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by Kev888
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Insulating brew pots
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: Insulating brew pots

The only way to know is to test, really. It could be sufficient, but if there is no other insulation below the bubble-wrap you may possibly find the heat loss greater than wished. Though they'll certainly be much better than the bare pot alone.
by Kev888
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hot side aeration
Replies: 8
Views: 286

Re: Hot side aeration

I generally caution against drawing 'too' much from Brulosophy, especially when they fail to find effects. It doesn't necessarily mean there are none to find, or that results will translate to different scenarios; however they can sometimes help to put a perspective on things. As probably in this ca...
by Kev888
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: give me an update
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: give me an update

Sounds fair enough to me. A lot of regulators used in homebrewing are fairly crude, so probably no bad thing to have a good quality one. Though it could be worth thinking about safety PRVs (unless your couplers have them built in or similar), if the regulator has none or has unsuitably high pressure...
by Kev888
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: give me an update
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: give me an update

The setup you mentioned that Pee Bee uses is (AFAIK) his own unique creation, rather than some more general change in thinking. If you're using casks (or sankeys) which seal reliably even at low pressure, then the breather is still a favourite and simple method of avoiding oxidation where consumptio...
by Kev888
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Barm vs Krausen
Replies: 7
Views: 289

Re: Barm vs Krausen

The Burton union system pushes a worty/beery/yeasty mixture into a collection trough; several times I've heard or seen this mixture referred to as Barm in reasonably historic references. But I haven't as yet run across the term used to describe the foam head in a fermenter, whilst Krausen seems to h...
by Kev888
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Wellbom 5l kegs
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Wellbom 5l kegs

There can be worlds of difference in quality between similar looking products and there is a lot of rubbish around, so it would be a gamble unless you can find (genuine) reviews for the exact same thing. But of course that doesn't mean they aren't good, just that it is uncertain. As mentioned previo...
by Kev888
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: 'Driving off' hop oils
Replies: 7
Views: 290

Re: 'Driving off' hop oils

Yes, the biggest challenge isn't BIAB but rather the no-chill approach. As Rob says, that can be helped by adjusting the late hop additions, and also doing more with dry hopping at/after fermentation. IMO if you combine the two then the results can be pretty good. Unfortunately bottles too don't eas...
by Kev888
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Plastic Barrel Users? Vol's of Co2
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Plastic Barrel Users? Vol's of Co2

Yes, that sounds about right, and a tad more at cooler lager temperatures. Its worth mentioning that not all PBs are officially rated to 10PSI though, so take care. They generally do have a form of PRV, but these aren't always the most accurate of devices and so may allow excess. Or fail to compensa...
by Kev888
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Safety advice for fermentation fridge
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: Safety advice for fermentation fridge

Yes as themadhippy says, it isn't great; I wouldn't be happy with it myself.

If you 'really' don't want to remove the spade crimps, then make a short wire link with two male crimps. Or get a 'piggy back' male that lets two females connect to it. and insulate all of course.
by Kev888
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hop Spider Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Hop Spider Performance

I've heard of the 'whirlpool' technique but not tried it. I assume that after the wort is cooled it's then given a mighty 'stir' and all the rubbish collects around the outside of the internal circumference and settles there out the way - am I right, or how does it work? Do you use a special paddle...
by Kev888
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Care and Use of pH probes
Replies: 5
Views: 818

Re: Care and Use of pH probes

As an aside in the absence of the link: When I first bought my voltcraft pH meter it was with some doubt about the running costs wrt probes. But so far (in the occasional use of a homebrewing environment), simply washing and drying the probe after use and storing it in the provided solution seems to...
by Kev888
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Insulating brew pots
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: Insulating brew pots

There are many options of course, so there will now be a slightly tedious list. But FWIW these are my thoughts on those I've tried over the years: An outer shell around the pot, with the void filled with expanding foam - or ideally the two-part fast setting equivalent - works very well indeed. It is...
by Kev888
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Conical Recommendations
Replies: 46
Views: 2864

Re: Conical Recommendations

Yes you can butcher the door gubbins if just depth is an issue. The width in those pictures is tighter than I'd like, but presumably you can still make the toggle clamps work Keith?
by Kev888
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Conical Recommendations
Replies: 46
Views: 2864

Re: Conical Recommendations

Yeah the toggle clamps are a bit awkward in small spaces; AFAIK the SS brewtech ones are 'very' similar - though more costly with extras you may not want. I originally considered putting the conical on a turntable (so that toggles could be rotated to the front to open); you still need clearance for ...
by Kev888
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Conical Recommendations
Replies: 46
Views: 2864

Re: Conical Recommendations

In itself, mine is about 112cm high by 43cm diameter. BUT you'll likely be wanting to fit a blow-off elbow (or something else) to the bulkhead in the lid, plus the toggle clips need space to swing too (to open the lid). So, more space is needed to make it workable IMO (when in use, it is of course t...