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by Kev888
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 18
Views: 481

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

Yes, the use of intermediary jerry can (or cube) is a bit more flexible, it seems quite a popular method in Aus. Apparently some people will store it for weeks sometimes, but I agree the risk is higher so normally used it within a few days. The cube was roughly similar in effort to the cooling it re...
by Kev888
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 18
Views: 481

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

I always think it useful to appreciate what is best or ideal, even if one ends up choosing to do something else. At least then it is an informed decision to do so, with the pros and cons weighed according to ones own circumstances and requirements. I do prefer forced cooling of the wort and am lucky...
by Kev888
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Kegerator - More foam than beer
Replies: 16
Views: 360

Re: Kegerator - More foam than beer

That would certainly be a much easier level of carbonation to deal with. Though if the current keg has been carbonated to a higher level than now wanted, keep in mind that it could take days of frequent venting before the beer sheds the extra. This can be speeded up greatly by shaking/rolling the ke...
by Kev888
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Kegerator - More foam than beer
Replies: 16
Views: 360

Re: Kegerator - More foam than beer

The formulas also tend to suggest shorter lengths than I feel is ideal, partly because they assume a faster flow/pour rate than one might use if trying to control foam (and line resistance is actually less with slower flow rates). Cellar temperatures are of course very suitable for many styles, and ...
by Kev888
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Kegerator - More foam than beer
Replies: 16
Views: 360

Re: Kegerator - More foam than beer

I think you've got it, if I understand you correctly: the temperature and pressure in the keg is related to how much CO2 is retained in the beer when carbonated. So if the serving pressure/temperature combo is set to a lower level than the beer is then yes, it will drop to a new lower level of equil...
by Kev888
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Kegerator - More foam than beer
Replies: 16
Views: 360

Re: Kegerator - More foam than beer

Beer at around 8c and 15psi will be maintained at about 2.5 volumes of CO2 once it has found equilibrium. If it has then it is not over-carbonated from a dispensing point of view (and your preference is of course your own), but it is enough that the system needs to be set up pretty well indeed. (Wit...
by Kev888
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Hydrometer Use
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Hydrometer Use

The amount of wort in the trial jar isn't very important 'provided' there is more than enough for the hydrometer to float comfortably (we have had false readings reported that were traced to it sitting on the bottom of the jar). The temperature of the wort should be at around the calibration tempera...
by Kev888
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Beer Engine With A Cornelius
Replies: 17
Views: 503

Re: Beer Engine With A Cornelius

So, hopefully I'll be buying a beer engine from a member on here. How are we serving cask like beer from a keg? :? Can you gently pressurize at 1-2 psi with a beer engine to keep the O2 out? I would strongly suggest testing your own, specific corny kegs to check they seal 'reliably' at the pressure...
by Kev888
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Fermentation Translation
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Fermentation Translation

That general kind of thing seems reasonable to me. However, I must admit that monitoring the gravity for the initial temperature rise is a step beyond what I bother to do, and I suspect that is so for most homebrewers and many micros. Once the yeast start to multiply/grow you will usually see signs ...
by Kev888
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New pH probe--help!!
Replies: 16
Views: 407

Re: New pH probe--help!!

My Chinese probe has also arrived now. It seems to work very well, so is amazing value including postage! Recently I've had a lot of Chinese purchases turn out to be disappointing even for the price, in some cases downright unusable. So very nice to see that properly good bargains can still be had. ...
by Kev888
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: PTFE tape on tap/shank threads
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: PTFE tape on tap/shank threads

I've not had those faucets myself, hopefully someone with direct experience can comment. But if it is of any use I've had several other types over the years and none have ever needed the threads sealing; they've all been designed for easy disassembly and reassembly for cleaning purposes, so typicall...
by Kev888
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New pH probe--help!!
Replies: 16
Views: 407

Re: New pH probe--help!!

I think most of us use them with a Voltcraft pH meter: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/w8IAAOSw6Pxb7eFz/s-l400.jpg the probes are replaceable and connect to the meter via the BNC connector. There may be other meters that the probes would work with, but the voltcraft is the only one I'm familiar with....
by Kev888
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cheap (is possible) Pump
Replies: 18
Views: 481

Re: Cheap (is possible) Pump

It is probably worth thinking about the design of immersion chiller at the same time as the pump. It is possible to make ICs with parallel coils which jointly provide much less restriction to the flow than one long coil; so facilitating pumps with a decent flow rate yet not masses of pressure - many...
by Kev888
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Fermentation Translation
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Fermentation Translation

If it is all new, then the key thing to concentrate on is the main fermentation temperature (plus if you prime then that stage also needs to be warm enough for the yeast to work). Many of the other steps are relative subtleties that people may choose to bother with or not, according to the situation...
by Kev888
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: New pH probe--help!!
Replies: 16
Views: 407

Re: New pH probe--help!!

Thanks again; doesn't sound too unreasonable then. Especially for less than six pounds; last I looked the official replacements were over thirty pounds, so I shall hardly quibble. Lately I've been getting a lot of disappointment from chinese ebay sellers, but at this price differential it really has...