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  1. Rev2010

    After force carb and pressure reset I forgot to open valve - been 2.5 days

    So somehow I made a doofus mistake. After force carbing for 30 hours at 30psi and purging the keg I dialed the pressure down to 13psi but somehow forgot to open the CO2 valve. Don't know how this happened as I even checked the next day and can swear the valve was open. So anyhow, I reset it to...
  2. Rev2010

    What additive are Southern Tier, New Belgium, and Elysian using in their Pumpkin beers?

    Been a while since I've posted, but haven't stopped brewing! So hello all, hope you're all well and healthy :rock:OK so it's quite obvious IMO that they're all using the same additive in their beers as I taste the *exact same* sweet candy like pumpkin spice flavor in their beers. It's kind of a...
  3. Rev2010

    Grey colored malt = old?? First time problem, dumped mash due to total stuck runoff

    So I've been brewing something like 8.5 years. I've made pumpkin ales without ricehulls early on so I'm totally familiar with a stuck or slow runoff/sparge, but with those it was always just a very slow runoff. This was 99% stuck with a dribble. I was doing a beer with 8.5lbs Franco-Belges...
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    How many jalapeños for 5 gallon batches?

    So, I've used habanero before so I've got that figured out but habanero's are much much stronger than jalapeños. I will be doing a beer in a few weeks that is a Watermelon Jalapeño Wheat and am wondering how many jalapeños you all would recommend to give a bit of burn but still be drinkable...
  5. Rev2010

    Anything going on with BSG hops?

    I've been finding lately that any BSG bagged hops I get from NorthernBrewer are dry and some pellets even broken down into powder. I don't find this with any of the other black bag NorthernBrewer hops I get, just the BSG. They just seem so dried out and powdery. I seem to recall someone...
  6. Rev2010

    So I forgot to add a campden tablet to my pilsner...

    ... and at the time figured maybe it will be OK since lager yeast is supposed to be very clean and not produce a lot of phenols (bound with chlorine turns into chlorophenols yes?). Just tapped up this Pilsner and it has a dominant solventy/rubbery taste to it. Not the beer lines as I just...
  7. Rev2010

    Installed Accuflex Bev-Seal Ultra lines last night

    Man that tubing is a PITA! Had a fairly easy time getting it on the tower shank barbs, that wasn't the issue. The first one I got on the easiest, the second took two tries and went on. Just the stiffness of the dang stuff is so unwieldy to handle. If it didn't have the convenient feet markings...
  8. Rev2010

    Went back to OxiClean but am switching back to PBW

    I've used OxiClean for years with no complaints, not knocking it as it works great. However, being I just ran out of PBW this weekend (was my first jar of PBW as I decided to try it when I kicked up brewing again after a hiatus) I picked up a tub of OxiClean Free like I always used to use. Used...
  9. Rev2010

    Will Gelatin still work fine at 42.3F?

    My fermentation chambers won't get the beer any colder than 42.3F. I'm going to use Gelatin for the first time to clarify the beer. Most writeups I read about using Gelatin reference bringing the beer down a bit colder. 42F should work fine no? Rev.
  10. Rev2010

    Saflager w-34/70 high attentuation normal?

    Used this yeast for my first Pilsner. Been two weeks and took a hydrometer sample today and it's at 1.005 when Beersmith was showing estimated FG of 1.010. I mashed at 149, properly entered that into Beersmith. I did use 2 packs of yeast though as I've read lagers need double the yeast. Could...
  11. Rev2010

    Initial impressions of the Ss Brew Tech 10G Infusion mash tun

    If TLDR - just skip to the pro's/con's at the bottom This isn't technically a review since I've only used it for two brews so far, my pilsner and amber. Gonna be a few weeks before I use it again so I figured I'd post an initial opinion on it. For a little bit of background: For years I mashed...
  12. Rev2010

    Steps to fix a TapRite regulator that very slowly creeps up in PSI

    Love Taprite, never had any issues in the years using my last regulator with secondary reg. My current single body dual output regular, a Taprite T752HP, has an issue that started happening after a few kegs. The left side regulator climbs in pressure very slowly. I hookup a beer and do my usual...
  13. Rev2010

    This crush too fine?

    So since getting back into brewing and this time getting an MM2Pro as opposed to my previous MM2 I've had a few issues with my efficiency being a couple of points lower than in the past. Used to be 86% now it's average 81% but can swing between 76% and 83% - usually with the swing tending to be...
  14. Rev2010

    Those that stopped vorlaufing and use a fine mesh bag....

    ...how have your results been? I've been thinking lately of just saving time by running my tubing from the mash tun into a fine mesh LD Carlson bag to catch small particulates instead of vorlaufing. Since I double batch sparge that's three vorlaufs and I got to thinking the bag would not only...
  15. Rev2010

    Little advice with this Frankenstein recipe

    So I've been wanting to make something a bit out of the ordinary and formulated the below recipe. All my recipes are Bill & Ted themed names so this one I'm calling "Station's Creation". My question is the aromatic malt. I've never used it before actually. What I'm shooting for is a malty, yet...
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    Can pilsners be called so if they contain malts other than pilsner?

    Never brewed one yet but am planning to soon. I'm not planning to use any crystal malts but I got curious since I've seen many recipes have various other malts like Munich, Vienna, and various crystal malts in them. As far as I recall reading pilsners are supposed to contain 100% pilsner malt...
  17. Rev2010

    Metal mesh paddle in stainless mash tun?

    I recently bought a metal mash paddle as the plastic spoon I've been using to stir is a bit too flimsy and has started to bend. Most of the wooden ones are huge so I went with a metal one off Amazon. Used it this weekend in my Rubbermaid mash tun and got to thinking it might be a little too hard...
  18. Rev2010

    Brief review of Spike v3 Kettle and HotRod heatstick

    I got to use my new Spike kettle along with the 1650w HotRod Heat Stick this past weekend on two brews - my belgian wit and my hefeweizen. I didn't think to take any photos so below I will just link the photos of the kettle after unboxing. Spike brew kettle - I absolutely love this thing! It's...
  19. Rev2010

    Fermentation chambers - let's have a good discussion on what you all are using!

    Up till now I've always used my KegCo kegerator as a fermentation chamber during the warmer months when, at my old residence, I would use an unheated hallway that did great for keeping cellar temps and managing to keep fermentation temps in the 60's naturally. Since my divorce and move to an...
  20. Rev2010

    Spike Cyber Monday order disappointment

    I'm posting to ask if this sort of quality is normal of Spike Brewing. I received the kettle I ordered on Cyber Monday and it seriously appears to be one of their "Bargain Cave" blemished products. The kettle I received has a big ding in the kettle wall that shows through to the outside, a...
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