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  1. muppix

    Fermzilla Dry-hopping via PCO 1881 Ball Valve - Stuck Pellets

    That's probably because you left the O-rings out. 😁 Seriously though, an impressive arrangement. The only (and very minor) reservation I'd have about using that is that my spunding valve attaches to the threads above the hops, and while useful for purging oxygen, the steady stream of CO2 through...
  2. muppix

    Fermzilla Dry-hopping via PCO 1881 Ball Valve - Stuck Pellets

    Perfect - thanks for that. Unfortunately I'm 1.5" too short in my fermentation fridge for this arrangement. Good thought though!
  3. muppix

    Fermzilla Dry-hopping via PCO 1881 Ball Valve - Stuck Pellets

    Thanks for the replies everyone, it's much appreciated though it feels as though we've strayed onto the topic of whether or not we should worry about oxygen during dry-hopping, whereas I've already decided that yes, I do worry, and I'm going to take some reasonable steps to reduce it as much as...
  4. muppix

    Fermzilla Dry-hopping via PCO 1881 Ball Valve - Stuck Pellets

    Good call. I do have some of those knocking about in my Geocaching kit, but it hadn’t occurred to me to see if the thread was compatible. Cheers!
  5. muppix

    Fermzilla Dry-hopping via PCO 1881 Ball Valve - Stuck Pellets

    That’s the way I’ve been doing it until now, but I’m keen to see if I can make the hop aroma and taste last a bit longer - typically it tails off after 10 days or so. You’ve probably been there and done that, hence the comment, but I’m gonna have a fiddle anyway. Wish I’d known. Postage to my...
  6. muppix

    Recommendations for the next step up from a BrewZilla v3.1.1

    The Brewtools is my first all-grain setup so I don’t really have a comparison, but I’ve not found the cleaning to be overly onerous, and some of it can be done while brewing. For example, I’ve found that it’ll take 10 - 15 minutes to get to a boil after sparging, which is enough time to take the...
  7. muppix

    Fermzilla Dry-hopping via PCO 1881 Ball Valve - Stuck Pellets

    Howdy Folks. In my ongoing efforts to reduce DO ingress I'm using a small plastic bottle and ball valve to hold the hop pellets atop my Fermzilla during fermentation, deploying them with a deft turn of the valve when it's time to dry-hop. That was the theory anyway - in practice those pellets...
  8. muppix

    Recommendations for the next step up from a BrewZilla v3.1.1

    I've had my B40 Pro setup getting on for two years now, and I absolutely love it! Yes, it's a lot of money. Back in my research stage I considered several other systems, but the standard Brewtools kit looked as though it was made up of components which would prove to be other manufacturers'...
  9. muppix

    Fermzilla - dry hop under pressure

    Duly noted, thanks for that. I don't have any dedicated hop tubes as yet but will probably be OK using one of my fine mesh bags, though I'll have to change my keg purging approach. Right now I tend to fill the entire keg with sanitiser and then drive it out with CO2, but I might have to leave...
  10. muppix

    Fermzilla - dry hop under pressure

    That's a fair point, but I'm trying to avoid dropping pressure if possible because I'm concerned about the effects of de/re-pressurising my Tilt Pro floating hydrometer. To be honest I can't believe it's remained airtight as long as it has, so I don't want to push my luck by subjecting it to...
  11. muppix

    Fermzilla - dry hop under pressure

    Hey @hoppyscotty, thanks for coming back to me. My experience is exactly the same, and it's a shame to have a substantial chunk of hops just sitting there underutilised until the day you chuck 'em out. I too had thought of shutting the valve again as soon as the newly added hops are released...
  12. muppix

    Fermzilla - dry hop under pressure

    Afternoon everyone! I've been using my Fermzilla to ferment under pressure for about a year now and I'm very happy with it, but I still want to improve my technique when it comes to dry-hopping. Leaving discussions of hop-rockets, internal magnets etc aside for a moment, I wonder what you think...
  13. muppix

    Fermzilla fermenters

    Just one comment which may or may not be relevant, but if you ferment under pressure then your beer is pretty much already carbonated when fermentation is done, and bottling fermented beer can be tricky. I love my Fermzilla and use it a lot, but everything that I brew with it gets kegged, not...
  14. muppix

    Adapting CO2 regulator to 70:30 Beer Gas bottle

    Not to worry - found it. Wonder why it's more expensive than the Argon adapters ... ?
  15. muppix

    Adapting CO2 regulator to 70:30 Beer Gas bottle

    I've been using CO2 to carbonate and serve beer for just over a year and would like to try a 70:30 Nitrogen / CO2 mix, mainly because we can't get any CO2 right now where I live. I have however sourced a great big bottle of this Beer Gas, but it uses a different regulator connection. A quick...
  16. muppix

    Second Batch of 2021

    Last week we picked our second apple harvest this year and pressed just shy of 75 litres, which I'm splitting three ways in the name of experimentation; two will be fermented with Mangrove Jack's M02 (one dry-pitched, one with a starter) and the remaining bucket will be fermented with a starter...
  17. muppix

    Starter not ready - pause before pitching?

    Done. I know Kveik likes to be under-pitched, but the quantity I used for this starter was ridiculous - maybe a tenth of a teaspoon? Anyway, she seems to have taken off, putting out two inches of head and turning the once chestnut starter wort into a light butterscotch colour. Pitched a few...
  18. muppix

    Starter not ready - pause before pitching?

    It's brew day today, and the starter I've been building from harvested WLP518 hasn't taken off as expected after 18 hours on the stir plate and 6 stationary, all at 23℃. Normally I'd see a good Krausen by now, but this time there's almost nothing. Now I have several packets of dry yeast that I...
  19. muppix

    Keg pressure leaking from PRV - replacement O-rings?

    Hey Folks - just a quick note to close the loop on this topic in case anybody subsequently finds this thread while looking for replacement PRV O-rings. I've successfully used eBay item 293099538597 which is 4mm inner diameter (ID) and 2mm thickness, £4.40 for a bag of 50. They appear to be...
  20. muppix

    Keg pressure leaking from PRV - replacement O-rings?

    I kind of get that, but if I can be trusted to replace said safety device then surely I can manage to replace an o-ring? Suspect you're right though - safety card being played in the name of profit gain / liability dodge. Which is a shame because one of the predictable outcomes is that people...
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