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Make sure you take apart the tap on the fermenter if there is one. Do you have a ball lock on your boiler? If so, take that apart and boil next time you brew. It’s odd that you have infections like this when just starting out though if the equipment is new. Could it be the yeast packets aren’t good?
Yes, you can replace the posts. I have a pin lock that was free but I never liked the disconnects because they seemed to be fussy and would leak pressure because they have more joints. It also doesn’t make sense to mix disconnects.
The only thing I regret about getting a refractometer is that I didn’t get one a long time ago With a small stainless bowl to chill samples in ice water a few seconds it’s so easy to check gravity multiple times from sparge to the end of the boil.
That’s an interesting calculation, Guy! I will have to check that out next brew day. I think I got Dave Line’s book recently too, but haven’t read it. I’m wondering if your problem is that the wort isn’t entirely mixed when you take your preboil gravity. Recently I’ve let it boil awhile before measu...
The last time I saw Paul’s Malt here in the US was about 1997! The Homebrew store owner thought it was less dusty than the leading brand at the time which was probably Munton’s. As others said I thought it was as good as any other malt and would happily use it again if I saw it.
- Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:52 pm
- Forum: Other Alcoholic Brews
- Topic: Marantzia: pseudo-chinotto (not chinotto at all, actually)
- Replies: 11
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- Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:24 am
- Forum: Yeast
- Topic: (Accidentally) frozen dried yeast still viable?
- Replies: 6
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I keep all my dried yeast in the freezer, it lasts for at least 2 years. I take it out a few hours ahead and always rehydrate in warm (sterile) water before using.
- Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:03 am
- Forum: Brewing Liquor
- Topic: Water treatment at it simplest
- Replies: 18
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Hard water? As Jim said above, it's the alkalinity which is important. And that's easily sorted using CRS/AMS. RO water will have nothing in it (except water!) so will need stuff adding to get it right for brewing. Do you have an analysis of your water, sonicated? Guy And what Eric and many others ...
Buy a large pan and boil up DME, add your own hops and even steep grain. It far superior than any kit IMO. What kits are you trying? You can get a good pint from kits so you do have an issue somewhere or you are sensitive to a particular off flavour. What water are you using? Does it smell from the...
- Sun May 10, 2020 4:12 pm
- Forum: Grain Brewing
- Topic: Spent grain disposal - what do you do with it?
- Replies: 46
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Another composter here, but in the winter when our composter is cleaned out I just toss it into the woods behind the house.
I've got a nine tray Excalibur dehydrator, I've used it to dry hops in the past. I found that you really have to turn it down, as it dries out and crisps the edges quickly, but the centre is still damp. As the fan is also quite close to the hops, once they start drying out, they tend to get blowing...