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I don't know but we bought ours from Foxx which deals only directly to companies and not to the public and it was exactly the same price.

I look around at some stuff homebrewers are buying now days and it shocks me what folks will spend. B ut I see your point about this purchase. Time and pressure is all you need while a commercial brewery is trying to get hundreds of gallons of beers carbbed in a few hours. I'm about ready to drop 2.5K on a carbonation wizard that dials in co2 perfectly.

Is Carbonation Wizard a union job?

Ingredients / Re: briess 2 row on sale at amazon
« on: May 04, 2016, 05:18:16 PM »
I'm only finding it as an add-on item.  Gotta buy $25 of other stuff first.

I use baking bars fairly regularly. They ferment out just fine and don't lead to a higher fg IME.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ridiculous recipes on AHA
« on: May 03, 2016, 06:35:40 PM »
I used the formulas in Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels to calculate the hops.

The tricky part is the difference in utilization on a commercial system vs. Homebrew systems.

Jeff - do you adjust utilization between 5 and 10 gallon batches or from 5 to 15?  I go with linear between 5 to 10, but have always wondered about it and what others do....

Not from 5 to 10, but 10 gallons to 7 bbls is different.

IMO you need to brew it, taste it , adjust the recipe, and rebrew.

Ain't gonna get it right on the first try.


UPS says the package is in Birmingham.  Hopefully it gets to you soon.

I have this plan to install a stout faucet, but I just rang up three Perlicks, shanks, and tail-pieces so I need to wait awhile before I spend more.

Beer gas is in general mostly nitrogen and still uses the nitro tanks and regulator.

I've got a tank marked "beer gas" that takes a CO2 regulator.  I inherited the tank, so I don't know where it was filled or that it isn't really CO2, but it doesn't require a different regulator.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bottle harvesting Saison Dupont yeast
« on: May 02, 2016, 02:17:12 PM »
I don't know what Dupont uses, but a lot of breweries that use a different yeast use lager yeast.  So, you wind up with some sort of non-lager ale if you brew with it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Orval Brewing
« on: May 02, 2016, 07:43:44 AM »
Weird.  I've never seen that.  Over the years, I've used just about every sort of syrupy liquid in brewing possible and they've all dissolved and fermented.  Candi-syrup, LME, honey, molasses, etc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Orval Brewing
« on: May 01, 2016, 06:00:22 PM »
The yeast will find their food. Then they eat it!

Perhaps not always true.  I've had vigorous 3787 Quad fermentations where D-180 added to the boil was found on the bottom of the fermenter.  Unsure as to the why...

How could you tell it was D-180 that was left?  If you added it to the boil, it should have dissolved and been evenly distributed such that it wouldn't settle out.

Sweet.  I'm looking forward to your stout.

Just got home from a fundraiser at one of the local haunts.  Had an oyster stout by Aquanaut brewing and Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker.  Both were good, but Velvet Merlin was something of which I would have several.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 29, 2016, 11:29:09 AM »
When you can find it, Sazerac Rye is fantastic and affordable. In NC it runs $30 which typically means you can find it for less everywhere else.

Finding it is the hard part.  If you do find it, buy at least two bottles.

I had a Manhattan last night with Templeton rye.  Very tasty.  I was impressed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 28, 2016, 07:44:40 PM »
Just packed my loot.  Shipping out in the AM.

Changed the mix a little bit.  Added some FFF Gumball Head and my coffee stout.

Looking forward to the reviews.

Picking local beers to send has been fun.  We're buried in good local breweries in Chicago. Most of them are new to me.


Ha! This whole thing feels like buying a new car with awesome tires on it and taking them off and putting new similar tires back on, but in a special garage and in special way where it's believed the result is a better performing car rolling out after.

That trick only works Beemers.  :P

You know the difference between a Beemer and a porcupine, right?
Pricks on the inside!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 28, 2016, 05:11:28 PM »
Had to really zoom in to catch that, at first I though he had a large candy stash in his man cave

I step on and over Legos every day.

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