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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.

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.

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