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  1. ILMSTMF

    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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. ILMSTMF

    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...
  5. ILMSTMF

    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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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"...
  9. ILMSTMF

    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. •...
  10. ILMSTMF

    Stainless fermenter... yes or no?

    Want to treat myself but don't want to make a foolish purchase. Have been using the same plastic bucket for... ~7 years? She's treated me well and still works fine. She goes into my mini fridge FC which has heating wires installed too. Why even change up to SS? With the Ss Brewtech Brew...
  11. ILMSTMF

    HopShot / hop extract consistency

    First time using this, two 5ml syringes. I used pliers to twist the plug out of the syringe. Might be good info for someone else; no instructions provided for that part. The syringes were included in a kit from Northern Brewer. Acquired 22 months ago, all hop pellets were stored in freezer...
  12. ILMSTMF

    Beer backed up in gas line... what to do?

    Lesson learned (I'm putting this up top for those who deem this TL;DR) Before attaching a different pressure gas line to the keg, do this. 1) Remove gas supply from keg. In my case, 30psi 2) Pull PRV to vent the gas out of keg. I believe this is the crucial step which would have prevented the...
  13. ILMSTMF

    WHOOPS - Dropped keg lid o-ring into keg filled with StarSan

    • Pre-purged three kegs today. • On the last one after I topped up with StarSan to get it to capacity, I was putting the keg lid in. The keg lid o-ring slipped off the lid! It must have sunk to the bottom of the damn keg, I reached in and fished around but couldn't find it. So now I've got a...
  14. ILMSTMF

    Dumping the first few foamy pints - why I think YOU'RE crazy...

    did all that work and you're going to just dump those foamy pours?? PSSSHT. Night 1, force carb and roll keg at 30psi. Night 2, connect to 12 psi line. Vent pressure to settle to 12. Night 3, pour two foamy pints. Night 4, pour three foamy pints. Each time, I let the head settle down then...
  15. ILMSTMF

    I put sealed hops in a warm FC - ruined?

    I know, RDWHAHB. Brewed 4 days ago and decided to take the sealed hops from freezer storage out. Specifically, those for the dry hop addition, 2 oz in a manufacturer sealed package, have been placed in my FC. Target temp of 67F. The heating wires have kicked on during fermentation. Have I...
  16. ILMSTMF

    How do I know if the CO2 tank is empty?

    I know, kind of dumb question. A wise friend explained to me that the capacity gauge on the regulator is usually not a perfect indicator of tank fullness. He told me that once the needle goes into the red zone that the needle will move much faster towards the completely empty indicator then...
  17. ILMSTMF

    No beer left behind! Can't fit it all in keg, how to bottle the rest?

    Have ~6 gallons or so in fermentor. Can't get that all into the keg, of course. I would like to bottle what's left but trying to figure out if / how I can easily do that from the fermentor only. I have a bottling bucket too but trying to avoid that. I have... • plastic 1L Mr. Beer...
  18. ILMSTMF

    Building your yeast cell count with multi-step starter

    The purpose is to demonstrate that yeast does, in fact, reproduce. lol I use this wonderful calculator to determine how many cells are needed for my batch and how to overbuild it for harvesting. http://www.brewunited.com/yeast_calculator.php With a fresh generation 0 yeast, I love to both...
  19. ILMSTMF

    Combo keg/bucket/carboy/KETTLE washer - need advice please

    Yeah, I want to clean ALL of those vessels with the same setup. :-D Top priority is something to wash the corny keg through the posts. I don't use the carboy much so bucket would be next most important to be able to wash. Thank you, but I am tired of scrubbing the bucket by hand; hence the...
  20. ILMSTMF

    Yeast starter crashed in freezer - big mistake or safe?

    TL; DR version. Stirred for 4.5 days straight. Put in freezer for 2 hours to crash. Took out to warm up before decant and pitch. Did this drastic temp change "shock" the yeast? Hurt it? More details. I wound up with like 6 gallons in bucket. Had originally planned to pitch 1.6L of whole...
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