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Kegging and Bottling / Beer won't Come out of Keg :-(
« on: March 14, 2015, 01:31:58 AM »
Hello All,

I'm not sure what I've done wrong with my keg system.  I kegged my beer a week ago and put in on gas to carbonate.  Yesterday I connected the tap and opened it, and only a little dribble comes out.  The keg has been at 11psi for a week and seems to be keeping a good seal.  The connectors seem to be on correctly.  I disconnected everything, let the gas out of the keg, reconnected and waited 24 hours, and today I still have the same problem.  Any ideas what to do? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 27, 2014, 01:14:31 PM »
Pic of my pale ale and milk chocolate stout

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:39:56 AM »

Here's a pic of my ginger saison, taken from Sam C's Extreme Brewing

Bottling my chocolate milk stout and brewing a Chinook/Citra pale ale

General Homebrew Discussion / Adjusting Hops in a Stout
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:55:05 AM »
hello all.  I have a question about adjusting hop bitterness in a small batch with late extract additions.  In a few days I'm gonna brew a small all-grain 2 3/4 gallon batch of sweet stout, in my effort to experiment with a sweet chocolate stout. 

If I were to mash all the grains at once and boil full volume, I need about 3.6 gallons water pre-boil, and my recipe calculates to 31 IBU, according to Beersmith.  However, I was planning to take a gallon of water and cold steep my dark grains, and add it to the boil with 15 minutes or so left.  So I'd start with 2.6 gallons, and I'm guessing I'll end up fairly close to my final volume when I'm done. 

So I adjusted my batch size in Beersmith to 1 3/4 gal, and it changed my predicted IBUs to 41.  I'm not looking for a strongly hopped beer.  Should I reduce my hop additions to get back to 31 using the smaller boil, or just leave them as-is?  Am I going about the calculations in the wrong way? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: LHBS
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:09:44 AM »
I move around a lot, so if I live in an area where a LHBS is convenient to work or home, I try to use them, especially for yeast.  Mostly I'm an online guy though.  I went into a LHBS once and the guy seemed to think it was odd I wanted uncrushed grain, which didn't give me the best impression.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most and Least
« on: May 20, 2013, 12:22:42 PM »
I think the most useful equipment upgrades I've made are fermentation temperature control and getting my own mill.  from a technique standpoint, conditioning the grain has probably been the most useful for me in getting my efficiency up.

Least useful has to be a hydrometer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing Today
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:50:54 PM »
I'm not brewing again until the weekend, so I'm watching my WLP002 yeast move around eating my last batch for entertainment.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:44:41 PM »
I have an 8-gallon megapot which is perfect for 5-gallon batches.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:15:53 PM »
Normally I prefer to use Austin Homebrew or Northern Brewer.  I recently moved to Korea, and have used Midwest and MoreBeer.  MoreBeer's shipping rates to APO addresses are far, far cheaper than Midwest, so that's who I'll be using for the next 18 months.

General Homebrew Discussion / Blow-Off Tube Laziness
« on: July 12, 2011, 12:06:33 AM »
So, over the past few months I've been getting lazy with my beer in the fermenter.  I always seem to need a blow-off tube, but instead of replacing it with an airlock afeter a couple days, I've gotten to the point where I don't feel like messing with it and I've just been letting it be until I'm ready to keg.  My question is, is it okay to continue to be lazy, or should I get off my butt and switch them when I should?

General Homebrew Discussion / Nice Compliment on my Beer!
« on: February 07, 2011, 04:13:02 AM »
So tonight I took a pitcher of german pils (Jamil's Myburger recipe, a clone of Bitburger) to a neighbor for the super bowl.  None of them had tried my brew yet and I was concerned about the reaction.  One guy poured a glass, took one sip and said "This tastes just like Bitburger!"   Don't think it gets much better than that.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rice Hulls?
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:53:32 AM »
i used them occasionally when brewing with wheat or rye, but ever since I learned about malt conditioning on this site, IMO they are no longer necessary.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: three tier systems how do they work
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:48:33 AM »
Corky, can you explain how it saves time?  I've never used one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: adding a liquor?
« on: January 16, 2011, 01:37:48 PM »
you can notice the bourbon in Denny's BVIP if you add 375 ml or so. 

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