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by Kev888
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Inkbird Grommet
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: Inkbird Grommet

I don't happen to know of such grommets, but another method would be to use a bung. It would probably need a bigger hole in the lid, but bungs are available in numerous materials and sizes, so there seems a fair chance of finding one that suits. Failing that, you could attempt to drill your own hole...
by Kev888
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Bubbles rising from pressure keg tap
Replies: 12
Views: 348

Re: Bubbles rising from pressure keg tap

I'm a bit confused as to exactly which valve it is - there are both inlets and pressure release types and several styles of both are available - so a picture may help. If you're leak hunting again, then soapy water sprayed over potential areas might help discover the location - by bubbling. It won't...
by Kev888
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Whoops, messed up water additions.
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: Whoops, messed up water additions.

I didn’t and never do check the alkalinity as I blindly follow the Murphy’s water report. Water treatment is something I need to look at in detail at some point! A bit more attention to it might indeed be helpful :) Even if Murphy's report was trustworthy (and there have been examples which weren't...
by Kev888
Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Whoops, messed up water additions.
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: Whoops, messed up water additions.

Well spotted, Eric. Yes, something doesn't seem consistent there; if the pH was up at 5.5 in a dark beer, then the water wouldn't seem to have been treated suitably for a pale as was thought.
by Kev888
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Wadworth 6X - yeast
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: Wadworth 6X - yeast

WLP002 is my favourite (commonly available) yeast type for many British styles; nice flavour, reliable, clears well and with care doesn't attenuate too much. You can control its attenuation fairly widely with mash temperature too, so i'm sure it could be a good choice with the right approach. WLP007...
by Kev888
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Starsan Discontinued ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1298

Re: Starsan Discontinued ?

LeeH wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:07 pm
I presume it isn’t completely ineffective against wild yeast?
Perhaps not completely, but I wouldn't trust to it at all in this respect. For me it is more of a final flourish than the main line of defence.
by Kev888
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Whoops, messed up water additions.
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: Whoops, messed up water additions.

Was the pH of 5.5 at room temperature? If so then it is within an acceptable range, so the extra AMS doesn't seem to have been a problem. We would probably need to know what level of salts you ended up with after the additions to say very much about those. But if the additions were appropriate for a...
by Kev888
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Starsan Discontinued ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1298

Re: Starsan Discontinued ?

One thing for starsan is that it never claimed to be a steriliser (as some products do, which aren't). Nor does it need to be for most homebrew uses, it is just the relatively poor performance on wild yeast that is unfortunate and seems now to be fairly well established. Which doesn't make it useles...
by Kev888
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Dried vs. Liquid yeast
Replies: 10
Views: 446

Re: Dried vs. Liquid yeast

Pitching dry is often considered adequate - including by manufacturers wishing to make their product sound easy to use. It is a practical approach, since 'usually' you'd be unlikely to notice much overall difference if the yeast are in decent shape, the pitching rate is high enough to compensate, an...
by Kev888
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Dried vs. Liquid yeast
Replies: 10
Views: 446

Re: Dried vs. Liquid yeast

There are some general differences in the format itself. Dried yeast keep well for a long time simply left alone in the packet, assuming cool and dry, whereas the viability of most liquid yeast falls away much more quickly. There are enough viable cells in dried yeast packs that it is usually relati...
by Kev888
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Digital refractometer problems
Replies: 15
Views: 506

Re: Digital refractometer problems

It'll be interesting to hear how it goes now the instruction book has been read. I've found the chinese optical types very useful but my two have been awful for accuracy in almost every aspect, so I won't be trying yet another, hopefully the digital ones might be more consistent.
by Kev888
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Starsan Discontinued ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1298

Re: Starsan Discontinued ?

I would say that where people are using stainless steel and glass for their brewing needs (i.e. not plastics) and are cleaning properly in all the nooks and crannies, Starsan is very effective as a brewery sanitiser as those surfaces are smooth enough to avoid harboring yeasts or mold and the main ...
by Kev888
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Starsan Discontinued ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1298

Re: Starsan Discontinued ?

I'd struggle to entirely dismiss the possibility, Eric. At the least though, its questionable performance on wild yeast isn't what I'd expected from the marketing spiel, and in fact on a similar note the 5.2 stabiliser hasn't done any wonders for my trust either. Apparently saniclean (which is quite...
by Kev888
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Off Taste Problem
Replies: 17
Views: 549

Re: Off Taste Problem

Ah interesting, if the treatment was inappropriate then (at least in potential) it may have taken any existing water issues beyond what is common. Hardness can be helpful but of course excess alkalinity isn't and/or some additions can adversely skew chloride and sulphate levels.
by Kev888
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Off Taste Problem
Replies: 17
Views: 549

Re: Off Taste Problem

Hmm, only happening with pale beers would make it far less likely to be an infection (unless perhaps the pale ones you make are simply more subtle, allowing the unwanted flavour through more). So I'll probably change my mind there. There aren't all that many differences in process between light and ...