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General Homebrew Discussion / Running pump for entire boil - thoughts
« on: July 24, 2016, 10:26:10 AM »
The wind here is nuts and I often lose my boil as it causes the kettle to drop below 212. Current apartment is situated in what was a river valley thousands of years ago and I get a direct blast of 12-15mph wind right off the ocean.

I adjust the flame and when the wind subsides the kettle goes nuts requiring me to constantly fiddle with the regulator. I have put windscreens around my brew area, but they only help so much due to the limited height and my ability to store something larger. I try to start earlier in the day, but I feel starting before 7am would not fly with the neighbors, especially when milling the grain. Wind starts to pickup around 10, noon if I am lucky.

Running my pump the entire boil helps as it keeps the wort at a more stable temp. Can anybody think of any reasons why not to do this?

Yeast and Fermentation / Imperial Yeast
« on: July 22, 2016, 04:12:54 PM »
General thoughts and feedback?

When I asked about some out of stock strains a MoreBeer rep told me they don't know if they will be restocking and I can't get them locally. Seven Bridges carries them and is 2 day transit, but they don't carry all of the strains and I don't order enough from them to justify shipping. I'm excited to tryout a new lab and I like the 200b count.

Beer Recipes / Red X Saison
« on: July 15, 2016, 08:40:09 AM »
I brewed a Red X Saison and I am super disappointed with it. I wanted to see what others have done. Recipe below.

Came out way too malty and finished a bit high even with a mash temp of 145 for 90min. Has metallic taste as well which I don't know where it came from. Saison character was pretty much lost behind the malt.

Target mash pH was 5.3, so maybe I should have targeted 5.4+? I did a side by side with a tiny pinch of baking soda and it was better, but still not anything special.

90% Red X
10% wheat malt
20 ibu of Santium at 60
1.045 - 1.009 - 4.5% ABV

Next batch I will likely add some Pils and increase he wheat. Maybe 50/30/20 - Red/Pils/Wheat malt. May even add some simple sugars.

Yeast and Fermentation / Lacto and whirlpool hops
« on: July 07, 2016, 11:52:56 AM »
I totally get that lacto can be very sensitive to hops, but is it simply boiled hops? Would whirlpool hops added at a low temp be fine?

I'm not interested in kettle/mash souring.

Kegging and Bottling / Intertap Faucets
« on: June 21, 2016, 06:52:50 PM »
I bought a few flow control Intertap faucets and was excited to have an alternative to perlicks. Well, they leak from the bonnets. See below.

This is faucet two of three that leaked from the bonnet. I don't know how long it had been leaking, but the recent heat wave made some mold bloom.

A member on HBT has developed a fix using some o-rings, but I am going to try to get Keg King to fix it first. For now I recommend avoiding them.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Midwest Simply Beer
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:47:57 AM »
Anybody else look at this? $20 for an extract recipe including dry yeast is a crazy solid deal. 6lbs of liquid extract is $18 from them normally and that's pretty typical from what I've seen.

Does anybody know what the shelf life of their extract is? I'm half interested in ordering a kit or two to keep around for last minute brewing.

Events / SCHC
« on: April 29, 2016, 09:28:00 AM »
Anybody going? I'll be in lower Chardonnay. Look for the red Subaru and green REI tents.


The Pub / Define Pub
« on: April 18, 2016, 08:12:40 PM »
Is it just me, or should a "Pub" have food? If you don't have food you're a bar. I'll give you ale house or tavern, but Pubs should have food.

I'm on the road for work and entered Pub into Google Maps. Found a place about 5 minutes down the road.  No food. Settled on some killer tacos a few doors down, but I wanted a burger and beers.

Other Fermentables / Crashing a cider
« on: April 15, 2016, 07:57:45 AM »
I have a cider going for my wife and she is not into dry 7.5-8% ciders. Is hitting it with campden and crashing at ~80% ADF a bad idea? Is the best/only choice to let it go down to <1 and back sweeten with juice to raise the sweetness and lower the ABV?

The Pub / Links out of tapatalk
« on: March 21, 2016, 12:25:29 PM »
Anybody else having issues with links going to some random site (

Other Fermentables / Lazy Ciderery
« on: March 20, 2016, 12:01:45 AM »
Paid $10 for a bomber of this cider and at the bottom was a nasty booger of yeast. Contacted the place and they replied that they do not filter and bottle condition. I think it's just laziness or trying to push product out before allowing the yeast to floc.

It's here! I don't have time to get it setup right now, but below are some photos along with first impressions.

Purpose built box. Very professional.

Lid should have been protected by an additional piece of cardboard, but nothing happened so moving on.

Nice silicone handle on lid. Need to find somebody local to notch it for my chiller.

Accessories were boxed and the box was loose in the kettle. Would have been better to have it secured, but no damage so no biggie.

I got two of the side pickup tubes and two of their nippless ball valves. Valves do not have locks on the handles which for me is a big plus. I know others like to be safe. The nippless design is so smart and I don't understand why somebody didn't do this before.

Side pickup tube is held in place with some type of friction fitting. I am curious as to how long it will keep a leak free siphon.

I had them custom weld the fittings. The bottom left is the out and above that is the whirlpool. The centered is for my thermometer. The bottom is the same position as their standard two port offering, the  whirlpool is at about the 4-4.5 gallon level, and the thermometer is at the 3 gallon level. I brew 70% 5gal and 30% 10 gal. I wanted the ports to be best suited for the 5 gallon batches.

Lid rests on the handle with ease.

All of the welds appear to be of top quality. This is why I went with Spike! Gorgeous welds at weldless prices.

Closeup of thermo port

Close up of valve ports

Inside of valve ports

So far I am impressed. It will need a through cleaning before adding the fittings. Hope to take care of that later tonight. I'll post more info and photos as it happens. It's heavy with the tri-clad bottom, so it's not a great choice for electric brewers if weight is a concern.

The Pub / Coors being sued for not brewing all beer in CO
« on: February 29, 2016, 07:45:45 AM »
Sierra Nevada better watch itself now that it's brewing in North Carolina. ;)

I love how this piece of crap "would have bought a cheaper beer had he known Coors Light was not brewed exclusively in the Rockies."

Edit - corrected to NORTH Carolina and added a winkey face to better communicate my attempt at applying humor to a ridiculous story.

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.

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