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Pimp My System / Re: My Professional Basement Brewery
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:48:43 AM »
I would have thought the lazy brewers round here would be all over a system like this.

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Ingredients / Re: Pilsner Enzymes for a Bread Ale
« on: August 30, 2018, 02:55:45 AM »
Man.. I want a hunk of that bread in the picture!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Passivating New Stainless Steel
« on: August 27, 2018, 04:11:23 AM »
Passivation has two parts, first removing the free iron and enriching the chromium layer and then secondly oxidizing that chromium to create the 'stainless' surface. Nitric acid works well because it does both at the same time but is nasty to work with and dispose of properly. Citric is great for removing the iron but is not an oxidizing acid but that's not a problem since oxidation happens later during exposure to air. Citric is much nicer to handle.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Passivating New Stainless Steel
« on: August 22, 2018, 04:11:57 AM »
Very true. Phosphoric acid doesn't passivate stainless. You need nitric or citric acid to do the job correctly. Nitric acid as not fun to work with or dispose of but citric is, and it's cheap too. Just use a 4% solution at 160 to 180f for a couple hours. Save your Starsan for sanitation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Personal Preference Terroir?
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:24:36 AM »
When I grew up my grandparents spoke German, served me weißbier and made me eat stollen at Christmas time.
I probably don't need to take a DNA test.
That is Elizabeth Warren's argument. She grew up believing that she was native American and that was her family culture. She says that there is no point to taking a DNA test but her political opponents say otherwise. I am sorry to inject politics into this discussion but I agree that if you grow up immersed in a culture then you can say that is your heritage regardless of DNA.

Gasp.. maybe dear old Grandma had a thing for the Irish milkman?
Maybe it's better I don't know.  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Personal Preference Terroir?
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:28:05 AM »
When I grew up my grandparents spoke German, served me weißbier and made me eat stollen at Christmas time.
I probably don't need to take a DNA test.

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Ingredients / Re: Interesting Brewtan B reaction
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:31:43 AM »
Brown water, pink water, purple water.  DOES THIS BOTHER NO ONE?! 🤣
I kid! I kid! Sort of...

Funny.. I was thinking exactly the same thing.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 3-piece ball valve alternatives
« on: August 07, 2018, 03:27:05 AM »
I've got a couple of these in my system. They come apart fast but are large, heavy and pricey.

https://www.brewhardware.com/product_p/tc15_2pbv_ez_npt12.htm

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Optimizing yeast starters.
« on: August 03, 2018, 03:54:36 AM »
117 views and no comments. Wow! That's got to be a record! :-)

It's way cool you have a laminar flow hood at your house!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Flying with capped bottles
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:26:40 AM »
Every time I come back from Europe my suitcase is full of bottles wrapped in clothes. Haven't lost one yet.

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I use an old lid with holes cut to pass the chiller standpipes.

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Other Fermentables / Re: About to Start Brewing Regularly
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:56:51 AM »
Sasha, you were gone for so long. I missed reading your posts.

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Refrigeration only came in in the middle of the 20th century so most beer historically has not had fermentation control.  Not saying it's a bad idea but just not pertinent to this topic.

Mechanical refrigeration came in the early 20th but before that there were a lot of holes dug in the ground and uncounted tons of ice used to control beer fermentation and lager temperatures. So I have to take issue with your assertion that most beer historically has not had temperature control.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: July 29, 2018, 01:41:36 AM »
Never left.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain prices at AB InBev
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:25:57 AM »

https://www.goodbeerhunting.com/blog/2017/5/5/watch-the-hands-not-the-cards-the-magic-of-megabrew?rq=inbev

Great read.

"The billion-dollar question AB InBev must answer is: how do they stop their most prized brands’ volumes and values from eroding due to a significant price gap at retail vs craft, when they cannot take the brands’ prices up without risk of losing even more significant volume to their competition given their consumer and competitive set for those brands? Answer: they bring the price of craft down."

That's just terrible. We have to band together and stop the man from bringing the price of beer down!

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