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by Kev888
Wed May 01, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: blichmann plate chiller
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: blichmann plate chiller

FWIW, my Blichmann Therminator was just the same, but unfortunately I can't say if this is normal for new ones since I bought it second hand. Either way, they drain differently to standard plate chillers.
by Kev888
Wed May 01, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Use by dates.
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Use by dates.

Protofloc is fine for years and years if kept properly dry, I must have had some of mine for around a decade with no noticeable change in performance. 'Water treatment' can be all sorts of different things, so we would need more info on that one. Generally though, I can't immediately think of anythi...
by Kev888
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: High ABV
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: High ABV

Use grain quantity (not mash time) to adjust for efficiency. The maltster will usually offer figures for the potential extract of their grains - which is the extract that it will give in a standard lab test. This differs between grains, but if you can't find it for your particular grain then there a...
by Kev888
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Kettle style lead getting very hot on the plug terminals
Replies: 14
Views: 550

Re: Kettle style lead getting very hot on the plug terminals

I'll make sure to get a new cable + plug from a reputable supplier. That's an interesting note about fuses too. Theres an interesting comparison of ebay fuses here which helps give an idea of some things to look out for. I've also seen websites showing moulded plugs with ridiculously feeble conduct...
by Kev888
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Kettle style lead getting very hot on the plug terminals
Replies: 14
Views: 550

Re: Kettle style lead getting very hot on the plug terminals

The inkbird isn't specified for 2.4kw IIRC so you probably can't officially blame it. But personally i wouldn't like to see trailing sockets of that kind used on any powerful element for sustained periods - best suited for lower powered things like fermentation chambers and keggerators really. It lo...
by Kev888
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: High ABV
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: High ABV

Yes, as above: different grains will offer different amounts of malty sugariness, and (in particular) different brewing systems and methods will extract and then lose different percentages of this. To hit the intended numbers therefore, recipes will always need adjusting to suit the brewer's own cir...
by Kev888
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Maltmiller fine crush, ok for use in a mash tun, with a false bottom?
Replies: 17
Views: 398

Re: Maltmiller fine crush, ok for use in a mash tun, with a false bottom?

Oh sorry I got you now, I was confused about the two figures for some reason. This has just given me an idea, since I have a pump on my HLT and Mash tun, I guess I could recirculate the water from HLT to Mash tun, prior to adding the grain, so that there is no drop in temperature while transferring...
by Kev888
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Maltmiller fine crush, ok for use in a mash tun, with a false bottom?
Replies: 17
Views: 398

Re: Maltmiller fine crush, ok for use in a mash tun, with a false bottom?

I risked "no sparge" 'cos the BIAB bunch (also using full boil volume mashes) said it doesn't have much effect on efficiency. Yeah, a couple of things going on there, I guess: If one doesn't sparge, then wort retained by the grain will be at around the full pre-boil gravity, whereas if you do sparg...
by Kev888
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Maltmiller fine crush, ok for use in a mash tun, with a false bottom?
Replies: 17
Views: 398

Re: Maltmiller fine crush, ok for use in a mash tun, with a false bottom?

74c is his strike temperature of the mash liquor; so adding the grain will then cool this and if it was calculated correctly the combined total will automatically arrive at the mash temperature. Probably you know all this but for completeness: most strike temperature calculators are referring to the...
by Kev888
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: biotransformation's effect on taste?
Replies: 8
Views: 422

Re: biotransformation's effect on taste?

FWIW, my own trials with modest APAs between early and late dry hopping (in the fermenter) haven't so far shown very pronounced differences in practice. On balance I'd currently say the later dry hopping gives slightly better and stronger hop aroma in the finished beer, but both are quite acceptable...
by Kev888
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Maltmiller fine crush, ok for use in a mash tun, with a false bottom?
Replies: 17
Views: 398

Re: Maltmiller fine crush, ok for use in a mash tun, with a false bottom?

If you didn't sparge then that will likely be by far the main reason for getting lower gravity results. Small differences from the crush and so on are going to be minor by comparison; probably not worth worrying about if the basics didn't come together, really. The fine crush would likely work if yo...
by Kev888
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Using ferm. fridge for salami?
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: Using ferm. fridge for salami?

It perhaps depends on the fridge, the older styles with inaccessible gaps behind the cooling plate and hollow/dodgy seals can grow stuff in the damp, and become really awful after an overflow or two. So IMO its best to assume those are hostile environments and work accordingly in any case.
by Kev888
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: It's been a long time coming.......
Replies: 22
Views: 1176

Re: It's been a long time coming.......

Very good news!

It can take a while for everything to come together 'properly' (and even then there can be disheartening back-slides and challenges with different styles). So very encouraging stuff =D>
by Kev888
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Co2 regulator advice
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Co2 regulator advice

Those secondary regulators are good little things, so thumbs up on the suggestion. But from the OP I'm guessing that here a primary regulator is needed first (or alone). And no, you shouldn't connect secondaries to the gas cylinder directly. In which case the wish list seems good to me; the only thi...
by Kev888
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 0.01g accuracy scales up to around 200g or 500g
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: 0.01g accuracy scales up to around 200g or 500g

Yes, testing is worthwhile because of course resolution is very different to accuracy. Logic might suggest there would be no point in having an extra digit if the underlying accuracy wasn't up to it, but salesmen may have a rather different logic! Could be a bargain if it comes up good.