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Equipment and Software / Re: Life is gonna change....
« on: January 21, 2019, 08:07:51 PM »
This was more of an opportunity....Drew and I were asked to beta test.  What could I say?

That's awesome, and I look forward to hearing your impressions.

Beer Recipes / Re: Brut Bitter? Brut Belgian?
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:12:29 PM »
Brut Bitter - 50/50 Maris Otter/Golden Promise, 1.032ish, maybe 15 IBUs from EKG, dry hopped with EKG, English yeast, enzymes added to fermenter. End up with a more flavorful "light beer."

I think that would be really interesting and worth trying.

Classifieds / Re: Intertap Stainless Flow Control Faucet
« on: January 13, 2019, 10:47:20 PM »

Classifieds / Intertap Stainless Flow Control Faucet
« on: January 12, 2019, 07:57:55 PM »
I have an Intertap stainless, flow control faucet that I would like to sell.  It's been used exactly twice and is basically in new condition.

New on Amazon, they go for $58.99.

I'd like to get $40 for it, which includes shipping.

Classifieds / Milwaukee MW 101 pH Meter
« on: January 12, 2019, 07:54:42 PM »
I have a Milwaukee MW 101 pH meter I am looking to sell.  New on Amazon, they are $90.83 and come with a probe.  Mine does not have a probe; I believe they run around $35.

I'd like $30 for it, which includes shipping.

It varies, but from what I can tell from the pictures you posted, you shouldn't need a second o-ring or washer (my new regulator is the same configuration as yours). 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 09, 2019, 07:36:42 PM »
I've seen the 20 minute thing in homebrew sources only.  I think somebody thought, hey this adds flavor and aroma, so it must not add bitterness, I'll count it that way.  And it got passed on.

The explanation I usually hear is that regardless of how many IBUs the FWH addition actually adds, the quality of the bitterness is more akin to a 20 minute addition, and so people tend to calculate it that way.  I never FWH, so I have no idea how accurate a statement that is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What can I do?
« on: January 05, 2019, 01:13:48 AM »
There was a lot of discussion of this (oxygen ingress in draught and bottles) earlier in 2018, with a lot of information provided by the LO guys.  A search of the forum, or maybe easier their site, should turn it up.

Although I don't post there very much, I do actually read all of the posts on the low oxygen forum.

The dominant feeling over there seems to be that kegging is much better for long term storage than bottling in regards to oxygen exposure.  Though if you compare the blog post you linked to above to the blog post about crown cap ingress, the numbers don't seem to support it.  Something to ask about on the low-oxy forum I suppose.

(On the other hand, it's easier for most of us to get beer kegged with less upfront oxygen exposure than bottling.  So I guess that should be figured in.)

Yeah, that's a good point.  Keg spunding is actually pretty cool.  It carbonates the beer crazy fast as well.  I'd be too scared to try it, but you can do something similar with bottles (I know Big Monk has done it).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What can I do?
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:52:44 PM »
If kegs, then as long as it is kept at a cool temperature it will store well for months, but maybe not as long as in bottles because there is more opportunity for oxygen ingress at the keg seals than at the bottle cap.

I thought the opposite was true?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: cleaning beer lines
« on: January 04, 2019, 08:23:31 PM »
I'm probably in the minority on this one, but I just don't clean my lines.  I run about 3/4 gallon of Iodophor solution through them every time I change the keg, and once in a while I remove the clean the faucets.

I do try to change them out every 12-18 months though.

Not sure if it helps, but I'm using that Barrier Silver anti-microbial tubing that Morebeer sells.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 31, 2018, 07:46:08 PM »
Oh man, I hate blowoff. 

It's one of the main reasons I switched to a 10 gallon fermentor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 30, 2018, 04:58:23 PM »
In a few hours I'm going to start on a single hop APA with Denali and some rye.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to brew for my 300th batch?
« on: December 30, 2018, 04:56:25 PM »
As much as I really enjoy Unibroue and thier great beers, when I brew it’s really Trappist inspired and more traditional. I mainly make changes in ingredients but stick to the “Big Three”: 3787, 1214, and 1762, with occasional forays with Duvel yeast.

I guess it’s a bit difficult to explain, but while I love Ommegang and Unibroue and think they are the best North American Belgian style beers there are, I don’t want to replicate those yeast derived flavors in my own.

Are you still on hiatus or are you brewing again now?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to brew for my 300th batch?
« on: December 30, 2018, 01:29:53 AM »
I use the Florida Crystals in my Tripels, and they always finish plenty dry (last one was 1.007).  I'd be interested to try their invert syrup though, if I can find it.

Pils, a blend of pils and pale, or either of those with a touch of torrified wheat makes for a nice one in my opinion (with an ample does of sugar).

I really just use 3787, 1214, and 1762 based on what I want, although I have used 3787 exclusively for all of them for a while.

Have you ever tried 3864?  I tapped a keg of Belgian Blonde about an hour ago that was fermented with it, and the yeast character is great - probably a bit too high for the style even though I kept the temp below 68° in an effort to subdue it a bit. 

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