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by flytact
Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Mash tun: braid vs. copper manifold
Replies: 12
Views: 1054

Re: Mash tun: braid vs. copper manifold

I have two mash tuns and use braid on one and copper on the other. The copper is from an old hot water feed to a dishwasher, small diameter, soft tubing with a brazillian holes drilled in the underside.
I get 78-80% efficiency with the braid and 85+% with the copper.
by flytact
Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Anyone used WYEAST STRAIN: 1968
Replies: 12
Views: 769

Re: Anyone used WYEAST STRAIN: 1968

I just finished using it through 4 brews. Very good yeast. Started it in a 2L bottle using 100g for 1000ml. Kicked off in less than a day.
by flytact
Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Aftertaste issue
Replies: 15
Views: 827

Re: Aftertaste issue

I think you may have a case of "hypercritical about your own beer".
I'm never completely satisfied with mine. I am justified in my criticism however, when I forget the camden tablets.
by flytact
Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Slow Draining Mash Tun Advice Needed
Replies: 12
Views: 1288

Re: Slow Draining Mash Tun Advice Needed

My holes are drilled into the bottom of the manifold not the top. When I did that my efficiencies jumped.
Perhaps some rice hulls to add more filtration?
by flytact
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: 1/7/11 AG#32 - Grapefruit IPA (pics)
Replies: 15
Views: 1184

Re: 1/7/11 AG#32 - Grapefruit IPA (pics)

Great job! I love Simcoe is becoming a new favorite of mine.
Sounds like you need to get into casking :)
by flytact
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hmmm Interesting!
Replies: 12
Views: 1029

Re: Hmmm Interesting!

Very interesting indeed. Perhaps the hops were a bit old and lost some kick?
Do you know the dates that the hops were bagged or bought?
by flytact
Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Refurbing Handpumps
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Refurbing Handpumps

Another recommendation for Colin Farrah. They deciphered a drawing I sent them and helped me out, even though they were not going to benefit from their guidance.
by flytact
Fri May 20, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: yeast culture from two yeasts
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: yeast culture from two yeasts

BYO Magazine did a study on adding different yeast together and commenting on the results. I recall it was mostly adding dry to the "first" yeast. Just looked it up and the article is in the December '09 issue, which unfortunately is not online. I'll try to dig up the article and scan it for you. In...
by flytact
Wed May 04, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Brewing and steam issues
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: Brewing and steam issues

There's something else that is made by collecting and cooling the condensate. Not legal in most parts of the world.....
by flytact
Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: "A teaspoon of gypsum in the mash..."
Replies: 23
Views: 3101

Re: "A teaspoon of gypsum in the mash..."

Maybe its more of a crutch to me. However, when I don't use it my efficiency drops by about 5%. I really don't measure, just dump what should be a tablespoon into my palm.
by flytact
Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Brewing Like Americans: Cascadian and Amber Ales (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 58
Views: 12019

Re: Brewing Like Americans: Cascadian and Amber Ales (PIC HE

I hope the beer turns out well. I truly appreciate the extra effort on the costume with the farmer tan.
Didn't you just love the smell and sound of those gas burners!
by flytact
Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: "A teaspoon of gypsum in the mash..."
Replies: 23
Views: 3101

Re: "A teaspoon of gypsum in the mash..."

OK, now my head really hurts for a Friday morning. There was a reason I struggled through Chemical Eng. classes.
I use 5.2ph stabilizer from StarSan and sometimes add a teaspoon of salt to the mash.
by flytact
Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Brewing and steam issues
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: Brewing and steam issues

Scotty Mc wrote:... and it will have a drip-tray inside the chimney to catch any condensate which can be drained off.
Just what might you be boiling and doing with the condensate? :wink:
by flytact
Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: What are you doing about temperature control?
Replies: 20
Views: 1115

Re: What are you doing about temperature control?

Wish I could offer some advice, but the basement needs warming no matter the season.
by flytact
Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Still getting it ??
Replies: 14
Views: 473

Re: Still getting it ??

I'm going to suggest a different possibility. How's your fermentation temperature? When I ferment too low I get a slight "dirt" taste. I'm assuming it may be close to your "musty earthy taste".
Doesn't explain the bottles tasting different, though.