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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling for Competitions?
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:37:34 PM »
When I bottle for comps, I use the Beergun and brand new bottles, and hit it with a little CO2 just before capping (very easy to do with the Beergun).

I'm not sure how well you can control with carb tabs, especially since you've already carbonated in the keg. 
I bottle and keg at the same time, so beer would not be carbonated yet. Also I currently do not own a beer gun maybe one day. I am thinking about making one of those cheap counter flow bottlers out of my bottling wand and a #2 drilled stopper. My brew buddy does it that way and has had great results...

Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrade
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:27:50 PM »
As others have stated, once you've be bitten by the homebrew bug, you will never have enough equipment. I would definitely invest in something you will need in the future. Good luck deciding what that is my friend.  :-\

Equipment and Software / Re: IC Water Waste
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:20:19 PM »
I just started doing that same thing. I weird how your conscious can get the better of you. ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sticky taps
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:13:18 PM »
I too have the sticky tap problem sometimes. My keg fridge is in the garage. In the Texas heat I have been greeted by a swarm of fruit knats the following morning after a night of drinking. 
That will make you try to keep on top of things… :P

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling for Competitions?
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:02:46 PM »
I plan on entering some competitions but I keg all my beer. So I asked the guy at my LHBS and he said he uses Carb tabs. So I pick some up and indeed bottled my first 6 for competition. I intend to use 4 to enter and two for taste testing. I haven’t tried one of the beers yet; but I was just wondering what you guys thought about them? Would you, or do you use the Carb Tabs? Is there a better option? Thanks for your comments in advance…

Homebrewer Bios / Brewer BIO...
« on: May 09, 2013, 06:39:30 PM »
Hello Everyone, I'm Matt and here is my BIO... 8)

Who Are You

I've been a homebrewer since: 1992 But took a 10 year break somewhere in the middle. I was busy with life I guess…

Home Town
Born: Baltimore, Maryland
Live: Lewisville, Texas

Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great?
I attach my false bottom to the drain with a piece of tubing. I once knocked it off while stirring the mash. This was a big beer with a ton of hot grain that had to be scooped out right in the middle of the process. The beer actually turned out great in the end.

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share?
I just put a fresh keg on tap for a party / cookout thing and somehow the tap opened and the entire keg emptied onto the garage floor. A nice sticky mess and 5gallons wasted, Oh well… It's a good thing I had more beer...

What is your favorite style(s) to brew?
At the moment IPA, but it’s been known to change.

What is your favorite beer recipe?
Any and All…

Describe your brew system.

This is it… I really need some new pics... It has had some modifications lately like a third keg for HLT, a water filter system, some sight glasses and thermometers. and a Chugger Pump w/ SS head.  Soon to have a plate chiller and RIMS system.
Baby steps though…

How frequently do you brew?
Every chance I get. At least once every couple weeks or so.

What is your favorite hop? Why?
Toss up between Fuggles and Citra. Fuggles, because I like the earthy notes, and Citra, for the piney, green, Citrus IPA flavor and aroma.

Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?
Garage brewer here…

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Give this guy some beer
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:03:38 PM »
too funny... ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An observation...
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:00:08 PM »
One might say I have 30 pack abs... ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking while brewing
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:58:55 PM »
I've been known to do it, but I really try to pace myself, some days its easier then others... ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Starsan temp.
« on: May 07, 2013, 05:09:58 PM »
What if you refrigerate Starsan? The only reason I ask is I've been known to keep some in a keg in my keg fridge. This is to reuse later and I have even put it on an empty tap before, for easy use when needed. So would low temp say beer serving temps adversely affect the PH?   

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