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by Kev888
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Maxi cooler python pump
Replies: 10
Views: 352

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: 10
Views: 352

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: 530

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: 364

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: 364

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: 224

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: 224

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...
by Kev888
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Advice on regulator issues.
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: Advice on regulator issues.

Yes, it is hard to say how easy it would be to fix as there are many different designs and several things that can go wrong. Or how safe - primary regulators aren't really the sort of thing that should be fiddled with, but they aren't rocket science either so it is entirely up to you. I'd guess some...
by Kev888
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.
Replies: 21
Views: 1225

Re: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.

Yes, I think starsan may have gained a slightly misleading image in parts of the homebrew world. It is extremely convenient and useful, but IMO is hardly the ultimate solve-all - even humble bleach might be more effective in most situations. I still use starsan but only on things that are very clean...
by Kev888
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fast response HLT
Replies: 14
Views: 1522

Re: Fast response HLT

As it happens, I'm following a similar path with the second smaller system: my bigger one will do down to about 40L before it gets a bit daft, but I also want to do 20L and 10L brew lengths - partly for variety and partly for test batches. So I'm building a small one-pot system, as (for me) this typ...
by Kev888
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Lallemand London ESB dry yeast.
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: Lallemand London ESB dry yeast.

It is pretty good as dried yeast go; nice to see it being used for a bitter instead of over-attenuating types. I also like Windsor, but the ESB stuff is probably more versatile and less fussy. Most bitters will (of course) benefit from a little maturing and during that time should usually become fai...
by Kev888
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Maxi 210 Re-circulation Pump
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Maxi 210 Re-circulation Pump

There are some that agitate only, but I it sounds like yours should be pumping and isn't. I've not had a pump come loose on the shaft, but as Eric suggests they can become stuck/seized against the plastic body - so perhaps first check that it will spin before you try to glue it.
by Kev888
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: whirlpooling
Replies: 7
Views: 608

Re: whirlpooling

Yes, I've found modest stirring to be perfectly fine at our kind of scales. Of course if you whirlpool anyway then absolutely make use of it, but personally I wouldn't bother introducing one just for reasons of hopping. To digress a bit, there have been lots of cases over the years where people look...
by Kev888
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Corney Keg to Beer Tower Set-Up. FOAMING
Replies: 17
Views: 650

Re: Corney Keg to Beer Tower Set-Up. FOAMING

Yes, I agree. The carbonation of the beer (whether created by priming or force carbonation) and the serving pressure 'both' need to be suitable. If over carbonated it will foam almost irrespective of serving pressure (or if the serving pressure is too high, for the temperature, then the carbonation ...
by Kev888
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Stainless vs brass for CO2 system?
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: Stainless vs brass for CO2 system?

Over the years I've had regulators made of brass, aluminium, stainless or a combo; all are fine if used in reasonable conditions. The design and quality of manufacture are far more important. Chinese equipment (either bought direct, or from a fly-by-night UK re-seller) has the potential to be substa...