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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 / 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.

The Pub / Craft Beer = Punk Rock
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:09:24 AM »
Interesting article that compares craft beer to punk rock. Misty talks about how session beers are the new fad (have been in some places) but also throws in the "selling out" jab.

While it doesn't directly cover selling to multi-nationals, I do see the same arguments as I saw back when punk bands went mainstream.

Classifieds / Selling some gear in DFW
« on: December 12, 2015, 01:03:52 PM »
Selling some items. I don't think anything is worth the hassle of shipping, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

Kegging and Bottling / A warning on universal poppets
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:26:24 PM »
NEVER buy universal poppets unless you know what you are getting. Buy from a reputable source.

I bought a couple of universal poppets from my lhbs a while back and have been happy with their performance. I saw a deal on Homebrewfinds for packs of 5 @ $10. Figured can't be much difference and I didn't fully remember what the poppets from the lhbs looked like as they were in the keg. The poppets were delivered and they are complete garbage. The wire is thin and I can easily see where the spring favors flexing verses compression. I ended up buying more from the lhbs for $3 each. Pics below.

Junk on the left. Notice how it is already bent. That is how they were delivered. They don't even stand on their own.

Junk compressed. Note how it naturally wants to flex out when compressed. This causes the stopper to get wedged in preventing a seal.

Quality poppet. Compresses down without flex.

The Pub / Keggle Price?
« on: December 05, 2015, 10:13:26 PM »
What is a fair price for a 50L keggle with valve, thermometer, and inside stainless compression dip tube? I feel I should sell it complete, but then I'd be spending a decent amount to replace the valve and thermometer on my next kettle.

All Grain Brewing / When is thin too thin?
« on: November 29, 2015, 02:22:57 PM »
Question for those BIABers out there that mash full volume. At what point do you consider withholding some water from the mash? 4 qts/lb, 5 qts/lb? Just curious.

Kegging and Bottling / New MoreBeer Torpedo Keg Dimensions
« on: November 14, 2015, 10:33:54 AM »
1.5 gallon:
9 1/8" in diameter
10" tall

2.6 gallon:
9 1/8" in diameter
14.5" tall

5 gallon:
9 1/8" in diameter
22 3/4" tall

Might be too wide for my needs.

Kegging and Bottling / New modular kegs from Northern Brewer
« on: November 13, 2015, 07:34:39 AM »

The article is basically another review, but I was surprised that comps might be considering banning entires. First of all, how would they know? Secondly, why are there so many change resistant farts out there?

The Pub / Climate Change Limiting Cantillon Production?
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:18:14 PM »
Jean feels climate change is causing his brewing season to shorten year after year. Last year he was short 2.5 months compared to his grandfathers brewing season.

Equipment and Software / New Bottle Filler Northern Brewer
« on: November 03, 2015, 06:48:03 PM »
New beer gun like filler from Northern Brewer. A bit of a hybrid between Blichmann and a traditional spring loaded filler. CO2 purge on the handle and valve for beer flow at the bottom.

I would like to see a video of it in operation.

Equipment and Software / Easy Keezer Airflow System
« on: October 29, 2015, 10:10:56 AM »
I posted a shot of this the other day, but I finally got the new 92mm fans in.

Size - The large fans fill out the 3" coupler near perfectly.

Airflow - Noticeably improved over the 5v 80mm fans. The listing states that these have about twice the airflow of the previous fan.

Sound/Noise - Barely noticeable with the lid closed. When the lid is open, it sounds like a server room. This was expected as these are 3500 rpm fans rated at over 60cfm. There is a bit of a buzz due to vibration. I plan to eliminate/minimize this with some foam under the PVC elbow.

Parts list
Elbow and pipe for Lowes or Home Depot for about $15
Power adaptor - I went with this one as it is a switch style versus a transformer. This means lower power consumption. I also picked this one because it came with an adopter with terminal connectors eliminating the need for me to make solder splices or use barrel/bullet connectors. It has a 2A output capacity, so I can add more fans later, but I don't think I will need to.
Fans - I picked these for the size and airflow. Price was good as well. I have some dollar fan guards coming from China in a few weeks.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Brew Boss COFI
« on: October 27, 2015, 02:26:18 PM »
Somebody in one of my clubs has this thing and isn't getting very good efficiency. To me the design screams channeling, but at $475 I don't want to poop on it.

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