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  1. ForkBoy

    free beer! (bottles)

    Hi all, I have about 35 swing-top grolsch bottles, and a dozen or so 750 brown long necks, free to a good or otherwise home. Located in Thornleigh Sydney, near Hornsby. Clean of beer, but dusty from the garage for many years. No doubt swing-tops would need new seals. Cheers
  2. ForkBoy

    Matho's controller

    Thanks for the pointers bonj
  3. ForkBoy

    Matho's controller

    Thanks Matho, what pins does the shield use? I am new to arduino, but i see the arduino mega has a lot more pins available. Would this avoid the conflicts? Or can it be programmed around?
  4. ForkBoy

    Matho's controller

    Hi all, I was wondering if Matho's shield would work alongside a wifi shield, or would they compete for pins? I'd be interested in extending it to be controlled via browser/ipad etc. wifi shield is here: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11287 Thanks
  5. ForkBoy

    Sydney Weizen - Mash Ph

    Thanks all some great info in this threat now. As an aside, I have always wanted to make a very dry beer, but mash temps, grist and yeast alone have not quite got me there to date. Perhaps mash pH is the last lever.
  6. ForkBoy

    Sydney Weizen - Mash Ph

    Well, this is interesting. Beersmith says my Pre-boil mash efficiency is 84%. I don't think I've gotten over 70% previously on this system (a braumeister knock-off), although this is my first weizen on it. Would correct pH make that sort of difference?
  7. ForkBoy

    Sydney Weizen - Mash Ph

    Thanks manticle, I adjusted mash at 30C dough-in. I assume that's the right time to make adjustments, before the main enzymes kick in. I guess I'll grab some strips and a meter and see how they compare.
  8. ForkBoy

    Sydney Weizen - Mash Ph

    Well for what it's worth... I imposed on a friend to drop by with some pH strips. The calculator was bang on target. 2.4Kg pils + 2.4Kg wheat + 1tsp CaCl2 + 1tsp CaSO4 + 1/2 tsp MgSO4 + 2mL lactic in 20L mash ended up at 5.5 pH at dough in without additions it was closer to 6. So... pH...
  9. ForkBoy

    Sydney Weizen - Mash Ph

    I don't have that capability right now.
  10. ForkBoy

    Sydney Weizen - Mash Ph

    Hi all, Brewing a 50% wheat / 50% pilsner weizen tomorrow. Keeping it simple with just a 67C mash (although I can step-mash) and WLP300. I brew with Sydney water and EZ_water_calc estimates the mash pH at 5.9, which seems high. Should I worry about adding some lactic acid to drop it down to...
  11. ForkBoy

    Pinlock Keg Socket Tool

    I use one of these tap removing tools with slots cut. Works and cheap.
  12. ForkBoy

    Braumeister NEXTGEN Build

    I have the beerbelly domed false bottom, which I think is the same as craftbrewer etc, and 0.5mm is probably right. I have a central rod that I bolt it down with so it's under a fair amount of force. I have only run one brew through the dome so far (I started with a strainer first time and that...
  13. ForkBoy

    Braumeister NEXTGEN Build

    Hi Dan, I am using the false bottom as the top filter in my ghettobrau. I could not imagine that warping. What did you replace it with? Ps I don't use a fine filter. I did not think it needed it. Ran very clear after 10 mins or so.I also use a pretty coarse crush and still get >75%.
  14. ForkBoy

    Replacent Cube Lids

    I am using the white jerry cans from bunnings (the white ones with two openings, not the blue ones). They come with a black plastic funnel (which are also sold separately for a couple of bucks). You could use that for a blow-off tube. Alternatively, the lid that comes with the funnel has a hole...
  15. ForkBoy

    Warning To No Chillers

    So what cleaners would be most effective on the sort of biofilm you might see in a hb environment? Or is it that once it reaches the second phase it's basically game over? I've left a fermentor lid in a bucket of iodophor for waaaay too long and pulled it out to find a nice covering of slime...
  16. ForkBoy

    Brown Pump

    Anyone know how these would go with 1.5m of head?
  17. ForkBoy

    Sexy Stainless Thingys

    mate, that's not a plate chiller... *this* is a plate chiller equipment traders sell some industrial sized gear!
  18. ForkBoy

    Throw Out Your Cubes

    I am considering building in a copper immersion chiller into a cube - the chiller would be sealed in with the hot wort, and not removed until ready to pitch some days later. Should I have any concerns with leaving copper exposed in wort for several days? Other threads say no problems with...
  19. ForkBoy

    Throw Out Your Cubes

    manticle, how do you compensate for late hop additions in your recipes? This is one of the things that has turned me away lately, most brews ended up bitter with a lack of flavour/aroma - especially with the higher AA flavour hops. I was dropping the late additions in the cube. You say you...
  20. ForkBoy

    Braumeister NEXTGEN Build

    Hi all, thermalproducts.com.au say they can supply a 2400W element with a 90 degree bend in the "no bend" zone ($94+$15 delivery). That will create a really low profile for the element and reduce the minimum wort required. Now, am I pushing it a bit running 2400W + march pump + brewtroller off...
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