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Engineer by degree, but I code for a living. Recently switched to using a tablet for leisure internet, like this site, but the on-screen keyboard is horrible, so please forgive my missing letters and things!


Jan
18
comment How do I calculate mash efficiency with BeerSmith2 when doing a partigyle?
Thanks for the suggestion. Your method worked a little better than the one from JoeFish. Well, at least it was faster to get somewhat close to my actual values, but I still couldn't get close enough to my actuals for my liking. And I boiled my partigyle really hard, so had to put in a different equipment profile since you can't do that by recipe.
Jan
18
comment How do I calculate mash efficiency with BeerSmith2 when doing a partigyle?
Thanks for the suggestion. I have my "real" numbers, but I was unable to get the program to match my actual volumes and SG readings using the "fiddle with efficiencies" method. I'm annoyed that there's no way to set how "hard" you boil by batch. BeerSmith2 seems backwards with accepting an efficiency as an input value...it should be a result. I'm not sure I'll buy this program.
Jan
16
asked How do I calculate mash efficiency with BeerSmith2 when doing a partigyle?
Jan
3
comment What software do most brewers use?
I tried this one, but it seems like it doesn't do much with water volume calculations; setting quarts per pound in your mash, and all that seems missing.
Jan
1
answered BJCP Study Material
Dec
31
answered Bad “Canned Meat” smell after bottling, and briefly mid-fermentation
Dec
22
revised Should I worry about blow-off?
Changed wording to correct consistency issue.
Nov
25
comment How long will carbonation “hold” in a growler?
I pull a balloon over the neck of the growler so I can see if I have a leaking cap. Having a non-leaking cap is key. With a good cap, and a proper no-air fill (counter pressure or at least cap on foam), your growler should last months (keeping it chilled would be best). Once opened, the party is over in a day. I've tried several kinds of caps. Poly seal caps are what I settled upon.
Nov
25
comment Sourcing empty 15gal (1/2bbl) beer kegs?
After more research, I think breweries probably do pay $110 for new Sanke kegs. I asked at local brewery, and they pay even more (not buying enough to get a price break). It's still a bit of mystery how there can be brand new kegs for $90, while the breweries are paying more. Maybe the $90 ones are a thinner grade of steel or something.
Nov
19
answered Homebrewing and Arduino
Nov
19
comment Sourcing empty 15gal (1/2bbl) beer kegs?
-1 on the $110 per keg. No way Sierra Nevada is paying that much in volume for sanke kegs!
Nov
19
answered Sourcing empty 15gal (1/2bbl) beer kegs?
Nov
19
comment How long do I need to carbonate a keg?
PS: The guy was going to try to mod a paint shaker to make it less of a manual process.
Nov
19
answered How long do I need to carbonate a keg?
Nov
19
comment Emptying bottles into a keg
+1 on don't do it unless you're trying to rescue a beer. "Jack up" means "mess up", I think.
Nov
19
answered Profesionally Printed Labels?
Nov
19
answered What's a good small-batch fermentation vessel?
Oct
23
comment What can I do to ensure my high OG wort ferments well?
I presume you're not going to make one batch, split the wort, and let part of it sit around without yeast while other part has yeast? That would mean that you seem to be setting yourself up for brewing two batches of beer, but ending up with one :) I agree that with proper oxygenation, and quantity of yeast, you should be find just pitching the whole batch.
Oct
23
comment Is rapid wort chilling always needed?
Chilling with a copper coil needs agitation. You can cut this time by 4 jiggling the coil!
Oct
23
answered HERMS or RIMS - How to choose?