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Kegging and Bottling / Non-Vinyl Draught Tubing
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:01:57 PM »
When I was replacing my draught tubing, I considered options other than standard vinyl tubing.  One obstacle I encountered was that I had difficulty in finding resistance values for other tubing (silicone or "silverized").

I eventually went with vinyl, but I was wondering if anyone else has had that difficulty?

Kegging and Bottling / Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 04, 2015, 11:17:06 PM »

I'm planning an optimization of my system (replacing the 1/4" line I have now w/3/16").  Has anybody tried this?  Are there any negatives?

Hop Growing / 2014 California Drought
« on: January 26, 2014, 01:04:47 AM »
Yes kids, here in California it has been dry.  It has also been warm enough to fool the plants.  Here's a picture of my Magnums that I discovered are starting to come up today:

Equipment and Software / Polycarbonate Hydrometers
« on: June 25, 2013, 06:43:52 PM »
I hate broken hydrometers.
Has anyone seen a better price on the polycarbonate hydrometers than this:

Ingredients / Sorghum & Krausen
« on: November 10, 2010, 05:11:18 PM »
Making my first attempt @ a gluten free beer.

After adding a packet of Nottingham from the recalled lot, & waiting two days, I noticed no activity.  So I added a packet of Windsor to save the batch.

This morning I notice that I have bubbling but no krausen.  It kind of looks like chardonnay fermenting without anything on top.

Has anybody used sorghum in place of malt extract & know what is "normal", and what I should expect from the final product?

General Homebrew Discussion / Should the AHA Keep TechTalk?
« on: August 12, 2010, 03:10:24 AM »
AHA TechTalk is sent to over 15,000 homebrewers daily.  TechTalk is available to members of the American Homebrewer's Association as a discussion group specifically dedicated to the art and science of homebrewing.

CA / Newark - Brewark Mead Day
« on: August 04, 2010, 03:41:16 AM »
If you want to be there, give me a call or leave a message (925) 425-6680.  Brewing starts at 10:00. ;D

Saw this on eBay w/only $9.99 opening bid:

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Year's Eve
« on: April 05, 2010, 08:09:08 PM »
From the Calendar:

Brew Years Eve

April 7, 1933

The modification of the Volstead Act allows beer to be sold once again. The modification changed the allowed alcohol percentage of a beverage from .05 to 3.2 allowing beer to be served once again. Over 1.5 million barrels of beer was consumed during the first 24-hours after the modification of the Act.

April 7, 2010

Today, the America's craft brewers have reinvigorated US beer culture that had been wrecked by Prohibition. With more small breweries in America than even before Prohibition in the 1920's, please take a moment, today, to toast America's craft brewers.


The Pub / Mosquitoes
« on: March 30, 2010, 06:08:49 PM »
This came from CEN March 15,2010:

"Finally, should you be inclined to down a pint on St. Patty's Day, try to avoid doing so in regions prone to malaria.  Opt for Ireland over a West African country such as Burkina Faso.  A recent study published in PLoS One finds that people who consume BEER are far more appealing to malaria-bearing mosquitoes than those who drink water (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009546).  The authors of the study believe that alcohol metabolism increases the breath and odor markers that attract mosquitoes.  Sláinte!"

Other Fermentables / Bentonite Source?
« on: February 03, 2010, 11:10:07 PM »
Does anyone know where the bentonite used to clear wine comes from?  Is it a specific grade or is it really the same clay they use in kitty litter? ???

Beer Travel / SF Beer Week
« on: January 14, 2010, 08:10:42 PM »
It's almost here:

Questions about the forum? / Following Polls
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:48:07 PM »
When I hit my "unread" updates to polls are not included (probably a good thing).  Is there a way to track when votes are added to polls without forcing myself to remember which topic the poll is located in.  I think there are three of them out there that I'm trying to follow.  I can't seem to find the view that would put them in one place. :)

Beer Travel / Brewer's Festivals
« on: November 10, 2009, 08:20:21 PM »
I've been attending the Oregon Brewer's festival since 1993.  It's the last weekend in July every year.  This year I found the North American Organic Brewer's Festival that was held in Portland about a month before.  I'm wondering how many more of these I don't know about.  Is there a calendar of these events on the AHA site anywhere? 

While it's not homebrew, these crafty guys come up with some good beers too.

Classifieds / Best Online/Mailorder Homebrew Supply Shop
« on: November 10, 2009, 12:26:08 AM »
I usually buy locally just to save on shipping.  But occasionally I'm looking for something that my local guy doesn't have.  Does anybody have a favorite online or mail-order shop that they are passionate about? :)

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