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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 27, 2016, 10:15:43 AM »
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And if you swap em out fast enough and keep your eye on the date you will never get the surprise extra charge when the tank seal expires.

I've got five tanks (long story) and almost invariably have one out of date. I've been trying to swap quicker to avoid the charge but last time they made sure to match the year on the date stamp when thy swapped. Foiled again!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 27, 2016, 08:25:07 AM »
Do yourself a favor and find a place that just swaps out the tanks. Don't get all hung up on how they look. An old steel tank holds co2 just as well as a new aluminum one (granted the aluminum ones are lighter.) If you have a 5 lb tank you will be hard pressed to find a steel 5lb tank anyway. Surely there is a Sexton or other gas supply place near you that will swap tanks. Way better than waiting for them to be filled. And, these places will usually sell you a used tank for cheap.

Yup.  I even got "lucky" once and they swapped out my 15lb steel tank for an aluminum one since they had no steel in stock. Lighter is nicer on the bigger tanks, but as far as looks you only look at it when you're hauling it in to get it refilled. 

Wood/Casks / Re: Barrel Aging First Timer
« on: August 26, 2016, 12:58:48 PM »
What he said.  If you do the nail thing, make sure you use a stainless nail.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: mastered kegging...issues when I bottle
« on: August 26, 2016, 09:50:31 AM »
Meh.  Shaving down the dots sounds like too much work.  I bought them to make life easier.

As far as filling from the keg, I get some spillage when I'm filling bottles, but not too bad.  It helps to have the bottles cold and wet.  For growlers, I'll spray some star san in them, swish it around, dump it, and fill.  As long as the keg pressure is low, you should be fine.  But, yeah, it's almost always done at the last minute.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: mastered kegging...issues when I bottle
« on: August 26, 2016, 08:06:51 AM »
Domino dots are 1/2 tsp of sugar.  I used them to bottle 4 beers from a batch I kegged recently.  They are easy to use and the sugar dissolves completely, unlike the carb drops.

I've only used dominos dots on one batch and found them to overcarbonate the beer for my preferences.  Of course, it was a bitter so the carbonation should be low.  That could be the problem.

I've never had good luck with the carb tabs or carb drops.  I found them to be inconsistent.

Never had a problem just mixing in priming sugar to the whole batch, but now that I keg that's not really an option.

Bottling off the keg has worked just fine for me.  I use the bottling wand stuck through a stopper method.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 25, 2016, 07:22:38 PM »
Don't buy a new tank.  Get a used one and save a couple bucks.

You'll swap it out eventually anyway.

If I can find time, I'm brewing a stout and a bitter for the Brew United competition.  I need to get going as time is running out...

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 25, 2016, 06:52:38 PM »
I haven't done a secondary in years.  I was relieved years ago when I came to this forum that I was not the only one.

I still like the better bottle knock-off made by northern brewer.  They fit a#10 bung and are $25.  I swap them out every 2-3 yrs when I see them looking suspect or when they are BOGO. 

I've got BBs that are at least 10 years old.  Treat them right and you won't need to replace them for a long time.  No bottle brushes, only a good soak and a rag when needed.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Under pitching and then Re Pitching
« on: August 25, 2016, 02:41:10 PM »
I did this for a lager recently that I fermented at +/- 50F.  It came out quite well, though I am admittedly not a regular lager brewer.

Nice and crisp and clean.  Well attenuated.  I was certain I had wildly underpitched and (once I realized the actual C to F conversion) that I had started fermentation too cold.  It took a couple days to get rocking but it rocked.

EDIT:  By "this" I mean the SNS starter, not repitching another yeast.  Just realized belatedly I may not have been clear.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 25, 2016, 01:06:16 PM »
That's weird...I don't have any trouble wiht the lids on mine.  Must be a different brand.

Or you've just got powerful hands...

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 25, 2016, 09:31:47 AM »
I have 2 problems with conicals, both related to cost.  I frequently have 3-5 batches fermenting at a time and that many conicals would be expensive.  As would a way to control fermemtation temp.

I understand that.  The only time (maybe twice) that I ever used a bucket to ferment was when I ran out of carboys and better bottles.

Unfortunately these days I don't brew as often, so I've rarely got more than two batches going at once.

But I still think the stainless brew buckets look pretty cool.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 24, 2016, 03:50:56 PM »
I guess I'm missing out on the fun...I don't have the time or inclination to watch fermentation!

I loved it when I started! But that was a lot of batches in the rearview. I couldn't care less now.


I find it nice to see how well the beer is clearing.  I don't check much and keep my BBs covered while they're fermenting.

If I buy any new ones I'd consider the Big Mouth or buckets.  No glass in this house thanks.

Stainless conical sounds nice, or one of those stainless bucket deals, but I really don't need that.

Didn't PETA propose something creepy like that?  I think it was breast milk ice cream.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Supposed to be a Saison became a Belgian
« on: August 22, 2016, 02:42:11 PM »
Pretty sure saison is French.

Saison comes from Wallonia, which is in southern Belgium.

And the predominant language is...  French!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oktoberfest Ale
« on: August 19, 2016, 08:42:05 AM »
Let it go until it is finished. More time won't hurt it.

If it's still dropping its not done.

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