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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation Yesterday, 12:08 AM
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Posted By pretzelb
Funny you say that, all the old posts I was...

Funny you say that, all the old posts I was reading mentioned having one probe on the carboy and another in the fridge/freezer. I should have saved the links to those threads - my bad.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 09-01-2014, 11:28 PM
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Posted By pretzelb
Fermentation chamber probe thoughts

I have only had my chest freezer fermentation chamber for three 5g batches. I started with putting the probe in a growlers with an inch of water. Then I started reading some threads on another topic...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 08-28-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By pretzelb
I have consider the same thing. It would be nice...

I have consider the same thing. It would be nice to take a step out of the process to save time but don't forget you save time by going from 5 to 10g. If I pull the trigger I hope to keep the 2nd...
Forum: General Techniques 08-26-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By pretzelb
Thanks for the feedback. I added the 1 cup of...

Thanks for the feedback. I added the 1 cup of coffee to the keg. In a few weeks we shall see if it was enough.
Forum: General Techniques 08-24-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By pretzelb
Add cold brewed coffee to secondary or right to keg?

Is it a waste of time to add coffee to a secondary when you cold brew it? After reading a few posts I decided to try adding a cup of cold brewed coffee to my porter. My intent was to add this to a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-12-2014, 09:50 PM
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Posted By pretzelb
Thanks for the confirmation. I racked to keg...

Thanks for the confirmation. I racked to keg today and started the cold crash. Going to try 35 which should be OK for my beers on tap too.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-07-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By pretzelb
I was confused if part of the reason was to...

I was confused if part of the reason was to clarify the beer. If so then I assume you want to use a carboy fit 30 days so the end result can go to a keg. If I rack to a keg immediately then my guess...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-30-2014, 10:12 PM
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Posted By pretzelb
Lager cold crash - in keg with co2?

My first lager is fermenting away just fine but looking ahead at the final cold crash stage I'm confused. The advice is 30 days at 35 degrees. Is that in a secondary carboy? Or can I rack to a keg,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-24-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By pretzelb
Well shoot. Reading about the submersible pump...

Well shoot. Reading about the submersible pump makes me regret the plate chiller I just bought.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-23-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By pretzelb
I think what I should have done is get my wort to...

I think what I should have done is get my wort to 80 as best I could then transfer to the chest freezer and tape the probe to the side of the carboy and set the controller to 50. Then maybe in an...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-23-2014, 02:14 AM
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Views: 594
Posted By pretzelb
I think we have the same setup but with an...

I think we have the same setup but with an immersion chiller and a pre-chiller but in 15 minutes I'd be lucky to get to 80 degrees, and there is no way I could get to 50.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-23-2014, 01:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By pretzelb
Thanks for the reply. I think I need another post...

Thanks for the reply. I think I need another post on the lagering step. To keep my brewing cycle going I could lager in the keezer if it's ok to do that in a keg but I need to ask more questions.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-23-2014, 01:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By pretzelb
My probe is in a carboy with some water but that...

My probe is in a carboy with some water but that just makes sure the freezer stays at 50, which is good but doesn't get my wort cold fast.

But attaching the probe to the carboy might help.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-23-2014, 01:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By pretzelb
I think we live in different temp zones. I use an...

I think we live in different temp zones. I use an immersion chiller and a pre-chiller that is in a bucket of ice to get my wort to 80. I can't imagine how much water it would take to get my wort to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-23-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By pretzelb
Getting wort to lager pitch temp

I brewed my first lager today and wanted to use my new fermentation chamber (chest freezer with Johnson controller). In my head I thought I'd get the wort down to ale temps then let the chest freezer...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-22-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By pretzelb
First lager fermentation temp advice

After years of ales in brewing my first lager based on the recipe in Brewing Classic Styles. I'd like to keep this simple if I can but I don't want to risk a bad batch. The recipe calls for a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-19-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By pretzelb
I will admit I'm a bit scared. The chest freezer...

I will admit I'm a bit scared. The chest freezer is new and there is tons of drama around it (I hate drama). Lowe's took forever to deliver it (without telling me anything), then failed to notify me...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-19-2014, 12:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By pretzelb
Sadly I just tried this and it didn't work. I...

Sadly I just tried this and it didn't work. I have a Johnson Digital Controller (A419) and the tip of the probe is a solid piece of metal about 1.5 inches long. The drain plug has a 90 degree bend in...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-17-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By pretzelb
The plastic is another good idea. If I can find...

The plastic is another good idea. If I can find something that works I will try that too. I am concerned about air. Right now I see some condensation with just the probe so I think that means air is...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-17-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By pretzelb
Good idea. Let me test that out. I might need to...

Good idea. Let me test that out. I might need to find some insulation.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-17-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By pretzelb
Protecting probe in chest freezer

I just got a chest freezer and controller for fermentation control and while the temp swings a bit much it all seems to work. Unlike my keezer I do not net a collar. But I am a bit concerned about...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-29-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By pretzelb
The valve on the outgoing pump line makes sense....

The valve on the outgoing pump line makes sense. I will add that to my list of parts.

I'm not sure I understand this:

If you can make a direct run to the fermenter without having to run it at...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-28-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By pretzelb
Chill plate questions

I am finally considering adding a chill plate to my tool list and I had a few questions. I have an unused March pump I bought when a fellow brewer moved, and I have a pre-chiller for my immersion...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-15-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By pretzelb
I also found myself making certain brews over and...

I also found myself making certain brews over and over again so my 4 tap rotation usually has some standard brews. I'm hoping if I go to 10g the equipment will be up to the task but I do wonder about...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-15-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By pretzelb
I did think of something besides a chest freezer...

I did think of something besides a chest freezer but my searches for something that fits and doesn't require rework all fall short. The nice thing about the chest freezer is all I need is the...
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