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I think the whole focus on craft brewing as opposed to home brewing happens for a reason: the overwhelming majority of homebrewers dream of going pro and make it big.

That dream sells homebrew kits, craft beer, equipment, whatever. I can think of many who tried the hobby, suddenly wanted to go pro, then realized what that actually means. Usual result is quitting the hobby and starting a new one. With craft beer saturation kicking in, and starting a new and successful brewery being harder, maybe this is why the hobby is down...

An increased focus on homebrewing, and the specific techniques that separate it from craft beer sounds like a great idea. There's a core fanbase in any hobby or sport, those are the folks that sick around when fads change, and the folks that all too often get ignored in favor of the will (well, the money rather) of the majority. Appeal to that core, and maybe we'll get somewhere as a hobby independent of (but still related to) professional brewing.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Smelly Gas Lines
« on: March 15, 2019, 01:53:38 PM »
Wait, if it's two distinct layers, could the stink just be from a more flexible outer layer, with a more impervious liner?  If you felt experimental you could cut a little piece off and try to open it up and delaminate it to investigate.  And by investigate I mean sniff, of course.
EDIT You could also just hook up your system, leave gas in the line for a bit, and smell what comes out before hooking up to your beer.  Either approach is the kind of stuff that would give me peace of mind.   But I suppose given that it is legit beverage gas line, maybe it should be trusted.... nah I'm always a skeptic.

Trust, but verify.

Split it open as suggested...the inner tubing has no odor at all. Thanks for the good idea!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Smelly Gas Lines
« on: March 15, 2019, 12:38:52 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BKWWMB6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's listed as food grade...maybe I'll try soaking it in something and see what that does...

And it's the legit stuff, two distinctly different layers of plastic.

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Kegging and Bottling / Smelly Gas Lines
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:31:32 PM »
Bought new gas lines for the nitro setup...they reek of plastic. (well, they are plastic, but you get it...)

Any chance this will affect the beer? I'll cannibalize my CO2 lines if need be, but I'd rather not have to...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Balancing a Nitro Draft System
« on: March 11, 2019, 11:38:13 PM »
My takeaway from all this has been to have a longer length of beer line on hand, but that my 5' lines should be fine. If it isn't, start with 10' and technician it down from there, vs. trying to engineer the system.

Thanks for the help folks...parts start arriving tomorrow...we'll see how this goes.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer gas mix
« on: March 11, 2019, 11:36:39 PM »
It is worth noting that a 5 lb. bottle of nitrogen/CO2 blend doesn't contain as much gas volume as one filled with pure CO2.

That being said, this still seems extreme. The local welding shop taught me to use Windex to hunt for leaks, instead of soapy water. I've not idea why, but it does work better.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Balancing a Nitro Draft System
« on: March 10, 2019, 08:59:16 PM »
That deals with the whole getting the CO2 balance right when dealing with a mixed gas. That part I figured out already.

What I specifically need is to know the length of beer line needed to balance the system. I know the Guinness type taps have a restrictor that will help offset the increased serving pressure needed to properly carbonate the beer, but what part does line length serve?

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Kegging and Bottling / Balancing a Nitro Draft System
« on: March 10, 2019, 05:19:03 PM »
Anyone have info on this? Some basic searches are just coming up with the regular draft balancing formula. More specifically, I'm looking for the proper line length. My regular CO2 draft lines are shorter than the formula specifies for most beers, as I server at a far lower carbonation level than most. Need to know how that will impact a nitrogen based draft system, so I can order more beer line if needed.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 07, 2019, 01:08:30 AM »


Groundhog, you got some splainin' to do!

Hey I saw and Osprey this past Saturday, and heard another today. That's a more sure sign of spring than any groundhog could ever come up with...

Yeah, and my house has been invaded by ants over the weekend.  I'll take that as a sign of spring!  ;D
The mosquitos are back.  Maybe they never left.
It’s supposed to get pretty cold tonight in Tampa.  I hope my avocado tree can take it.  It has more blossoms on it than I have ever seen before.

If all the rain here keeps up this way, our mosquitoes are going to blot out the sun. Every low lying area, ditch, stream, etc. has has standing water since December.

...hell I'd settle for a friggin starling.

You can have ours, and if they freeze over the winter that'd be even better. One of three species that are pests here, and open season year round. (No license or bag limits needed.) Very well known for invading native bird's nests, and just a pest overall.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 06, 2019, 01:56:40 AM »
Groundhog, you got some splainin' to do!

Hey I saw and Osprey this past Saturday, and heard another today. That's a more sure sign of spring than any groundhog could ever come up with...

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The Pub / Re: your favorite commercial Pilsner
« on: February 26, 2019, 12:08:06 AM »
Fresh Pilsner Urquell is the finest beer on the planet.
Saaz bomb pilsners FTW. That's also why I've rated Yuengling GP so highly.

A good Saaz bomb pils has all the good points of an IPA, along with a lower ABV and less of a tendency to drown out food. Good stuff.

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The Pub / Re: your favorite commercial Pilsner
« on: February 23, 2019, 05:18:59 PM »
Fresh Pilsner Urquell. Fresh Bitt is a close second, with Yuengling Golden Pils at Third.

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I'm honestly surprised that the BA hasn't been more involved in all this, thankfully the Brewer's Association of MD has also stepped up to get word out. throughout this whole mess.
To clarify, on state issues facing local craft brewers, the Brewers Association supports positions taken by the state's brewers guild takes. 

The Brewers Association has very strong relations with the Brewers Association of Maryland and we have sent out action alerts to our members at the guild's behest in the past.  If the guild request support in this case, we'll be there to help.

Thanks for clarifying that. Likely a better system, but without knowing that it just seemed strange only seeing info from one source.

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The Pub / Distributors vs. Craft Beer/Consumers...it's about to go down...
« on: February 05, 2019, 11:02:21 PM »
If you haven't been paying attention to the fight that's been happening here in MD, you need to wake up and pay attention.

A politician (allegedly backed by distributors) in a nearby county is filing to strip our state Comptroller of his authority over road use fuels, tobacco, and alcohol.

http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0219/comptroller-franchot-responds-to-senate-bill-703-introduction.html

Franchot has done much to try and improve things for the craft beverage industry. It was expected that the distributors would try and make a move this session, but this isn't what I expected. From what I can tell, it's pretty much a move directly in response to Franchot's attempts to reform craft beer laws in our state.

Hopefully this doesn't count as political...it is, but it's craft beer related. I'm honestly surprised that the BA hasn't been more involved in all this, thankfully the Brewer's Association of MD has also stepped up to get word out. throughout this whole mess.

Oh yeah, and all this comes at the start of MD's official craft beer month...what a way to support the brewing industry here...

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All issues with monopolies and the SEC aside, let's focus what AB/Inbev does controls the majority of: Distribution.

I'm sick and tired of seeing everyone get the pitchforks out over who owns NB and why, while giving the more real threat a blind eye.

Here in MD, the distributors are the ones running the show. Sure, there's likely money from Ab/Inbev, MillerCoors, etc. helping fund things, but that matters little. They've come very close passing legislation that would have had ALL breweries selling beer to them. No self distribution, buy your own beer back from the distributor for your taproom. If they have the power to do that, they've got the power to make home brewing illegal. Or taxed to the point that it isn't feasible. Think about THOSE ramifications, and tell me I should care who owns NB.

Not saying that there aren't reasons to be concerned about AB/Inbev's intentions, but they're pulling your attention from the real threat.

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