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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Tips and Gadgets thread
« on: May 20, 2017, 05:55:23 AM »
My food saver has always worked for the older packaging.  I not not in the basement right now, the gold bags reseal fine. 

My LHBS has been stocking a new hop supplier's line that comes in stiffer white bags that my food saver cannot seal.  Based on that, oh so detailed description, will a hair straightener work on these new bags.

I may need to raid my 3 daughter's rooms.  One of then has to have one.   ;D


Is there a preferred orientation for ball locks?  For consistency, I put the "in post" to the left when viewed from the top and I use red o-rings on the "in posts" for my kegs, so I don't mix them up as badly when hooking lines up. 

I don't orient them left-to-right consistently, but I do use colored o-rings - green for "gas" and blue for "beer".
Not a kegger yet, but I really like this idea Lee. I see colored orings in my future of kegging

I haven't much trouble with lids not sealing.  Now and then I have to put some keg lube on the rings and that's about it.

I've never had any trouble telling the in and out posts apart.  The gas in post have small slits cut in the area that forms the "nut".  The out post don't.  I see no reason to label them twice.  8^)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What Cannot be put into beer?
« on: May 11, 2017, 10:25:23 AM »
I think we can all agree to draw the line at prescription medications and poisons.  Beyond that?  Do what you like but try to be safe out there.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini Keg Yeast Layer
« on: May 08, 2017, 02:00:52 PM »
The yeast that come out in the first glass or two is what has settled around the point of exit from the keg.  Once that gets blown out (assuming the keg isn't disturbed) should be pretty clean. 

The last glass before the keg blows will normally be crystal clear.  The next draw will be some beer, a lot of foam, a hiss of gas and the swearing from the brewer who just realized his keg is empty.   ;D


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini Keg Yeast Layer
« on: May 07, 2017, 08:53:59 AM »
Pretty much the same way a larger keg works.  Hook it up, let it settle and don't move it around.  The first glass will have some yeast in it and the rest will be clear.  The glass you look at and go "WOW! That's the cleanest beer I've ever poured!" will the second last glass in the keg.  8^)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bonehead move for the day
« on: May 05, 2017, 04:01:09 AM »
I lost over an hour a week ago on new 3 roller mill that I had just assumed I had setup correctly.  Don't feel too bad.  I do this kind of stuff all the time.  :)

I now need to figure out my efficiency drop.  It has to be the crush but that beer was the easiest sparge I've had in years. 


Pimp My System / Re: Budget Brew Stand
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:12:41 AM »
That's an idea I haven't seen before.  Looks like it should work.

You may need a heat shield under the burner to protect the particle board from the heat.  Keep an eye on it the first time you light it up.  A piece of light sheet metal would probably be enough.

Thanks for sharing.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Red capper
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:12:50 PM »
You could try Loc-Tight. 


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Location of faucets
« on: April 18, 2017, 02:06:50 PM »
It shouldn't siphon since the taps seal shut.  You should be fine.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Location of faucets
« on: April 15, 2017, 05:47:46 AM »
You push the beer from the keg to the faucet under pressure so the height above or below the top of the keg isn't relevant (within reason).  A few inches won't cause any issues.  When you start talking in feet it gets more complicated.  8^)

If you can close the refrigerator door, you're good.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Chlorine smell but no chlorine flavor?
« on: April 02, 2017, 09:03:24 AM »
It might be your glassware too.  If your water has high chlorine this time of year you may just be picking it up from the you are using and it rinses off as you drink.

Just a thought.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewversary 39
« on: March 21, 2017, 11:47:29 AM »
WOW!  39 years!  Congrats!!

That puts my 19 to shame.   :)


I mounted my new MM3 on my mill table last night.  I think the small wing guides in the MM Hopper are designed to keep the kernels away from the end blocks.  That's my hope at least.

I haven't tested it yet since I ran out of time before I could adjust the belt tension. 

The drive shaft is a little shorter and it sits higher than my BC so my drive belt shield needs to be redesigned too.  The 10" shiv I have will make the shield a tight fit.  Just another project in the shop.   :)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 19, 2017, 05:34:23 AM »
It may just be my crappy memory but it seems like this isn't a new development for NB. 

I recall wanting to find a recipe I had cribbed from NB many years ago to give it another go.  What I found in my own notes were rather less than I was looking for so I hit their site to get the grain/hop bill again.  And I found nothing but kits with no ingredient lists.  That was at least a year, if not two, ago.

I can understand a company wanting to protect their intellectual property, so while I was disappointed I did not see a big, scary conspiracy.  Just a company policy change.

AB-InBev didn't buy NB directly (as far as I know) but via an incubator type venture capital group.  NB brewer likely has a licensing agreement with Goose Island, AB or both that limits what they can release about the ingredient list.  In this day and age, where a company can patent "a rectangle with rounded corners" it is the way business is done.  Like the many trademark conversations we've had, if you don't protect your IP you don't own your IP.

Homebrewers as a collective don't like the macro breweries but not everything they do is automatically an evil development to crush the craft market.  We need to keep a bit of perspective on these developments.  Decisions get made and we aren't privy to the details but that's okay, NB isn't my company.

If you buy the kit with unmilled grain, maybe you can start reverse engineering the recipe.  Then you can post your clone of the clone recipe.

RDWHAHB and brew happy.


I'm actually at the point of leaving my barley crusher behind.  I got about 8 years out of it before I sent it in for a rebuild.  This past weekend It stopped pulling grain through again.  Less than 2 years out of the rebuild.  The end blocks are showing uneven wear and the dead roller has at least one clearly flat spot.  My expected efficiency way off of normal on the batch I had to mess with the mill continuously to get crushed.

I don't want to bash the mill, it worked great for quite a while.  I've ordered a MM3 and will be modifying my mill cart this coming weekend (hopefully).  I'll let you know if hit any insurmountable snags.  ;)


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