as many salts to my analysis as you care to (pun!).

Your water isn't too soft (generally soft water is good - its easy to build back up). It may not be too hard either -...
Forum: General Techniques 03-24-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By mjohnson
In my experience, the cone isn't all that solid. ...

In my experience, the cone isn't all that solid. As the level of wort drops, it kind of spreads. Most of it still ends up in the center, but it will creep out to the edge. I tend to just plan for...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-06-2014, 07:12 PM
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Posted By mjohnson
Lots of folks do BIAB or full volume mashes. You...

Lots of folks do BIAB or full volume mashes. You can go pretty thin. The proof is in the pudding - how do your batches turn out? I bet they will be fine. The main adjustment you MIGHT have to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-25-2014, 02:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 941
Posted By mjohnson
Update 2 - no scorching.

Update 2 - no scorching.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-07-2014, 08:17 PM
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Posted By mjohnson
This episode of Dr. Homebrew talked about a PB...

This episode of Dr. Homebrew talked about a PB beer.

http://thebrewingnetwork.com/shows/1051
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-05-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 513
Posted By mjohnson
For purifying water for drinking, a rolling boil...

For purifying water for drinking, a rolling boil for 1 minute is enough. When you factor the time ramping to boiling and the time while chilling, it should be enough.

Most real baddies are...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-05-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 675
Posted By mjohnson
Until it tastes good. It usually ends up being...

Until it tastes good. It usually ends up being perfect when I pull the last pint.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-05-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 513
Posted By mjohnson
You did exactly right. Also, you don't really...

You did exactly right. Also, you don't really need to boil the starters for that long. Just bring to a boil and ensure the extract is dissolved. A minute or 2 is fine.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-05-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 345
Posted By mjohnson
Good points. I agree - were I to go electric,...

Good points. I agree - were I to go electric, I'd definitely use those fittings for the elements for ease of installation and maintenance (as opposed to sanitation).

Edit to add - I've taken...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-04-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 345
Posted By mjohnson
If you have threads anywhere, there is no reason...

If you have threads anywhere, there is no reason for tri-clovers. You'd be adding "sanitary" fittings to "unsanitary" bulkheads. So, unless you just like them, you might be able to save some money...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-04-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 345
Posted By mjohnson
If sanitation is your concern, you can go...

If sanitation is your concern, you can go weldless fittings for everything on the hot-side for sure. Camlocks make for great connections. If you feel like it, spring for 3 piece valves so you can...
Forum: General Techniques 02-03-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,048
Posted By mjohnson
Vlad, I'm having trouble figuring out what your...

Vlad, I'm having trouble figuring out what your schedule would be for a recipe that includes acid malt.

Dough in @ 100F to hydrate grain
Pull first decoction
Rest first decoction @ 129F for...
Forum: General Techniques 02-03-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By mjohnson
Another option would be to adjust your boil hop...

Another option would be to adjust your boil hop additions to compensate. Either reduce bittering charge or move them closer to flameout.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-01-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 480
Posted By mjohnson
That beaker is cool. I just purchased a 6 qt...

That beaker is cool. I just purchased a 6 qt stainless bain marie pan that I'm going to use. $20ish on Amazon.

Detailed in this thread:...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-01-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 426
Posted By mjohnson
I purchased a tall boy in December and have 1...

I purchased a tall boy in December and have 1 brew one it. It is quite nice. I think it is a better value. It would be nice to have the markers inside, but I just marked a dowel. You will likely...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-01-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 941
Posted By mjohnson
Update: I purchased a 6 qt one from amazon. The...

Update: I purchased a 6 qt one from amazon. The one I got doesn't have a completely flat bottom. There is a 4" circle in the middle that is raised just a little bit. That raised circle is still...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-25-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 793
Posted By mjohnson
Chronic under attenuation

If you don't want to spend the cash on a thermapen, look at getting a glass lab thermometer. They can be fragile for everyday use, but you'll be able to tell which digital thermometer is closest at...
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