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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is my beer infected?
« on: April 02, 2014, 01:09:26 PM »
It's surprisingly good! I had it in Seattle at NHC. Balanced flavors.  :)

Me too.  That booth had some really good beers at Club Night.
Apparently you're not too old to remember a sip of beer during a beer conference two years ago. Great! ;) 
Was that the one where you brought the Cross Dressing Amateurs beer?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:33:46 PM »
Good call. I still get 5 gallon kegs since I never know if I'll want to jump to 5 gallon batches again someday. Right now I do 4 gallon batches. Just have the extra head space, not too big a deal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is my beer infected?
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:31:29 PM »
That's just wrong...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: April 01, 2014, 12:30:23 PM »
I wish the 3 gallon kegs cost less. But they cost just as much, and more in some cases, than the 5 gallon kegs. It's crazy. I usually put in the comments of the order to make sure the posts can be removed before shipping.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:05:24 AM »
Beverage elements are currently selling 5-gallon AEB kegs for $99.95.
I think it's great they warn you of issues with removing the posts. I had issues with 2 kegs and had to send them back to Northern Brewer. Fortunately they took them back and sent replacements that the posts could be removed from. I don't understand why they manufacture these kegs with posts that are difficult and/or made to not be removed. What about pieces of hop debris? That's not just gonna come out of there when running sanitizer through the posts. I'm not all that worried about that as I try pretty hard to keep hops out of the keg when racking to the serving keg. But's just an annoyance.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:58:21 AM »
This was a most delicious bitter from around the new year. Not a recent brew, but post worthy, I think. I miss that beer...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: March 31, 2014, 05:58:09 AM »
Anyone familiar with Kegco? They are selling brand new 5 gallon kegs for around $100 a piece
I'm not, but I'm curious about them as well. I have 3 of the new AEB kegs. I like them. But it sucks the poppets aren't removeable. But, they can be removed with a needle nose pliers and replaced with universal poppets. I'm just about to retire an old finicky keg I think and get another new one.

The efficiency comes from the difference in electrical consumption by the two - the chest freezer doesn't "spill" the cold out like an upright freezer or refrigerator, so opening it to remove something isn't causing a surge of warm air to enter to displace the cold air that falls out of an upright device.  Of course, if all other things are equal, it makes sense that unopened vessels that are equally well insulated will be the same efficiency, but I open my freezers and refrigerators relatively frequently - weekly, if not more, but I try to minimize openings whenever possible.
That's true. Once a week really isn't often enough that it'd make much of a difference, I wouldn't think. But I don't know. I do like having my chest freezer open while I'm kegging and noticing that the temp doesn't change much in the 5 or 10 minutes it might be opening (closed transfer from primary keg to serving keg, without having to lift the keg into the freezer, is a nice luxury of doing close transfers).

Beer Recipes / Re: Dry Stout
« on: March 28, 2014, 06:46:46 AM »
I could see 1.010 above the beer so I called it 1.010, but probably 1.008-9
Wow, you really got it to dry out. I'm having issues getting my darker beers to dry out like that, or at least finish under 1.016. I mean, 1.016 is a nice finishing gravity for something like an oatmeal stout, but for a black IPA I want it to be a little drier or for a mild starting at 1.044, it shouldn't finish at 1.015. Although it's not bad or anything, just seems like it should be finishing drier.
Very nice looking beer there.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Conversion time trame
« on: March 28, 2014, 06:40:16 AM »
That seems weird. I'm no expert on the subject, but that just seems odd. I mash for 60 minutes typically and average between 75 and 80% efficiency and the beer clears after being in the keg for a couple weeks.

Just like a chest freezer on an external thermostat has proven to be more efficient than a refrigerator for me.
Why do you think that is? After my chest freezer dies, which may be a while, I plan to switch to a fridge conversion. No external temperature control needed, freezer for hops; it's a multi-purpose kegerator.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dry Stout
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:22:39 PM »
What gravity did it finish at? And post a picture!

All Grain Brewing / Re: troubleshoot my too-bitter North German Pils
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:54:00 AM »
Hmmm, I don't think 30 extra minutes would make that much of a difference on the first wort hops. One thing I can think of is acidifying you sparge water. This sounds a bit like a tannin issue, not a hop issue. But I could be wrong there. You didn't mention what your water source is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 26, 2014, 11:29:18 AM »
My friend with the discerning palate asked me if my last pale ale was Bass ale a number of times. That floored me because my opinion of the batch is less complementary. ;D But it is very drinkable compared to what I was brewing years ago.

Cutting out commercial brews is also a reaction to the prices. Anything actually imported- particularly from the Eurozone is crazy expensive and travel damaged. I'm seeing a lot more obscure domestic and local beer as the new craft breweries are coming on line. They ain't cheap either folks.
This is why I brew a lot of German lagers. The ones we get aren't at all fresh and there isn't much for good German style lagers brewed in the US. All I see at bars are IPAs, Belgians, and commercial lager. Nothing I'm after.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Chart for bottle pressures?
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:12:24 AM »
I'm not sure, no. But did you search HomeBrewTalk? Anything you need to know about brewing is on that forum, pretty much.

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