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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-keg Kegerator Setup
« on: January 24, 2016, 02:47:25 PM »
Morebeer sells 1.5 gallon cornies: http://www.morebeer.com/products/torpedo-ball-lock-kegs.html?gclid=CNnQ39-0w8oCFQMLaQodtsEOAg

Williams brewing sells 1.75 gallon cornies: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/KEGS-C109.aspx

I know some people have had good luck with the mini kegs.  There was a very long and detailed thread on the NB forum about how to use them successfully, but I'm not sure if it's viewable any longer since they recently switched to a new format and pretty much killed any posts prior to 2013. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-keg Kegerator Setup
« on: January 24, 2016, 02:13:16 PM »
I bet you'll be happier with small corny kegs than with mini kegs.


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Ingredients / Re: 2014 Amarillo
« on: January 24, 2016, 02:10:10 PM »
I also bought a half pound of 2015 Citra from YVH; I hope they don't suck.

I realize these are plants but man the difference in just sniffing the bag is really noteable.

Have you brewed with them yet?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Coming Fast
« on: January 24, 2016, 02:08:40 PM »
I'm kegging a Dunkel today that I plan to enter and brewing a Belgian Strong Golden next week. 

I was also hoping to get a Belgian pale done, but if the deadline is March 9, it probably won't be ready.  I thought we had more time...

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Ingredients / Re: 2014 Amarillo
« on: January 24, 2016, 11:16:06 AM »
I just ordered some 2015 Amarillo from YVH; I hope they don't suck.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 21, 2016, 01:40:23 PM »
If it really is that the chrome plating wore off, I wonder if these are still safe to use and also won't affect the beer flavor? I can't be the only one experiencing this. I'm surprised only a few have chimed in here.

I remember seeing several posts on the NB forum (which unfortunately are no longer accessible) about beer eventually eating through chrome plating in shanks and faucets.  I really cannot tell what's going on with that shank from the picture though.

I'm using stainless steel elbow shanks from Micromatic and have not had any issues with discoloration.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Which oxygen stone/wand should I buy
« on: January 20, 2016, 10:45:15 AM »
I have the same setup. I eventually plan to replace it with this
http://www.morebeer.com/products/oxywand-05-micron.html
I like the fact that the stone uses a flared fitting to attach to the wand.  A while ago I saw some complaints about other ones where the glue holding the stone to the wand came undone.

Are some of them glued?  The stone on mine appears to be somehow fused (welded?) to the wand.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Winter Wyeast PC Strains
« on: January 20, 2016, 10:41:08 AM »
The beer was heavily underpitched (~60B cells into 5.25G @ 1.050); had a decent lag phase of ~15 hours; and fermented warm (68-72F).

Any issues with attenuation? 

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter: Balancing cost and quality
« on: January 19, 2016, 01:44:19 PM »
Just heard an interview with John Palmer and he stated he thought the colorphast brand strips were adequate for the home brewer and that he wasn't up for the cost/maintenance the probe styles. I'm just starting to get into the water quality issue and that's why i'm asking. Anyone have any input on these strips or am i kidding myself? I don't know if i need .05 accuracy when it comes to ph.

I used them for a long time.  My experience is that they are ok at letting you know if you are in the correct range, but you can't really pin down an exact reading.

They do tend to read about 0.3 too low as Kaiser demonstrated.   http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=An_Evaluation_of_the_suitability_of_colorpHast_strips_for_pH_measurements_in_home_brewing

They also seem to read the same whether or not you cool the sample to room temperature or just dip them in the mash (at least that was my experience).

$20 for a box of 100 is the best price I've seen: http://www.sanitationtools.com/products/colorphast-ph-strips-single-box


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir Plates
« on: January 18, 2016, 03:31:00 PM »
There are several others, but I believe this is the master thread on the topic: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=24447.0

It's a long one.

To answer your original question, I have a Corning (suplus lab equipment from Ebay).

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Hobbit Beer
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:04:17 PM »
A friend recently came back from New Zealand, and he brought back some hobbit beer.  It's brewed in NZ, and I believe only available at the Green Dragon Inn at Hobbiton.

It's 3.7% abv and has a soft, round flavor with a nice caramel note.




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Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter: Balancing cost and quality
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:52:45 PM »
You can get an MW101 for $70 on Ebay with free shipping.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hose on first?
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:42:01 PM »
Airgas is in my area but the local homebrewers advise it is very expensive compared to other local options.

It's $20 here to swap a 10 lb. tank, and it lasts me about 10 months.

I'm willing to believe devices other than hoses could regulate tap pressure.

You could get a flow control faucet, but I didn't see that the Intertap faucet you linked to above had that feature.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 80% CO2, 20% N2 - possible, yeah?
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:58:43 AM »
Man, it's sad to see Mark's username in "Guest" status. I think we must've drilled him too hard with questions and burnt him out. That's a bummer...

That's not what happened.  See reply #7 in the thread titled "The Pub?".

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:52:00 AM »
just buy from yakimavalleyhops.com...

Thank you for posting this.  I did not know about that place, but I just ordered a pound of 2015 EKG, a pound of 2014 Styrian Goldings, and a half pound of 2015 Saaz.

I guess I need to buy that vacuum sealer now.

The hops I ordered Monday afternoon were on my doorstep Thursday evening.  I love this place - going to order some domestic pellets this week.

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