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    Using a kombucha keg for beer?

    I was going to buy a couple of kegs from someone who was using them for kombucha. I'd be using them for beer, but I was hesitant because I wasn't sure if the regular process of PBW + Star San would be enough to make sure there would be no lingering cultures that would re-ferment my beer. Is...
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    A/C Unit Glycol Chiller Tripping GFCI

    Hello, I built a glycol chiller from an old 5000 BTU window A/C unit a few months ago. It works great, except that every 2 or 3 chilling cycles (on average) it trips the GFCI outlet I have it plugged into. I've tried different circuits and removed every other load from the circuit and it still...
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    ISO: HERMS Fast Read Thermostat

    What do you use to keep your HLT at a steady temperature? I first tried a thermostat controlled 1000W submersible heater in a 5 gallon cooler but this struggled to keep the temperature above 176F when the pump was on which was giving me a mash temp of 146F (inefficiency due to 25' 3/8" coil I...
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    Induction heater for HLT recommendations

    After much tinkering with my setup, I've decided I'd like to heat my HLT via an induction heater. I need the ability to keep the water at a specific temperature, either with some built in mechanism, or using an external thermostat in which case something that could simply be turned on/off as...
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    ISO: HERMS Fast Read Thermostat

    Hmm, okay I guess I had it a little backwards then. So do you guys keep recirculating during the entire mash? Also, I've noticed pretty big temp gradients across the grain bed. I'll usually get say 152 at the top and something like 147 at the bottom. Have you experienced something similar and...
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    ISO: HERMS Fast Read Thermostat

    I am using a 15 gallon stainless kettle as a MLT with a stainless thermowell at about the 4.5 gallon mark that extends to pretty much the center of the MLT. The probe for the Inkbird goes in this thermowell. For most batches, this will be sitting in the top 25% or so of the mash. The MLT outlet...
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    ISO: HERMS Fast Read Thermostat

    I put together a HERMS setup for mashing and have been using the Inkbird Itc-308 for temp control of the mash. My biggest problem with it is that the thermometer is very slow to reach the correct reading, especially when compared to my Thermopen. This results in a 3-6 degree increase in a couple...
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    Fluctuating Evaporation Rate

    Yea I agree, I don't know why I stated 18%. I've had 1.66 gal/hr plugged into Beersmith for a while and it was reliable for 60 minute boils. Seems the 90 minute boils were more like 1.37 gal/hr. Yes I do, and I hear your point about consistency with the burner. What's weird though is my...
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    Fluctuating Evaporation Rate

    Hi, I've been frustrated by my two most recent brews where i ended up with > 1/2 gallon more wort than expected, but obviously short of my intended O.G. Both of these brews were 90 minute boils (mostly Pilsner malt grists), where I usually boil for 60 minutes and my volumes are more on target...
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    HERMS Mash Temp Reading

    Hi, I converted my old 15 gallon kettle to a mash tun and put in a thermowell to house the probe for my thermostat in my new HERMS system. The thermowell sits about 5" from the base of the mash tun which puts it at about the 4.5 gallon mark. On a typical batch, this is maybe 1" below the top...
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    2nd Generation Yeast Shows Stratified Layers

    I am new to reusing and storing yeast. I am not 'washing' the yeast, but I am creating a double starter, pitching half in my wort and storing the other half in a sterilized mason jar. I have one such strain with which I have done this twice so I am considering this strain 2nd generation (it has...
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    Kegeragtor balance equation is garbage?

    Fantastic calculator! Thanks! That empirical simplified equation I referenced earlier should be shot.
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    Kegeragtor balance equation is garbage?

    *Sorry for the typo in the thread title. Can't change it after posting apparently* So when looking to balance your draft system, there is this simple equation that can be used to calculate how long your liquid lines should be for a given serving pressure...
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    Alloy Products Corp Pin Lock Kegs

    Thank you for that fantastic explanation! So I'm assuming that the Firestone posts won't work with this tapered APC keg :(. I guess I just have to live with it as a pin lock keg.
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    Alloy Products Corp Pin Lock Kegs

    Old thread, but I also have an Alloy Products Corp pin lock keg and I want to buy a ball lock conversion kit. I don't know what is meant by 'tapered' so has anyone tested whether the Firestone threads work on the APC kegs?
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    Brett Trois - Can I 'secondary' in the primary?

    Okay good to know. I'll plan accordingly. But I don't have to be concerned about leaving the beer in contact with the Brett yeast cake for aging ~12 months?
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    Brett Trois - Can I 'secondary' in the primary?

    Does 100% brett create much of a Krausen? If not, I would use a 5 gallon carboy for fermentation so there won't be much headspace as I typically produce close to 5.5 gallons of wort on my system.
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    Brett Trois - Can I 'secondary' in the primary?

    So you're saying throw the Brett Trois and Lacto in right at the start of primary? Remember, I didn't plan to use any Sacch in this batch. So there won't be any issues with prolonged yeast cake contact while aging?
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    Brett Trois - Can I 'secondary' in the primary?

    I plan to make my first sour beer (besides a semi-failed sour mash beer a couple years ago) using 100% Brett Trois in the primary. I will then age this beer for a long while with some oak and Lacto. My question is, do I have to transfer the beer from the primary to a secondary vessel before...
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    Wet Hopping - Time Between Harvest and Brew Day

    Hey, So this is my first year growing hops and I don't have a ton so I want to use them all in a wet hop ipa. I just got back from vacation and found that my hops are starting to show a good amount of brown which I've read is indicative that they are ready to harvest. My schedule is such that...
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