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  1. ILMSTMF

    Combination keg / FV / taps / keg line washer

    If anyone would like a detailed parts list / how-to, please reply in thread. * I do need some help too, please look for asterisk at the end. It can clean kegs, keg posts (any posts that accept a QD, really), my FV (Fermzilla All Rounder [including lid posts]), keezer lines, and taps. I had...
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    Closed transfer stuck with a gallon left in FV

    Fermzilla All Rounder. A gallon remains in it and foam has filled the transfer hose. Up until that point, a combination of spunding valve and pulling keg PRV were used to keep the transfer moving. • I tried combinations of depressurizing FV and keg. Nothing got it moving. • Using the...
  3. ILMSTMF

    Storing kegs wet after cleaning

    TL;DR Can I cap a freshly cleaned keg leaving some moisture in there? Then place it in storage. Longer I finished cleaning kegs with my newly built keg washer. Oxi contact then a thorough rinse. Inverted kegs to drain as much as I could. Usually, I would fill with StarSan and purge each...
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    Dry hop on krauszen or wait for it to drop?

    2 dry hop charges, early and late. Recipe wants first charge within 3 days of pitch. It's 3 days from pitch right now. Airlock has slowed down but not dead. But, there is a thick white (lovely) krauszen on top. Worried if I add the hops that they'll get stuck in the krauszen for a while...
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    Need cleaning tips for 50' SS IC

    The coils are tight, debris gets caught in the crevices. Really a pain in the ass to clean it. Spreading coils apart is out of the question. Current process for cleaning it is: • cleaning kettle at end of brew, about 6 gallons of Oxi solution. • dunk the IC in it. • length of soaking...
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    Kettle dip tube and ball valve are rusted - how to fix?

    EDIT - False alarm. It's just dried up wort (I think). See post 6. ******************************************************************************* Trying not to panic. Brewing tomorrow and just noticed the inside of the BK dip tube as well as the ball valve it connects to are rusted. The...
  7. ILMSTMF

    MoreBeer! Thanksgiving Pumpkin Ale (AG) - adding pumpkin

    Brewed it before using just the kit ingredients and it turned out great. WLP001. I was very pleased with the results! I'm brewing it again so I figured "Why not FK it up?" Want to add pumpkin to it. Or something. Maybe just spices. Not sure what the pumpkin will contribute but I'm...
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    Gas range (slide in) buying advice needed

    Short version - we need a new slide-in gas range. Current range measures 30" wide. We don't want to buy a headache so, not interested in cheap stuff that's prone to failure. Ideally, the middle burner would not be that long griddle type. We have some budget dedicated to this but not to get...
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    Water profile adjustment advice needed for Oktoberfest (please)

    Preface - The water profile concepts are over my head. Your patience is appreciated! I have had some success using a calculator to adjust my strike water. Generally, a conservative (I think?) use of gypsum and epsom salt goes into my recipes. About 1 teaspoon of one or the other, sometimes...
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    Dry hopping under pressure with Fermzilla All Rounder - need advice please

    I have the FZ AR. It's pressure-rated but I have yet to use it for high(er) pressure applications*. Fourth batch into it and this recipe calls for dry hop addition. I already have a plan for minimizing O2 exposure when I dump the loose hops in. I have come to terms with that method but now...
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    Purging keg to replace with CO2...without a second keg

    I usually purge a keg that is filled with StarSan by pushing the StarSan out from keg 1 into keg 2, with CO2 supply. I don't have a spare keg available and want to fill the StarSan keg with CO2. Noob question - can I accomplish this by simply running the StarSan down the drain? The only...
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    Fermzilla owners - threaded ring smelled weird after fermentation

    In its first use, fermentation went on for 12 days before transferring beer to keg. Opened it up to clean and... the threaded lid ring's threads had a strange aroma like evergreen. I don't know if it makes any difference but this was a Tripel using WLP550 The smell in the threads did not...
  13. ILMSTMF

    Attn: cold weather brewers, I need an alternative to outdoor water supply

    I finally fixed my process to use outdoor spigot (for garden hose, etc) for brew day water needs. Strike water via RV hose and cleaning. I'm very pleased with how much better my brew day went. However, it won't be safe to use that spigot in cold weather months. The only solution I came up...
  14. ILMSTMF

    Quick closed transfer questions

    I've never performed a closed transfer. I now have a pressure-rated FV (Fermzilla All Rounder) and I plan to use CO2 supply to move beer from FV to keg. 1) Does it matter if there is a small height differential between keg and FV? I don't have a long liquid jumper hose. Because of that, I...
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    PSA - Stop lifting your heavy kettle. Clean more efficiently. Save your back!

    TL; DR. If you're lifting a heavy brew kettle, stop. Find a way to not need to lift it. If you hate the time-suck and / or the labor of cleaning, find a better way to do it. My back hurts. I am grateful to @IslandLizard, @Noob_Brewer, and @LittleRiver who inspired me to rethink my process...
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    BlowTie spunding valve help needed, please

    I purchased the kit from the great folks at Williams Brewing. Valve with integrated gauge, FFL to DuoTight, EvaBarrier joiner tube, and gas QD all included. I haven't used a spunding valve before. I assembled it and I wanted to test it out for functionality and leaks. I went through various...
  17. ILMSTMF

    Hoist point for bag lift, advice needed please

    Hello, I am tired of lifting the BK 4 times on brew day. (Omitting details - I've written in other threads on it). I am moving to a different position to conduct mash, bag lift, boil, chill, and transfer to FV. Problem - my usual position is where a perfect overhead hoist point for the hook...
  18. ILMSTMF

    Moving from propane to eBIAB - talk me out of it (or into it)

    I BIAB with a Stainless Brewing 15 gallon BK, thermometer and ball valve built in. Blichmann burner. Producing 5 gallon batches. It has become a pain having to move the BK four times on brew day to complete different steps of the process. (Ask me for details if you want but the point is that...
  19. ILMSTMF

    Transferring to keg through liquid post - can I completely remove PRV?

    In most attempts at doing a transfer this way, I would pull the PRV up and twist it slightly to get it to stay open. Once beer is done (or near done) transferring, I would give the PRV a little twist to close it and stop the flow of beer. The problem - Several times, the PRV has "dropped"...
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    Would you brew in the bathroom?

    Not sure if best forum for this (Sanitation). Mods, feel free to move. The goal is to figure out a way to streamline my process by moving to electric heat source and brewing in my master bathroom. "Why do that?" you ask. • It's spacious and allows isolation from distractions. •...
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