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    I once won a competition to name a pair of...

    I once won a competition to name a pair of fermenters for someone else's business. I chose Wallace and Gromit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV7AIG6U1TU
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    5C to 15C is the winter *indoor* temperature....

    5C to 15C is the winter *indoor* temperature. Outside, everything is ice.
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    I also have problems in winter. I have 20hl...

    I also have problems in winter. I have 20hl fermenters so they don't really cool down because there's enough thermal mass there, but it's impossible to get the beer temp to rise for a diacetyl rest....
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    If you are on a frozen lake... why do you even...

    If you are on a frozen lake... why do you even need a jockey box??? Ambient air temp is plenty cold enough already!
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    Citra is a reasonably close sub for Galaxy. It...

    Citra is a reasonably close sub for Galaxy. It also has similar alpha, so it's a one-to-one replacement.
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    There are three plastic tanks near the condensate...

    There are three plastic tanks near the condensate tank, two are connected to each other and are fitted with some kind of controller device which the condensate tank's water supply passes through, the...
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    Thanks for the helpful replies! The pump...

    Thanks for the helpful replies!


    The pump only needs to come on for a very short time when topping up the boiler, even at full pressure (40psi), so I think it's pumping well.


    The condensate...
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    fluctuating boiler water level

    Hi everyone,

    The water level in the sight glass of our steam boiler fluctuates a lot, so much that it causes the low-level safety cut-off to trigger several times an hour. Just to be clear: the...
  9. No. A pigtail, also called a sampling coil, has...

    No. A pigtail, also called a sampling coil, has a very long length of tube which is coiled up to keep it compact. The length is necessary to provide resistance to slow down the flow enough to get a...
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    We add our hop trub and yeast to the bins full of...

    We add our hop trub and yeast to the bins full of spent grain, it all goes to the farmers together and the animals gobble it all up (cows and pigs). No need to put anything down the drain!
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    I know this isn't anything to do with the...

    I know this isn't anything to do with the carbonation problem but here goes anyway...
    You are supposed to *raise* the temperature for a diacetyl rest.
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    Our coolroom is cooled by two A/C units. It can...

    Our coolroom is cooled by two A/C units. It can only get down to 11C, if I set the thermostat any lower the A/C units just ice up. They aren't designed to go any lower than 16C. So it's more of a...
  13. Thread: High boil temps

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    Agreed. My kettle's probe is in a built-in...

    Agreed. My kettle's probe is in a built-in thermowell sticking in the side of the kettle, passing through the steam jacket, it always reads a few degrees high when the steam is on (presumably...
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    Depends on the hydrator design. Some squirt jets...

    Depends on the hydrator design.
    Some squirt jets of water inwards from the sides, these will allow dry grain to drop straight through if there is no water.
    Some (including mine) have a central...
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    My hydrator has a built-in gate valve at the top.

    My hydrator has a built-in gate valve at the top.
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    I agree the good floor-malted English MO is very...

    I agree the good floor-malted English MO is very dusty. I got fed up with grain bed compaction from dusty fines settling like a layer of glue on top of the grain bed, now I use a thicker mash to...
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    I use both Promash and Beersmith. Promash is...

    I use both Promash and Beersmith.

    Promash is fine for basic stuff, the interface is horrible but it works. I use it for old legacy recipes by my predecessor (because that's what he used).
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  18. Thread: Old Hops

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    Tried that. The pellets go grey eventually,...

    Tried that. The pellets go grey eventually, nothing like the fresh green they should be.
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    Here is a pic inside my mash tun. The two balls...

    Here is a pic inside my mash tun. The two balls in the centre are for sparging and cleaning. The vorlauf tube is on the left: it comes in through the top of the tun, and is angled so the wort flows...
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    replacement seal for PRV?

    Where can I find a replacement rubber seal for a 2" PRV like this one?

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    Thanks guys, I've looked at the book, it is...

    Thanks guys, I've looked at the book, it is exactly what I need :-)
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    Thanks for the suggestion, the handbook you...

    Thanks for the suggestion, the handbook you mention has lots of useful stuff but doesn't quite have the answer I was looking for.
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    Basic yeast lab requirements?

    I work in a very small brewery, we are planning an expansion, so we are thinking of setting up a small yeast lab for checking yeast health and for propagating. What are the basics we'll need to get...
  24. How do you clean the *outside* of your stainless vessels?

    How do you clean the *outside* of your stainless vessels? What's your preferred method? Got any tips for making the job easier, particularly for those hard-to-reach areas?
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    Thanks guys, there's a couple of great ideas...

    Thanks guys, there's a couple of great ideas there :-)
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