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    BrewChatter Brew Zilla/Robo Brew Giveaway

    I'm all in. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Fermzilla Questions

    Thanks, BeerSnobby, for the suggestions. I took a look at the FLOTit 2.0, and it looks pretty good. While the photos all seem to show it being used in a keg, I'm guessing it would work well in the FermZilla also. Are you using it in a FermZilla?
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    Fermzilla Questions

    Thanks. Yes, I have used the filter for about 5-6 batches now, and I've experimented with all three of the points where you can attach the float. I've had occasional issues with all three. I've read that some people have slipped a sanitized 7/16" SS nut onto the tube where it attaches to the...
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    Fermzilla Questions

    Has anybody else using the Fermzilla and doing closed transfers had trouble with the floating dip tup not staying submerged in the beer? In attempting a closed transfer just now, the dip tube has repeatedly stopped drawing beer and started drawing gas (presumably CO2). After transferring about...
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    Fermzilla Questions

    I am still using the 7 gallon (or thereabouts) FermZilla with the valve and collection jar at the bottom. It's my second FermZilla, a warranty replacement after the complex bottom valve threading system on the first became hopelessly stuck, too loose to use and unable to be tightened. I figure...
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    IPA Turning Brown

    I'm pretty new to kegging my beer, and I have not been filling the keg to the brim (probably more like an inch or so below the gas-in fitting) with my Star San solution because I thought doing so might interfere somehow with the gas-in connector (by having the solution cover it on the inside)...
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    IPA Turning Brown

    Thanks for the suggestions. I did fill the keg with a StarSan solution, let it rest 5 minutes or so, then pushed it all out with CO2 and left keg under pressure before beginning closed transfer. I probably did not purge the head space enough after adding the dry hop addition. Also, thinking...
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    IPA Turning Brown

    I am on my third batch of NEIPA since switching to kegging. I use a 7 gallon FermZilla, and I am very, very careful about oxygen exposure (having had a number of brown batches in the past). On this batch, I transferred only clear wort, pumping it from my kettle (after letting it settle out...
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    How can I tell if a co2 tank has a syphon tube?

    Have you sold your Madone? What size is (was) the frame?
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    Yeast Washing Illustrated

    Every description I've read of this process (which I've done a half dozen times) says that after I've added some (.5-1 gallon) sterilized water to the yeast/trub cake left after racking from primary, and given it a couple of minutes of swirling/shaking, I should see two layers develop, one a...
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    Yeast harvesting

    Thanks! I had a feeling that was the case. So it looks like I saved all of the watery portion and tossed some really good Vermont IPA yeast. Next time, I'll decant first and store the rest. I had such a minimal amount of trub in the large jar that I suppose I shouldn't worry too much about a...
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    Yeast harvesting

    I am relatively new to yeast harvesting. I've had some success, both with harvesting and pitching the yeast/beer/trub slurry left over after I've racked a batch to secondary, and with a full rinsing process added. Lately, though, I've been running into a problem with my rinsing process...
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    Harvesting yeast.

    Thanks, smata67. If I use, say, 1/3 of the yeast cake I harvest in a week or two, then store the rest (maybe two pint jars) in the fridge for, say, a month or two, I assume I could make starters using the stored pints?
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    Harvesting yeast.

    I am new to harvesting yeast and I have a very basic question. I have a 5.5 gallon batch of ale (1.068 OG) that has just finished primary, and I plan on transferring to secondary tomorrow. I would like to harvest the yeast (Wyeast 1056, grown to approximately 399 b cells through a two-stage...
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    Morebeer FerMonster

    I am thinking of getting the 7G Fermonster to use as a primary fermenter, but I want to be able to easily and securely attach a blowoff hose. The help guy at MoreBeer suggested getting one of the #10 stoppers (with a hole predrilled for a bung) and carefully drilling out the hole to fit a...
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    IPA way too sweet

    I recently brewed an extract kit meant to be a clone for Ballast Point's Sculpin, but after almost four weeks of bottle conditioning, it is still under carbonated and way too sweet. I'm wondering if my fermentation may have gotten stuck. 3 gallon boil, topped off with water to make 5...
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