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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg dip tube screen?
« on: October 24, 2016, 10:04:05 PM »
A screen paired with a slight shortened dip tube works well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« on: October 24, 2016, 04:57:14 PM »
It's a preference thing. I have two tuns, one with each type. Both work fine.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Priming Sugar
« on: October 24, 2016, 01:08:32 PM »
I switched from dextrose (expensive at the LHBS) to table salt and have not noticed any difference. Very happy with the change
Don't use salt! ;)

If you read the original post it was about racking onto fermentable additions which is the only reason imo to rack to a secondary
The op doesn't mention fermentables.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pour in four
« on: October 21, 2016, 03:24:33 PM »
Brewed on Sunday and poured on Saturday. So that's six days. I think I could do four.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: October 21, 2016, 09:37:58 AM »
Why pre-imsomerized if it is for dry hopping? Wouldn't something more along the lines of a distillate be appropriate.

So basically your saying you can only make good beer by transferring with a closed system?
I'm saying closed transfers are better and calling out some of the reasons why transfers can be an issue. I think Palmer has also changed his opinion in the 12 years since that version of how to brew came out.

Secondary "fermentations" are not necessary in most circumstances. Bulk aging or adding fruit are the only instances where I transfer to secondary vessel.

The issue with racking is all that surface area exposed to air. Purging helps, but closed transfers are better. The biggest issue is when folks don't fill the carboy to the neck. These leaves the beer exposed to plain air for however long.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:16:49 AM »
Reflectex is Mylar which is thin aluminum sandwiched between plastic. Can't say if it's ok or not, but it isn't bare aluminum.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:15:48 AM »
Then the distribution needs to change so they can't be as large in the distribution world. But that is a different tough conversation. Is self distribution and independent the only allowed model? What about breweries like Stone that distribute other small guys?

None of this is as cut and dry as people think. There are a thousand shades of gray.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Brewing Sheet
« on: October 20, 2016, 08:57:06 AM »
Converting has to be a tough task. Not only are the weights and volumes different, but malt color as well. Good luck Derek

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:54:40 PM »
The original owners had sold out 4+ years ago, at least partially (maybe fully I don't know), to a private equity firm. Private equity firms don't care to hold on to stuff. They have one of two goals, sell or go public. Looks like they sold. So the "they put hard work in and god bless them for getting paid" argument doesn't apply here unless NB OGs held a significant share.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: October 19, 2016, 06:37:10 PM »
I don't want to get precariously off-topic but here's a loosely-related tangent:  I was watching a show where the owner, operator or brewer of the Brain's Brewery in Cardiff, Wales was talking about the beer, kegging, etc.  Since they use some sort of hand-pump to tap the beers, they're using air (right?) so kegs of beer in the UK that are served that way "are perishable.  Much like someone would think of milk"... is what he said.  He went on to say that the kegs only last for about 48 hours which sounds about right.  Interesting.
That is why you want to find a pub with decent turn over. Some cask beers are best at day two to three, then fall off quickly.
Yep, it is important to find a popular pub with a solid publican.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 19, 2016, 05:13:17 PM »
Do those that are anti AB also avoid Walmart, Target, Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Total Wine, Specs, BevMo? All of those can be considered anti competition.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 19, 2016, 04:44:51 PM »
 Poll is not well very written. What if a voter lives near by? What if a voter just doesn't care?

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