« on: February 24, 2014, 12:52:47 PM »
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I need to add some sort of pick-up to the inside of my bucket. The current bucket I have is from MoreBeer and the spigot sucks. It requires the hole to be drilled way above the bottom or else the spigot would hit the floor. I have to have my lady lift and tip for me. I thought about using a corny, but most of my bottled batches are more than 5 gallonsI use a keg for my bottling "bucket". Works very nicely.
I don't see how half pints would cut into profits. I fully to expect to pay a little over 1/2 the price of a full pint of beer when I get a half pint. I realize there are extra glasses to be cleaned and fills for the bartenders to pour. I really don't mind paying a little more per oz. Some places get downright offended if you ask for a half pint though.Yes they do. I had a manager at a local brewery get pissed at me because I asked for a half fill on my mug, for which I am a mug club member of their brewery. I couldn't believe it...why is it such a big deal? It turned me off a bit and I don't go to the brewery so much anymore. It's sad. He was being a dick about it.
Thought of another thing that bugs me alittle... I don't like when breweries or craft beer bars don't sell half pints. I really do enjoy a half pint much more than a pint typically. Mainly because I had have more variety.Me and my girlfriend were talking about this just last night. It's a great idea. Russian River does it, and that's super awesome. Some people, like her, have a lower tolerance and don't want a full pint all the time. And for those of us that do have a higher tolerance, it's nice too to experience different kinds without having to get a flight. 8 ounces of beer is about the right amount to get a full experience on a beer, I think. Flights don't give you enough for that experience.
To me, it's not just about brewing lower alcohol beers. Being pre diabetic, I'm extremely concerned about carbs. so if I brew lower alcohol beers, I may tend to drink more of them than I should. The me, the issue is self control. Can you walk away from a beer? Do you feel you need to have a beer every day? Do you take days off from drinking during the week?It really is about self control. But I think the more important issue is drinking responsibly. Know when not to drink that 3rd or 4th beer. I do almost all of my drinking at home, so I don't make any rules about it and I rarely go a day with out a beer or 2. I don't think beer every day has to be a bad thing. What about coffee? What about food? Are you eating lots of sugar? Fried food? Bread?
If it's new style to me I start with a recipe from Brewing Classic Styles and make adjustments from there. Start with a known recipe and learn what the different pieces are doing my tweaking one thing at a time.Same here. I do this when I can on something new to me and substitute ingredients if I don't have the exact ones they list. Basically, I just plan out a couple recipes of styles I think sound good at the time. And I try to keep my recipes as simple as possible.
To Beersk,Thanks. I'll have to consider that. Someday...
Morebeer is taking pre-orders on them. I signed up for mine yesterday. Of course I have no idea when it may arrive.
I have a 2.5 and 2 20 pounders. The small one works great for parties and the 20s mean I never run out of gas.Wow, you must not drink/brew much. I'm going through a 20 pounder in around a year. I brewed 38 four gallon batches last year, which is more than I plan to do this year, actually.
Maybe take a look at the SS Brew Bucket.If you can get one. They look sweet. I ferment in stainless now, 4 gallon batches in 5 gallon ball lock kegs. I don't like plastic and glass is dangerous. I handle my carboys suuuuuper carefully and never really had any close calls, but I'd just rather ferment in something that is going to last me a life time without worry.
Not being able to see the beer actually is a plus for me because it encourages me to just forget about the beer once it's in the fermenter. I don't need to be messing around with it while it's working and the fact that I would have to pull the lid to peek encourages me to leave well enough alone.This is true for me, as well.
one minor point, if you have the choice I would get the lids that are drilled for a big stopper rather than the little gromet. I find the gromet seizes to the airlock and it is difficult to get them apart. also with the larger airlock hole you can just pop the stopper and stick a thief or siphon tube right in there without removing the lid.That's a good point. You could even modify the stopper so you could start the siphon with co2 like the orange caps for carboys.