Homemade Randall - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Homemade Randall

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-28-2009, 10:48 PM   #1
CaptYesterday
Recipes 
 
May 2008
Cleveland
Posts: 160


So I'm brewing with a couple of other homebrewers I met at a Society of Northeastern Ohio Brewers meeting and we're sampling some beers while our two 10 gallon batches come to a boil.

The guy who was hosting mentioned that he had a homemade randall (ie water filter casing) stuffed with home grown cascade hops hooked up to a keg of pale ale. I got pretty excited cause I've never had the pleasure of trying a beer run through a randall before so I poured myself half a pint to give it a shot.

The aroma was fantastic, I don't think I've ever had a beer (commercial, homebrew, or craft) that smelled so good. However, while the beer poured with a good amount of head, 2 fingers or so, the mouthfeel was completely flat. It seemed as though the hops in the randall had completely stripped the CO2 out of the beer.

Anybody else experienced anything like this or am I just crazy?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
beerocd
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Posts: 697
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Seems to make sense, the carbonation running over the surface of all those hops. So just to add to your question then, would the use of a Randall therefore require overcarbing to put it just right into your glass?

-OCD
__________________

Due to recent economic crisis, stock market crash, budget cuts, and the rising cost of everything including taxes: "The Light at the End of The Tunnel" has been turned off.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2009, 03:19 AM   #3
Saccharomyces
Be good to your yeast...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Saccharomyces's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Pflugerville, Texas
Posts: 5,447
Liked 115 Times on 69 Posts


Randall can cause a lot of foaming since all those hops provide a lot of nucleation sites for bubbles. I find that if you drop the keg pressure to about 2 PSI (just enough to push the beer through and out the tap on the other side at a trickle) the foaming is minimal and you will not have flat beer.

Forgot to mention, it helps to cool the Randall as well. Pack ice around it in a cooler and just run the lines in and out under the lid.
__________________
[How to Calculate Mash Efficiency | Do I Need a Yeast Starter? | My Ghetto Fermentation Chamber | Twitter | 6 Gal. HDPE Fermenters | Slanting Yeast | No Sparge Brewing]

Quote:
Originally Posted by Soperbrew
big brother only monitors facebook and untappd

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2009, 03:21 AM   #4
Parker36
 
Parker36's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Lesotho
Posts: 4,742
Liked 22 Times on 20 Posts


Are there versions of randalls that the beer flows through under pressure?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2009, 03:28 AM   #5
KYB
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 1,556
Liked 45 Times on 29 Posts


I almost had a chance to try the DFH 90min through the real Randall, but "it wasn't working right." Laame. I was really looking forward to that.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2009, 03:47 AM   #6
Orangevango
 
Orangevango's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2008
Posts: 596
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


It seems that if you put a considerable length of beer line on the "out" side of the randall, you could keep the beer under pressure while it is in contact with the hops, thereby reducing the chance of foaming and flat beer.
__________________
Visit my Hop Farm on Facebook

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2009, 03:54 AM   #7
Clayton
 
Clayton's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2008
NE Oklahoma
Posts: 1,484
Liked 20 Times on 18 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Orangevango View Post
It seems that if you put a considerable length of beer line on the "out" side of the randall, you could keep the beer under pressure while it is in contact with the hops, thereby reducing the chance of foaming and flat beer.
yeah i would think you would bump the presser up and use 20 feet or so of beer line, with that much line you can redissolve the co2
__________________
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. ~ W.C. Fields

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY Randall--confused Dude Equipment/Sanitation 71 06-19-2016 09:09 PM
DIY Randall/hopback Reidman DIY Projects 9 10-07-2010 03:11 PM
Long week -- so, homemade beer with homemade pizza AZ_IPA Cooking & Pairing 12 03-07-2009 02:37 AM
Randall question Seabee John DIY Projects 1 12-07-2008 12:37 PM
randall AleHole Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 03-12-2007 11:06 PM


Forum Jump