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by Matt in Birdham
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Brew Pi Spark
Replies: 22
Views: 1807

Re: Brew Pi Spark

Took the plunge and ordered this and the relevant bits and bobs this morning. Hopefully all here by mid next week and can sort it over the weekend before planning my next brew. Cool - you won't regret it! (I hope :) ) As for reading - I would just jump on the Brewpi forum and have a read of people ...
by Matt in Birdham
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Inkbird probe position with a plastic fermenter.
Replies: 8
Views: 996

Re: Inkbird probe position with a plastic fermenter.

I agree with Orlando. I would caution against measuring the beer temperature directly (in a thermowell or equivalent) when using a simple on/off temperature controller. The lag between beer temp and chamber temp is such that you will overshoot constantly in both directions, maybe by a degree or more...
by Matt in Birdham
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Cornie conversion with cask widge float
Replies: 46
Views: 4306

Re: Cornie conversion with cask widge float

Do you use Brewbrite and any other finings such as Irish Moss/Protofloc? I have been using in conjunction but not sure if overkill Brewbrite is a mixture of carrageenan (Irish moss) and PVVP so no, you don't need to use anything else. You can really smell the seaweed, actually, when you mix up the ...
by Matt in Birdham
Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: "House Pale" v1
Replies: 9
Views: 1765

"House Pale" v1

One of my missions for 2017 is to try and lock down a "house" pale ale, and be able to brew it consistently. I brewed v1 today - not likely to be anywhere near the final recipe, but you've got to start somewhere :) I'm enjoying the earthy (dank?) notes of Columbus at the moment, although it can be a...
by Matt in Birdham
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: The dreaded wet cardboard taste
Replies: 20
Views: 1981

Re: The dreaded wet cardboard taste

Yes, true, people do argue about the effects and magnitude of HSA. But the OP's results are so pronounced that I really can't believe normal levels/practices would be the cause, we would all experience them if they did. There would have to have been some unusual amount of aeration, IMO. Agreed - al...
by Matt in Birdham
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: The dreaded wet cardboard taste
Replies: 20
Views: 1981

Re: The dreaded wet cardboard taste

The real-world effects of Hot Side Aeration seem to be far less dire than some used to believe This really depends on what you read and who you believe. Just to be clear, I don't have a dog in this fight (haven't tried minimising oxygen on the hot side yet), but there is a lot of interesting chatte...
by Matt in Birdham
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: The dreaded wet cardboard taste
Replies: 20
Views: 1981

Re: The dreaded wet cardboard taste

This article is an interesting read. One point of particular interest is the claim that paper/cardboard taste is a sign of hot side aeration, not cold. I must admit that I have spent quite a bit of time recently down the rabbit-hole that is the HSA/LODO debate, which is currently ongoing on various...
by Matt in Birdham
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: The dreaded wet cardboard taste
Replies: 20
Views: 1981

Re: The dreaded wet cardboard taste

Did you taste any of it before it went into the keg? It would be interesting to know when the oxidisation occurred. Did you dry hop?
by Matt in Birdham
Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Yeast taste from wlp002
Replies: 44
Views: 3528

Re: Yeast taste from wlp002

There's a good thread somewhere on Hombrewtalk about making your own arduino based version - lots of fiddling about but a lot cheaper. Must admit I love my Brewpi. Very hard to justify initially (a few beers and a late night purchase got me over the line :) ) but thoroughly glad I took the plunge. I...
by Matt in Birdham
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Brew Pi Spark
Replies: 22
Views: 1807

Re: Brew Pi Spark

I use cable like this for the SSR outputs (the 0.5mm stuff), hope your not using that cable for 240v or anything over 3A,you need 1mm at the very least with an insulation rated for 300v No :) just for the Spark -> SSR 12v Rhodesy - think of the SSR as a switch. You basically take your live, cut it ...
by Matt in Birdham
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Brew Pi Spark
Replies: 22
Views: 1807

Re: Brew Pi Spark

Yes, you need the Pi to run the webserver which hosts the Brewpi web page and acts as an interface to the Spark, which runs the control aglorithms. I think you've listed everything you need. I use cable like this for the SSR outputs (the 0.5mm stuff), but I am not an electrician and just picked it o...
by Matt in Birdham
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: PH Meter Calibration
Replies: 32
Views: 2195

Re: PH Meter Calibration

Dennis King wrote:I tend to check mine every 6 months or so.
I do mine every brew. It might seem excessive (every two weeks, on average), but it's usually a little out when I test it. That might say more about my meter though :)
by Matt in Birdham
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Sodastream CO2 setup for pressurised crash chilling
Replies: 92
Views: 6345

Re: Sodastream CO2 setup for pressurised crash chilling

That's encouraging! I was using 1.5-1.75psi. I even pumped it up to 2.5 at one point to try and clear the air and get the transfer going again. Not sure what happened. Hopefully it will be quicker next time. Cheers! Maybe you got a partial blockage or something? An hour does seem extraordinarily sl...
by Matt in Birdham
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Sodastream CO2 setup for pressurised crash chilling
Replies: 92
Views: 6345

Re: Sodastream CO2 setup for pressurised crash chilling

Once you transferred the sanitiser was the keg at less pressure than the fermentor, I assume it is to get the beer to flow? Do you have to release the prv on the keg at all to burp" anything stopping the flow? What I did was push the sanitiser out completely through the out post and connection to F...
by Matt in Birdham
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Sodastream CO2 setup for pressurised crash chilling
Replies: 92
Views: 6345

Re: Sodastream CO2 setup for pressurised crash chilling

ha sweet. it's probably made more positive impact on racking to keg than most other things i've done :) without meaning to be pessimistic, if the disco is open to the air, doesn't that kinda defeat the point of the closed transfer? I think it should be OK - the keg was under slight pressure when I ...