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  1. zrule

    White Labs English Ale yeast floculating in flask on stir plate.

    I have not used this yeast before but, it did not build to a Kreusen and is floculating on the stir plate! Is this normal? Should I dump this? Thanks
  2. zrule

    The Black Box Controller

    I am in need of a new sensor cable. Anyone have any idea what to use for this? I emailed the mfg and have had no response.
  3. zrule

    Sos

    So I decided to brew at the last minute and didn't make a starter. I purchased more than enough smack packs London Ale yeast according to the "Yeast" book. Brew day was great except for the fact that some friends came over and the mash time lengthened to around 2 hours. I have an automated...
  4. zrule

    convoluted vs straight heat exchanger

    What works better for heat exchanger. A 25 ft copper convoluted or 50 ft copper non convoluted
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    wort pump

    My wort pump quit working pumping when doing a recent brew. I had a backup Which I was able to substitute and it worked perfectly. Anyone else had this problem?
  6. zrule

    Bru'n Water - RO Water Mash, Well Water Sparge

    So, I am new to this software and since my water is extremely hard, I use RO water for the mash and well water for sparging. When I enter the values for RO water, then go to the Sparge Acidification page, it shows 0 Total alkalinity. So to get the alkalinity to come over from water entry I...
  7. zrule

    Wet hop

    So I intended to a make a wet hop ipa this weekend. The Hops are ready but it is raining. I am assuming I can go ahead and pick them anyway. Anybody have a take on this?
  8. zrule

    air conditioner for fermentation

    I am using a controller to operate a air conditioner for a fermentation chamber that is 4X4 foot square. Does anyone know: Do ac's restart after the power is cut by the controller. I am looking at a 5-6k btu ac. If so which ones
  9. zrule

    air conditioner for fermentation

    I am using a controller to operate a air conditioner for a fermentation chamber that is 4X4 foot square. Does anyone know: Do ac's restart after the power is cut by the controller. I am looking at a 5-6k btu ac.
  10. zrule

    Reuseing yeast

    I brewed a cream ale on January 31st and collected a lot of yeast. I have three 20oz bottles that are 1/4 full of yeast and then filled to the top with with sterilized water. I want to use it but it is two months old. Can I rewash this to get rid of the dead cells??
  11. zrule

    Yeast from suppliers

    Have anyone else had this problem? My last two yeast purchases, from two different online suppliers were six weeks old! for a ten gallon batch, I needed 4 litres of starter with two smack packs. It was American ale 1056, which is a pretty common yeast. I use Mr. Malty for calculating yeast...
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    How Much Yeast in these containers?

    Anyone tell me how many cells? the bottle is 2.5 inches in diameter and the yeast is 3 inches high in the bottle with the mosti in it.
  13. zrule

    controller

    Has anyone used a unistat III? Can be found at winestat.com
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    Oxygenation

    Can anyone point me to the thread that has to do with oxygenation of wort. I need to know how long it would take to get the proper oxygenenation with air using a .5 micron stone and say 10 lbs or 20lbs of pressure. I know I have seen this info on here but can't find it. Thanks
  15. zrule

    Transplanting crowns

    i just moved and transplanted my 4 year old crowns. Should I trim them or just let them grow like new plants to help develop new roots? Thanks
  16. zrule

    Fermentation Chamber cooling

    Is it possible to cool a highly insulated fermentation chamber down to lagering temperature using a window AC unit. THe chamber will be aproximatly 4X4X7 If so what size of unit would I need?
  17. zrule

    Frozen Dry yeast

    I accidently put a package of dry yeast in the freezer....is it toast?
  18. zrule

    Neem Oil

    So the Asian beetles just came back in force. I have centennials that will be ready to harvest soon and I sprayed Neem oil. Will any flavors from the neem oil carry over?
  19. zrule

    Belgian yeast for an IPA

    I am looking for a belgian yeast that is more towards the spicy less clovelike and no banana. Can anyone give me direction on this one. I have also heard it has something to do with temperature...the lower the temperature the more spicyness....any suggestions?
  20. zrule

    Refractometer error

    I received a refractometer as a gift but the reading I get is off by quite a bit from a hydrometer. They both read 1.000 for water but the refractometer reads 1.032 and the hydrometer reads 1.020. at end of fermentation. What gives?
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