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Kegging and Bottling / Keg posts
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:06:55 PM »
Dont see any stickies on the topic, so which post is grooved on a ball lock keg? First timer, I know you all can tell me the answer quicker than I can search for it on here

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All Grain Brewing / Water Quality
« on: August 11, 2017, 07:04:54 AM »
So, out and around town for work. I have my 2 5 gallon RO bottles with me and my TDS meter to be safe. I wind up in a branch of our huge grocery chain that I have not been in before. I don't know if they have an RO machine or not, so I go in to scout it out. I take my meter just in case. As I walk through the produce section, I see the machine just past the salad bar. I pick up a 2oz empty dressing container from the salad bar to draw a test sample into. So glad I tested it. 2 spigots on the machine, one tested at 197ppm and the other at 200ppm. Guess I need to make another stop elsewhere; and I'm glad this isn't the store closest to home. The machine had a sticker on it saying it was serviced on 7/27/17, so at 2 weeks, it either gets a ton of use or got a shabby service job. Thanks go out to Hoosierbrew for recommending the cheap pocket TDS meter that just saved my next brew day from disaster!

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Beer Travel / Schutzenfest
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:32:43 PM »
Having a blast at the Kolping Club's annual Schutzenfest. Plenty of great beer to sample:  Paulaner, Hacker-Schorr, Warsteiner all with several taps at their booths/tents. Loved fresh Salvator from Paulaner and Warsteiner Dunkel. Missed out on the Oktoberfest from Paulaner. Cream puffs as big as your head, traditional brats and metts, German potato salad, schnitzel sandwiches, etc. Overall, a great afternoon!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Celis Grand Cru
« on: July 01, 2017, 05:18:14 PM »
Happily found this in a refrigerator at a party where I was told to help myself. Have never had this before but recognized the name from here on the forum. Just a fantastic brew, a nice change of pace from the rest of the fridge.
     Really don't know what this one was doing in a fridge full of BMC and other assorted non choices

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So, for the last several months, I have been working on cleaning out the basement of our office. A little bit here, a little bit there. I have found some gems that I have posted on here in the recent past. He was the former owner of the building that once was Burger Brewing Co, so some nice finds from there. A tin sign here and there. An old wooden Hudepohl Keg, etc.
     This beauty takes the cake though. That's not a lighting effect, these babies are no longer clear, after who knows how many years sitting inside an unrefrigerated cubby in his basement bar.
     Now taking offers...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Bloat Open
« on: May 22, 2017, 10:26:11 AM »
Smallish, local club comp, 99 entries
My Doppelganger Doppelbock (Denny's bacth 434 I believe) took second place of 5 Bock/Amber entries
My version of Martin's BruN Dry stout took Honorable Mention of 7 stout entries (first was Imperial, Sweet 2nd, and an Oatmeal took third)
No score sheets yet, judging was on Saturday. Pretty happy for, essentially, my first competition entries.

Big thanks out to both Denny and Martin for all the help they provide here and the delicious recipes I attempted to brew!

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The Pub / Playoffs again
« on: May 10, 2017, 07:53:18 PM »
If you did not know, the Penguins won game 7 tonight and are moving onto the Eastern Conference Final. The 70s stache will be around for at least 4 more games, and at least 10 more days, getting bigger by the day. Here's hoping it lasts for 8 more wins just like last year!


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Ingredients / Golden Promise Malt analysis
« on: May 06, 2017, 12:23:11 PM »
    So I just bought a sack of Golden Promise and a sack of Crisp MO. The Crisp analysis sheet I have dealt with before, but entering the Golden Promise on into Beersmith, I have a couple questions:
    • What is my extract % and expected yield
    • What am I using for Protein content
    • What rating is that for DP? IOB and how to convert to °Lintner?
    This sheet just does not look like the ones I have received from Weyermann, and Crisp in the past so I need your help. Thanks in advance for any insights.
https://bsgcraftbrewing.com/Resources/CraftBrewing/COA/Finest%20Pale%20Ale%20(Golden%20Promise)_%20POS50554606_FX0479097.pdf
edit to actually add the analysis sheet, sorry

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The Pub / Lab bottles and vials
« on: May 04, 2017, 09:55:51 AM »
Does anyone know anything about old lab equipment such pictured? Cleaning out an old storage locker and found these. One smallish jar labeled Ammonium Phosphate while another is labeled Barium Chloride. Several different sizes, all glass with some glass stoppers. Just wondering g if they are all trash, neat collectibles, or what. Really not sure if they should be kept, sold, or trashed. Picture below:


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Ingredients / British pale malts
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:33:19 PM »
Are Golden Promise and MO easily substituted for each other in English ales? I am working with WLP030&033 so I want to make some great English styles but also Skotrat's Traquair house clone this year so definitely want the GP for that. Was thinking about getting a sack of GP and just using it in place of MO for bitter, mild, Porter, Barelywine, stout, etc. Having never used GP before, just wanted some opinions. I have been happy with everything I've made with Crisp MO, I just don't really need a full sack of both.

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Beer Recipes / English ales
« on: May 02, 2017, 11:21:23 AM »
Looking for suggestions on favorite English recipes. I currently have WLP030 and WLP033 first gen working on a standard bitter. What are your favorite English style porter, mild, ESB, barleywine recipes? I want to run several brews with these strains while I was able to get them, I see a lot of Maris Otter in my future

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Other Fermentables / Preparing to bottle my wine
« on: April 27, 2017, 03:52:46 PM »
I'm about to add potassium sorbate, should I rack onto that in another vessel, or just drop the sorbate in current fermentor? How long should I let it sit after sorbate before bottling? First timer with wine so any help is appreciated

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Beer Travel / Nashua, NH
« on: April 19, 2017, 09:13:47 PM »
Have a friend visiting Nashua for work. What should I have him look for to bring back. Any specific beers or specific breweries y'all recommend?

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The Pub / BP Pubs
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:37:02 AM »
I am wondering after getting an email about the newest edition of Palmer's "How to Brew" about cost. The email says as an AHA member, I can order with exclusive 40% savings. The same email tells me that my cost would be $14.97 plus shipping. The concern is that I can pre-order through Amazon (and get it a little later) for $14.52 and free shipping. I don't always use Amazon (the whole big conglomerate thing) but if the BA can sell cheap enough to Amazon for them to retail it, should't our cost as members be at least competitive? Not 100% sold on buying anyways, as I have the third edition, the numbers just got me to checking out pricing. I know the expectation is that I should help support the BA, but $ is $. What do any of you think? Am I just a stingy, cranky old tightwad overthinking this?

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Beer Recipes / Ordinary bitter split between 030 & 033
« on: April 12, 2017, 11:43:16 AM »
So this weekend, I am planning on brewing 7 gallons of ordinary bitter as the title says. I know, from reading here, that a no sparge would help build some body into this brew that has OG target of 1.039. How do I go about doing this without thinning out my mash too much? My recipe only calls for 9.13# in the grist but for my target volume, I would need to strike in with 41 quarts, leaving me at at a ratio of 4.492qt/#. I know I should stay below 4qt/gallon, and ideally even a little lower. Can I use a figure in beersmith for say 3.25qt/# and add whatever sparge I need straight to the kettle? How much would this change my efficiency? Or I am just better off with a normal batch sparge with close to even runnings? Any thoughts would be a great help.

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