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by Kev888
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: When to add chemicals
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: When to add chemicals

Do the chemicals go into the mash water all at once or should they be divided between the mash water and the sparge water? The mash and sparge stages do have their own ideals, so ideally they would be treated separately. The difference may be less with very pale beers, but particularly with darker ...
by Kev888
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: DIY boiler - safety?
Replies: 13
Views: 399

Re: DIY boiler - safety?

Yes, those are the blue HDPE containers mentioned. People generally tend to get away with it, and of course are free to choose them. Though they aren't rated for boiling and a small number have sagged or cracked, so very much down to the individual to decide.
by Kev888
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Options for conditioning/serving bigger than a bottle, but smaller than keg?
Replies: 41
Views: 1222

Re: Options for conditioning/serving bigger than a bottle, but smaller than keg?

Another option to no-rinse disinfectants or plain water for purging is to use boiling water. Of course, it depends on what suits the individual situation and the disinfecting/sterilising power wanted; they will all allow a decent purge of oxygen. TBH with live yeast in the beer and impervious contai...
by Kev888
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Brewing heating element
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Brewing heating element

The ebay product linked to in the OP has gone since May, but I guess it would mean the round plug type. These were the style of connectors used before the modern IEC kettle leads, usually made out of more suitable plastic, and were generally much better for the job IMO. I don't actually know if thos...
by Kev888
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: DIY boiler - safety?
Replies: 13
Views: 399

Re: DIY boiler - safety?

Yes, good point. Such plastic buckets can be adequate (as the plastic electrim models show) but not all are equal and fermenters certainly need not be. If it is going to be done at all then IMO make sure it is at least a few mm thickness of polypropylene (PP). There are examples of high density poly...
by Kev888
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: DIY boiler - safety?
Replies: 13
Views: 399

Re: DIY boiler - safety?

Normally the donor kettle body will be shaped in such a way as to form a shroud around the contacts, though whether you could cut and fit it to the DIY boiler might be a different matter. When connected, the contacts are covered by the plug, but when the plug is being put on or taken off then parts ...
by Kev888
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: 3/8# Beer Line Experience
Replies: 10
Views: 366

Re: 3/8# Beer Line Experience

I wouldn't really trust the maths myself; just cut it back by a small proportion at a time and test it. Partly in order to look out for foaming beginning in the lines, not just the pour rate.
by Kev888
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: 3/8# Beer Line Experience
Replies: 10
Views: 366

Re: 3/8# Beer Line Experience

Generally the pressure/temperature balance should be set according to the carbonation that is appropriate for the beer, then the line length (or flow control) set to get the rate of pour required. The two are related but different, and (as you realised) if you change the pressure to adjust flow rate...
by Kev888
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Maxi cooler python pump
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Maxi cooler python pump

As an aside I have improved the noise levels of a maxi cooler partly by replacing the fan. Two slower and much quieter 12v fans were chosen to (in total) provide an equivalent airflow and air pressure with some new ducting between them and the radiator. It was a distinct improvement, though not as m...
by Kev888
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Maxi cooler python pump
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Maxi cooler python pump

I have used auxiliary pumps with maxi coolers, though in my case they were brushless solar-project types that were fed by a bottom outlet installed in the water bath. They worked well, the only down-side was some small extra heat gain due to the heat from the aux pump (the original pump design has m...
by Kev888
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: 9 month old IPA in a corny
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: 9 month old IPA in a corny

If it is a proper IPA then it could well be okay, should also be a useful test of how effective your disinfection and oxygen management were. If it is one of the american-style pseudo-IPAs that are all about late hops and aroma then perhaps best not to get your hopes up too much, but it may still be...
by Kev888
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Articles Wanted
Topic: 4 Product Flash Cooler
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: 4 Product Flash Cooler

FWIW flash coolers do work, and give more flexibility on how and where the kegs can be situated. But they are also quite noisy and don't keep the beer at cellar temperatures, so keggerators/keezers can still be superior if you have the space - much depends on your situation really.
by Kev888
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Articles Wanted
Topic: 4 Product Flash Cooler
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: 4 Product Flash Cooler

The maxi 310 will go up to 4x product coils but there are different options for the coils (and also for recirculation/python line or just agitation) so if you're looking 2nd hand it may take a while for the right combo to come up. Sometimes they have fewer but longer coils, or just fewer. MF is anot...
by Kev888
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Advice on regulator issues.
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Advice on regulator issues.

I'm not too sure about that! Some popularly used systems in licenced/professional beer cellars can be positively Neanderthal (and were probably designed in that same era). But if you can afford it those Norgren and Micromatic regulators they do look very nice. Yes, they are; high quality, reliable,...
by Kev888
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Advice on regulator issues.
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Advice on regulator issues.

Norgren and Micromatic are my personal favourites, but as Jocky indicates really any that are popularly used in licenced/professional beer cellars should be pretty decent - ODL, IMI Cornelius etc. For the primary regulator then IMO go for a proper beer one, or at least check the PRVs are appropriate...