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Kegging and Bottling / Re: mini kegs
« on: March 22, 2010, 07:13:44 PM »
I had the TapADraft and liked it pretty well. I always bottled some and put some in the TAD. It worked pretty much as advertised, though I never was able to pull off the force carbing thing.

I didn't use it all that long, as I got a free CO2 tank and regulator. That let me move up to full kegging. If not for the free stuff, I would have happily continued using the TAD for a while.

Most everyone would tell you to save your money and just get a full kegging setup. That's fine, but the true cost of kegging is quite a bit more than just the cost of the initial kegging setup. Also, some people just don't have the space!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Bottles vs Used
« on: March 22, 2010, 07:08:39 PM »


JZ said this?! Surely it's some sort of anal-retentivity thing... ;D

Yeah. It was on the "competition brewing" show from about a year ago where he and Gordon Strong were the featured guests. 

I think several on the show agreed with him and said they also use new bottles. Maybe there's a good reason, but I just fail to see how cleaning and sanitizing a beer bottle is any different than cleaning and sanitizing a carboy.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Bottles vs Used
« on: March 20, 2010, 02:00:24 AM »
I recently heard Jamil on the Brewing Network talk about how he only uses brand new bottles for competition, because you can't be sure that used bottles are absolutely clean.

This made absolutely no sense to me. He wouldn't buy a new carboy for every batch. . .what's different about cleaning a bottle??

If you clean it thoroughly and use a good sanitizer, I don't see any problem

All Grain Brewing / Re: Imperial Mild? Really...
« on: March 12, 2010, 04:22:22 PM »
Given the NB description of the recipe, I'm pretty sure the name is kind of a joke.

This overfed reddish-brown session beer crams twice as much mildness into every pint

Pretty sure by that line the name is meant to be humorous.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pressing the Mash
« on: March 12, 2010, 02:35:01 PM »
Wow, I didn’t know any micro brewer in the US had a mash filter. Alaskan also states that they are the first and there is a reason for that. For one, those filters are more expensive than mash tuns and more complicated to maintain. From what I read, and it may only apply to older models, there is more tannin extraction with the pulverized grist that commonly used with these systems.

In the Brewing Network discussion, they do mention that it was expensive, but they are saving something like 400,000lbs of grain a year and a million gallons of water per year as a result of the increased efficiency of this machine.  I'm guessing it would pay for itself VERY quickly with those kind of savings.

As others have said, they did it primarily to save in the cost and hassle of drying their grains after brewing.  They don't have anywhere locally to dispose of them, so they have to ship them off of the island.

Finally, they did address the tannin extraction/flavor issue. They basically said they did extensive testing with a demo model of the machine, and no one could tell any difference in the finished beer.

Sounds pretty awesome to me.

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