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    Temp control: stalled fermentation?

    I’ll give it a try: does a stalled fermentation typically happen towards the middle of the process, not the end? Good question on the mash: it’s all automated (picopak) but so far as I can tell it was a 3 stage mash based on the log sheet: 148, 156 and a mash out of 178. I’m reading from...
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    Temp control: stalled fermentation?

    I’ve been fermenting under pressure for a bit now: but my last fermentation didn’t go perfectly: lots of fluctuation in temperature. This last brew I decided to convert my spare freezer into a fermentation chamber: so now I’m under pressure and controlling temperature. However, I can’t tell...
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    Keg Cleaning

    I’m curious what the proper pump would be? Obviously bigger breweries use dedicated pumps for cleaning... but I’m curious if there’s anything comparable at a smaller size? Most of the brewery pumps I see are more for moving wort... Not for high volume flow of cleaning fluid...
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    Keg Cleaning

    I was looking at the Oil-Free version of that Superior pump... Then I started looking at the “The Keg Cleaner” which is essentially cloth attached to a drill extension... That almost seems like the better way to go at this point... (although it likely doesn’t hit the lid area..) I’ve tried...
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    Keg Cleaning

    Do you know what pump?
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    Keg Cleaning

    Ah, I see: I thought you were suggesting I get a bigger pump than the pond pumps. I suppose I’ll just resort to micro fibers for now... Makes the most sense... I was just hoping to get away with the set-n-forget mentality!
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    Keg Cleaning

    Can I ask what pump you went with? I did add a CIP ball to their pump, but I felt the single stream was better in the end... So maybe I’ll try a CIP on a bigger oil-free submersible pump
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    Keg Cleaning

    So a higher-powered pump likely wouldn’t do much more?
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    Keg Cleaning

    I’ve had the Mark’s keg washer, and it HAD been working great... until I began fermenting in my kegs... Now it just can’t seem to “scrub” the remnants off like it once had (it seems to leave behind Krausen on the wall). Would one of the home-made keg-washers work better? (With their much...
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    Does pH need to be measured?

    I suppose I should hold off on the RO water for now: and try distilled to see if building water profiles helps any. I suppose where my confusion lies is in that we expect distilled water to be a pH of 7, but supposedly it’s lower due to absorption of CO2.... So if that’s the case: wouldn’t I...
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    Does pH need to be measured?

    Good to know: I think my main apprehension is the amount of work a pH meter takes to get working... Yea yea yea: I know; it’s not TOO bad, but they’re an extra fiddly bit to add on a brew day, with extra stuff to store. I wasn’t sure if one can assume the rough pH of the water coming out of...
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    Does pH need to be measured?

    I’m trying to improve the quality of my beer, so I’m looking into an RO system... I’m also trying to keep from over-complicating things... If I buy an RO system, and then start using software to build a water profile, is there any need to have a pH meter?
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    RO systems cost effective?

    replacing the copper is out of the question unfortunately: I have no way to easily run the new line to the fridge (drywall ceilings in the basement). My thoughts were to fish a poly line across the basement ceiling to the closet that contains the fridge’s water shut off. Then I’d just...
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    RO systems cost effective?

    The wheels in my head are starting to turn: I’m wondering if there’s an easy way to set up my filters in my basement, and then run water to my fridge upstairs... we use the fridge filtered water daily for our coffee maker (and perhaps it would be smart for me to stop buying bottled water and...
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    RO systems cost effective?

    I know... I know... but I DID buy the pico as part of the Kickstarter, so it was considerably cheaper. Plus my work situation has changed, and income is significantly lighter than it was a few months ago. Under the sink wouldn’t be an option either: there’s no room available (we use it for a...
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    RO systems cost effective?

    I’m trying to figure out if an RO system is cost effective, or a waste? I only brew about 5x 5gallon batches a year, although I did acquire a Picobrew Z, so hopefully that will change) I’d like to get into more detailed water profiles (I just use spring water now), but I can’t decide if I...
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    Ink-Bird ITC1000 to replace fridge thermostat?

    I have a haier 150 can beverage center with a manual dial thermostat. Unfortunately the swing and control isn’t as precise as I’d like. I bought an ink bird, but I noticed the ITC 1000: can that just replace the old thermostat? It seems like a neater package, versus having a thermostat on...
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    Rhode Island Fermentasaurus/pressure kit/jacket

    Looking to unload a fermentasaurus that has seen 3 uses. I’ve been making smaller batches, so fermenting in a keg is easier. Includes fermentasaurus, pressure kit and the fermentasaurus jacket. Asking $100 Spunding valve also available for extra cost.
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    Taking a look at DIY corny keg cleaners

    I’ve been looking at the SS Brewtech Keg Wassher, and started to like the design... but the price is not as appealing. I then started looking at all of your DIY options, and was about to pull the trigger... until I learned about the “oil cooled motor” issues. The superior pump seems to be a...
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    CIP ball vs Straight Stream?

    I’ve been drooling over the SS Brewtech Keg Wassher for a bit... but I’m finally coming to my senses and considering making my own DIY washer. I DO have a Mark II washer... but I’m not thrilled by the power going through the posts... Plus it gets a bit messy when it comes to dumping the old...
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