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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Perlick 650SS (Flow Control) Binding Up
« on: June 24, 2016, 07:19:00 PM »
Something is off. Are you certain you out the proper oring at the bottom of the lever ball?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Anyone have some 3726 I can have?
« on: June 24, 2016, 09:17:59 AM »
MoreBeer lists Imperial Rustic as equivalent to 3726. Never used it, so I can't vouch for it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sankey D Kegs
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:41:36 PM »
You can go either way when it comes to carbonating. I force carb, but know plenty that keg prime.

Can't help you with sankey kegs. I know they require extra effort or equipment to use. I imagine most fill through the spear (fitting inside).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6 oz of hops
« on: June 23, 2016, 06:17:15 PM »
You chill your wort to a certain temp, can vary from 120-190. Once the wort is at temp the hops are added and left to sit for a certain amount of time.

By pump I mean that I pump the wort from the kettle and back into it keeping the wort stirring for the entire stand. I like 170° for 20 minutes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6 oz of hops
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:58:54 PM »
That sounds more like a standard flameout addition. Hop stand with an ice bath would be tough, but not impossible.

General Homebrew Discussion / 6 oz of hops
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:51:07 PM »
Hop stand = letting the wort sit after flameout. The temp varies based on intention and preference. I have used 170 and like the results. I chill to 170° and add the hops. I pump the entire time, others stir.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6 oz of hops
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:41:55 PM »
I get it, it's just "not enough hops" is as predictable as "did you measure twice three days apart." Not that you were pushing more hops, I was commenting on the OP removing hoppy from his post.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6 oz of hops
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:06:19 PM »
I brew an APA with about 4oz of hops and consider it hoppy. It's too bad that the extreme has become the standard when it comes to hoppyness. I like IPAs with 12-16oz per 5 gallons just fine, but IPAs with 6-7oz still have their place.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO 2 Questions
« on: June 23, 2016, 02:55:07 PM »
I turn off the CO2 in case I have a leak.    I believe that rising stem valves like those used on gas tanks will leak unless fully open or fully closed.

I do the same and have the same understanding regarding the valve.  I don't know that they "will" leak, but it's more likely.

I would go ahead and get a 20lb or 15lb tank.  Chances are it costs the same per fill as the 5lb.  At least it does over by here.
Without seeing the inside, is it possible that there are seals that don't engage if not fully open? There is never a reason to open part way as it will not control the pressure.

My MoreBeer manifold leaks if I don't have the valve partly closed (or part open for the optimists). I noticed by mistake when I knocked one and it started hissing.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Anyone have some 3726 I can have?
« on: June 23, 2016, 02:19:50 PM »
I'm sure they would love to offer more year round, but they need to draw the line somewhere. My LHBS always have packs of past date random strains that nobody bought. I'm sure part of the fault is with the LHBS, what sells just sells and what doesn't sits.

One lhbs employee was telling me that often times they order less popular strains to make minimums, bundled shopping or hit price tiers. Not sure how true that is, just what one guy told me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stirring the fermenter
« on: June 23, 2016, 11:49:13 AM »
Well, I was thinking of an 18%+ beer.  I hear incremental feedings and aeration help.  But I've never felt like I wanted to make one so I haven't tried any of the tricks.
There is an episode of the Jamil Show where Sean Paxton discussed doing this for a DFH 120 clone. He mentioned the only reason he did it was because having a conical made it easy to pull off some beer to add sugar to. Sounds like a complete PIA, but I do want to try it sometime.

Ingredients / Re: organic hops
« on: June 23, 2016, 11:21:51 AM »
Even if pesticides are not needed, a grower could still be using synthetic fertilizers.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Intertap Faucets
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:37:30 PM »
So i was inspecting the parts that Keg King tells me is causing the leak. It turns out that I have two different stiffnesses. I have two soft and one stiff. I believe the stiff washer was on the one faucet that wasn't leaking as when reassembled the lever action was about the same.

I think the soft washer can't clamp down hard enough to help create the seal. The design is still flawed overall, but this is seeming to work. I cannot find a similar washer online so I am trying to get Keg King to send me a handful.

I ordered the faucets from Ontario Beer Kegs and they have offered to send me a return label and refund my money. I'd rather the faucets work, but I might take them up on it and maybe have them trade me straight up for some perlick 650's

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water report
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:08:09 AM »
Looks good to me. You should be able to build off of it for most styles and can dilute is needed. Plug the values into Bru'n water to see how it compares to the various recommended profiles.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hot plate for boiling?
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:45:07 AM »
I've been using a cheap hot plate from Wally World to boil 1-gallon test batches. It takes a loooong time to reach a slightly rolling boil. I'm going to try my Coleman camp stove and white gas for my next test batch.
Outdoors I hope ;)

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