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  1. marke14

    Dry hopping gone wrong or ???

    This is amazing! I will try something like this ...
  2. marke14

    Dry hopping gone wrong or ???

    agentbud, thank you for the detailed write up and pictures. I will try to rig up something like that. I’ll need a regulator that can handle that sort of thing; does it have a name? I do have a spare regulator, I used to have a freshwater planted fish tank, and I have a high end reg from that...
  3. marke14

    Dry hopping gone wrong or ???

    Thanks for the replies everyone. This is great stuff right here! Can anyone elaborate on how you do this bit re: “cask breather” during cold crashing? I know that as the temp drops and the air in the headspace gets denser and smaller, indeed it sucks air back in via the air lock. How do you...
  4. marke14

    Dry hopping gone wrong or ???

    Sorry I think I mistyped ... it was more than that, either 4 or 6 oz. This recipe called for a second DH but I'll be damned if I can find those (still, even today!). The hop gremlins ran off with them or something. One of my batches that went south was not DH in a bag, and I ended up losing...
  5. marke14

    Dry hopping gone wrong or ???

    No, that is not how I did it. I will try that going forward though, thanks for the tip.
  6. marke14

    Dry hopping gone wrong or ???

    My bad, calcium chloride. I bought it at the LHBS, got the name wrong there. Yes, wet cardboard is not far off. It definitely doesn't taste good. I don't suppose there's any fixing it right? I do transfer into the keg via the out post/dip tube, indeed. The dry hops in this case were in a...
  7. marke14

    Dry hopping gone wrong or ???

    Hey guys, I’m hoping you all might be able to help me here. I’ve been home brewing for a couple of years now. Like a lot of people, I started with an extract kit and have been building up from there. More recently I stepped up to a BIAB set up. I’ve been enjoying the improvements as I’ve...
  8. marke14

    Yes, this is another thread about selling beer... but on a tiny scale.

    I agree w/ the OP's idea - I would love to tread very lightly into the tiny / nano brewery without the enormous price tag of getting into a proper brewery business with the attendant costs. I would support such efforts. I am down with an insurance requirements and one idea for regulating...
  9. marke14

    Thoughts on a new brew kettle?

    So I ended up with the Ss Brewtech 10 gallon. I think it should fit my needs and there was a $40 premium on the extra 5 gallons. Plus I just don't see needing exponentially more volume over the normal course of things ... yes I may be inconvenienced or challenged when I make a batch with a...
  10. marke14

    Thoughts on a new brew kettle?

    Wow Mike, a double chiller - you aren't f-in' around!
  11. marke14

    Thoughts on a new brew kettle?

    Thanks for the comments. I will be sticking with a 10 gallon size wise. I'll mind the boil overs ... Zambezi Special, I am definitely all in on BIAB so I am good without trying a small batch though I understand I could easily do so.
  12. marke14

    Thoughts on a new brew kettle?

    Good call-out, my bad. Yes I've heard people complain that it can scorch *during the mash*, not the boil, right. Thank you for the other comments as well. 15-gallons, for room for a 5 gallon batch?
  13. marke14

    Thoughts on a new brew kettle?

    I am about to make the transition from extract to all-grain, and I want to give BIAB a try before going all-in on a 3-vessel setup. I'm looking for a 10-gallon brew kettle, so I can have plenty of room for a BIAB approach. So without biasing the responses here by mentioning the...
  14. marke14

    Using a kegerator for fermentation temp control AND kegs

    Good stuff, thank you for the suggestions Firerat.
  15. marke14

    Using a kegerator for fermentation temp control AND kegs

    Update ... yeah I bought a chest freezer, and have it hooked up to an Inkbird. I've got a one-gallon batch of cream ale going in there at the moment. In for a penny, in for a pound, am I right?
  16. marke14

    Fermentation temp control questions

    Overall, it doesn't seem that a lot of people are directly measuring the wort/beer temperature, but rather measure the temp of the outside of the fermentation vessel. Correct? I'd imagine that on a commercial or large scale HB setup, people might go more advanced and use a probe within the...
  17. marke14

    Fermentation temp control questions

    So, does anyone worry about actually measuring the fermenting wort directly via a probe? Is this uncommon and people are basically controlling the chamber temperature, setting that at the 65-70 F range as per the ale yeast strains (and colder for lager strains)? As I said I was a little...
  18. marke14

    Fermentation temp control questions

    I'm down to 73 at exactly a day after pitching ... hopefully the beer will be OK. Live and learn ...
  19. marke14

    Fermentation temp control questions

    Wyeast London Ale II I think it was - it was what I had so I used it
  20. marke14

    Fermentation temp control questions

    Thanks for that. I will keep that in mind. I dropped the kegerator temp down a bit and the probe is now showing 75 so I am making progress in the right direction. I don't want to make it too cold in there right?
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