If you like barrel aged and/or sour beer, have her grab something from The Bruery, in Placentia. They sell some of their beers all over Cali, but a few of their best are only available at the brew pub.
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Since you have done several extract batches, I would do one of those you have done already and compare them!
As a default either Denny's Wry Smile IPA or the Waldo Lake Amber are winners with me. Those recipes are ubiquitous because they are tried and true, not to mention award winning.
I use Oxyclean and once or twice a year a good scrubbing with Bar Keeper's Friend to get all the stuck bit off.
I have a double sink that is mounted under the counter. If you have this layout you can do what I do. I close the drain on one side and place the kettle in it. Then I put my faucet in the basin facing the kettle and turn the cold water on. The water fills the basin and flows over to the other side to drain. Kind of works like an immersion chiller in reverse. I get 3 gallons down to pitching temp in 30-40 minutes.
I have recently started making labels for tap handles. I use a combination of label sites on the web and Publisher. I just import images and put text boxes/word art/etc on them. Try these sites out for ideas, plus you can make your own labels on them (some cost money to download the images, though):Those look awesome!
Here are a few labels I made:
I have also used Adobe Illustrator to make a brewery sign (see below). It's very expensive, but a 30 trial can be downloaded for free. It's definitely combersome if you haven't ever used it, but you can do just about anything with it. You can see it here with my kegerator build post: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=10259.0
So i havent gotten into kegging yet but its probably going to be coming soon, so its time to research.
Does anyone have a good introduction to the hardware aspect of kegging via some article or thread i dont know about? Id like to know about equipment needed, difference in type of kegs etc, and typical costs when it comes down to buying said equipment.