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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: black friday deals
« on: November 25, 2015, 11:32:23 AM »
Nikobrew will also be doing a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale all weekend.  Here's his post from another forum:

Hey folks! It's been a while since we've posted here. Just about seven years ago we started supplying you fine folks with high quality hops at great prices and REALLY inexpensive shipping - Just $5 to ship ANY AMOUNT of ANY HOPS to ANY STATE in the US including Hawaii and Alaska! I wanted to thank you for your support and let you know about our upcoming, HUNORMOUS sale!

Friday after Thanksgiving (11/27), at 9AM PST our SALE BEGINS! It'll run until the following Tuesday (12/1) at 5PM PST. We'll have a limited supply of some hops like Amarillo and Simcoe, a bunch of varieties under $10 a lb, and ALL HOPS will be on sale! This is by far OUR BIGGEST sale of the year!

We hope you're having a great year and look forward to continuing to serve your hops needs!!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Line Cleaner
« on: November 24, 2015, 06:15:31 AM »
I flush the lines out between kegs with star san, then clean the lines maybe every 2-3 kegs.  I'll replace the lines about once every two years.

I tested this little gadget out last night that I got from

It connects 2 lines together so you can use a pump and circulate BLC through them.  I have a 6 tap kegerator so I would need 3 of them to clean all 6 lines at once.  The link below shows 2 lines being cleaned.  I would just need to connect 2 more of these and jumper the perlicks in two places and all 6 lines cleaned at once.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: November 23, 2015, 12:13:20 PM »
We saw a lot of sheep sleeping in the road where we went.  Talk about a scare going around a corner.
Bunratty Castle was great.   Wasn't a fan of Durty Nelly's.  The band was playing covers of American songs and too many drunk/loud/obnoxious tourist.

Dingle, Galway and Kilarney were great.  The Cliffs of Moher was spectacular.  I actually went on the other side of the wall to spread my mother-in-laws ashes...scared the living hell out of me.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:10:23 AM »
Ditto. Sorry the Sabco didn't work out. I had a lot of fun brewing on it last weekend and plan to shake out a Helles this weekend. But yeah, it's a high maintenance baby!

No worries. I sold it for what I had in it (which was a steal, just passed the deal on to the next guy) and have traded that money for the Z and sundries. I do appreciate your moral support for the 'high maintenance baby'.  :)

I had a good time with the Sabco, and it certainly served it's purpose well, but it was time to move on. I've gotten involved with a lot more education efforts and party planning efforts with our homebrew club, so it's nice to have the time to do all of the beer related activities for the club/club members as well as the brewing activities that I want to do. Did I mention that clean up takes about 15 minutes and I can wash the bins in a dishwasher? Yeah, that's pretty neat.  8)

What's your brewing time like?  As you know, I'm considering one of these but want to do 5 gallons sometimes so I'm guessing I would run 2 batches, transfer to fermenter and be done.  Also, it would mostly be for the winter and crappy weather days...I still love my cooler and kettles.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:05:02 AM »
I'm still in the process of putting together all of the bits and pieces to go from a 10g brewery to a 2.5g brewery, but here's a quick pic of our new brewery, aka "the Z":

Equipment and Software / Re: Anvil Kettle Dimensions
« on: November 19, 2015, 02:50:44 PM »
Since you know the height is 1.2x the diameter, the approximate height and diameter can be  calculated from the volume.

The volume in cubic inches is listed below for the 4 kettle sizes:
5.5G =1270.5 in^3
7.5G = 1732.5 in^3
10G = 2310 in^3
15G = 3465 in^3

D= 2R [in^3]
H= 1.2D = 2.4R
V [in^3] = PI * 2.4* R^3
PI= 3.14

D= 2* cubedroot(V/(7.54)) [inches]
H= 1.2*D [inches]

Thanks for this. 

I did receive an email back from Anvil:

Here are the dimensions.
10 gallon Height-16 3/4"  Diameter-13 3/4"
15 gallon Height-19"       Diameter-16"
20 gallon Height-21 1/4"  Diameter-17 3/4"

They are comparable to the G2 sizes within 1/2".

I'm so torn between a Breweasy or Zymatic for my winter brewing.  Both are definitely a chunk of change so I want to make sure I choose correctly.

Equipment and Software / Anvil Kettle Dimensions
« on: November 19, 2015, 09:35:47 AM »
Does anyone know if the Anvil Brewing kettle dimensions are the same as the Blichmann G2.  None of the online vendors seem to have anything except the 1.2 ratio of height to width.

I sent a request to Anvil to see if they could provide a datasheet.

If they are the same as the G2, it would help make the Breweasy a little less expensive.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: June BJCP Exam Results
« on: November 19, 2015, 06:54:48 AM »

The Pub / Re: Constellation Brands Buys Ballast Point
« on: November 17, 2015, 09:30:10 AM »
Except the sale didn't include the distilling side
Some stories seem to contradict and support this claim.  I can't imagine the $1B wouldn't include the distilling.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Grainfather
« on: November 12, 2015, 09:53:09 AM »
Most of the reviews that I've seen complain that the 120V system takes too long to get a 5 gallon batch boiling, and even then it's barely rolling.  I think they would need to consider a 240 in the US before it could take off.

If you think this is a big investment, look into the Picobrew Zymantic or the Blichmann Breweasy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 12, 2015, 05:58:31 AM »
Referring to the maple question someone sent in, I second Drew's recommendation for Olive Nation extracts.  They have just about everything and they are fairly local to me.  I even got the Fenugreek Drew mentions from them, but haven't used it yet.  It's hard to believe it gives a maple flavor when you smell it.

Definitely enjoyed the podcast.  Looking forward to the next one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 11, 2015, 11:37:05 AM »
When it started, I really thought it was going to be the Munsters theme song. :)

Giving it a listen right now.

Ingredients / Re: Need help with Brun water
« on: November 11, 2015, 11:31:48 AM »
Brunwater will tell you what the final composition of the water is. What is it? And I guess there is a typo in the amount of so4?
My bad, S04 is 145. I am making a gratzer. See martin's post
Ha...Gypsum paste

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beerdust
« on: November 11, 2015, 07:40:12 AM »
Interesting concept.  I wish they would show what is included in the packet.

I'd guess it would get you close enough, but I think it leave too much to guessing.  I'll stick with buying my additions and using Brun Water

The Pub / Re: Beer Trivia Quiz, AHA main page.
« on: November 10, 2015, 11:30:32 AM »
I had 5 out of 5 but changed my answer on the Washington question at the last minute.

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