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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from a keg
« on: December 07, 2011, 11:40:58 AM »

 
Obviously bottling for competition may require different rigor than heading out to a Christmas party for the night. ;)



That's the point!  The point is that the cheap method is just as effective as spending hard earned dough on a beer gun.  You can flush the bottle with CO2 before you fill them, you don't need a beer gun! You don't!
Even if you didn't flush the bottles with CO2, if you cap on foam (which is almost 100% CO2), you won't have much O2 in the bottle if any. 
You just can't always believe what you're told in ads and on TV.  "You need this! Give us your money for something you can do yourself!"
Have you ever used a beer gun?
No.  Why is that important?  The cheap method is effective.  Flushes the bottle of CO2, fill at a very low PSI, chill the bottles, and that's good.  You still have to do that with a beer gun.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from a keg
« on: December 07, 2011, 11:37:51 AM »

 
Obviously bottling for competition may require different rigor than heading out to a Christmas party for the night. ;)



That's the point!  The point is that the cheap method is just as effective as spending hard earned dough on a beer gun.  You can flush the bottle with CO2 before you fill them, you don't need a beer gun! You don't!
Even if you didn't flush the bottles with CO2, if you cap on foam (which is almost 100% CO2), you won't have much O2 in the bottle if any. 
You just can't always believe what you're told in ads and on TV.  "You need this! Give us your money for something you can do yourself!"

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The Pub / Re: Last Week
« on: December 07, 2011, 10:25:02 AM »
I heard about those winds.  That's pretty intense!  Glad everything is okay. Have a beer.

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Our club is doing our annual 24 hour brew-a-thon camp out at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Dade City, Fl.  I have the sweet Saturday mid-morning shift.  Everybody is welcome to stop in and brew or watch others brew.  We'll start at 9pm Friday and brew through to Saturday night, then have a pig roast.
Damn, that sounds awesome.

I'm gonna brew a rye IPA on Saturday I think.  Thought about brewing it tonight, but I just may postpone.

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The Pub / Re: it's that horrifying moment
« on: December 07, 2011, 06:42:57 AM »
Eww!

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Ingredients / Re: 15 kg of hops...
« on: December 06, 2011, 09:14:55 AM »
I inventoried my hops the other day...I've got 32+ lb. crammed into my freezer!   I have GOT to stop buying hops!
I don't have 32lbs, but I have more than I need. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from a keg
« on: December 06, 2011, 09:10:13 AM »
Haha, good one.  

Anyway, so clearly we're divided here on the bottling from a keg method.  Oh well, I guess we'll all just have to go with what we're comfortable with.  I'm just saying that a beergun isn't the cheapest option.  I also feel like some of you guys are a little too paranoid (maybe for the better, who knows).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First Homebrew!
« on: December 06, 2011, 08:18:06 AM »
Congrats!  I didn't brew decent beer until about my 3rd or 4th batch.  Looks like you're started on the right foot right off the bat.  That's very encouraging.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from a keg
« on: December 06, 2011, 08:06:31 AM »
 

Now this years Pils may have had less precursor, and maybe the beer gun did not help it.  Last years Pils was a better Pils as the wife and I remember.  For competitions, you need to get the beer there in the best condition you can.  If you have the $ to spend, why not do it the best you can. If you have a good beer, why lose that goodness in bottling, or for that matter shipping.

Because there are cheaper and sufficient options.  It's like buying expensive beer instead of making your own ;)

Last night I messed with it.  Had a keg filled with CO2, shot a couple bottles full of CO2 and set a sanitized cap on top of them, waiting to be bottled.  Then switched my picnic tap over to the keg to be bottled from.  Every couple seconds I'd hear the cap jump a little as the bottle burped CO2, it was kinda neat.
I think that's a plenty worthy and cheap alternative to spending a hundo on a beergun.  But hey, to each his own.  If you wanna spend the money, go for it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from a keg
« on: December 05, 2011, 03:21:16 PM »
I just had a thought...

What if you had an empty sanitized keg filled with CO2 and a picnic tap with a wand hooked up to that.  You could use that to flush the bottle with CO2 before you fill with with beer.  So essentially, you'd have 2 picnic taps with wands in them: one for flushing with CO2, the other for filling with a stopper under pressure.  

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 05, 2011, 02:47:28 PM »
Temps are starting to drop finally here in Eastern Iowa.  This has been one of the nicest autumns I can remember.
It's 28F right now with the winds blowing from the NW at 13mph.  Still not cold by anything stretch, just trying to acclimate since I commute everywhere by bicycle.  Wind proof clothing is key.


yeah it's getting bitter here is CA as well, must have been 45 last night ;)
Aw, it's a rough life isn't it?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-using Yeast for Starters
« on: December 05, 2011, 02:44:25 PM »
I suppose there some trub although I've been doing better about leaving the break in the kettle and I strain out the hops so I would guess the cake is 2/3 yeast or more.
Gotcha.  I don't really have a good way to leave out the trub and hops.  I just try to leave it in the kettle when I'm pouring into my fermenter.  Maybe I should get a strainer of some sort.  I also don't save yeast from highly hopped beers.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-using Yeast for Starters
« on: December 05, 2011, 02:38:37 PM »
How much is in the jars?  If it's a full 8 oz, I would use less.  Much less.
There's probably a lot of trub in there too.  I was kinda wondering the same since I parce my yeast cakes off into 3 or 4 pint mason jars.  I've been pitching a whole jar without a starter. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from a keg
« on: December 05, 2011, 02:35:45 PM »
The racking cane tube in the bottling wand works fine, until your Pilsner gets dinged in the second round of the NHC, 2010.  This year a Beergun fixed that. 
 
You're sure it was because of the beergun? 

Hamiltont it sounds like a lot of work just to cut a racking cane!  I don't have the torch...I'm pretty sure I have a hack saw laying around somewhere...

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 05, 2011, 12:34:01 PM »
Temps are starting to drop finally here in Eastern Iowa.  This has been one of the nicest autumns I can remember.
It's 28F right now with the winds blowing from the NW at 13mph.  Still not cold by any stretch, just trying to acclimate since I commute everywhere by bicycle.  Wind proof clothing is key.

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