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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Single Regulator to dual regulator system?
« on: July 17, 2018, 04:23:54 PM »
The high-pressure gauge won't do any harm as a secondary, it'll just read near zero. All you have to do is remove the tank fitting from the regulator body and replace it with a barb or flare fitting to match your setup. Although without heavy-duty plumbing tools that can be easier said than done.

Someone will probably do it, so... please buy your keg shells legally.

Are they welded bulkheads or ballvalve I have a few frieds who weld and they might do it but if the choice is between cleaning the valves and a water tight fit I will just change the orings

Not sure what you mean. It's a welded threaded fitting, not a bulkhead, so no o-rings. You screw your ball valve, pickup tube, thermometer, whirlpool fitting, etc. directly into the kettle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 80 year old hops plant.
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:51:11 PM »
Oops, probably should have expanded on that but going by the time stamp I was still on my first cup of coffee.

Anyway, what I was trying to say is that in order to sell these (assuming, like Denny says, that they're decent hops in the first place) the novelty factor has to outweigh the convenience and savings of just buying an established company's hops. I could see a nano or brewpub (i.e me) being interested for the novelty factor, call it Roaring 20's IPA or whatever... if they can get enough, which even on a 3 bbl batch means maybe 30 lb of wet hops to brew something relatively hop-forward. Denny, am I right on assuming ~80% moisture?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 80 year old hops plant.
« on: July 16, 2018, 03:47:52 PM »
I'd be interested, but if it's just one plant you probably wouldn't get enough cones off of it for a batch of any reasonable size.

Personally I would keep looking.

Agreed, although I personally would recommend:

I have the 20 gal version and the weld quality isn't the best I've ever seen but it should hold up much better long-term than a weldless kettle and meet your 5 gal kettle needs forever for $100. If you think you might go bigger the 10 gal version (14 gal total volume) is $150.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lubricant noob
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:19:01 PM »
In a dry climate I have to apply a thin coat of lube every time I clean a keg or the gaskets break down over time.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Amarillo IPA Help
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:57:19 AM »
would you consider doing a partial mash using the vienna, flakes oats (and probably some two row to get the necessary diastatic power)?  If you steep crystal malts at 150 for 20 - 30 minutes, you're well on your way to doing partial mashes.

Second that. No need for 2-row necessarily; the Vienna can convert itself and some adjuncts. If you feel like you have a solid handle on the basic process at this point, branch out and do a steep at 140-160°F for 40-60 minutes. (If your oven has a warmer setting, it's perfect for this.) Technically that's a mini-mash. Try about 3 lb of Vienna malt and the 10 oz flaked oats, plus 1 lb DME, in place of the Vienna LME.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Amarillo IPA Help
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:20:49 PM »
If you care about clarity just be aware going in that steeping any sort of flaked grain is going to extract a bunch of starch that may not drop out. Malted oats may be a decent substitute or you could just leave them out.

No need for the additional hops if you're just trying to burn through the Amarillo, but of course that's personal preference. I definitely wouldn't order the Warrior if you're only planning to use 7 g, just sub in Centennial or Amarillo.

The Pub / Re: My new scale
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:14:31 PM »
Interesting since ±0.5 g isn't really enough precision for "that" market...

Eeeww.   So glad I have an IC I can see the "business" surface of.  But that's why I don't like to shave pennies on CIP applications.

A new chiller is definitely next up and I'll go stainless. For now I'm limping along with my 3/8" copper and garden hose model from maybe 12 years ago.

And then a stainless head for the March and I'll be all-stainless (except for the impeller, nothing you can do about that)... Someday. The pennies add up.

Overdoing it (any alkaline wash) on copper has disturbing effects indeed

I don't think it was over-exposure, it broke up when handled so I'm pretty sure it was bits of hop material that had been held up in some kind of biofilm the PBW couldn't handle. :o

I use 1 tbsp (1/2 fl oz) per gal for general cleaning/soaking and it works very well. IIRC that's a quarter the recommended dosage.

An overnight soak with that solution brought some disturbing-looking deposits out of my chiller when I used it for the first time.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 09, 2018, 05:04:38 AM »
Isn't that like being in Alabama and commenting on the neighbors being brother and sister? You knew what you were getting into. ;D

Are you even prepared for May when CBC is "in town"?

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:13:31 AM »
You need the moisture, correct?

Most definitely. Was an early spring too, so no significant precipitation since March. You can probably tell by the grass if you look closely. ::)

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