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by Jocky
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: What do you use if in USA to reduce Bicarbonates - cannot get CRS
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: What do you use if in USA to reduce Bicarbonates - cannot get CRS

It depends what your water report says. If you have low enough alkalinity then a mix of lactic and phosphoric would be ok. But as someone with alkalinity >250ppm (as CaCO3) whose supply of sulphuric acid seems to have dried up, I’ve just purchased a cheap RO system. I’m an advocate of working with s...
by Jocky
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Keezer nearly finished what beer line cleaner should I get?
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Keezer nearly finished what beer line cleaner should I get?

I should say that it really helps to have good quality beer line. The Valpar stuff from the Malt Miller might not be cheap, but in a year of usage I’ve not had to replace any lines due to spoilage or beer taint, with just light occasional cleaning as per above.
by Jocky
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: PBW alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 2518

Re: PBW alternatives

I used PBW for a long time until it became unavailable. Stellarclean was decent, but more recently I tried Chemclean, and it certainly foams at first but I’ve also been pretty impressed at its performance. It’s also going quite cheap at the moment at brew2bottle: https://brew2bottle.co.uk/pages/sear...
by Jocky
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Keezer nearly finished what beer line cleaner should I get?
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Keezer nearly finished what beer line cleaner should I get?

Personally I use a normal sodium percarbonate based cleaner (e.g. PBW, Chemclean). When a keg is empty I rinse it out with hot water, then add some cleaner with more hot water. Leave it to soak and shake it about a bit, and then run some out through the line and tap. Give it a minute and run a bit m...
by Jocky
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Gas lines
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Gas lines

Hi there. To answer your question briefly, no this isn't a problem running gas through 5/16" line, and you can certainly run two kegs off of that as long as you're not intending to pour both kegs at the same time. As you're splitting after the regulator, both kegs have to be at the same serving pres...
by Jocky
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Storing empty bottles
Replies: 15
Views: 556

Re: Storing empty bottles

And then there are the bottles returned by friends which not only have they not rinsed -despite being asked to! - but they’ve been kept for weeks bedsore returning, leaving them with a dried and frequently mouldy mess in the bottom which requires semi-nuclear treatment to remove! I have found the m...
by Jocky
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Storing empty bottles
Replies: 15
Views: 556

Re: Storing empty bottles

Previously I used to just rinse with hot water after drinking, put on a plastic cap and then sanitise with starsan before use. However, I found that with bottle conditioning I'd gradually get yeast building up on the sides of the glass, not just at the bottom. That showed me that there is some biofi...
by Jocky
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Dry Hopping in the Keg
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Dry Hopping in the Keg

It's certainly profligate with CO2. I'm not sure if there's a better way though.
by Jocky
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Dry Hopping in the Keg
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Dry Hopping in the Keg

Once the keg is purged I briefly take off the lid and drop the hops in quickly. There’s not a lot of oxygen pick up in that time. If you’ve already filled the keg then you’ll need to turn off or disconnect the gas, pull the prv to depressurise it and then you can remove the lid. Do it quickly and t...
by Jocky
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Dry Hopping in the Keg
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Dry Hopping in the Keg

Once the keg is purged I briefly take off the lid and drop the hops in quickly. There’s not a lot of oxygen pick up in that time. If you’ve already filled the keg then you’ll need to turn off or disconnect the gas, pull the prv to depressurise it and then you can remove the lid. Do it quickly and th...
by Jocky
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Tap spacing / arrangement
Replies: 7
Views: 161

Re: Tap spacing / arrangement

Also try and figure out where the shanks are coming through the other side of the door. Make sure they won't bang in to anything on the inside.
by Jocky
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Rust in the very bottom of my cornelius kegs
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: Rust in the very bottom of my cornelius kegs

If it’s definitely rust (you’ve tried soaking in sodium percarbonate/pbw with a kettle full of boiling water?) then I’d throw in some citric acid or bar keepers friend and a little water and leave it to soak, giving it an occasional shake. You might need to repeat that, but putting a scouring pad on...
by Jocky
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Dealing with Hops
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: Dealing with Hops

I don't have a bulldog brewer, but can comment a little on dealing with hops. In short, there's no ideal solution. For leaf hops a coarse mesh screen works well as it allows liquid to drain through the leaves. However, they will block any ports/outlets smaller than 1" easily without some kind of fil...
by Jocky
Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment
Replies: 29
Views: 949

Re: Temperature of beer when doing water treatment

Thanks for those responses - really useful! Before you go adding DLS though - do you know what is already in your water supply? Without knowing that then you can't estimate what the effect will be, and adding DLS may have an undesirable effect. I was going to follow the brupaks guidance: http://mai...