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  1. tommy24a

    Expectations

    What temperature would I expect to cool down to in a basement that is in the 80's with a fermenter that is jacketed and has a cooling coil with a properly sized glycol chiller?. My fermenter is a 18 gal. But most of my batches are in the 6 to 10 gallon range.
  2. tommy24a

    Glyco Chiller

    Survey, if someone offered to buy you a Glyco chiller what brand would you get?
  3. tommy24a

    Chillers

    which is the most effective at bringing down wort temps CF chiller or Plate chiller? Have CF now and here in northeast with the hot weather we have been having the water only cools the wort to about 80 degrees. Dropping that to pitching temp is a real bear. Another issue is Fermenting in a...
  4. tommy24a

    Irish Ale

    I am brewing a red Irish ale this weekend that calls for 2 stage fermentation. At this point I do not have a second vessel to Xfer to. So is there a big issue leaving it it my spike conical the entire time? I will have the cooling coil to keep temps around 65 degrees the whole time. Thoughts?
  5. tommy24a

    Diy cooler

    Ok, have a spike cf30 mostly do 10 gal batches in it. Have the spike tc100 setup cooling coil , pump and insulated lines. Did a little experiment where I put a 5gal bucket full of water in my chest freezer, stuck the pump in and hooked it to the coil. freezer temp was set to 40 degrees. Last...
  6. tommy24a

    Suggestions for Scottish Ale

    Need a good recipe for a Scottish ale to be ready to drink by end of September. Any ideas?
  7. tommy24a

    Conical question

    Fermenting in spike conical with gas pressure manifold in place...should I have a blow off tube in place instead? I notice the pressure builds up almost to the prv 15psi release. Not sure if most folks ferment in these conical with blow off tubes or not.
  8. tommy24a

    Spike 30 Conical question

    Fermenting in spike conical with gas pressure manifold in place...should I have a blow off tube in place instead? I notice the pressure builds up almost to the prv 15psi release. Not sure if most folks ferment in these conical with blow off tubes or not.
  9. tommy24a

    Hop schedule

    When a recipe says to add hops at "0.25 oz (7 g) Citra at 30 minutes" does that me 30 mins into the boil or 30 mins left to the boil?
  10. tommy24a

    Co2 Newbie

    Newbie here to corny kegs and Co2 tank. Got a new co2 5lb tank and got it filled. Put 5gallon in corny keg (new) and let it sit for 10 days under 15lbs pressure. Checked it after the 10 days my co2 tank was reading empty. Or maybe like a 16th of an inch off of the zero. Everything is new..do I...
  11. tommy24a

    Vorlauf vs recirculation

    Do these mean the same thing pertaining to all grain brewing? How bout whirlpooling?
  12. tommy24a

    First 10 gal batch almost ready

    Looks like my 10gal batch will be ready by weekend. I currently have it fermenting in my spike conical cf15. I plan on bottling 1\2 of it and putting the other 1\2 in a corny keg. Since this is my first time using a conical what is the best way to bottle?. The equipment I have at my disposal is...
  13. tommy24a

    First brew today on a Spike Trio

    Will be doing my first brew today on a Spike trio system. We are doing a 10 gal batch. I have a question on how much water to add t o the MT. Do I add 10gal to the MT initially? Then bring that up to temp then add grain? IIalso see that 1.25 quarts per lb of grain formula being used. If I go...
  14. tommy24a

    CFC caddy ideas

    Have not brewed on my 20gal trio system yet . hopefully this weekend we will change that one question I have is my CFC location and hoses look like it's going to be a pain to manage. I do not have the CFC mounted to anything. Was wondering if some of you guys could show me how you manage your...
  15. tommy24a

    Hop baskets

    Yet to brew on our new system (all electric ). I see hop baskets that hang on side of pots. What are advantages of using these baskets?
  16. tommy24a

    Counter Flow chiller stand

    Looking for diy ideal for a wort chiller (counter flo) stand. Maybe like some sort of caddy. I have seen some that have the pumps than can be mounted but I'm just looking to make something just for the coil.
  17. tommy24a

    Spike steam condensor lid

    Brand new..opened box to look at it. Built a hood for ventilation instead so have no need for it. This is for the 20gal pot. Retails for $325. Make an offer.
  18. tommy24a

    Spike trio 20gal

    First brew on spike trio equipment. Set my PID to 158 temp. The element never kicks off and goes way past the 158. anyone else know what this could be? Its like the element is always on and it ignores the setting set in the PID
  19. tommy24a

    Corny keg

    So if I Xfer my beer when fermenting is complete must I refrigerate.
  20. tommy24a

    I have 2 questions

    Its been awhile since I have brewed AG. I have a question first on when a recipe says to add hops at 60mins? That mean if a 60 min boil you add from the beginning? Also what is "dry hopping" hops you add and do not boil? Thanks!
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