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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 27, 2016, 01:11:11 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg.  Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....

Have you ever had an oxidation problem?


LOL, you all have oxidation problems.

And you don't?  How do you know we all have oxidation problems?  Define a problem.  Geez, man, tone it down.
lulz...it's too much sometimes.
I doubt it's a problem in the short term, but yeah, maybe for longer aging. I doubt the autosiphon adds that much oxygen when starting the siphon. Sure it might me some right at the start, but it seems negligible. For my smaller batches, I ferment in kegs and push to fully purged kegs with co2. I really really like doing that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 27, 2016, 11:45:34 AM »
Deeeeeeecent. Thanks for posting.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 26, 2016, 01:54:26 PM »
Thanks for posting. I still might shell out for Micromatics though.

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BJCP means nothing when it comes to these styles. It sounds good, but unfortunately I don't have any experience with this kind of beer, especially in the Czech Republic.
I think what I'd do is brew a lower gravity Czech pilsner, do a step mash, and over pitch a tad. Pick up some good Moravian malt, use a little carafoam, maybe a percent or 2 of caramunich or 4-5% carahell, and call it good with wyeast 2000.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New blog
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:34:09 AM »
Blog... blog blog blog. The things people say nowadays...

Cool, thanks for sharing.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:32:09 AM »
I sent Customer Service - Sales at the Beverage Factory a question on the makeup of this product, once I receive a return message I'll post it.

Tom

Thanks, I would appreciate that.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:43:09 AM »
They are not stainless. Price would be about $10 higher and it wouldn't have a welded tail piece.
Looking at Beverage Factory, they are showing an all SS with fitted tail piece just like the plated type.
All SS Contact 4 1/8" Long Shank with Nipple Assembly - 3/16" I.D. Bore Model:SHANK4-ASC ($20.95)

http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/faucets/stainless-steel-shanks/KCSHANK4-ASC.shtml

Tom
Yes, they say "all SS contact", but that still bothers me. They're still chrome plated on the outside, which may be fine, I guess. Just wanting more assurance I guess.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 22, 2016, 07:25:55 AM »
They are not stainless. Price would be about $10 higher and it wouldn't have a welded tail piece.

The picture is of the faucet? Are your faucets stainless or chromed brass? How old is this gear?
My faucets are Perlick 425SS and 525SS, so good to go there. It's my shanks that need replacing... I'm going to throw down for Micromatic here in a bit. I'm certain, now, that these shanks are chrome plated brass. Unfortunate. I'm sure they're fine, but I don't really want to f*ck around with this anymore. Stainless is the way to go.

Tommy, even if 0.25% lead is in there, I'm not a fan of that. Thanks for posting that. I imagine almost every bar we get beer is serving from cheaper sh*t like this. So, it's probably a non-issue. But either way, I don't care for it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 21, 2016, 07:36:00 PM »
Here's the shanks I have. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/4-5-8-faucet-shank-with-welded-nipple.html

It says nothing about being stainless or anything. That bothers me. I may be getting new shanks with tax refund money here in a month. And, no, the stainless ones aren't cheap. A friend of mine was telling me that I shouldn't worry about it and there shouldn't be any lead exposure. He might be right...just don't know what to think. Still might not be a bad idea to upgrade to some good stainless shanks though. I feel I may find in a few years this same discoloration happens. The next time you apart your taps, guys, take a close look and snap a photo; I'll bet they aren't pristine and probably have some discoloration.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« on: January 21, 2016, 04:10:50 PM »
For a little batch, look for the mini auto siphons. I think you'll find your next beer to be night and day better. Good luck!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 21, 2016, 04:08:34 PM »
That looks really nice!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« on: January 21, 2016, 02:21:19 PM »
Did you say you POURED the beer out of the fermenter? After fermentation? This would be very bad.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 21, 2016, 01:09:21 PM »
Personally, I wouldn't trust them, especially is replacements aren't terribly expensive.

In my case, what was especially concerning was that the parts were advertised as being stainless. If some cheap Chinese pot metal is used, who knows its composition? One can hope everything used would be food safe, but if it's already been proven untrustworthy once...
You may be right. The two that were advertised as stainless were purchased from Beverage Factory I believe. They don't look as bad as the one pictured. After soaking in BKF for a few minutes and scrubbing with a brush, it didn't do anything. I'm guess it's brass? And is brass bad for beer and our health then?
And if it is just beer stone, how does that affect the beer?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying brews at chain restaurants?
« on: January 21, 2016, 12:34:55 PM »
Standard prices for pints are $5 and up here. I usually get water, but sometimes I'll get a beer. With pizza, I like cherry pepsi. I just feel it pairs better. I almost never get more than 2 beers when I'm out, usually just 1 at a restaurant. That sh*t adds up real quick.
A friend of mine uses this excuse, "I hardly ever go out for beers and I don't buy much beer, so when I do go out, I don't mind paying a little extra." He also brews and does the majority of his drinking at his place or mine.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 21, 2016, 12:20:16 PM »
I have not tried BKF, but I will. I wonder how that would get the inside of the shanks too, maybe my dip tube brush would get it... If it really is that the chrome plating wore off, I wonder if these are still safe to use and also won't affect the beer flavor? I can't be the only one experiencing this. I'm surprised only a few have chimed in here.

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