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by patwestlake
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Stainless vs brass for CO2 system?
Replies: 9
Views: 603

Re: Stainless vs brass for CO2 system?

Cheers all

Point taken on the "Known/unknown" supplier bit.

PeeBee - I guess I was just transferring my years of sport diving into my brewing world - checking gauges for contents was just part and parcel of not dying, so becomes a bit OCD. Point taken though!

Pat
by patwestlake
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Stainless vs brass for CO2 system?
Replies: 9
Views: 603

Stainless vs brass for CO2 system?

What's the difference in getting a stainless reg vs a brass one (from China)? With the rest of the brewing gear I'm OK with what's best where, but I'm new to kegging and am working back from the keg. Post keg will be stainless as it's on contact with the beer. I know I need pressure control rather t...
by patwestlake
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: My Lactic has concentrated up!
Replies: 0
Views: 252

My Lactic has concentrated up!

Got some lactic acid some time ago with a view to doing a kettle sour. Left in the fridge in a sealed plastic bottle, but as we all know they aren't "sealed".... and now I have about 1/4 of the volume. Can I just dilute back or is it bin time? I planned to use it via the "dose a sample and scale" me...
by patwestlake
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Dry yeast for Kolsch
Replies: 10
Views: 641

Re: Dry yeast for Kolsch

+1 for CML - used it twice and each came out really well. Fermented at 16degC for 10 days, an 18deg DAR for 2 days then down to 4 deg for 2 weeks. Did a bit of a vanishing trick over last summer once the neighbours discovered it!! Not sure about the US Pale yeast - had similar interesting flavours a...
by patwestlake
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hot side aeration
Replies: 9
Views: 1331

Re: Hot side aeration

The Brulosophy experiment below might be woth a look; basically he whisked f#@k out of the wort at every stage vs a control where he was careful and there was no detectable difference (5 gal batch). I also seem to remember the wisdom being that its another one of those "maybe important" things in th...
by patwestlake
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

Re: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!

Angel Homebrew and Homebrewbuilder have just confirmed hat all their kettle elements are nickel plated on the boss and come from Peco. I've read really mixed reviews about the Santon elements from brilliant to failing after 2 brews. https://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=63507&p=667...
by patwestlake
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

Re: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!

Cheers all,

FWIW, both Get Er Brewed and The Home Brew shop confirmed that their elements are from Peco, so HLT only. The ebay/Maltmiller ones are a bit rich for my pocket but look good. Just waiting on confirmation from Mr Lard at Brewbuilder about where he gets his from - hopefully not Peco!!

Pat
by patwestlake
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

Re: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!

I suspect the "nickel plating" of the boss is relatively recent, so older units will be fine. Not sure how they continue to sell the plastic kettles without issues though..... Waiting for answers from 2 Irish sheds as to what theirs are made of. Still looking for 2 x 2.4kw if anyone's got any ideas?...
by patwestlake
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

Re: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!

Just received the following from Peco; Hello Pat Thank you for getting in touch. Our elements have a stainless steel heating tube but the back plate (the threaded part that holds the element in place) is nickel plated copper. The cost of producing these with a plate turned from stainless is prohibit...
by patwestlake
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!

Just a quick check before I hit "buy".... 50 litre kettle which will be heated via 2 peco electrim 2.4kw elements. I plan to run the elements in parallel from a single 40a ssr and PID. This way I figure that each element will do about half the work (according to their individual impedences) and so I...
by patwestlake
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Out of date yeast!!?
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Out of date yeast!!?

Brew day tomorrow - Seymour's Rakau Pale (or a version thereof!). Planning to use Danstar Windsor from dry, rehydrated, but then noticed the BBE date of 2017.... Panic or go ahead anyway. Alternatives are CML US West Coast or Nottingham (not even considering my Belgians....!)
Pat
by patwestlake
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: GreyTrees Afghan Pale Ale
Replies: 2
Views: 486

GreyTrees Afghan Pale Ale

Had a drop of this the other day and can see why its a champion beer - so purely as a homage (honest!), anyone got an AG recipe for this? I know that it's enough MO for 5.4%, Simcoe, Cascade and Citra hops and a US west coast yeast (MJ44 is my go-to). I'm assuming 67-68 degC for a nice full body, bu...
by patwestlake
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Still struggling with chill haze, what cured it for you?
Replies: 21
Views: 1671

Re: Still struggling with chill haze, what cured it for you?

Ok, so are we saying that it only takes out visible material, but leaves enough active yeast to carb up?

Pat
by patwestlake
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Still struggling with chill haze, what cured it for you?
Replies: 21
Views: 1671

Re: Still struggling with chill haze, what cured it for you?

How much of the above applies to kegs vs bottles? I bottle excusively and wondered if using fining agent (Inc gelatine) in secondary affected carbonation. Obviously not an issue if kegging.

Pat
by patwestlake
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Gas or electric...
Replies: 9
Views: 784

Re: Gas or electric...

I went through the brupacks trials and went the same way - I use it as the HLT and it runs via PID control. My existing 50 litre Kettle is just being converted to electric and I'm going with the 3kw lwd element from brewbuilder just to avoid any future issues if I'm unlucky enough to move to a hard ...