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  1. IslandLizard

    A little off the beaten track...

    Is for this a distilling rig?
  2. IslandLizard

    another thread on co2 loss ...

    More so as the full surface covering nylon washers have protrusions that fit right into those indentations in the brass surfaces... IOW, it looks like they're made for nylon washers. ;)
  3. IslandLizard

    another thread on co2 loss ...

    To use a (permanent) o-ring there, that groove needs to be much deeper to hold it in place.
  4. IslandLizard

    another thread on co2 loss ...

    Sad story, so sorry! It's curious why a leak there didn't show up with your soap inspection. That's high pressure gas there, you should even be able to hear it leaking. A plastic washer in that spot should last years, many exchanges/fills and de/recouplings. Fiber washers, however, maybe only...
  5. IslandLizard

    My Stove Sucks

    Yeah, check the electrical panel for breaker amperage in the kitchen circuit(s), if you know what to look for. If using a 1500W countertop hot plate, don't run anything else at the same time, except for your stove, which is on its own (240V) circuit. If your fridge and hot plate go out at the...
  6. IslandLizard

    Need cleaning tips for 50' SS IC

    Yes, drop your keg washer into the kettle. Can it fit inside the stainless coil? If you can stick that spray ball on a short tube so it reaches up to about 2/3 of the kettle height, you got yourself a CIP. Stick the lid on and pull a bungee over it. Use one of the washer's side ports to clean...
  7. IslandLizard

    My Stove Sucks

    We still don't know what kind of stove it is, gas, electric coil, or (ceramic) flat top...
  8. IslandLizard

    My Stove Sucks

    Not cheating. "High gravity" brewing, with water top up in the fermenter, is an extract brewing method. And for good results, a certain process needs to be followed. One of the most important notes of that process is that extract should not be boiled at high gravity, certainly not for an hour or...
  9. IslandLizard

    Black Flakes, Starter Infected?

    Don't bother, leave it be. Tinkering with starters can cause infections. Not much you can do about or change anyway now.
  10. IslandLizard

    Black Flakes, Starter Infected?

    Not all flasks are created equally, keep that in mind. A cracked flask due to thermal stress from direct heating creates a big mess you may want to avoid. We have had more than just a few posts on those small catastrophes. I think using good cleaning practices of the flasks, followed by a...
  11. IslandLizard

    My Stove Sucks

    I was more fishing for the kind of heat source, gas, electric (open) coils or electric flat top. Mostly in respect to possible ways to insulate those pot(s). With gas, open flames, using any kind of insulation around the pots or kettle is totally out of the question. They're a fire hazard...
  12. IslandLizard

    BIAB - Water Retention Factor for Grains

    Of course, the final packaged volume (and quality of it) is what ultimately counts. Separating/recovering as much wort and beer from the grist and trub at every respective stage is the central idea to that.
  13. IslandLizard

    BIAB - Water Retention Factor for Grains

    You're getting it! This is about the net volume and gravity in the fermenter. That's why I'm a big proponent of cold crashing (under CO2 of course, or whenever possible). Even with an 8-12 oz dry hop charge in a 5.5 gallon batch, I only have 1/2 gallon of compacted trub on the very bottom...
  14. IslandLizard

    Where do you buy malt?

    ;) Just... not as cheap yet as my homemade PBW, at under $2.50 per pound. ;) Only at our group grain buy can I get the real PBW at around $3 a pound. It indeed has a much higher (double) PerCarbonate content. But I really don't care about the extra oxygen, I think most of it is wasted, anyway.
  15. IslandLizard

    BIAB - Water Retention Factor for Grains

    Grain absorption is a relatively minor factor in the whole brewing process! Even with BIAB, after a pour over "sparge" or, a much better, 5x more gravity points rewarding "dunk sparge" in a large pail with 2-3 gallons of left behind brewing water. Even at double the absorption amount of what...
  16. IslandLizard

    Where do you buy malt?

    I know some homebrewers that take good advantage of all grain kit specials, such as offered on Nortern Brewer and MoreBeer from time to time. Sign up for their email alerts. Especially the 2-fers and 3-fers can be lucrative, as it will qualify you for free shipping. Just stock up on them, buy 6...
  17. IslandLizard

    My Stove Sucks

    What kind of stove is it? What started smoking? Re: Induction Some stainless pots a magnet won't stick to still work with induction. But there's only one way to find out... the hard way. I have a (cheap) 8 gallon Polar Ware kettle (single ply bottom, not triple ply) that works great on...
  18. IslandLizard

    Black Flakes, Starter Infected?

    Can the fish eyes be little undissolved clumps of DME? Or any millet, left in the pan? Those have little eyes too. Maybe you can fish one out and take a closer look? BTW, is your starter on a stir plate? I don't see any signs of "swirling." Or much foam at all.
  19. IslandLizard

    Welcome Beginning Brewers!

    Moderator's Note: I've moved @Yjie91's posts about his Black Flake Starter, and all replies to it, to his own thread: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/threads/black-flakes-starter-infected.691750/
  20. IslandLizard

    Black Flakes, Starter Infected?

    Fish eggs!
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