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  1. mattldm

    Brew Cube Reviews?

    I have a question about the Vittles Vault containers. I recently purchased one to start making larger batches and it has a very strong plasticy off gassing smell that I can not get rid of. The manufacturers website says that it is harmless and that it will dissipate but im concerned about the...
  2. mattldm

    Fitting a Vittles Vault with a Thermowell and Bulkhead?

    Slightly off topic, but looking for help... I have a question about the Vittles Vault containers. I recently purchased one to start making larger batches and it has a very strong plasticy off gassing smell that I can not get rid of. The manufacturers website says that it is harmless and that it...
  3. mattldm

    Vittles Vault 50-Pound

    I have a question about the Vittles Vault containers. I recently purchased one to start making larger batches and it has a very strong plasticy off gassing smell that I can not get rid of. The manufacturers website says that it is harmless and that it will dissipate but im concerned about the...
  4. mattldm

    Strong diacetyl in finished Oktoberfest . . . any fixes?

    I think you are right, There probably was some diacetyl that I didnt detect at kegging but its really apparent now. I guess Ill try repitching some yeast and see if it helps!
  5. mattldm

    Strong diacetyl in finished Oktoberfest . . . any fixes?

    Im having a similar problem with my Oktoberfest lager this year. It tasted good when kegging, no diacetyl present at all. Now three weeks later I pulled a sample and its all buttery and blah. Im really bummed as this was my first lager brew and it seemed everything was going great. I hope its...
  6. mattldm

    Lager in primary, seconday or keg?

    So when the beer is (mostly) done, and if you do a D-rest at 65-70 for a couple days (and assuming at that point that the FG has been reached) would you then cool it back down slowly before racking to a keg for lagering, or just rack it warm and stick it in the cold box? Any advantage or...
  7. mattldm

    Planning a lager fermentation schedule with a new temp controller

    So I have a question along these lines... I just brewed my first lager yesterday (Okterbfest, 1.055, WLP838, fermenting @ 52) I pitched about 1000ml of fresh slurry pulled from the cone of a local microbrewery. The fermentation started within a few hours and is going crazy! The question I have...
  8. mattldm

    Do Lagers blow out like Ales do?

    I just brewed our first lager yesterday (An oktoberfest, 1.055) and used WLP838 that I got from a local microbrewery. They pulled it off the cone of one of their fermenters for me the day before, and Ill tell you what, the fermentation is every bit as vigorous and violent as my ale ferments. I...
  9. mattldm

    Show us your CUSTOM wood tap handles!!

    Our Prototype
  10. mattldm

    Just got a new keggle, How to build my new brewery?

    Three fittings for a ball valve, sightglass and thermo. And a little metal polishing for a nice shine ;)
  11. mattldm

    Inline O2 system users, difusion stone sanitation?

    I soak the stone in starsan for 15-30minutes. I just set it in the bucket and a leave it there.Then I boil some water in the microwave and stick the stone in it right before I use it. I also run 02 through it while its in the starsan and boiling water. Then same thing after use. Has worked well...
  12. mattldm

    JayBird False Bottom for 10 Gallon Rubbermaid Cooler

    Isnt the outlet of the cooler below the false bottom?
  13. mattldm

    toasted coconut

    Coconut extract tastes like coppertown suntan oil. The toasted coconut actually tastes like coconut. It took several additions of it added in the secondary for my porter to taste coconuty. Mine was not oily at all. How much did you toast the coconut before you added it?
  14. mattldm

    London ESB 1968

    I just used 1968 for the first time in an ESB. I pitched at 63 and fermented at 64 and slowly raised the temp to 68 over 7 days. Just took a sample and it tastes great, no diacetyl that I can detect. I have used WLP002 on several batches before and was never happy with the results, im liking...
  15. mattldm

    WLP002 - What the heck?!

    Last batch I did with 002 was so vigorous that it blew out the airlock. Im brewing an ESB with 1968 tomorrow, will see how that one does.
  16. mattldm

    Dry hopping question

    We dry hop our pales and IPA's for 5-6 days at ferment temps, then cold crash for 2-3 days before kegging.
  17. mattldm

    What does your LHBS do to keep you coming back?

    they make sure to NOT have what I need in stock. :(
  18. mattldm

    Do you guy like Blichman kettles?

    Thank you! Automotive buffer, gator grit pads, buffing wheel and rouge, and Lots of elbow grease. Not sure how long it took, but it was a lot of work!
  19. mattldm

    Hopster Hopscreen

    Has anyone compared a beer using a hop screen like these vs. using the reusable hop bags? We generally bag the hops unless there is only a small amount (>1 ounce). The bags stop almost all the hop material and are easy to hose out after the brew. These screens look cool but are they worth the...
  20. mattldm

    Do you guy like Blichman kettles?

    Just buy them used on CL, I see them listed in my arrea all the time for anywhere from $25-50. I just bought three kegs from a guy last week for $40 each. One of our finished Keggles
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