HOMEBREW Digest #5558 Wed 27 May 2009

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  Win Siebel Institute Advanced Homebrewing Course from www.MoreBeer.com ("Lemcke Keith")
  Jellotin and Carbonation ("Keith Christian")
  I did it ! (David Root)
  HLT woes solved: summary ("Greg 'groggy' Lehey")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 15:44:08 -0400 From: "Lemcke Keith" <klemcke at siebelinstitute.com> Subject: Win Siebel Institute Advanced Homebrewing Course from www.MoreBeer.com I just wanted to let HBD members know that Beer, Beer & More Beer are running a contest in which you can win tuition in our Advanced Homebrewing Course in Durango, Colorado this July! You can get details about the contest at http://morebeer.com/search/103629 and you can read about the course at http://www.siebelinstitute.com/course_desc/homebrewing.html . I hope we will see you in Durango! Keith Lemcke Siebel Institute of Technology Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 17:17:42 -0700 From: "Keith Christian" <keithchristian at roadrunner.com> Subject: Jellotin and Carbonation Hi, I have a cloudy beer and would like to hit it with gelatin. Will there be any yeast available to carbonate my beer? Thanks, Keith Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 18:32:29 -0700 From: David Root <droot2 at rochester.rr.com> Subject: I did it ! Well, I brewed a day early because I had my son to help move the kegs. 10 or so gallon batch Strike temp about one twenty something. I brought the temp up in steps to as high as 158 over the course of 2 hours I had a little trouble getting my HLT up to the usual 180, so I stopped at about 164 My system isn't the best and it was getting late already. I ended up with about 13.5 gallons of wort to boil. Just enough room in the 1/2 keg to keep it from boiling over if I stirred well. OG before boil was 1.040 after temp adjustment. Just what I was shooting for. First Wort Hops were the1 oz leaf hallertau in the boil kettle before I started to sparge. Things went well I only had to draw off about 2 cups before it ran clear. I use a 1/4" piece of copper tube with a bunch of holes drilled in it. It looks like a ? I stopped when the gravity was about 1.015. It still tasted sweet (my calibrated tongue) Boil was 50 minutes because I had a projected bitterness of 30 IBU which was a little high for the beer I am attempting. Cooled to 68 after the boil, I pitched the yeast in the fermenter then drew off the boiled wort. All I could taste were HOPS It was 12:30 AM when I woke up my son to help carry the half keg into the house. I covered the top with clear shrink wrap and left it alone. after 16 hours I had signs of fermentation. 24 hours after that, the head had reached the shrink wrap and I thought it might go over the top. It fell in a few hours. Now I have a nice pancake of yeast on top. I think the bulk of the fermentation is over. I will keg it this weekend. Daym that was fun! Its been a LONG time and everything went as I expected. The brewery performed exactly like it always has with no modification and no problems. Now I have the tools and skill to weld some stainless steel fittings to my converted kegs instead of washers and gaskets. I will report on the FG and how it tastes. Probably do another batch in a couple weeks. I might even save some of the yeast off the top. David The BREWER R Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 12:28:05 +1000 From: "Greg 'groggy' Lehey" <craftbrewer at lemis.com> Subject: HLT woes solved: summary A while back I sent out a message asking for help with stopping my HLT from leaking round the hole for the heating coil, which is mounted on the curved side of the pot. See http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-apr2009.php?topics=b#29 for more details. A couple of people asked me to summarize the suggestions and what I did, so here goes. I got a number of answers, some in private, with varying suggestions: Alternative placements: a number of people suggested drilling a hole in the base of the pot. That solves the issue of the curved side of the pot, but it adds others: in particular, you need a support for the pot. And in my case, of course, I already have a hole in the side. Others suggested flattening the side of the pot so that the surface of the hole is plane. This is probably a good idea, but not the one I chose. Alan McKay suggested that the problem wouldn't arise with a big (64 litre) pot. Mine's 80, so it's not as simple as that. Adam Griffths suggested an O ring on either side, and this is the solution I finally adopted: a really fat one, silicone of course. See http://www.lemis.com/grog/photos/Onephoto.php ?imagepath=/grog/Photos/20090528/O-ring.jpeg (sorry, line length restrictions on hbd mean that I have to artificially break that URL; you'll have to piece it together manually). Greg - -- Finger grog at FreeBSD.org for PGP public key. See complete headers for address and phone numbers. Return to table of contents
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