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Equipment and Software / Re: I am not sure where to post this but...
« on: February 10, 2013, 05:21:49 AM »
This is the photo I had enlarged

this is where it sits above my kegerator

Equipment and Software / Re: I am not sure where to post this but...
« on: February 10, 2013, 12:34:20 AM »
I used to play a lot of chess tournaments. Chess pieces and sets have always fascinated me and I have quite a collection of them. My kegerator sits right under a 13x16 photo I took of my favorite wooden set. A nice chess piece handle would just fit so well with the theme of sets and trophies I have in my mancave.

Equipment and Software / Re: I am not sure where to post this but...
« on: February 10, 2013, 12:30:44 AM »
I saw that but it was already gone when I saw it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: morebeer reconditioned corny kegs
« on: February 09, 2013, 08:18:49 PM »
I sent them an email with the photo attached. I don't know what they can do about it that won't involve me having to pack this thing up and ship it back to them. It just burns me that they replaced all the O rings and sent the thing out to me like this. I would thought they would have inspected it when they reconditioned it. I wish I would have inspected it closely when I unpacked it. If I did I would have sent it right back.

Kegging and Bottling / morebeer reconditioned corny kegs
« on: February 09, 2013, 08:00:24 PM »
I bought one of those. I received it a few weeks ago. Today I got it out to clean it up and get ready to fill it tomorrow and this is what I found.

I have been trying to get that outpost, or whatever it is called, off with a 25 inch long half inch drive breaker bar and it absolutely will not budge. You would think they would inspect a keg after reconditioning it. I am all done doing business with them.

Equipment and Software / Re: I am not sure where to post this but...
« on: February 09, 2013, 06:37:33 AM »
Yeah that rook is looking better and better. The queen looks to plain.

Equipment and Software / I am not sure where to post this but...
« on: February 09, 2013, 02:07:33 AM »
I am wanting to find a chess piece tap handle for my kegerator. My preference would be a knight. So far all I have been able to find is the following:[]=tags&ga_search_query=beer+tap+handles&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery


Does anybody know of any other sites where I might find odd custom tap handles?

Yeast and Fermentation / Anybody familiar with BRY-97 by lallemand?
« on: February 07, 2013, 04:07:09 PM »
I was at the home brew store in Lawrence KS. They had all Lallemand yeasts for $3 a package. I saw some of this. The owner said it competes with Fermentus S 05. I haven't been having very good luck with O5 lately so I picked up a few packages of this stuff. I was just wondering if anybody has had any experience with it.

Beer Recipes / Re: White Wheat Wonder
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:19:28 PM »
That should be spectacular. Best of luck with it.

Too cool

Beer Recipes / Re: White Wheat Wonder
« on: February 03, 2013, 08:31:37 PM »
I bottled this today. From the sample I took from the fermenter I must say I hit this one right on the head. I could definitely taste the citra hops but they were not overpowering by any means. They simply had a "presence". I can't wait to try a bottle of this next week.

Equipment and Software / Re: Garage Setup
« on: January 31, 2013, 03:49:30 PM »
This is my garage setup. Nothing fancy but definitely functional. Eventually I am going to get the scraps out of there that the previous owner left, maybe put a tub sink in and feed it with my rv hose. The small water heater sounds like a really good idea.

I try to keep it set up to where I can move everything off to the side and get a car in if I want to.

Beer Recipes / End of the World Milk Stout vs Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
« on: January 29, 2013, 03:51:14 PM »
A friend of mine asked me if I was ever going to do a milk stout. He said he just loved the Left Hand Milk Stout at Old Chicago. So I thought why not give it a shot. I went to the Left Hand website and they listed the ingredients but not the portions. So I ordered one and tasted it and guestimated the proportions of the ingredients. This is what I came up with:

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: End of the World Milk Stout
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Sweet Stout
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.059 SG
Estimated Color: 54.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 22.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
5 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        44.4 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        17.8 %       
1 lbs                 Roasted Barley (Simpsons) (550.0 SRM)    Grain         3        8.9 %         
8.0 oz                Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)                 Grain         4        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)    Grain         5        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)               Grain         6        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)                   Grain         7        4.4 %         
4.0 oz                Black Malt - 2-Row (Briess) (500.0 SRM)  Grain         8        2.2 %         
1.00 oz               Fuggles [5.40 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           9        22.1 IBUs     
1 lbs                 Milk Sugar (Lactose) [Boil for 60 min](0 Sugar         10       8.9 %         
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         11       -       

Trying them side by side the left hand was definitely sweeter where mine had a bit of a bitter bite. Not drastically but detectable. I am thinking this will condition out over time. Also when tasted side by side I could definitely detect more 2 row in mine. The bubbles are finer in the left hand giving it a "nitro" feel even out of the bottle. I have no idea how they do that. Other than that there were no discernible differences in flavor.

I was surprised at the hop bitterness when I only used an ounce of relatively low alpha hops. If I take another stab at this sometime I will FWH half an ounce and add the other half at around 45 minutes to tone that down.  Also I will back off the 2 row by half a pound. 

Beer Recipes / Re: My latest stab at a red ale
« on: January 28, 2013, 04:20:54 PM »
I have never thought of late addition grains. I will give that a try sometime.

 This recipe is actually adapted from the midwestsupplies red ale recipe.
I just replaced a pound and a half of 2 row with some marris otter I had left over from a Scottish ale I made and I forgot to add my special B. Plus I did my own hop schedule. I have made the original recipe with my own hop schedule several times. It is one of my favorite beers. In the reviews a few did complain about there being too much roasted barley. But I like it that way. I am just now sure how it will be minus the Special B.

Beer Recipes / Re: My latest stab at a red ale
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:42:10 AM »
Beersmith had me in the green on the color. And I like a roasty flavor to my beers.

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