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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cooler for all grain
« on: August 30, 2013, 02:49:25 PM »
BLUE  :)  I have a 70qt Coleman Extreme and love it.

Brewing a Honey Wheat for a wedding later this summer.

Classifieds / Re: Mega Hop Sale
« on: May 23, 2012, 02:20:54 PM »
Email Sent


Other Fermentables / Re: Sauerkraut
« on: September 23, 2011, 07:54:30 PM »
I used to make it with my dad we would shred a head into the crock sprinkle about 1/4 cup of salt, then pound down with the end of a clean 4x4. Keep layering cabbage and salt and pound down after each layer. Should have plenty of liquid to cover cabbage when you finish. Turn a plate upside down and weight it down with a clean rock or gallon jug of water. Store in a cool place until done.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg Conversion
« on: September 23, 2011, 07:21:33 PM »
I have one that I have used for 5 or so batches works great. The only problem that I had was the first time I used it the clamps I had on the blow off tube weren't tight enough. Thought I had a bad batch of yeast because I wasn't getting any bubbles. Checked SG and it was lower than when I started. Tightened the clamps and started bubbling away. Yes, it is a bit pricey but it is really pretty. :)
 As far as cleaning the keg I have a 1/16 horsepower submersible pump with a piece of 3/4" copper pipe that sticks about 18" into the keg. I put the pump into a bucket of PBW and the keg upside down over it.Turn on the pump and come back in an hour or two and the keg is sparkling clean. Also works great for carboys and corny kegs.

Ingredients / Re: Dried Apricot
« on: July 29, 2011, 02:32:04 PM »
I think the problem might be that most dried apricots are sulfured before they are dried. It keeps the color and helps preserve them.Not sure what the sulfur will do for your beer.

Events / Re: NHC San Diego Update
« on: June 20, 2011, 03:35:50 PM »
Great conference all of the talks were first rate. Pro-Brewers night and club night were fantastic, so many beers and only one mouth. Food at awards banquet was Excellent.  Will be in Seattle for sure.

You said you tried it with water and it worked one time but not the other, from that I would say you have a bad ball valve. If you have water in your kettle and open the valve no mater what water should be coming out. The only thing to stop it would be the ball not turning.

I have a converted keg with a weld-less fitting also but no pickup tube. I whirlpool and then drain once it finishes I tip the keggle and drain the last bits before the trub gets to the valve. Yes, you lose a little but thats for the beer gods.

Equipment and Software / Re: Digital Mash Thermometer Suggestions
« on: April 13, 2011, 05:57:53 PM »
If you want a longer probe you might check this one.

Equipment and Software / Re: Autosiphon with bad seal
« on: April 04, 2011, 06:27:35 PM »
Mine was starting to leak air also. What I do now is when I take it apart to clean take you finger and gently press the sealing lip out. I then store it disassembled. Wet it and assemble when I need it and hasn't leaked since.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: American Wheat with Orange
« on: March 28, 2011, 06:10:55 PM »
I did a Blood Orange Wheat about a month and a half ago. Steeped the cut up oranges and zest at 160F cooled and added to the fermenter. Turned out very good with a nice hint of orange.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Green beer
« on: March 17, 2011, 02:48:22 PM »
Isn't ALL BEER green beer today....  Happy St Patrick's Day

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Not Flowing From the Keg
« on: March 17, 2011, 02:03:14 AM »
I would bleed off the pressure remove the balllock and diptube check for any blockage, sanitize the parts and put back together. Then try tapping it again. Just make sure you bleed off all the pressure before you remove the parts, gets real messy if you don't.

Racking a Marzen to secondary for lagering, brewing a Bopils on Sunday.

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