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Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:46:18 AM »
If it were my decision, I would ask whether I would want to be limited to only three taps.

Exactly.  I went with four taps and still have to use picnic taps in the keezer to get the variety.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:38:54 AM »
Owning a mill lets you buy grains in bulk.  I don't feel comfortable without a couple of hundred pounds of malt in the house. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter help?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:51:02 AM »
Well if you have chlorine you must be on a municipal supply, rather than a well.  It should be fairly free of particulates, so the only filter you need would be the carbon filter for chlorine.  The rest of your water chemistry -- alkalinity, hardness -- can't be addressed with a filter.  RO will take care of that, but only necessary if alkalinity is too high to deal with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter help?
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:15:34 AM »
What is it you want to filter out?  A lot of us on city water use granulated carbon filters to remove chlorine. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bru'n water alkalinity
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:56:34 PM »
Alkalinity is a total of carbonate and bicarbonate ions, the relative amounts dependent on the pH.  In the US, the total amount is given as though it were all carbonate, specifically calcium carbonate.  We need to know what compound is being used in Belgium for alkalinity, since you need a molecular weight to get from mmol/L to ppm.

If they are using calcium carbonate, your alkalinity would be 298 ppm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 2/16/14
« on: February 16, 2014, 06:30:59 PM »
Maerzen brewday today.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:51:27 AM »
I'll be there. Pouring at Club Night for Chesapeake Real Ale Brewers Society.

10  You never know what's coming, but so many times I've just stopped what I was doing to listen.

Equipment and Software / Re: Kegerator Thermostat Help (Adjustment Screw)
« on: February 18, 2013, 02:59:07 PM »
3 cornies and a CO2 tank will fit and leave room for some bottles.  If there is a drain plug in the bottom, put something under it to protect the carpet.  When the humidity rises in the summer, its typical to have some water in the bottom.  And then there's always beer leaks :(  I've had the drain plug leak before, just be careful.

Events / Re: Conference website
« on: February 05, 2013, 02:06:23 PM »
The hotel's 3rd-party registration site began giving the AHA rate a 9am on 2/1.  Several of us from my club got the 26th-30th that morning.  Don't know how widely that was known, but it explains the quick sell-out.

Equipment and Software / Re: Where to get specialized faucet adapters
« on: January 31, 2013, 07:54:50 AM »
I think the faucet the OP is talking about is one of those where the faucet pulls out on a hose and can switch to a spray pattern.  Those do not have the standard faucet thread with the aerator that unscrews for the Fermtech adaptor.

If getting the parts is impossible, consider putting a tee in the line under the sink for a garden-hose connection.

Equipment and Software / Re: Garage Setup
« on: January 31, 2013, 07:47:56 AM »
I have a similar setup to yours.  My garage has three windows and two garage doors.  It is insulated and drywalled with a room above and GFI outlets.  I've been brewing in it for years.  My basement laundry room is on the wall of the house that the garage is attached to, so from the start I ran a hose from the laundry sink to the garage for chilling.  Last year I added a SS mop sink with hot and cold water.  The drain line is an open-sight drain into the laundry sink.  I had the plumber put cutoff valves on the incoming water in case of cold.  I'm in Maryland and the garage hasn't gone below 40F with the windows and doors closed.  I don't even try to keep it clean, though, with two cars coming and going. The sink has been great, but might not work in your situation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting Temperature
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:53:49 AM »
The beer will be fine from the temporary cooldown.  You didn't mention what kind of fermenter, but you don't want a spotlight shining on a hoppy beer.  It will get skunky.  I put dark T-shirts over my carboys if their not in a dark room.  Buckets don't have that issue.

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