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by ColoradoBrewer
Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Need help with low efficiency batch sparge
Replies: 5
Views: 8350

I batch sparge and routinely get efficiencies in the 75-80% range. The first thing I would look at is your crush. Do you crush your own grain or have it crushed when you buy it? If you have your own mill try tightening the gap a little. I think mine is set at .039". You don't want a lot of flour, bu...
by ColoradoBrewer
Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:08 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Brass Fittings
Replies: 3
Views: 8548

I agree with wottaguy that there isn't a problem using brass in contract with the wort. If you are concerned about lead leaching into the wort you can pickle the brass using this method from John Palmer's book How To Brew: Cleaning Brass Some brewers use brass fittings in conjunction with their wort...
by ColoradoBrewer
Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:56 am
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Invitation to join the HomeBrewers Grid Computing Team
Replies: 2
Views: 11166

I agree this is a good thing to do. I've been on a the United Devises Grid for about seven years. They are also doing cancer research. Prior to that I was on the SETI grid for about three years. I figured what would we do if we actually found ET? It's not like we could invite them over for a homebre...
by ColoradoBrewer
Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:19 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Unspoken Passion Imperial Stout OG Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 9210

Dom, this may be a long shot, but here are my ideas. Assuming the volumes were accurately measured I don't see how you could miss the OG by that much for an extract recipe. So I'm wondering at what temperature you measured your OG. For example, you say you measured an OG of 1.045. But, if the temper...
by ColoradoBrewer
Sat Feb 17, 2007 7:08 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Confused About The Wort Chiller....
Replies: 3
Views: 5368

Just came across this thread over on the NB Forum. I've never tried so I don't know how well it would work. Just throwing it out there.
by ColoradoBrewer
Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:32 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Confused About The Wort Chiller....
Replies: 3
Views: 5368

Since the kettle doesn't have handles I don't see any options other than to cool it in place. You really don't want to lift a kettle of near boiling wort if it doesn't have handles. If there isn't a source of water outside you'll have get water from inside your apartment. Hardware stores sell faucet...
by ColoradoBrewer
Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:19 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Calibrating 'vessels' and 'heat sources'
Replies: 10
Views: 10831

Re: Heat Source Question

My system has three 100,000 BTU burners. However, when I enter that number, my mash schedules get wacked out! For example, BTP calculates the infusion time from my 145 degree rest to 156 to be about 3 minutes! Your burners may be rated at 100,000 BTU, but BTP needs to know how much of that heat act...
by ColoradoBrewer
Sat Feb 10, 2007 6:44 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Cold Weather Brewing
Replies: 4
Views: 5624

I've brewed on my deck in temps down to 10*F. If it gets any colder I move the brewstand into the garage, if possible. It's really just a matter of your own personal comfort. I've read of brewers brewing outside in sub zero weather, so the actual temp isn't that big a factor. As Bill mentioned wind ...
by ColoradoBrewer
Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:14 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Fermentation Temperature
Replies: 7
Views: 9486

Chief, since it's a steam beer, or California Common, I'd assume you're using San Francisco Lager WLP810. White Labs says the optimum range is 58-65*F for this yeast. You should try to pick a temp within that range that you can hold with as little fluctuation as possible . I generally ferment my Cal...
by ColoradoBrewer
Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:46 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: New guy here...
Replies: 5
Views: 6781

Welcome!

Welcome to the hobby and to the forum Chief! This is a great hobby and you'll be amazing your friends in no time with the beer you've made. I would suggest that get a copy of John Palmer's book How to Brew. I've been brewing for seven years and I still refer to it. It's also avialable online for fre...
by ColoradoBrewer
Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:35 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Best/Most Used and Worst/Least Used Tools
Replies: 15
Views: 24935

Re: Knock on wood ...

...I'm toying with getting free buckets from Walmart (bakery shop) for my primaries and using my 3 carboys just for secondaries... Bill, I assume (yeah I know) that you're talking about the buckets the bakery gets frosting in. If so, here's a tip based on my experience. I found that it was difficul...
by ColoradoBrewer
Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Best/Most Used and Worst/Least Used Tools
Replies: 15
Views: 24935

Re: Looking

Actually, I don't think I need Oxiclean. I might get some PBW later on, if the One Step doesn't work out but I'm sure it will. I'm not saying you should pass on the PBW. It's a good product, but there's something you need to know. The reason many homebrewers use OxyClean is because it's much cheape...
by ColoradoBrewer
Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: BeerTools Pro Feature Requests
Topic: What do you want to see in an inventory feature?
Replies: 41
Views: 91104

slothrob wrote:You can also, on the Mac at least, get to the box with the "Tab" key.
Highlight the grain, hit the Tab key, and the text in the amount box is highlighted and ready to be typed over.
Just tried it, and it works in Windows XP as well.
by ColoradoBrewer
Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: Database additions
Replies: 69
Views: 168372

Orange Marmalade

Some people use it in Wits in place of the bitter orange peel. It would be nice to have it in the DB for Special Ingredients. I haven't tried it yet, but will be in a couple of weeks.
by ColoradoBrewer
Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:44 am
Forum: BeerTools Pro General Topics
Topic: AAU - Alpha Acid Units
Replies: 10
Views: 8965

Frankly, I don't know why the hobby doesn't use a universally meaningful unit like mg/mL instead of the odd IBU term that means the same thing. ppm just seems archaic to me, like measuring tubing in cubits, I have no idea why that's used by anyone. But, the hobby uses IBU, so I'd agree that IBU wou...