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  1. squash1978

    wtb a plate chiller

    Ok, here are some pics of the chiller. Note that it will not come with the attached fittings.
  2. squash1978

    Jaded Brewing Equipment

    I just dunk it in hot water (collected from the chiller water) and then use a sprayer to rinse of any remaining residue off.
  3. squash1978

    Jaded Brewing Equipment

    I've had similar results with both 5 and 10 gallon batches. It's amazing a quickly it cools!
  4. squash1978

    Cheap compact wort pump

    This certainly was the case for me. I recently purchased one of the tan pumps off of Amazon along with a 12v, 1A power supply and an inline toggle switch. pump: power supply...
  5. squash1978

    2015 Hop garden photo thread

    Here are my second year cascades. I also have a second year centennial plant that I can see shoots starting to form. My plants are in pots that I left outside all winter. I was a little worried that they wouldn't come back but as you can see, I had nothing to worry about [emoji5]
  6. squash1978

    First All-Grain in the books!

    Congrats! Once you get a few more under your belt you should get a better sense of your mash efficiency so that you can adjust your grain bill and hit your target gravitates. You can also use DME to bump up your pre-boil gravity if it's off. There are calculators online that you can use to...
  7. squash1978

    Plate Chiller Question

    I've got the duda B3-23A 20 plate chiller. I sanitize it by pumping star San through it with a pond pump for a few minutes. Never had a problem with sanitation doing that. As for chilling, I gravity feed mine and always chill with 1 pass. I can get the wort down to just about my ground water...
  8. squash1978

    Jaded Brewing Equipment I just bought a King Cobra myself. It...
  9. squash1978

    (Another) First AG Brew Day

    Or add volume markings to your kettle and HLT. I did this with mine and it is by far one of the most helpful mods I've made to my equipment.
  10. squash1978

    Acetaldehyde in Dunkelweizen?

    That's really interesting. I think your description is a little more accurate of the taste, it's a slight cidery tang at the end. I bumped up the temperature to 68 and will let it sit there for a few days before taking another sample and then perhaps leaving it in the fermenter for another week.
  11. squash1978

    Acetaldehyde in Dunkelweizen?

    About a week and a half ago I brewed a Dunkelweizen using Jamil's recipe from Brewing Classic Styles using WLP300. OG was 1.053 and I fermented it at 62 degrees per Jamil's instructions. I took a gravity reading last night (10 days post-pitch) and it had reached it's FG at 1.012. While tasting...
  12. squash1978

    First AG brew. 61% eff.

    Your crush can definitely affect your mash efficiency. Prior to getting my grain mill my mash efficiency was always lower than what I had planned for and often all over the map because I was relying on the brew shop to crush my grain. Once I started milling my own grains, my efficiency shot way...
  13. squash1978

    Carbonation tabs

    No need to sanitize. You'll be fine.
  14. squash1978

    Brewmasters Warehouse

    Well add 1 more bad experience to the count, I wish I had stumbled upon this thread earlier. I placed an order with them 1/4. Given that it was a Sunday and right after the holidays I wasn't expecting super fast fulfillment. I called on Friday the 9th to check on the status and the response I...
  15. squash1978

    (Final Attempt) Switch to AG: Worried

    ^ This. I noticed a significant improvement in my homebrew when I began to more closely control fermentation temperature. It can be done pretty simply too. In the summer, I place my carboys in a giant rubbermaid tub filled with water and add ice packs to keep the temperature down during...
  16. squash1978

    Just tasted my first two kegged beers - baaad... what the heck happened??

    Almost every beer that I've kegged never really tastes all that great without some conditioning. After 1 week it tastes terrible. After 2 weeks it tastes noticeably better but still off. After 3 weeks it tastes great. When I first started kegging I tried burst carbing it so that it would be...
  17. squash1978

    I LOVE waking up to hot strike water. Easy as 1-2-3.

    I'd be interested in this as well. I BIAB and would be interested in finding a submersible heating element that is safe to use in a metal kettle. Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew