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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Non-Vinyl Draught Tubing
« on: June 07, 2016, 12:20:02 PM »
Out of curiosity, did you have any of the excessive foaming on the first few pours?

I didn't experience the excessive foaming, but I appreciated the warning.

Beer Recipes / Re: Narvin's Juiciest IPA
« on: June 07, 2016, 09:37:53 AM »
I'm hoping it will be on Friday when the AHA meetup is going on.

Nice!  Hope to try some.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starter Life Expectancy
« on: June 07, 2016, 09:35:33 AM »
does 8 days of 'cold crashing' kind of nullify the effects of a starter?

It obviously won't be at high krausen, but the yeast will be fine.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Non-Vinyl Draught Tubing
« on: June 07, 2016, 09:33:30 AM »
I went with this:

Near the bottom of the page it says that 3/16" line provides 2.2 lbs. of restriction per foot.  I assume that is just a generalization and not specific to any one type of 3/16" ID tubing though.

10 ft. of line seems to work well for me, and I usually keep my regulator at 16 psi.

I'm thinking about the feasibility of the following after some research and time to absorb everyone's comments:

If I were to install some keg posts on my fermentation bucket and purchase a single keg, wouldn't I be able to hook the keg up to my bucket and have it act as a dump for CO2? It could essentially act as my airlock and purge itself through the fermentation process. I could gravity feed the beer into it when ready and even transfer early and use a spunding valve to let the beer carb on its way to FG. Then if I want I could either serve from the keg or bleed off some pressure and bottle from the keg.

I think that would work.  I don't see that you would need to install keg posts on the bucket though.  Couldn't you just run some tubing from the bucket airlock to the liquid QD on the keg?  Then run some more tubing from the gas QD on the keg into a jar of sanitizer.

If your fermenting bucket has a spigot you can use gravity to rack to the keg through the liquid QD.  Then you can hook up tubing from the gas QD back to the bucket airlock for a closed loop transfer.

If you don't have a spigot, you can use CO2 to rack up through a racking cane and into the keg.  Hook some tubing up to the gas QD that terminates in a jar of sanitizer (or use no gas QD and leave the PRV valve open depending on how much O2 contact you are attempting to limit).

I've been doing all my transfers under CO2 pressure for a long time (first using 10 gallon corny kegs as fermentors and more recently a stainless brew bucket).  I learned how to do it from Dean Palmer's website.

Beer Recipes / Re: Too much crystal?
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:21:04 AM »
Try to source English Crystal 60 if possible.  I notice a difference between english and american crystal malts (while preferring english ones most of the times).

Maybe I should try it again sometime, but I stopped using US crystal malt years ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: rolling boil?
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:15:27 AM »
I boil less vigorously than what is shown in any of those videos.

Oh and this looks pretty awful

I wonder how it tastes. I'd be interested to drink one.

Equipment and Software / Thermapen Classic Sale
« on: June 03, 2016, 01:47:05 PM »
Grey Thermapen Classic is on sale for $69.

I've been thinking about getting one, though I prefer blue.

The Pub / Re: Best digital format
« on: June 03, 2016, 10:15:16 AM »
I've begun converting all my CDs to play in the car.  Which format is better, mp3, wma or aac?

Isn't the general consensus that at the same bitrate, an AAC file sounds better than an MP3? 

I ripped all of my CDs into AAC at 320 kbps.  I personally cannot hear the difference between that and a CD (at least not on the audio equipment that I currently own).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick fix for leaky poppits?
« on: June 02, 2016, 10:32:06 AM »
Release the pressure and leave the PRV open while you remove the post and replace the poppet?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: rolling boil?
« on: June 02, 2016, 10:28:06 AM »
What is the deal with "thermal stress?"

There's a bit of info on this in Section 2.6 of the low oxygen brewing paper along with a reference to Kunze on target evaporation rates.

Events / NHC Seminar Schedule
« on: June 01, 2016, 12:05:04 PM »
Has anyone put together a seminar schedule? 

The chart that was created and sent around last year was really helpful.

Equipment and Software / Re: GFCI Outlets
« on: May 30, 2016, 10:50:34 AM »
Cool, thanks.

I want to plug my new pump into a power strip so I can use the strip's on/off switch to control it.  The strip will be plugged into a GFCI outlet.

Not the slightest sign of activity this morning, so will dump the batch tonight.

I would give it another day before you dump it.  I bet it starts up.

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