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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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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hose on first?
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:09:15 AM »
I don't understand how those setups can produce a good pour, and finding a place to fill or swap CO2 tanks is pretty easy in most places.

Check to see if there is an Airgas branch in your area: https://www.airgas.com/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Diacetyl?
« on: January 16, 2016, 09:48:10 AM »
I bet it's fine. 

There are a ton of hops in that recipe, and you say you only kegged it a week ago.  Let it chill for a while.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Beer Bug?
« on: January 15, 2016, 10:48:32 AM »
I actually think it's pretty cool, but it isn't compatible with my fermentors.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: wort makeup and attenuation
« on: January 15, 2016, 10:40:56 AM »
If you repitched  a dry yeast from a previous fermentation (slurry) with poor aeration, then that could definitely be your issue. While dry yeast reportedly does not need oxygen in its initial use, subsequent generations will most definitely be oxygen deprived and in great need of proper aeration to fully attenuate your next batch of wort.

Hmmmm...if oxygen is used to synthesize sterols needed for yeast reproduction, but you already have a heavy population of yeast cells, do you really need aeration?

If you believe in the gospel according to S. Cerevisiae: (i) yeast cells harvested at the end of fermentation have reached quiescence and have low ergosterol and UFA reserves, (ii) ergosterol and UFA reserves help keep cell walls pliable, (iii) low pliability negatively affects the ability of yeast to attenuate extract as it makes it more difficult for nutrients and waste to pass in and out of cells, (iv) since yeast use O2 to synthesize ergosterol and UFA, cells with low ergosterol and UFA reserves have higher O2 demands and benefit from proper aeration/oxygenation.

Not my own knowledge, just paraphrasing...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 80% CO2, 20% N2 - possible, yeah?
« on: January 14, 2016, 11:03:44 AM »
May have to pull the bottles out of the keezer and make some sort of pass through. I remember seeing a thread about that a month or so ago, and I liked Mark's design, but I can't find it anymore. :(

There are pictures of his setup in the following thread:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=25373.0

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 80% CO2, 20% N2 - possible, yeah?
« on: January 13, 2016, 04:25:41 PM »
I think the issue with using regular beer gas is that it's 75% nitrogen and 25% CO2.  AmandaK is looking for 20% nitrogen and 80% CO2.

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Once you add the water back, you only have residual buffers from interstitial spaces and absorbed into the husks (maybe some adsorption too) to mitigate the pH change from the new sparge water (also why a lot of people sparge with RO).

I've found that even when I batch sparge with distilled water, the pH will rise slightly. 

Recently, I step mashed two lagers using hot water infusions and the step caused the pH to rise from 5.37 to 5.45 on the amber and 5.37 to 5.48 on the dunkel.  On the dunkel, I also measured the pH during the sparge, and it was at 5.55.

I think those values are low enough that tannin extraction won't be an issue, but I've only had a small taste of the amber, and the dunkel is still fermenting.

I used to mitigate this by adding a small dose of 10% phosphoric acid to the sparge water - something I might start doing again. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Sealer
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:55:30 PM »
You might be able to get a really good deal if you wait until right after Xmas.

Good call. It's on sale for $59.99 right now. 

I just bought one.

Edit: Man, this thing is awesome.  I wish I had more stuff around the house that needed to be vacuumed sealed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:04:11 PM »
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.

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Looking at the product in the link, do you guys see any drawbacks or issues with the quality of some of the products within the system?

I think 4 feet of beverage tubing will be too short to properly balance your system; it depends on your serving pressure.  It's an easy fix with some additional tubing though.

-would anyone suggest I go with the faucet adapter kit instead? http://www.homebrewing.org/25-Gallon-Ball-Lock-Keg-System-w-Faucet-Adapter-New-AIH-Keg-2_p_5984.html

I've never understood how you can balance a draft system with one of those things. 

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