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    Wort Chiller Stops Boil

    Hello all, I’ve got a Brewer’s Edge Mash and Boil. A nice enough piece of equipment, although it just barely gives you a good boil. I add my 1/2” diameter immersion chiller (copper), with about 15 mins left in my boil to sanitize. When I do this, my boil drops down significantly, and sometimes...
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    IPA Grain bill

    Hello. I have some bulk hops of various varieties, and I’m wanting to make a few 5-gallon batches to showcase them. What would you suggest as a good grain bill for IPA’s? I’ve got some Merkur, Magnum, Horizon, and Eroica hops I’ll be trading out for bittering, and am shooting for IBU of around...
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    New immersion chiller

    I’m about to get a new immersion chiller, perhaps a 1/2” diameter, 50’ coil. Looking at one with a listed coil height of 13”. This means it will stick out of my boiling wort by about 2”. I sanitize the immersion chiller in my wort during the last 10-15 mins of boil. I’m not sure if those top...
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    Sanitizing Fermenter Lid

    How do you all sanitize your fermenter lid before closing it up with your beer inside? This is something I always wonder but usually just wing it in the moment. Typically I just spray the underside of lid with StarSan from a bottle, right before placing over the beer and sealing the fermenter...
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    Hop packaging damaged

    Hello all, Picked up a lb of bittering hops (Merkur) from LHBS, with contactless pick-up. At the store I just looked through the box to make sure everything was there but when I got home, noticed the package of hops had a nick in it. A little air getting in and out, enough that I could smell...
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    Pump for post-cooled wort transfer

    I’ve been using auto-siphon to transfer my cooled wort into the conical, and might continue to do so. However, I know many use a chugger pump for this, and say it is easier. I’m just concerned about sanitation... The fittings and ball valve in my boil kettle, the inside of the pump which .. how...
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    Sparge Water Heater

    So there are needs, and then there are wants. To that end, I just discovered the Grainfather sparge water heater! Anyone have one of these luxurious items? I’m curious how even the heat could possibly be from bottom to top. I was looking for a cheaper model in another brand, but I might just...
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    SS Brewtech Keg Washer (WaSsher)

    I am asking my wife to get me this for my birthday... I think. Does anyone have experience using it to clean something other than kegs? I would like to find a way of automatically cleaning my SS Chronical as well. Seems to me, after cleaning kegs, I could possibly manipulate the parts and clean...
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    Removing hoses from barbs

    I’m having difficulty removing hose ends from barbs, when needed. Some stay connected, of course, like the Co2 lines in my kegerator. Others need to be disconnected once a month or so, include the beer lines. To run line cleaner through the beer lines I’ve got to remove the quick disconnects...
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    FTSs extensions

    Does anyone have experience using the SS Brewtech Chronical and FTSs coil extensions? https://www.ssbrewtech.com/products/copy-of-ftss-chiller-coil-extensions-7-gal?_pos=6&_sid=64e431407&_ss=r I’m fermenting in the garage, using the FTSs and an ice chest. I’ve got the temp probe in the...
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    Poppet O-Ring

    Hello fellow brewers. Got a used pin-lock keg, an old coca-cola. I replaced all the poppets as I have done with other kegs, with ferroday ones. The gas post is giving me problems. The o-ring on the poppet creeps up into the crack when I put on the post, so that you can actually see a little of...
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    SS Brewtech Chronical, thermowell

    Hello everyone, I’m currently fermenting the first batch for which I’ve used the SS Brewtech Chronical, and the FTSs. It’s a Kölsch, using Safale US-05. If you’re familiar with this equipment, you know that both the fermenter AND the FTSs lid have thermowells. I also purchased a Brewtech...
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    Hop Pellets longevity

    How long should hop pellets last? I’m stocking up on a pound of everything from Magnum to Fuggle to Summit to Eroica. Some are 2017 harvest, some 2018. All are being shipped. If I get them, break them into smaller 1oz vacuum sealed bags, and freeze them, I will expose them to oxygen right away...
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    Two-Year Old Hops From LHBS

    Hello all, My LHBS is selling hop pellets by the pound for around $13-$16, from 2017 harvest. Anyone have experience with bulk hops this old? I would imagine a reputable LHBS (and this one is GREAT!) would only sell them if they’ve been well-kept and all that. I’m just starting to buy hops in...
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    Stopped (stuck fermentation)?

    So excited to use my Chronical fermenter and FTSs with a water cooler for pump, and everything went GREAT!!!..... for two days. After wort cooled I took a SG reading. 1.064, AWESOME! When transferring the cooled wort to my fermenter, I used a wort aerator attached to the end of the siphon hose...
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    Aquarium chiller for FTSs

    Hello again, friends! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in this tough time. My question is about keeping ferm temps down in my garage. I live in Ft Worth, so we’re talking cooling here, not heating... at least for the coming several months. I might address heating next winter if I...
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    Water line to garage, cheap

    I have an idea!!! (My wife groans here) Is it a good idea or a bad idea? I’m trying to move my brewing completely to the garage ... Mash n Boil, 7 gallon Chronical with FTSs and cooler, EdgeStar two-tap kegerator. The only thing making this complicated is having to take equipment...
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    SS Brewtech FTSs pump not working

    Installed everything according to the instructions, and connected everything... pump to module, and module to power cable. Turned on pump. Nothing happens. I set my desired temp, the “working” light flashes, and the temp of my liquid shows on the display, but the pump never kicks in. It is...
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    FTSs for 7-gallon Chronical

    Purchased a Chronical, and also the FTSs system. The FTSs lid has a drilled hole for airlock/blowoff. Should I use a grommet? Or screw a barb piece on for blowoff? Not sure exactly what tiny little additional piece I may need to make this work. 1/2” hose barb to stick in there, with o-ring and...
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    SS Chronical fermenter - Cooling

    I’m looking at the product description of the SS Chronical fermenter, and it says cooling is possible using a digital temperature controller. From the product description: “A weldless thermowell allows for easy temperature monitoring and control. Use a Ranco or Johnson Digital Temperature...
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