I haven't found anyone who makes those parts anymore. Unfortunately the standard dip tube won't fit either. The nylon gas in tapers down where the SS ones dont. The ones i had were in really bad shape IIRC one was cracked I ended up drilling out the gas in hole and sanded the inside of the keg to get any little shards. The new SS gas in tube fit perfectly. Good luck.
That's seems about right to me. I was thinking 6-8wks for a beer of that strength assuming FG of 1.012-1.016. If your antsy you could always take a bottle out of push a sample and see what your preference is.
No brewing for me this weekend. Our club will be kegging BW from our club oak barrel and racking the Flanders Red we made on BBD in. Other than that I'm waiting for my New England Amber and Lobster Killer Red (yes, a lobster was sacrificed during this brew) to ferment out so I can keg and bring to NHC.
Red I'm glad you brought up the report card. Its staggering how poor our infrastructure as a whole is. From my personal experience having worked as a civil engineering for 8 years and specifically on bridges for half of that time deficient bridges are all to common. Good thing their were no fatalities.
I dont think their is going to be much color change. Just thinking assuming a quarter gallon of 17 SRM slurry into 5 gallons on fresh wort at 4.5 SRM yields a net 5.0 SRM beer. Maybe I'm thinking too simplistic
Even with all the registration issues, I like the online system. I might be in the minority on this but I don't remember being able to see my scores before receiving the scoresheets (still no sheets from NYC).