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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Serving From Keg Question
« on: Today at 04:11:12 PM »
You will get a few good pours before gas is needed again.

Over time the gas in the beer will come out pressurizing the head space until they are equal. This will cause your beer to lose carbonation.

I would go with the tablets, adding sugar is a a PIA.

I transfer from better bottles to kegs through the dip tube with gravity. PRV must remain open or a spunding valve needs to be connected to the gas post. It's a very slow transfer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: urgent puzzled newbie kegger question
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:18:12 AM »

I don't worry a whole lot with cleaning the lines. Think about a craft beer bar. They are pumping 100s of gallons of beer through a line without cleaning it. When I notice that they are getting discolored or gunked up, I'll just replace them. I'm about a year and a half in with my keg system. My lines are still clear. It's a 4 tap system. I'd estimate 6-8 kegs through each line without cleaning them. Maybe this isn't best practice, but I've not noticed any ill effects.
I can't disagree more. Good bars will clean their lines regularly. I know of a few bars that list when a line was last cleaned next to the ABV.

Frangelico has sugar in it, vodka does not. Research what ever you decide to add to determine the amount of sugar you will be adding.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Buying gain in bulk (Sack)
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:47:03 PM »

Sometimes the 10lb bags of grain from MoreBeer with the free shipping works out a better deal than buying a full sack. And you can mix up your base malts that way.

That's what I was talking about, but I get smaller amounts since I usually brew three gallon batches and use more like 5-7 pounds in most batches.

So, you can get free shipping on 50 lbs of assorted grains, but not on a sack?  Odd.
I think it is also easier to pack divided bags compared to a sack. The price also depends on where you live. Shipping a sack from MoreBeer to me is about $10, for most malts this is cheaper than local by a few bucks. 5 - 10lb bags are a bad deal in my case.

Equipment and Software / Re: stick heater for mashing
« on: February 03, 2016, 11:36:45 AM »
I wouldn't use it for direct heat with grains. That to me screams scorching.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Mission Street IPA is back
« on: February 02, 2016, 09:33:40 PM »
Good to know. I was assuming it was a California brewery.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Mission Street IPA is back
« on: February 02, 2016, 06:22:41 PM »
Drew said Firestone stopped as they needed the capacity. I haven't seen it since I have been back in CA and didn't see it the entire time I was living in Dallas. I figured it wasn't in Texas due to distribution rules.

Hop Growing / Re: Best source for hop rhizomes in Washington state
« on: February 02, 2016, 06:01:52 PM »
I know in the past Washington had a hop quarantine. Do you know if this is still the case?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers Climbing Out of My Bottles
« on: February 02, 2016, 05:58:10 PM »
Not being at the final Gravity is certainly a possibility. Let the next few batches go a little long in the fermenter and make sure your gravity readings are stable before you bottle.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Mission Street IPA is back
« on: February 02, 2016, 05:56:34 PM »
Flipping through the latest Fearless Flyer and there is an "article" for Mission Street IPA. It says it is brewed by a brewe hat has been around since 1993 and was at the forefront of the craft movement. To me this says Lagunitas. Anybody try it?

Equipment and Software / Re: NB Rack Magic
« on: February 02, 2016, 12:57:43 PM »

That being said, a stainless racking cane and some carboy caps are IMO the best way to go if using carboys.

I agree. I didn't buy an auto siphon until I started brewing small batches.

Equipment and Software / NB Rack Magic
« on: February 01, 2016, 11:35:42 PM »
I don't like the "accept no cheap imitations" line at the end. Comes off quite prickish.

I bet they already have a BrewEasy knockoff waiting for the patent expiration.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First time bottling.
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:03:06 PM »
Plenty of yeast cells were still in suspension. You are better off leaving that stuff behind.

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