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by Trefoyl
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Food dehydrator
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Re: Food dehydrator

That’s good to know. 40C is as low as mine will go. Now I need a decent harvest.
by Trefoyl
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing
Topic: newbie help please
Replies: 32
Views: 741

Re: newbie help please

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?
by Trefoyl
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Pin lock kegs
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Re: Pin lock kegs

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.
by Trefoyl
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Broken Hydrometer?
Replies: 15
Views: 366

Re: Broken Hydrometer?

The only thing I regret about getting a refractometer is that I didn’t get one a long time ago :lol: 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.
by Trefoyl
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Broken Hydrometer?
Replies: 15
Views: 366

Re: Broken Hydrometer?

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...
by Trefoyl
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Corn Sugar.
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Corn Sugar.

Some Karo contains vanilla extract so read the ingredients carefully. And as a Eric pointed out, preservatives adversely affect yeast.
by Trefoyl
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Paul's Malt
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Paul's Malt

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.
by Trefoyl
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Calling beer engine experts
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Calling beer engine experts

You will have to replace the piston rod seal. It probably looks similar to this one for Angram Image
by Trefoyl
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Beer Dispenser.
Replies: 8
Views: 492

Re: Beer Dispenser.

Bad 'Ed wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:31 am
Maybe this?
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What a good idea! Built in sparkler, and just turn to the other side to flush with water for self cleaning :lol:
by Trefoyl
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: (Accidentally) frozen dried yeast still viable?
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: (Accidentally) frozen dried yeast still viable?

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.
by Trefoyl
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water treatment at it simplest
Replies: 18
Views: 2513

Re: Water treatment at it simplest

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 ...
by Trefoyl
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Extract Brewing
Topic: “Home Brew” taste
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: “Home Brew” taste

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...
by Trefoyl
Sun May 10, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Spent grain disposal - what do you do with it?
Replies: 46
Views: 3798

Re: Spent grain disposal - what do you do with it?

Another composter here, but in the winter when our composter is cleaned out I just toss it into the woods behind the house.
by Trefoyl
Wed May 06, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Food dehydrator
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Re: Food dehydrator

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...