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by andytv
Wed Aug 28, 2002 10:53 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Magnetic Stirrer
Replies: 8
Views: 9194

Feeling stupid

I feel a little stupid right now. I was envisioning some sort of convection effected by a magnetic field. Now I know its much simpler than that. I ordered a stirrer from McMaster Carr this morning. The reason that the rod wasn't included is that the stirrer is used (ebay - $10). Ok now the good ques...
by andytv
Wed Aug 28, 2002 6:48 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Magnetic Stirrer
Replies: 8
Views: 9194

Magnetic Stirrer

I ordered a magnetic stirrer, it just arrived, and its on my desk. How does it work? I put a jar of water with a little pepper on it and cranked it up; it doesn't look like its causing the mixture to swirl. Is it supposed to? A tossed a pushpin into the jar and it is very happily spinning. Am I miss...
by andytv
Mon Aug 26, 2002 3:30 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Are counterflows more efficient at cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 10201

Valuable Time

I don't have a CF chiller, but I've been studying them, and plan on buying one soon. Yes, with proper flow, you only need one pass. As far as value; You have to be able to associate a cost with your time. For me, the savings of 45min+ per brewday justifies the expense. Also, the wort is somewhat saf...
by andytv
Sun Aug 25, 2002 4:02 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Are counterflows more efficient at cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 10201

gravity

I would think that gravity is the most cost effective method for us homebrewers.

Andy
by andytv
Sat Aug 24, 2002 4:35 am
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Anybody Know A Pro Brewer In Search of a Job ?
Replies: 6
Views: 10434

HACCP

Mesa, I'm a quality engineer by trade, and often peruse the classifieds just to see whats out there. I notice that Latrobe Brewing (Rolling Rock) often has listings for quality managers. assistants, & techs who require training & experience with HACCP. I looked the acronym up once, and if I remember...
by andytv
Fri Aug 23, 2002 11:17 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Mash thickness/Sparge free mash ?'s
Replies: 4
Views: 6095

No Sparge

I would guess that mash thickness applies to the viscosity of the wort. Yes, to do a no-sparge batch you use enough water so sparging is not required. I'm not sure how much is enough though. I'd try to err on the "not enough side", then sparge a little to top it off. If for any reason I do a 5 gallo...
by andytv
Fri Aug 23, 2002 11:12 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Are counterflows more efficient at cooling?
Replies: 10
Views: 10201

St Pats?

I'm a little confused Mesa; When you talk about convoluted wort line, are you talking about glycol chillers or good CF chillers? I know that ST Pats offered a convoluted CF wort chiller for about $100, and I intend to buy one (after I buy all the other things on my list). What's your guess on chilli...
by andytv
Thu Aug 22, 2002 3:51 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Pale Dry Malt Extract
Replies: 2
Views: 4793

Yep

Dried malt extract (DME)- sometimes called spry malt, because it is created by mashing base grains (and coloring grains for amber & dark), cooking the wort down to a thick syrup, and spray-drying it. DME yields about 1.035-45 degrees specific gravity per lb per gallon. Color is typically Light (pale...
by andytv
Thu Aug 22, 2002 3:38 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Is a Rubbermaid tub a suitable mash vessel?
Replies: 6
Views: 6687

Capacity

Measured capacity is 11.5 gallons. It's good for standard - medium high gravity 10 gallon single temp infusion batches (actaully I brew 11.5 gal because I like to leave a gallon in my coni, and I remove about 1/2 gal of trub). For single temp infusions, I've used as much as 25 lbs of grain, but by t...
by andytv
Wed Aug 21, 2002 9:44 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Is a Rubbermaid tub a suitable mash vessel?
Replies: 6
Views: 6687

Cooler Mash Tun

I got the idea from a device that is available for sell, I think it was called "easymasher". Basically, I installed a cheap plastic spigot by enlarging the existing drain hole on the cooler, installing the spigot, and using a little RTV to seal. Using plastic fittings, I adapted the inside end of th...
by andytv
Wed Aug 21, 2002 2:51 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Are twist off caps any good?
Replies: 13
Views: 12886

Beware of the Fass Kegs

My buddy used to use Fass Kegs (ie. bitburger)to keg his beer. We would naturally carbonate the beer, then at serving time, he had a little CO2 cartridge deal that would let us drain the barrel. The stopper that was provided for these kegs was suppposedly a pressure releif device. So here's to the s...
by andytv
Wed Aug 21, 2002 2:39 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Is a Rubbermaid tub a suitable mash vessel?
Replies: 6
Views: 6687

I agree

I agree w/ stumpwater, If the plastic is not food grade, it may distort, or break down. I use an old coleman cooler for a mash tun. They are not that expensive, and they hold temp so well that you can mash in, and go back to sleep for an hour (I start my brewday really early). I've been using the sa...
by andytv
Mon Aug 19, 2002 5:54 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Chalky Film
Replies: 7
Views: 8254

Will drink quickly!

That advice sounds good to me. I actaully kegged it up yesterday, I used a course filter just in case, but the film actaully stuck to the sides of the fermenter, and the beer was very clean and tasted pretty good. Hope it tastes good next month when I tap it.

Thanks All,

Andy
by andytv
Fri Aug 16, 2002 4:17 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: I would like to thank...
Replies: 5
Views: 9049

Yep

The recipe calls for one pound of honey (5 gal batch), with 3-4 days primary fermentation, and 4-7 secondary. Bottle, then 1-2weeks @ rm temp, then cool and store.

Sorry, this is not much help.

Andy
by andytv
Fri Aug 16, 2002 4:05 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Chalky Film
Replies: 7
Views: 8254

Answers

Thanks for the interest Mesa,

The film is bonded together and appears "dry" as if it were a dusting of flour.

No, this isn't a wit, no raw wheat or adjuncts.

I've never seen it before, and am at a loss; hope you can help.

Andy