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Forum: General Techniques 04-20-2013, 02:52 PM
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Posted By MagicSmoker
I guess everyone wants to chime in with their...

I guess everyone wants to chime in with their different approaches to draining BIAB bags... Eh, why not? Had a thread like this been around a few weeks ago I might not have wasted my money buying two...
Forum: Brew Science 04-20-2013, 02:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,127
Posted By MagicSmoker
The $64,000 question then, is, at what point are...

The $64,000 question then, is, at what point are the TDS too high? The carboy of RO water I just bought reads 8ppm, while the same water tested at 3ppm a few weeks ago. Is this a sign the membrane is...
Forum: General Techniques 04-20-2013, 02:25 PM
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Posted By MagicSmoker
I dunno about the advice that if your water...

I dunno about the advice that if your water tastes fine to drink it will make good beer. My water tastes fine to drink (perhaps because of the whole-house carbon filter), but it is fairly alkaline...
Forum: General Techniques 04-17-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,406
Posted By MagicSmoker
What about leaves and such? That said, good...

What about leaves and such?

That said, good point about keeping out microscropic invaders by simply putting the lid back on the pot when it is cooling down.

As for the guy with too big a pot...
Forum: General Techniques 04-15-2013, 01:33 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 14,122
Posted By MagicSmoker
+1 on this. Take advantage of the service now...

+1 on this. Take advantage of the service now before the guy realizes $5 per IBU test just isn't worth the bother!!! :D
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-15-2013, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By MagicSmoker
Thanks again for the help yesterday, everyone!...

Thanks again for the help yesterday, everyone! The airlock was bubbling away when I got up at 6am, so either my starter worked or I have a helluva infection! :fro:

All in all this was a fairly...
Forum: General Techniques 04-15-2013, 10:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,406
Posted By MagicSmoker
I cover the top of the pot with a splatter screen...

I cover the top of the pot with a splatter screen intended for frying pans. It lets the boil roll along while keeping out all the airborne stuff. Got mine at Target: Splatter Screen...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2013, 11:43 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By MagicSmoker
I'm using WLP051 which is supposed to flocculate...

I'm using WLP051 which is supposed to flocculate well (it sure did after a couple hours in the fridge) so it didn't hurt to decant off a little more than half the beer, but the next time I use WLP001...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2013, 11:22 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By MagicSmoker
Huh, that's good to know. And so I just hit the...

Huh, that's good to know. And so I just hit the wort with 60s of pure O2. HBT to the rescue again!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2013, 10:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 726
Posted By MagicSmoker
Yep, I didn't add any hops to the starter, though...

Yep, I didn't add any hops to the starter, though I wondered if I should have after smelling it this morning! I can definitely see why you want to decant off as much of the "beer" from your starters...
Forum: General Techniques 04-14-2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,912
Posted By MagicSmoker
Huh... I saw a tamale pot at Target recently...

Huh... I saw a tamale pot at Target recently (looking for other items to (ab)use for brewing) and thought it looked interesting. I'll have to give it a second look.

That said, I suspect that the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-14-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 727
Posted By MagicSmoker
I tried 5.2 in one batch and while it did,...

I tried 5.2 in one batch and while it did, indeed, stabilize the mash pH at 5.2, it did not fix my astringency problem. It was only after changing to RO water and building it back up with CaCl2,...
Forum: General Techniques 04-14-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,912
Posted By MagicSmoker
As you can see off to the right in the pic there...

As you can see off to the right in the pic there is another pot... that was from when I purchased a stock pot + strainer basket from Home Depot, thinking I could use the strainer basket as a...
Forum: General Techniques 04-14-2013, 08:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,912
Posted By MagicSmoker
The easy way to drain a BIAB bag

I'm a relatively new brewer, and an engineer by profession, so it was inevitable that I would start tinkering with the brewing process at some point. It didn't take me too many batches before I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 726
Posted By MagicSmoker
Ugh... I just decanted about half the beer off...

Ugh... I just decanted about half the beer off the starter and it smells - even cold from the fridge - exactly like a warm/flat BMC. I was going to taste it out of a sense of adventure, but I find...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2013, 07:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 726
Posted By MagicSmoker
Thanks for the replies! Yep, I put the starter in...

Thanks for the replies! Yep, I put the starter in the fridge to make it easier to separate the yeast from the (undoubtedly nasty tasting) beer before pitching. I note that both of you say to decant...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2013, 06:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 726
Posted By MagicSmoker
First time using a starter: pitch cold or warm?

I made a 1L starter with a fresh vial of WLP051 for the first time two days ago. Everything seemed to progress as expected so I put the flask in the fridge this morning to crash the yeast out, which...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-14-2013, 01:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 923
Posted By MagicSmoker
Good idea about the paint stirrer! I've already...

Good idea about the paint stirrer! I've already modified my Corona mill to use my cordless drill to drive it. The original crank handle is attached with an M8-1.25 bolt so I bought a longer one and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-13-2013, 06:28 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 65,748
Posted By MagicSmoker
HBT definitely elicits more "that's ingenious"...

HBT definitely elicits more "that's ingenious" comments from me than any other forum I frequent, and it's because of threads like this. Even though it is unlikely I will ever make my own yeast balls,...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 04-13-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By MagicSmoker
Here's my solution to draining BIAB bags:

Here's my solution to draining BIAB bags:
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-13-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 923
Posted By MagicSmoker
How about a comparison picture? I'm still...

How about a comparison picture? I'm still tinkering with my crush size, but so far it seems like aiming for about the same size as coarse sand is a good compromise between efficiency and dough balls.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-13-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 923
Posted By MagicSmoker
Aye, you might not have to worry about stuck...

Aye, you might not have to worry about stuck sparges with BIAB, but you do have to worry about dough balls!

When I tried tightened up the gap on my Corona mill to the point that it was more or...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 04-11-2013, 11:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By MagicSmoker
I was just looking at that same rack today while...

I was just looking at that same rack today while at the Home Despot. While it looks plenty strong for the job, I didn't like that it was made of bare, unplated mild steel. Even if you aren't worried...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-11-2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,403
Posted By MagicSmoker
I recently used midnight wheat in a black IPA and...

I recently used midnight wheat in a black IPA and wasn't entirely thrilled with its contribution. The color was good - black that turns to a dark brown when strongly backlit - but there was...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-10-2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 21,230
Posted By MagicSmoker
I've successfully used my 300 micron 4 x 10 hops...

I've successfully used my 300 micron 4 x 10 hops filter to keep hops/yeast out of the auto-siphon when racking from the fermenter to the bottling bucket. I hung the filter on the side of the bucket...
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