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  1. WillWyn

    Stainless fitting question

    Any reason not to use this? All other SS fittings for brewing applications are usually much pricier than this. Only difference I can see in the more costly fittings is the psi rating.
  2. WillWyn

    Paulaner Oktoberfest

    Is Paulaner Oktoberfest a lager or an ale? I thought all Marzens were lagers, but the Paulaner Marzen bottle says "Ale".
  3. WillWyn

    To rinse, or not to rinse

    Built up a three gallon starter for a ten gallon Octoberfest. Used extra-light dme. After chilling it, I noticed a fair amount of darker matter that settled out first. Is this hot/cold break? Started with a fresh smack-pack. There is a fair amount of this material underneath the healthy...
  4. WillWyn

    Gas Plumbing for Single Tier

    The welding on my first single-tier stand is almost complete and it's time to start thinking about plumbing for the propane. I'm looking for information on, and/or pictures of, how to get from the propane tank to the burners. I've got three Banjo burners and a 20psi regulator. A length of...
  5. WillWyn

    Whirlpool chiller design

    Has anyone ever had an issue with wort recirculation only going to the inside of the chiller coil? I am currently building my own whirlpool chiller and am designing it to split the recirculation to go both inside and outside the coil. Any thoughts? Am I wasting my time?
  6. WillWyn

    Mendocino Red Tail Ale recipe question

    Getting ready to brew a Mendo Red Tail Ale clone tomorrow. Calls for 3.5 oz. of Victory malt. Just realized I use all my Victory on my last brew. Any ideas on a substitution? This is for a five gallon recipe.
  7. WillWyn

    Fuller's 1845 clone?

    I've seen a few different variations of a recipe for this tasty brew, but they all seemed to be kind of speculative. Anything tried and true?
  8. WillWyn

    Repitching question

    I brewed up a batch of stout, and came up with an OG of 1.084. After three weeks in the primary, I've got a gravity of 1.034. I thought I had pitched enough yeast, per Mr. Malty's yeast pitching calculator, but for whatever reason, it stopped where it did. I'm going to rack to a secondary...
  9. WillWyn

    Oaked Bourbon Stout Question

    Brewed an oaked bourbon stout today. Soaked 3 oz. oak cubes in Jim Beam for 3 weeks. Put the oak cubes and bourbon into primary. Did I screw up by putting cubes and bourbon into primary as opposed to secondary, as the recipe called for? Will this affect fermentation?
  10. WillWyn

    Coolers for Mash Tun?

    I have a brewing friend who doesn't like the idea of using plastic coolers for mash tuns because of possibility of plastic compounds leaching into the mash from the heat of the water. Any thoughts on this? Are coolers made of food grade plastic?
  11. WillWyn

    Slow drain out of CFC

    I was testing out my newly built CFC, and it seemed to be draining awfully slow. I filled my kettle with 5 gallons of water and it took 35 minutes to drain. I've got a 3/8 inch pick up tube inside the kettle and 50 feet of 3/8 inch OD copper coil in my CFC. Is this normal? By the way...
  12. WillWyn

    Counterflow Christening

    Just finished building a counter flow chiller. I remember reading somewhere about running a vinegar solution through it before I use it. Can't remember what the solution ratio was. Also, I have a brass compression fitting for my dip tube. Boil that in something to remove lead from the surface?
  13. WillWyn

    Soda smell in used cornies.

    What is an effective cleaning method to get the soda smell out of used cornie kegs?