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by Radler
Sat Jan 06, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Cooler mash tun mishap?
Replies: 2
Views: 5405

Cooler mash tun mishap?

Has anybody else used that Cooler Mash tun set-up? I just put it together and used it and the beer is quite off. When I first tested it with water to see how well it would insulate I noticed a film of something on top of the water. Does anyone know if there is something that needs to be done to the ...
by Radler
Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mash mess
Replies: 15
Views: 18430

Not to to worry slothrob, I brewed on Sunday and probably won't be racking till tomorrow at earliest. Airlock is all but stopped and the Dagoba is making me uneasy so I think I'll be ok, assuming that the beer isn't just flat out awful because my baking soda mash destroyed everything. Brewing is fun.
by Radler
Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mash mess
Replies: 15
Views: 18430

Do you mean not to rack to secondary until it's reached the FG, or just to let it go for two weeks regardless of numbers? Normally I go 7 days in Primary and then rack to sec. for a minimum of two weeks but usually much longer.
by Radler
Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mash mess
Replies: 15
Views: 18430

Thanks. I should give a bit of an update. In the fermentor it looks more or less like the Dagoba system (Yoda), bubbly, mucky, strange. Never seen that before, smells like it should at the the airlock. I'll rack in a few days out of curiosity as much as out of necessity.
by Radler
Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mash mess
Replies: 15
Views: 18430

I can't tell you how many people have asked me about the baking soda. I was desperate and John Palmer's book said baking soda, I panicked and put it in. I'm not proud of it. As far as temp. I more or less maintained it the whole time. My mash/lauter tun is a Rubbermaid 48 quart cooler, only high tec...
by Radler
Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mash mess
Replies: 15
Views: 18430

Yes, we have a Phil's, and from the inspiration of such a bad yield I took t hat sucker apart and fixed it with my unique combination of thought and tape. Trust me, it worked. But that does not fix the already brewed. Yes, there were many unbroken grains. The reason I did 75 mins. was because I had ...
by Radler
Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mash mess
Replies: 15
Views: 18430

Believe it or not, I work in the shop and am responsible for the brew stuff there. The mill has seen a lot of use. What would you recommend as a good long lasting mill that will handle lots of brewers. I can't break the store's bank either. Did a batch sparge, 75 minutes mash. 2- 10 minute sparges t...
by Radler
Sun Dec 10, 2006 8:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mash mess
Replies: 15
Views: 18430

Mash mess

So, I've been brewing for a few years and I have only today had an opportunity to try all-grain. Fairly simple recipe- 5 lbs. Maris Otter, 1 lb. Munich, 1/2 lb Victory. Mash 153 F, 75 mins. then some hops. A Bitter. OG was supposed to be 1.060 (I should say here that this will be a 3 gal. recipe), a...
by Radler
Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cider Help?
Replies: 1
Views: 3970

Cider Help?

I'm curious if any of you have tried to make hard cider. I tried it for the first time a few days ago. I picked a lot of good cider apples, pressed them added a camden tablet and waited 24 hours, just like I was told to do and read. I then added pasteur champagne yeast and it fermented like mad for ...
by Radler
Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's done?
Replies: 1
Views: 4840

It's done?

Probably splitting hairs here but I have a Kolsch here that I had planned on bottling because it's been in secondary for quite a while (7 weeks) but I checked the gravity and it's still at 1.017, the projected FG was 1.014. Am I being to precise, should I just bottle the stuff. The OG was 1.053 (I k...
by Radler
Fri Oct 13, 2006 8:32 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: yeast propagation
Replies: 1
Views: 3554

yeast propagation

I guess I have gotten lazy, but I am wondering if anyone knows if the Wyeast propagator packs need to be propagated before pitching into the wort or if the 25 billion cell count is enough to start 5 gallons. Has anybody tried it directly with success? Thanks.
by Radler
Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: recipe disagreements
Replies: 1
Views: 4202

recipe disagreements

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I was wondering if anybody can tell me why I get such different results on recipes when using two different "methods". When I calculate what the OG and IBU etc will be using tastybrew.com it comes out very differently t...
by Radler
Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: star san
Replies: 1
Views: 4365

star san

Are there any Star San experts out there who can tell me why the solution stays clear for only about 30 minutes after I mix the star san and water. I have read that it is only effective as long as it stays clear so I have about 30 minutes to sanitize carboys, 50 bottles, etc. There must bwe somethin...
by Radler
Tue Jun 27, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: 3/8 in. I/D. or O.D.
Replies: 1
Views: 5511

3/8 in. I/D. or O.D.

I am trying to build a chiller but I forget if I have heard that the copper tubing should be 3/8 in. diameter on the inside or outside. Or maybe it's not that measurement at all. Anybody want to comment on how much they have payed to make one of these. Thanks.
by Radler
Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Pellet vs. leaf
Replies: 1
Views: 4091

Pellet vs. leaf

Hi, I have only ever used pellet hops and am now using a different shop which only carries whole leaf. If my recipe called for 1 oz. Hallertau can I use 1oz leaf just as well as pellet or is there some difference I should know about? I would guess not but I would like to be sure. Thanks.