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Old 11-01-2013, 04:28 PM   #421
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I'm dry hopping today actually...2oz of Chinook in a 3 gal batch. Not sure if you consider that "big", but I figured I'd mention it.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:52 PM   #422
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I've had a string of bad luck with oxidation in my IPAs lately that were fermented in the speidel tank. It is very convenient to use the large lid when adding dry hops to a fermenter, so all of my IPAs this year went into the Speidel.

I am wondering if others have had issues with oxidation with IPA. My other batches (non ipa) have been fine. It's just when large amounts of dry hops (I am gonna say 5 oz whirlpool and 5 oz dry hop per 5 gallons) that there seems to be an issue, especially in lighter malt beer like IIPA.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:54 PM   #423
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Hmm. Could be due to cold crashing with such a large headspace.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.or...p?topic=900.45
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:35 AM   #424
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When I cold condition my beers in my speidel, I remove the bubbler and screw-on the spare cap that came with the fermenter. I might vent the fermenter once or twice while I'm chilling it down (I usually do it over 3-4 days), just to make sure I don't blow a seal, but it has worked great for me so far. There's no suck-back when that sucker is sealed tight. I probably wouldn't cool it down too low for too long though (maybe 35-40, but not 30 or something like that).
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #425
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I threw it in the fridge one time tight and it collapsed inwards (nothing permanent). Has anyone destroyed their tank from cold crashing?
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:45 PM   #426
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Im sure that this has been answered already, but after wasting 20mins searching this thread I could not find this addressed:

Can you use regular airlocks in these fermenters instead of their oversized ones? I'm thinking about buying once of these but it won't fit in my fermentation chamber with their huge airlock.
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You need a stopper with a smaller hole. I think the size shows on the product page or comment section for the tanks.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #428
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Someone also put the spigot on top and attached a blow-off tube to that. Seemed to make the lowest profile possible.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:25 AM   #429
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For those using the 30L Speidels, what are you guys using to take a sample for a hydrometer reading?

I brew 5 gallon batches, and judging by the pics in this thread, there seems to be quite a bit of headspace in the 30L tank when it's filled with only 5 gals, so i'd prefer to buy a certain baster or wine thief that's long enough so I can just insert it inside the stopper/airlock opening to grab my sample without having to unscrew the entire lid. I also don't want to use the spigot for hydrometer readings so I can minimize infection.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:51 PM   #430
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I just use the spigot...i spray some starsan on the inside of the spigot just to sanitize it and take my sample that way. Then when im done i just spray it again, haven't had any issues with infection yet.
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