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Old 11-26-2012, 06:59 AM   #141
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Just got my Munton's tanks and other stuff from AB, it was only shipped yesterday afternoon so that was quick! I took some photos for anyone who wants to see. (click)
These are exactly what I wanted, its stronger plastic and compresses less than the fermenters I currently use. Volume marks on the side are nice although the plastic is opaque. There aren't any vent holes in either tank though so I drilled the center of the lid for the tap addition on one and put a tiny vent on the other end of the top.

Quite a bit of extract in there too! I added a bit of hot water to each tank and rinsed it out into a pitcher, about a kg without the water. After diluting some and checking the SG it looks like I should be able to make 6L of wort at 1.05 Starting gravity. Right now I am heating up the undiluted extract to sterilize it, should be fine in a sanitized glass umeshu jar for a few days while I figure out what to make with it.

Bottled my smoked porter today too; that 100 yen bottle drying rack worked fine without any extra support. I could fit about 25 bottles on it, long necks fit quite well.

 
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:43 PM   #142
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Wish I had seen this thread earlier!

Another Japan (Tokyo) homebrewer here. Great to see a bunch of people here enjoying the hobby.

Brendan, I met you (or at least remember a white guy with dreads named Brendan, hah) at the Advanced Homebrew meet at the Watering Hole in August. I wonder when their house beers will be available to the public.

Do you know when Devil Craft will have their beers ready to go?

 
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:30 PM   #143
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Hi JiBiru8 that was me alright! This time I will have an all-grain to bring to the party.. er.. meeting. I have a weak IPA (my goal was a beer that SWMBO could partake) and a smoked Porter that are both conditioning. The house is so cold right now that I will be lucky if the porter is fully carbonated by next week, I only bottled it a week and a bit ago.
This thread has been growing since a little after that meeting when I started it. I'm pretty happy to find this many enthusiastic people here as well!

I live a bit of a ways out of the city so I've only been to the WH the one time. I don't know when DC or the Watering hole will have their beers made. Maybe we will see one of them at the meetup and can pester for information

 
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:48 PM   #144
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Just got my Munton's tanks and other stuff from AB, it was only shipped yesterday afternoon so that was quick! I took some photos for anyone who wants to see. (click)
These are exactly what I wanted, its stronger plastic and compresses less than the fermenters I currently use. Volume marks on the side are nice although the plastic is opaque. There aren't any vent holes in either tank though so I drilled the center of the lid for the tap addition on one and put a tiny vent on the other end of the top.

Quite a bit of extract in there too! I added a bit of hot water to each tank and rinsed it out into a pitcher, about a kg without the water. After diluting some and checking the SG it looks like I should be able to make 6L of wort at 1.05 Starting gravity. Right now I am heating up the undiluted extract to sterilize it, should be fine in a sanitized glass umeshu jar for a few days while I figure out what to make with it.

Bottled my smoked porter today too; that 100 yen bottle drying rack worked fine without any extra support. I could fit about 25 bottles on it, long necks fit quite well.
If you water that wort down to 1.030, you could use it for yeast starters.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:33 AM   #145
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If you water that wort down to 1.030, you could use it for yeast starters.
Thats exactly what I did, I made a 2L starter for the Lager this week. I added the rest to the Pilsner kit for the extra fermentables instead of sugar. It says it was "light extract" so I hope that doesn't change the pilsner flavor too much. I have a bit left over that I put in canning jars and heated to 90 in a water bath for a while, hope that holds them over until the next brew.

This is my first lager in a long time; the first in Japan for me. The kitchen is 5-10 degrees Celsius and my winter jacket has been on it all week keeping it at around 15 I hope? I keep thinking there's a little guy standing in the corner when I see it out of the corner of my eye... It seems that if I really want to enjoy this hobby in Japan or at least this house, I will be better off doing a full temperature controlled fermentation chamber.

How are you guys dealing with temperatures in Japan? Do you have insulated buildings or live in a rabbit hutch like I do?

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:49 AM   #146
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I also raise geckos, so I had heat tape and a thermostat on hand. I wrap each fermenter in a strip of flex watt heat tape (a heating pad would be ok) and then wrap that with some leftover polyurethane foam I had from another project. The thermostat keeps everything in check. Again, I happened to have all this on hand, so it may not be for everyone.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:53 AM   #147
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You could probably use an aquarium thermostat. You'd need to figure out the difference between liquid inside the vessel and the temp setting. I put the probe between the foam and the fermenter. I connect a power strip to the socket and daisy chain 3-4 at a time, with one thermo on one of the fermenters.

Cold crashing is easy now, eh?
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:38 AM   #148
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Advanced Brewing put up a photo of some homemade fermentor covers on their Facebook page about a week ago. It looked like a few layers of newspaper shaped into a cover that fit over the fermentor with a little space in between the ferm sides and the paper. I think they just threw a heating pad underneath it.

Anyways, I thought the newspaper thing was an interesting idea. I still like the idea of some sort of temp controller in the heating source.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:21 PM   #149
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While this is my first brew. I wrapped a heated blanket for a twin bed around it then put a spare sleeping bag around that. I bought a digital thermometer for 700 yen that has an external probe that I taped to the bottom of the ferm so the blanket wouldn't give it false readings. Seems to work good. I checked my strip temp to my prob temp and it is very close so no worries. Now I don't have to open the whole thing up to check. I will upgrade to a controller and ferm wrap or something when I have extra funds.

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:00 AM   #150
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How are you guys dealing with temperatures in Japan? Do you have insulated buildings or live in a rabbit hutch like I do?
I"m in a house I built with my very own two hands. The walls, floor, and ceiling have 20cm of glass wool insulation. What with my wood stove, the challenge is not to have a fermentation get too warm during the winter. Hope this story warms your hearts!
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