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Classifieds / Ball Lock Kegs for Sale - $50 (Los Angeles)
« on: April 10, 2017, 11:16:34 AM »
I have 3 used ball lock kegs that I am looking to sell for $50 apiece.

They are pretty much your standard used kegs.  I replaced all the o-rings when I first purchased them so they are ready to be used for beer (though they are in need of cleaning).

These are for pick up only.  If you come by and decide you don't like them, I won't be offended.  I'll probably put them up on Craigslist in a few days if there's no interest here.


But it's supposedly equally viable with any style, right?  And there isn't a vast difference between a kolsch and a helles.

Some yeast strains do not seem to handle the by-products of the SMB well and produce more hydrogen sulphide.

There's a list going on the low oxygen forum of the strains people have had success with and those that maybe should be avoided.

"After sharing an image of both worts with the other contributors, we began to speculate that perhaps the color difference was a function of the standard wort simply having a higher concentration of sugar.  To test this out, I diluted the standard wort sample with water until it reached the same 1.035 SG as the LODO wort then compared them again with validating results."

I don't understand the last sentence, does it mean the color difference remained after the standard wort was diluted or the opposite?  I can't really tell from the picture.

I didn't see any indication in the article of how much mixing he did, so I'm curious if the low o2 version of it just wasn't mixed in as well and he got poor efficiency from that.

This is my guess as well. Or maybe some combination of this and the effect grain conditioning has on the crush.

Classifieds / Re: steel kegs for sale
« on: April 07, 2017, 02:03:58 PM »
If the top fitting is removable, you could use a carboy cap or a large drilled stopper and use them as fermentors.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: April 06, 2017, 11:36:41 AM »
I have a Tripel planned for Saturday evening.

German pils
Belgian pale
Wheat malt
Cane sugar
EKG and Saaz (I'm out of SG, unfortunately)

It will be the first brew in my new mash tun, so that should be interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Learning about yeast
« on: April 06, 2017, 10:29:04 AM »
For $12.91, you can learn a lot from this book:

I do have a 1,000 ml pyrex flask

If you are making starters sized for 5 gallon batches, you're going to want something bigger.  One gallon glass jugs work well and you can get one at the market (full of juice, no less) for like $5. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Karate chopping auto siphon
« on: April 05, 2017, 09:23:22 AM »
They are nice fermentors, I'm sure you will enjoy.

Here's an older post that shows one of the ways in which you can do a closed loop transfer or transfer under CO2 pressure if you prefer (which is what I have since switched to).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: March 25, 2017, 10:40:20 AM »
That's awesome - small if you got one

Hope I can buy you a round or something...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Traquair House Clone boil down process
« on: March 25, 2017, 07:36:13 AM »
Can I run off a gal of first running and boil down prior to adding all the running a to the kettle?  Or is it best to find a separate kettle/pot to do the boil down?

The boil down takes a long time (90 minutes according to my notes from the last time I tried it). I would do it in a separate pot.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Balancing beer line
« on: March 25, 2017, 07:31:07 AM »
I would use 3/16 tubing.  In practice, I don't think it has anywhere near 3 psi/ft of resistance.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What dissolves beerstone?
« on: March 24, 2017, 01:48:24 PM »
Have you tried a solution of Barkeeper's Friend?

Five Star also makes a beer stone remover.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Naturally carbing a corny
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:36:51 AM »
My experience has been that I need to use the same amount of priming sugar in the keg as I would if I were bottling.  I've been using 4.5 oz. of cane sugar.

I don't put any pressure on top (no harm in it though), just attach a spunding valve to the gas post so I can monitor progress and know when it's ready for the kegerator. 

Even holding the keg at 72 degrees, I find it takes a solid 2.5 weeks to fully carb.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 20, 2017, 03:16:41 PM »
I just checked 5 other recipe kits at NB, and they all listed the ingredients just as they always have.

I think the Goose Island kit is an exception, though I know of at least one other.

All Grain Brewing / Re: No Sparge Single Infusion Efficiency
« on: March 18, 2017, 04:30:29 PM »
I've been in the low 70's with no sparge, down from the low 80's with a batch sparge.

That lifeguard stand keggerator is pretty rad. 

How do guys use it?  Is it something you take around to different locations?

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