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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Tap Handles
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:48:48 PM »
Those are great. Where did you get them?

- formerly alestateyall.

Thanks!  Got them from

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Kegging and Bottling / intertap/perlick
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:11:18 PM »
I currently have a couple different faucets (2 ventmatics and 3 Perlick 525ss).  I want to change up to have all the same - was looking at the intertaps and perlicks (650ss and 630ss).  Any experience or reviews on them?

General Homebrew Discussion / New Tap Handles
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:07:50 PM »
Thought I’d share a few pics of the new tap handles I got:

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: June 29, 2018, 12:17:06 PM »
Very cool.  I’m brewing an all simcoe pale ale on Saturday morning.  2row/Vienna/ c15 and c45.

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Ingredients / Re: First DIPA recipe attempt
« on: May 02, 2018, 02:37:33 PM »
looks good as is, but I would do 4-5 oz dryhop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: May 01, 2018, 01:46:08 PM »
had a big brewweekend - Saturday brewed one of my house IPAs, but switched up and used a slurry of 1450 instead of my usual 1056/001.  interested to see the results.

sunday brewed my Old Ale.  recipe includes the boiling down of 2gal of first runnings to 1-2 pints before adding back to main boil.  wort flavor on this one running in to the fermentor was insane - I could have drank it straight like that.  last time I brewed this one was 2009, and it went on to win BOS a couple years later

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How's your LHBS doing?
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:58:37 PM »
We have a hybrid shop literally in the parking lot of the brewery complex (it is also a bottle shop/draft house). Business is not great in spite of a decent selection he has considered shutting it down and has made the footprint a lot smaller.

My 'local' is actually a small hybrid business, actually 3 biz - they supply distribute grain to most of the breweries in florida, have their own small brewery (I think 3 or 7 bbl system though it may have changed) and a small homebrew operation.  On my trips over to that coast, I usually buy my bulk grain and other large items that don't ship free from them, and buy specialty grains and everything else online.  I'm grateful that they have other businesses, as I doubt they'd survive on homebrewers alone.

I think the LHBS concept is dead unfortunately.  for people who want to jump into the hobby, there is plenty of info and support via online forums and books, and its easier to order things online these days.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvested Yeast - what is going on?
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:55:30 PM »
I also generally repitch directly, no starter. 

same here, but im usually repitching within 2, maybe 3 weeks at most.  in this case I'm going to be approaching 7 weeks and I feel I'll need to kickstart it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvested Yeast - what is going on?
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:55:55 PM »
I used to be a yeast rinser.  Denny isists it has no benefit, and I tend now to agree.  Especially as Jim keeps pointing out:  dead stuff and trub won't propagate! If there's no contamination, I'd just pitch it to a starter, which will grow the live stuff to the maximum potential count given the density and volume of the starter wort.

yeah ive never been a rinser;  I tried it once about 10 years ago and decided it was too much work for little appreciable benefit.  good points.   

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvested Yeast - what is going on?
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:13:07 PM »
I doubt its contamination.  I see this in probably 3 of every 4 slurries that I keep over a month (which is usually the ones that I think i'll use in the future but don't).  If it was contamination I would expect that would suggest something in my normal brewing, and in ~250 batches, I've had less than a handful that got contaminated.

I was thinking the autolysis issue as well.  its 4 weeks old, and it went from crystal clear to cloudy right at the end of week 4.

I did plan on pitching this slurry into a starter in 2 weeks and using it again.  wondering if I should thinking about rinsing it or something.

Yeast and Fermentation / Harvested Yeast - what is going on?
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:07:07 PM »
Noticed this many times over the years, but never really thought much of it until now.

sometimes, when I keep a harvested slurry in a mason jar, initially the slurry separates from the wort and the wort drops bright.  Then after a few weeks, the wort clouds up again.  any insight into what might be happening?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can Seamer
« on: April 06, 2018, 05:19:55 PM »
I think Drew's is hand powered, but I'm not certain.  IRC, it was around 600-700.

that's not too bad, just have heard of more occurrences of leaking with a hand crank, but it may be a reasonable trade off.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can Seamer
« on: April 06, 2018, 05:18:12 PM »
I looked into the all american that Drew has, I haven't seen an electric for under $1000. The part that kills me is the cost of the cans. For a 5 gallon batch, you're spending ~$15 on bright (unlabeled) cans. That's around $0.37 per 16 oz. can, and around $0.58/labelled from what I've found.

ouch;  thankfully aside from a high gravity batch here or there which I might be inclined to package, I'd mostly be using it for a few cans/4pk here and there to give to friends and not have to hound them to give me back a growler when they are done.

Kegging and Bottling / Can Seamer
« on: April 06, 2018, 03:54:15 PM »
anybody seen an electric can seamer for say under $1000?  I never really thought about getting one, but recently while at jeffy's LHBS I overheard another patron talking about one in the $500-$700 range.  still expensive, but low enough to pique my interest.

since then I've been searching online, but the lowest I've seen is around $1600.  That's a bit much particularly for something that i'll be primarily using to help give away more of my beer.  I'm a bit crushed (see what I did there).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 05, 2018, 11:07:10 PM »

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