PA Brewer

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  1. Thanks for the help guys. I have city water. I did not save it this time but I will watch for the solution to get cloudy and get some ph strips.
  2. I got the Star San at a Local home brew shop and I was told by the clerk that if i wanted to use the mixture more than once, use distilled water, The reasoning is that if the solution is stored, the minerals in the water will react with the acid and it will not work. Is that true?
  3. Thanks Rick. I did one teaspoon per gallon yesterday and I believe I did 1 1/4 when I bottled the last batch. I will go back to 1 1/4
  4. Thanks for the help Ric.It is good to have a place to ask these questions. The first time I used the star san, I thought I had mixed it to stronge. Yesterday when I brewed i let it dry a few minutes and ignored the foam.
  5. Is the cleanser that comes with the Mr Beer kits a sanitizer or just for cleaning equipment? I have completed two batches since March using the cleanser as my sanitizer. The results were not ideal and I am questioning the sanitation of the equipment and bottles. My second question is, I recently purchased a bottle of Star San for use in one batch, that is conditioning now, and one that is in my LBK, What I did not like about the Star San is the foaming. The directions on the bottle say to let your equipment air dry after contact with the sanitizer, but the foam lingers on the equipment for quite a long time. will this foam hurt the beer?
  6. Jeff, I am from the Clarion area between Pittsburgh and Erie. Just hope your the heater, thermostat or timer quits working and then you problem is solved. If ice builds up (and that could be years) schedule a day to unplug the freezer and let the ice thaw.
  7. How often the door is opened is directly related to how much time the compressor runs. When the door is opened, warm air enters the freezer and the thermostat contacts close and send power to compressor and it starts.
  8. The defrost timer should work based on the amount of time the compressor runs, not on the hours in a day. If compressor only runs 4 hours a day then the freezer should not go into defrost.
  9. Looks like a defrost timer. Is your freezer self defrost? If it is self defrost and the compressor run a certain number of hours (6 or 8) the freezer will shut off to defrost. When you turned the knob you advanced the timer and started the compressor.
  10. Thanks everyone. i will let the beer continue to condition as it is.
  11. Brewing my second Mr Beer brew (Bavarian Weissbier Deluxe).Three weeks in the LBK. Kept wort temp 66 to 70 degrees. Bottled last sunday. It is still cool here in Northwestern PA and room Temp is staying around 66 degrees. I have been trying to follow the advise on this forum and condition for 4 weeks at 70 degrees. My question, is it possible to condition a this lower temp and should I condition for longer than the 4 weeks?
  12. Lucinda PA. Between Pittsburgh and Erie
  13. OK thanks. The post "The RIGHT way to brew" is excellent and very helpful!!!
  14. Thanks. I appreciate the help. I was not sure that yeast floating on top normal. I will wait for 7 more days and then bottle. Getting excited to taste new brew.
  15. Brewing Standard American Lager Deluxe refill. First attempt with Mr Beer kit in many years. Brew has been in LBK 14 days. Foam around the edges and, what appears to be yeast, laying on top of brew. There is trub in bottom of LBK, which tells me some fermentation has taken place. Has not changed appearance in several days. Is this normal?