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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 21, 2016, 04:25:24 PM »
I had the exact same issue recently and also concluded that the SS shanks I had purchased were actually chromed brass.  Same issue with the nipples that that connect to the shanks.  A couple of those I could actually see chrome flaking off.

Bought new shanks and nipples, which is NOT inexpensive when you are buying 4 of each..  I hope they are actually SS this time.  Does anyone know how to determine if these things are actually SS rather than chrome plated?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Designed my keezer.. maybe helps someone else
« on: December 09, 2015, 05:31:08 AM »
@2brew559 - what program did you use to produce the blue prints?  They look great.  Good luck with the build.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: poor man's bottling from the keg procedure
« on: November 06, 2015, 04:32:57 AM »
Some have mentioned they purge the bottles with co2.  What sort of device do you use for that?

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Call the bank.  You do not need to form a Corp or LLC but you will need to get an FEIN which can be done online.  Our bank required an FEIN, and a letter on our letterhead stating who from our club would have signature authority.  Much less complicated than I expected.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 22, 2015, 04:34:21 AM »
I'm interested to know how many of you bottle your submissions from chilled kegs and how many of you naturally carb in the bottle.  Do you think there is an advantage of one over the other as it relates to competition submissions?

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Going Pro / Re: Question about Restrictions of brewery location
« on: June 13, 2015, 03:39:07 AM »
Interestingly, there was a brewery in my town that was established and operated out of the owner's home (dwelling house).  So, perhaps these regulations have been relaxed somewhat.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:08:42 AM »
Thank you Janis. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:56:49 PM »
Have the judging dates for each of the sites been announced yet?  If so, where can I find them?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:23:00 PM »
I also have one of the Indian kegs and think they are quite nice, especially compared to the used Italian ones I have.  The welds are fine.  The only issue is the poppets stick out above the top of the posts by maybe 1/16th of an inch which does make it difficult to get the disconnects on.  A little fanangling is all it takes.  I have thought about seeing if I could get replacement poppets but it really has not been that much of a problem.   I would definitely buy another.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 24, 2014, 03:17:37 AM »

About 37 seconds in...glad he's ok.  It looked brutal in person!
Thanks.  That doesn't really do it justice but, yeah, obviously glad he was not injured.  He joked about it in the water seminar, saying that it had all been choreographed.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 20, 2014, 08:06:12 PM »
I had a great time.  It was my first.  Enjoyed almost all of it.  BNA9 party may have been my favorite part.  Did not intend to go but on the spur of the moment decided to go and had an exceptional time.  Does anyone know if there is a video of John Palmer's infamous "slide" anywhere on the net?

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Did a pork tenderloin on the smoker.  Turned out great.

Hop Growing / Re: What eats Hops?
« on: April 27, 2014, 05:24:40 PM »
I'm pretty sure a rabbit has eaten some of my hop shoots.  The deer seem to leave them alone.

Equipment and Software / Re: Filtration systems
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:39:44 AM »
I put a sanitized paint strainer bag inside my fermenter and drain the kettle into the fermenter.  Then pull the strainer out and let it drain a bit into the fermenter.  Works well.  You can get the strainer bags cheap at home depot or Lowes.  They can be reused too.

Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Stout
« on: March 14, 2014, 03:35:09 AM »
Very interesting.  I'll have to research it a bit further.  I had heard of adding the dark grains to the mash tun just before sparging but had never heard of cold steeping.  Is there a specific reason why you wait until 20 minutes left in the boil to add it to the kettle?  That would make it difficult for me to estimate my final volume.  Can you add it at the beginning of the boil and get the same results?

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