I'd probably just buy a new poppet, to be honest. I do really like the universals, have them for all my kegs.
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Yes, but think of the time I'm saving with my 3-second readings! Good point though and thanks for the additional links.
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows. RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.I know, it's always such a bummer. My lagers are tasty from the day I tap them, but those last few pints are as clear at the German lagers I strive to make. I just wish the whole keg could be like that.
Definitely inspect it before throwing the box it came in away. A friend of mine had to send one back because it had some rust spots inside. The price you pay for cheap Chinese stainless...Those are excellent prices for new kegs! I paid $82.50 at AIH, and I though that it was a good deal. I have found the kegs to be good quality. Jump on this if you need kegs.AIH is coming down in price too. I ordered a new corny for $75 on Tuesday. Haven't got a look at it yet though.
What kinda nerd drinks 4 cups of coffee at a PARTY?I try not to eat anything crazy spicy too soon before bedtime. Not from gastric distress but from the stimulant effect. I'll toss and turn all night. It's like drinking coffee.
I guess I'm one of those lucky souls who are not bothered by caffeine. My body has given up complaining about hot and spicy foods too. It used to drive my wife nuts that I could drink 4 cups of coffee at a party and then fall asleep before her.
Your girlfriend to be? Is she not your girlfriend anymore?
Speaking of wasted mead - my biggest blunder was putting a 14% semi-sweet mead on tap at a house party. After the pale ale kicked everyone started pulling pints of mead. On one hand it was nice seeing people enjoy my home brew, on the other hand I realized I just had $75 of honey drunk down in an evening.
ugh, that is painful. not that i don't have more than I can drink, but still. I couldn't even bring myself to give away 5 bottles of my best for NHC this year. Share with dad on Father's Day, with wife when she's feeling OK - otherwise the rest is usually mine.
The worst part was some of the people I didn't even know well (friends of friends, old College classmates, etc). And people didn't seem to heed the ABV despite being posted. Hell one 100lbs or so girl polished off 2 pints of it before realising it was 14%.
If I'm not mistaken that same party my best friend snuck into the basement to raid my case of Heady Topper - people must have caught on and the next morning clean up involved dumping several partially drunk cans... sigh. To be fair though I met my girlfriend to be that night so I suppose thats a wash haha.
I still buy Weihenstephaner and Ayinger...they're always really good. I wish Spaten would get with it and go to brown bottles...such a waste of good beer. Otherwise, if you get some of the lesser known German imports, they're almost always sh!te tasting (STALE). I'd still prefer those beers over most IPAs and stouts that we get fresh here in the US though...so tired of those styles. And I want to see more black IPA on the market!Pilsner Urquell is in brown bottles now...I was surprised to find out it's not as, or at all, skunky.
Wow! That's nice to know. I have not purchased PU in years because of the packaging. I rarely check the imported section of my local beer store these days because there is such a huge selection of fresh craft beer.
Around here, too!The beer isn't EXACTLY like those German lagers, but pretty good and certainly better than many American versions. I'm pretty much convinced now that whatever that flavor is that we get is just the fact that the beer has to travel so far and so long to get here...staleness or slight oxidation, I'd say.
Same here, this is what I do whenever I bottle now. I seems like a very professional brewery way to bottle.Perhaps the irony is that with a kegging set up bottling is a lot easier and more sanitary and better results. Rack beer into a keg, add priming sugar. Purge head space with co2. Shake or roll keg to distribute sugar. Insert bottling wand firmly into the spout on the cobra tap (it fits perfectly) and bottle standing up via co2 pressure rather than hunkering down on the floor. Much faster, easier and better!
+100, This is how I bottle now. So much easier than the bucket I used for years.