HOMEBREW Digest #5811 Mon 21 March 2011

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  NG Regulator Update (Paul Hethmon)
  Reusing yeast (Glyn and Mary)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:29:57 -0400 From: Paul Hethmon <phethmon at hethmon.com> Subject: NG Regulator Update Back in January I was asking about excess soot from my burners and suggestions for fixing the problem. I use a 10 jet ring burner for natural gas where I've plugged the center two jets in both. A friend in the homebrew club suggested I add a natural gas regulator to my system. So, for about $18, I got a simple appliance regulator and plumbed it in. As is often the case, it then took a month before I had a chance to brew again. The results are great. With my brew session yesterday, the one burner that was turning my kettle black worked almost perfectly. With the flame at 50% gas flow or better, all I got was nice blue. The "almost" is due to the poor workmanship of the burner. This design needs the jets to point at one another to create a bit of turbulence and burn properly. One of the threaded fittings was done a bit off and so the two jets are slightly askew. When I was under 50%, that one spot burned a bit yellow and left soot. So, overall verdict on these burners is to reseal the jets with good plumbers dope. They leak around the threads from the factory. Second is to use the proper regulator. I did not perceive any reduction in heat output with the regulator and as a benefit the noise level was reduced. I could hear myself think at full throttle. thanks, Paul Hethmon Farragut, Tennessee Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:01:05 -0700 (PDT) From: Glyn and Mary <graininfuser at yahoo.com> Subject: Reusing yeast At the next brew club meeting I would like to give a little talk about reusing yeast. Does anyone have any input? All credit will be given. Thank you, Glyn S. Middle TN Backwoods Carboys Return to table of contents
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