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  1. FenoMeno

    Too late to start a rest?

    Thanks Goe, Well I use a conical and primarily brew czech/german lagers, so I'm not racking per se but dumping/harvesting. On a request I'm trying a gumball wheat. I read into it a bit and see some guys doing a sort of rest even on an ale like this--I thought what the heck I'll give it a...
  2. FenoMeno

    Too late to start a rest?

    I started fermentation ten days ago and hit FG after day four. In the past I did a diacetyl rest After secondary. Now I'm researching a bit more and see many guys are starting the rest from 50-80% of expected FG. As I've already hit terminal five days ago, is it still worth bringing up for...
  3. FenoMeno

    2.5lb C02 tanks, single gauge c02 regulators

    PM's sent quite a while ago. Wondering if any are left.
  4. FenoMeno

    Will oak flavor dissipate with age?

    Thanks 77! I was hoping for good news on this. Ok, that said, what about dry hopping and see if the hop aroma distracts from the oak aroma? Or is this a waste of time? ( seems fixing something by getting complicated usually is futile) Since I have 15 gal., I think I will actually bottle 5...
  5. FenoMeno

    Will oak flavor dissipate with age?

    I've made a Firestone Walker Double Barrel ale. I just kegged and tasted the beer. It had a pleasant taste, but definitely too oakey for my liking. I used the medium toast chips per the recipe (morebeer kit). The chips went into the conical five days before the end of secondary. However...
  6. FenoMeno

    2.5lb C02 tanks, single gauge c02 regulators

    Are there any tanks and/or reg's left?
  7. FenoMeno

    Dip tube diffusing stone

    Sorry jb, I did just edit my post to what my friend and I were trying to get across. My confusion on which tube the stone was on. I edited the post and hope it makes more sense. There are now Two tubes that go all the way to the bottom. the Gas In has a thin dip tube that goes up into the...
  8. FenoMeno

    Dip tube diffusing stone

    I had purchased a dip tube with a 0.5-micron diffusion carb stone on the bottom of it. I see the stones that hang from the bottom of the keg lid, and that after carb'ing, to switch the gas line to the normal IN for serving. This is not an option for me unless I open the keg and disassemble the...
  9. FenoMeno

    Gunk on sidewalls of keg above beer

    That's a great thought. However, it had been at FG -1.010 - for a week.(21 days in the fermentor) Also with US-05 I had cold crashed to 34 for the first week in keg and then 40* for the second week at serving temp. I would guess the Ale yeast would be too cold to start a secondary...
  10. FenoMeno

    Gunk on sidewalls of keg above beer

    Ale had been in the keg carb'ing for two weeks. I took off lid to put in my dry hop charge and noticed some gunk on the inside of the keg lid. I also noticed this same stuff (looks like caramel colored sawdust) on the walls of the keg. I tilted the keg to see the walls beneath the top of the...
  11. FenoMeno

    Homebrew = Sticky pint glass

    Ok, weird thing I've noticed about my homebrew. Especially when drinking my kegged beer I notice the glass gets more sticky than a commercial beer. If I pour a pint with a nice head, and nice lacing I am happy. However, that lace sticks around long after the pint is in my belly. Also, it...
  12. FenoMeno

    I melted my Better Bottle

    Wow, even a small bit of 190* water shrunk mine. A heavy item had fallen on my BB and disformed it. I didn't care about the shape but there was a kink I didn't think I could get clean enough for a ferm vessel. I thought about a hair dryer, but I am a single guy, so 1/2 gallon off the stove it...
  13. FenoMeno

    Rust removal from Keg

    Hey, thanks guys. I have the vinegar here and will start that soak. Grab the other items tonight while out and see how the vinegar fares. My arms have a hard time reaching the bottom of the keg, so I'll try the chemical route first, then hand a potato to my girlfriend (see first link). Yes...
  14. FenoMeno

    Rust removal from Keg

    So I made a keg-o-brew for a buddy's wedding--also some bottled flip tops. I left earlier than the finishing and forgot to go back for the keg. So it's been a couple years and, hey, what happened to my keg??? I go to retrieve and when I open it, it had a couple broken flip-top bottles in...
  15. FenoMeno

    Keg Carb temp vs. serving temp

    "I have never seen any compelling or authoritative reports that CO2 actually absorbs faster at lower temperatures (although it is a common belief that it does.)" Thanks, CZ. So the cold crashing prior the transfer that seems to be the common practice (and I always do) is simply for clarity...
  16. FenoMeno

    Keg Carb temp vs. serving temp

    I was told by initially carbing as cold as possible, it would shave off several days to reach vol's you want. I read about cold crashing out of the conical to keg, so I do that and thought perhaps that was then the temp I should carb at
  17. FenoMeno

    Keg Carb temp vs. serving temp

    When using a carb'ing chart, should I be using PSI setting for the lowest temp I carb at (31*F) or my pouring temp of 38*? Current method is crash cooling beer to 30'ish, transfer to keg and using the chart for that temp, wait about a week. Then bring up to serving temp and revisit chart for...
  18. FenoMeno

    Tap vs. distilled for calibration

    Thanks, I agree with your above technique and use the same technique for the most part. Agreed that the change is what I'm looking for. Using Hydro/Refract for OG, Refract for "changes" during fermentation, and a larger scale 2nd Hydro for the FG. I was curious of the magnitude of the...
  19. FenoMeno

    Tap vs. distilled for calibration

    When calibrating my Refractometer and taking note of my Hydrometer, how important is it to use distilled water? I noticed via brew software that temps within 5* give the same results, so I was wondering if tap would be in a close enough window for this.
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