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Kegging and Bottling / Re: reusing brown beer bottles
« on: January 09, 2016, 12:42:57 AM »
A Baking soda soak works pretty well. Then a scrubby sponge for any remaining glue..

Toss any screw tops or those with plastic labels

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparge OG
« on: September 14, 2015, 01:22:44 AM »
Maybe vigorously is the wrong word.  Thoroughly might be a better choice.

  The idea was that there was no need to be gentle

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparge OG
« on: September 14, 2015, 12:45:47 AM »
In answer to your question. ..add the sparge water and stir vigorously to the point of foam.  Vorlauf and drain as quickly as you wish. . No need to gently add water. No need to wait to drain or drain slowly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lots of trub
« on: July 27, 2015, 01:22:05 AM »
Never experienced any off flavors from hop debris. 14 days does seem like a long time to me as well. Most of the flavor and aroma are attained in about 4 days.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Question about batch sparge timing
« on: July 22, 2015, 08:07:23 PM »
That is taken care of during vorlauf

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First brew, need advice.
« on: June 10, 2015, 08:30:24 PM »
Many hydrometers come in a plastic tube that can be used to hold your sample.  It may be difficult to read the scale when placing it in the fermenter.  A pilsner glass may work for you to test in.

Two weeks is a good measure for many reasons.  Fermentation is likely done but a little longer is better even if it is not the full two weeks.

The Pub / Re: AHA Forum App?
« on: June 05, 2015, 12:42:46 AM »
No.  The forum title itself.  See the little arrow at the end indicating a drop down. Click the title and all the topics are there.  Seems to work well enough.

The Pub / Re: AHA Forum App?
« on: June 04, 2015, 08:20:19 PM »
No problems here. I found that the in house version for that other brewing forum is far more annoying.  Doesn't start the way I prefer to view it and if I post in a thread I automatically favorite the thread and start getting emails after others post.

Yes.  All refrigerator.  Conversion was easy enough. I even found a step by step how to website at the time.  Using that helped relieve some of the fear of doing it wrong and destroying a new purchase.

I built my two tap from a Danby Designer series.  Cooling element Is on the back wall for clearance and drilling the top for the taps. They will just fit with the co2 tank sitting  on the back ledge.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Life span of beer in a keg vs a bottle
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:02:36 PM »
It doesn't last as long in a keg because of ease of access and you never really know how much is left so you just pour another glass

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Contamination from garden hose?
« on: March 06, 2015, 03:31:27 PM »
There is a distinct flavor that may be imparted to the brew using a garden hose.  A better option would be the white hose used by campers for drinking water

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dedicated home-brew store in your neighborhood?
« on: December 26, 2014, 05:02:21 PM »
I have a homebrew store about 10 minutes away.  Grains yeast kits equipment for beer and wine and knowledgeable staff.  Another store in the franchise about 20 minutes away is my preferred store.  Same supplies but only one person.  He seems to know what he's doing.  I also have a couple wine and beer stores ( like total wine) That carry DME beer kits. I even have a home kegging store less than 10 minutes away.  CO2. Supplies. Equipment.  Kegs. Sometimes DME kits

Equipment and Software / Re: Share your brew stands!
« on: December 24, 2014, 03:34:15 AM »

I actually don't use the upper cooler.  If I had a second burner I would put It there to heat a hot liquor tank and avoid lifting or as I do it now. Moving sparge water one pitcher at a time from the boil kettle. I currently use the upper cooler on the floor as a collector for wort until I free up the boil kettle.

Beer Travel / Re: Any thoughts on Asheville?
« on: December 08, 2014, 03:01:02 AM »
I haven't been there since they became this new mecca but I do live in NC. They are a big place for craft brewing.  Even the big guys like Sierra are brewing there. Maybe a little research on the many breweries before a visit is in order. 

I live in Charlotte with maybe a dozen craft breweries and have yet to actually visit one.   Had some of their products and reviewed their websites and picked a few favorites to visit based on what they brew.The menu and my impressions of their craft.

I haven't looked at many of the breweries in Asheville but I have not seen any mention of what you discribe in Charlotte brew pubs

Maybe It was just bad luck on your choices with others trying to cash in on the success of the real thing

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