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Equipment and Software / Re: Universal poppet valves
« on: December 24, 2013, 08:46:41 AM »
I've read that the universal poppits are just a little bit too long for most kegs; they apparently restrict the flow on the liquid side. Some guys cut them down to fit. I don't have first hand experience with them, so I can't say for sure what's causing it. But if they work now, then that's good, right?

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Beer Recipes / Re: How about an Oatmeal Stout recipe?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:47:51 AM »
I've always thought oats provided a sort of mouthfeel effect more so than a flavor effect. Maybe toasting them would lend some flavor?

This is what I use oatmeal for. Personally, I don't like the toasted oats taste in a beer. I don't like Sam Sniths oatmeal stout because of this flavor. (According to another thread, I shouldn't be trusted
Blasphemy!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:08:28 AM »
Seems that pin locks are becoming more scarce nowadays, as well. We're not too far off from having to buy all new, I'm thinking.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: wlp 830...strong starter
« on: December 22, 2013, 11:56:21 AM »
My starters never foam like that. Wonder why...

I had a starter of White Labs Pacific Ale yeast blow off before. It was insane. And the beer it was brewed with blew the airlock off to the ceiling 2 days into fermentation. But my starters are pretty tame. They only foam up when I do the walk by shake/swirl.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 34/70
« on: December 21, 2013, 12:38:44 PM »
Holy sh*t, dudes! $7 for a pack of 34/70? I'd go liquid yeast at that point.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: I can't fiqure out where this sediment came from
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:46:00 AM »
I've bottled from the keg as well and had sediment in the bottles. I bottled what I thought was clear beer, but get just a small layer of sediment on the bottom. I'm assuming it's just extra yeast dropping out. But I haven't noticed it after only an hour or two.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Overshooting ABV
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:16:18 AM »
I used to have the problem of beers finishing too low, but now I can't seem to get them to finish low enough. Not sure why. Probably had something to do with water chemistry. I used to get beers finishing really dry with US-05 before I messed with water. Now, they don't finish like that so much. Still learning after all these years.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop storage at the LHBS
« on: December 19, 2013, 06:39:40 AM »
I've never gotten onion/garlic from centennial or simcoe. That's interesting...
These were hops you bought that were sitting out on the shelf?

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Ingredients / Re: Hop storage at the LHBS
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:29:50 PM »
A drug store that carries some homebrewing supplies near me also has their hops unrefrigerated at room temp. It's not good. I don't buy from them. Just the random pound of specialty malt if I need it. They have their dry yeast out as well next to the hops. Also not good.

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:35:10 PM »
I make my own PBW with 70% Oxyclean and 30% TSP90.

Measured by weight or volume?
Measured by weight. Not sure how it works out, but like 2.8lbs of oxiclean and 1.2lbs of TSP90, or something like that to make up 4lbs. It's somewhere around there.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New or old Soda Kegs
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:31:22 PM »
Agreed. But you can get them for a reasonable price at Beverage Factory, brand new.
You're right. Damn, why are they cheaper than ball locks? Demand I guess.
Right, if they weren't purportedly such a pain the ass to clean, I'd switch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Last brew day for 2013
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:29:36 PM »
Last Saturday might've been my last of the year. It put me at 36 batches for the year, I think. A lot of 3 and 4 gallon batches. I'd like to brew one more time, an IPA, but not sure I'll have the time/fermenter free. Got a pilsner going right now.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:22:22 AM »
Damn...well, oh well. Maybe, if anything, it'd keep from air getting sucked in. I don't know. Just theorizing. Perhaps I won't worry about it then. Thanks for your input.

well it will prevent air from coming in that's true. might make a difference. positive pressure and all that.
Roight. That was my thinking. Couldn't hurt, I suppose.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:41:26 AM »
Damn...well, oh well. Maybe, if anything, it'd keep from air getting sucked in. I don't know. Just theorizing. Perhaps I won't worry about it then. Thanks for your input.

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Ingredients / Re: Water Profile for Helles
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:19:33 AM »
You might want to add a little calcium chloride to that profile. 22ppm calcium is a bit low and you should bring it up to at least 40ppm. 50ppm would be ideal. I usually shoot for 50ppm calcium, 50-75ppm sulfate, and 50ppm chloride. I don't worry about the rest. I adjust mash pH with a couple ounces of acid malt. Pitch a ton of yeast, get the wort down to fermentation temp before pitching, aerate well, do a diacetyl rest if necessary, and you should be golden.

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