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by Kev888
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Removeable elements
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: Removeable elements

If you actually need to remove the elements every brew (to get the big filter in/out from below them), then yes - I'd definitely want something extremely reliable or else it might cause more annoyance than it is worth. (If you didn't need to remove them, then I probably wouldn't or at least only ver...
by Kev888
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Keg type for a conversation
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Keg type for a conversation

No worries. I should have mentioned that one other option is to use a coupler and ferment with the spear in. If one removes the one-way valve in the gas side of the coupler (and caps the beer outlet) then a blow-off tube or airlock etc can be fitted to it. There is more gubbins to clean with the spe...
by Kev888
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Pressure Gauge Thread
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Pressure Gauge Thread

They are certainly BSP. I can't quite recall whether 1/4"BSP or 1/8"BSP but like Lee I seem to think the former. You can check by measuring anyway - if they're 1/4"BSP then the threads will be about 11.5mm inside diameter (or 13mm outside diameter).
by Kev888
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Keg type for a conversation
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Keg type for a conversation

All my crusader kegs have an inside neck diameter of about 49mm; they're supplied with s-type spears. I've only ever measured one keg that wasn't an s-type and that was the same (though sadly I don't know if it means they all are). S-type seem by far the most common in homebrewing though, partly bec...
by Kev888
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Increasing fermentation temperature? SO4
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Increasing fermentation temperature? SO4

It goes from fairly clean to a bit more bready as you get towards 20c. But to my taste buds the slightly tart character doesn't come through much until you go warmer. A few people don't get on with its flavour then (or in fact even at any temperature), but it isn't even vaguely something that might ...
by Kev888
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Calculating abv
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: Calculating abv

As above, you can guess it based on the difference between apparent OG and predicted FG, plus any priming. The FG can obviously vary quite a lot, depending on the type of yeast and fermentability of the wort, so the accuracy of the ABV prediction will depend on how closely you can predict the FG. Th...
by Kev888
Fri May 22, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Lock Down HERMS Build
Replies: 47
Views: 2042

Re: Lock Down HERMS Build

More good quality work! Though of course, in the UK these things are only used for making distilled water :) The false bottom is unfortunate. Whilst BrewUK have published much extended dispatch/delivery estimates, what I've heard on forums lately suggests these can still be wildly optimistic, to put...
by Kev888
Fri May 15, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Lock Down HERMS Build
Replies: 47
Views: 2042

Re: Lock Down HERMS Build

Looks nice! The watt density of that element should be low enough to (usually) avoid baking stuff hard on, so cleaning should be doubly easy if you can remove it first. The triclamp seems like a good call too. The back-nuts themselves aren't too bad in that size, but of course triclamps and especial...
by Kev888
Mon May 11, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Lock Down HERMS Build
Replies: 47
Views: 2042

Re: Lock Down HERMS Build

I thought I had enough kit as a kit brewer, but I need a Tig welder, just in case. =D> I bought a TIG welder some years back, I'm fairly handy so had visions of some practice then welding up my own conicals and so on. :lol: In fairness I made progress, and could do a pretty decent job on frames, br...
by Kev888
Mon May 11, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Lock Down HERMS Build
Replies: 47
Views: 2042

Re: Lock Down HERMS Build

Looks like a very good quality build, there. Nice to see a proper 3-vessel system too; they're still my favourite type to brew on, just wish I had the space for them. I hope it all runs smoothly for you!
by Kev888
Thu May 07, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Pump flow control question
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Pump flow control question

Yes, as Guy says - it is okay to restrict the outlet side to slow the flow. With this style of pump the inlet should be as open and free flowing as possible, plus the pump should be well below the liquid level in order to create a positive head. Both of these things help to keep reasonable flow to t...
by Kev888
Thu May 07, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Silicone Hose
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: Silicone Hose

Hard to say about aquatics centres, silicone hose varies a great deal in quality (as well as thickness etc) so it would depend where they get it. Some I've had has gone on for years with only mild cosmetic tinting... whilst others have gone brown, near opaque and resolutely smelly in a few months (s...
by Kev888
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: PBW alternatives
Replies: 9
Views: 1246

Re: PBW alternatives

If it were necessary to use a cleaner less suitable for hard water, perhaps a sequestering or chelating agent might be added. FWIW I add EDTA to my home-made PBW-like concoction for this purpose and it seems to help, though I'm not a chemist and there might be better options for all I know. (Keeping...
by Kev888
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: First time corny user
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: First time corny user

12psi should be more than sufficient to maintain the seal. Though sometimes a rather higher blast, say 20psi or so, can help the lid to seat better - especially with older or more battered kegs - so that would be my own preference. It should be sufficient for carbonated beer, or beer that has been p...
by Kev888
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: First time corny user
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: First time corny user

To echo some of what has already been said: to store the beer then yes, just disconnect the gas but leave the keg pressurised. If you vent it then the carbonation will reduce a bit, but also the lid may fail to stay sealed (and in that case lose most of the carbonation over time). Corny kegs are des...