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General Homebrew Discussion / Countertops and Homebrewing
« on: June 23, 2014, 10:56:11 AM »
When I brewed this Saturday it occurred to me how lucky I am that our kitchen is old so it didn't matter that I dripped some undiluted Starsan on the counter or banged it with a kettle that I was cleaning.  The old laminate looks just like it did before I brewed.  That said, I'm sure at some point my wife would like to make a change so I'd better start thinking about it. 

What type of countertops do you have and how are they holding up?  Heard of any disaster stories?

Thanks!

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The Pub / Brandy/Cognac/Armagnac
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:40:20 AM »
I just spent some time reading through the Whiskey thread and really enjoyed seeing the different recommendations.  Over the last year or so, I've picked up a few bottles of brandy (mainly cognac under $100) and the Kelt VSOP is the one I've liked the best.  Any other good brandy recommendations?  I'm not opposed to spending more if it is worth it - I just would have a hard time dropping a bunch of money on the random chance that the price was justified.

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The Pub / Boulder Flooding
« on: September 12, 2013, 01:23:14 PM »
I'm sure this must be quite a disruption for the Brewers Association during the preparation for the GABF. Best wishes to the folks in the affected area, stay safe!

http://www.denverpost.com/weathernews/ci_24072804/flood-advisory-effect-parts-denver-metro-area

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Other Fermentables / Hydromel Carbonation
« on: May 23, 2013, 10:43:01 AM »
I made a low gravity (~1.060) mead that finished below 1.000 and my intention is to carbonate it to about 3 volumes of CO2 to make it spritzy.  I have had it in a keg at 40F and 18PSI for about a month now and even though it is well carbonated coming out of the tap, it goes flat almost immediately. 

At first I thought it had something to do with the short serving line so I put some in a soda bottle with a carbonator cap and poured it carefully into a glass with the same results.

Is it possible that dissolved sugars in regular FG beers help "hold onto" CO2 and in the case of a super dry solution it outgasses more quickly?  Any other ideas why this would be the case?

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General Homebrew Discussion / 2012 NHC Club Night Time-Lapse Videos
« on: June 27, 2012, 10:23:43 AM »
This was my first time attending a conference, and I now understand why so many people hit it every year.  It was a blast, and I'm already planning to make the trip across the country next year.

My club put together a couple of time-lapse videos that I thought some of you might be interested in.

Booth setup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQZfgB-gKcM

3.5 hours of pouring in 15 minutes - if you visited our booth, you should be able to spot yourself.  If not, there could be a few familiar faces:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dTvyAFHMTk

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General Homebrew Discussion / NHC and Twitter?
« on: June 17, 2012, 07:16:36 PM »
I really don't use twitter all that much, but I did decide that it is really useful for beer related stuff - especially when time is of the essence.  With the NHC upon us this week, I assume there will be some "tweetable" moments, so if anybody wants to start following me, my username is Svejk1 (I can't believe somebody jumped on Svejk before me...). 

I would be very interested in following anybody who will be tweeting about the stuff they experience at the conference, so if you're going and will be tweeting, reply to this thread with your username so I (and anybody else who is interested) can follow you as well.  Thanks!

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Kegging and Bottling / Regulators - Rebuild or Replace?
« on: September 25, 2010, 05:37:27 PM »
The other day my regulator started acting weird. When I would hook it up to a non-pressurized keg, I would hear the gas go in quickly for a couple of seconds, and then it would slow down suddenly and creep really slowly up to the pressure I had it set for. Then today, the adjustment screw was almost impossible to turn. The last time this happened, I tried using graphite to help the threads, but I wasn't impressed with the results so I replaced the regulator.

Has anybody had good results with a regulator rebuild kit?  If not, is there a good regulator on the market that is more durable than the standard units?  My philosophy is to go ahead and spend the extra bucks up front, if there is a difference in quality.

Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / How Common Are Infected Batches?
« on: September 04, 2010, 07:56:44 PM »
Another thread got me thinking about how many batches of beer actually get infected. I've been brewing over 10 years and never had one.  Over the years I have heard horror stories of huge lapses in sanitation that didn't result in infections. Early on somebody pointed out to me that we sanitize our equipment, rather than sterilize it. 

Another piece of advice that I really like is that the farther along in the process you are, the less important sanitation becomes (highest priority to making starters or yeast slants and lowest priority to bottling or kegging).  I have even heard that some homebrewers don't even sanitize their bottles as long as they are clean.  I'm not that brave and don't mind going through the extra effort to give myself some peace of mind, but it is reassuring to know that my efforts may be above and beyond what is necessary.

How about you?  How long have you been brewing and how many infected batches have you had?  Any batches that you thought should have been infected, but weren't?

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Questions about the forum? / Searcing the Forum
« on: September 02, 2010, 01:17:42 PM »
Is it possible to add the "Whole Words Only" or "Parts of Words" option to the search?  That is what the search for the HBD Brews & Views uses, and it allows you to exclude words you don't want.  For example, when I search for the word "sour", the results include any word that has those letters in it - like "source", "resource", "outsource", etc.  If I put "sour" in quotes, I get the same result, and if I put " sour " (with spaces before and after the word), I still get the same results.

If there is an easy way to do this that I am missing, please let me know.  Thanks!

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Questions about the forum? / Does the Forum Really Need 25 Categories?
« on: August 20, 2010, 11:53:54 AM »
First off, I'm totally fine with the TechTalk transition.  I was never a big fan of the email format, but from the reaction to the transition, it looks like a lot of people liked it.

That said, I think one advantage that TT had, was that you could easily scan the messages and decide for yourself if there was something you were interested in.  The current format of the forum has 25 categories, and I think that it requires too much clicking to see what is happening in each of them.  I'm a fan of HBD's Brews & Views where almost all activity happens in the main forum.  It also has a very powerful search engine and a huge archive of valuable information that is really easy to navigate.  I think one advantage to fewer categories is that I would most likely never click on the "Extract and Partial Mash" category since I'm an all grain brewer, but I'm sure there would be threads in that category that would interest me.  I would think that the All Grain, Extract/PM, Kegging, Yeast, Ingredients, Equipment and Recipes categories could all be combined into one general category and most of the users would be interested in all of them.  In the last 24 hours, all of those topics had a total of 33 threads with activity.  That seems pretty reasonable for one general brewing forum.  If at some point it turns out that too much activity is happening on one of those subjects and it is clogging up the forum, then it could be broken out again.

If reducing the number of categories isn't an option, then perhaps there would be a way to look up recent threads with activity.  I see that there is a "Recent Posts" link at the bottom of the page, but if you aren't familiar with the subject of the thread, then seeing a reply out of context isn't very helpful.  I believe it would be more helpful if there was a way to look up recently active threads with just the titles and number of replies showing up.

I'm sure a lot of thought went into the current format, and I'm not trying to knock it in any way, I just thought I'd give my thoughts.  Thanks for considering them, and happy brewing!

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