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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brett gear
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:50:32 PM »
Good to know!  I don't mind dedicating the fermenter, since I have a conical for my regular brews.  My question now is about my Blichman Beer Gun.  Can I use it to bottle a Brett beer without tainting all subsequent bottled beers?

I'm nervous about the same thing as well. I've only bottled mixed ferment beers with the Beer Gun so far.

I have successfully bottled a brett-only beer after brett-bacteria beers, but its only a matter of time before risking it catches up with you. Ask my funky quad (accidentally used the wrong sample thief).

When I go to bottle the next clean beer, I'll probably buy another accessory kit ($20 is worthwhile insurance to me).

I am worried about the rubber ball (valve seat) at the end of the gun. It doesn't come with the kit (it should), but I'll probably also buy a spare ball for clean beers and keep it with the kit.

I was worried about cross contamination as well.  So, for my beer gun I have seperate tubing and rubber stopper for bottling my sour beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:26:52 AM »
I always have something malty on tap as well as a belgian, but after a while I crave American hops and have to make an ipa or apa.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:39:26 AM »
I wish everyone would stop being so nice about last year's banquet meal. Worst entree I've ever had at an AHA Conference.

Based on my sample size of 4, I would agree.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:56:42 AM »
Dave Barber and the Leigh Valley table last year was great to watch.

We did have fun!! 

I agree that last years dinner was not as good as previous dinners, both Seattle and San Diego were excellent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cross Contamination Question
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:51:39 AM »
I separate all my plastic, tubing, etc. and have a dedicated sour keg, but I don't have a dedicated CO2 line.  I ferment my lambics and flanders in the same are as all my other beers and have never had any cross-contamination.  I am fanatical about my cleaning/sanitation though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:47:23 AM »
Looks like you had an awesome day...thanks for sharing the pics.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg to keg transfer of carbonated beer
« on: January 21, 2014, 06:45:44 AM »
I use the same process that Jeff does.  I chill the beer down to 32 before transferring and have never had any issues with foaming.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 16, 2014, 11:13:45 AM »

KC - March 28/29
Philly - March 28/29
San Diego - 4/4
Seattle - 4/4
St. Paul - 4/11
Denver? - 4/11

I would guess that the remaining sites have not nailed down something with the AHA yet.

updating, 12 sites now appear on the BJCP competition list.

3/28:  Kansas City, Austin, NYC, Nashville
4/4:   Philly, San Diego, Seattle, Zanesville, Sacramento
4/11:  Denver, St Paul, Chicago

hopefully the dates stick but looks like all the sites are at least decided.

Interesting that they have both NYC and Philly, since those comps would pull from the same judge pool.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter temp
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:06:43 AM »
I ferment all my starters at room temperature which can vary from 62 in the winter to low 70s in spring/fall.  Summer starters ferment in the basement in high 60s.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Measuring vial?
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:53:38 AM »
I just use a syringe marked in ml.  Too easy?

+1, i use a 3 ml syringe that is marked every 0.1 ml.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Home-brew Club Manhiem/Lancaster, PA?
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:51:30 AM »
The  Lancaster County Brewers meet at the Lancaster Brewing Company on the last Wednesday of every month.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:07:15 PM »
Brewing an Am. Amber on New Year's Day then a German Pilsner on Sunday assuming my starter is ready.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop storage at the LHBS
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:06:34 PM »
I stopped by this store once and while I wasn't buying hops at the time it shocked me that they were not storing their hops in a refrigerator.  I would never buy hops from a HBS that didn't store their hops cold.
So you know the store I speak of? For your location, can I assume your LHBS is Keystone Homebrew? The owner of my LHBS says he learned much of the business from your LHBS owner. Still much to learn, Grasshopper. Well, too late now. There's a bulk hop order in my near future. Should have some nice, fresh hops just in time to brew an IPA for War of the Worts.
 http://www.yakimavalleyhops.com/mobile/default.aspx looks like they have a great selection and pretty good prices.

Yes, my LHBS is Keystone, but I usually buy my hops in bulk either from Freshops or Hopsdirect.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Classic American Pilsener
« on: December 20, 2013, 07:13:26 AM »
I make one once a year. 80% 6 row, 20% corn meal cereal mashed. Cluster for bittering to 38 IBU (total with late additions calculated in the total) then Jamils late Saaz additions. WLP 833.

Got a first place in NHC first round, 38 in second round with no medal. The judges said they got corn, not bitter enough. Will bump it up in IBUs next time.

I remember having Jeff's CAP at club night at the NHC in San Diego, one of the best beers of the night!

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Ingredients / Re: Hop storage at the LHBS
« on: December 20, 2013, 07:09:12 AM »
I stopped by this store once and while I wasn't buying hops at the time it shocked me that they were not storing their hops in a refrigerator.  I would never buy hops from a HBS that didn't store their hops cold.

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