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When I got my new brew system I got the Blichman burner and love it, burns super clean, really quiet and sips propane.


It does??? I've always heard it guzzles it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Brown inside shank
« on: January 19, 2016, 07:14:54 AM »
Does anyone notice this in their shanks? Took my setup apart for cleaning the other day and noticed this. Seems kinda sketchy... or am I just being paranoid? I tried soaking it in BLC and scrubbing with a brush and that didn't do a damn thing for it. These are supposedly stainless steel, so it can't be any of the finish wearing off, like if it were chrome. Is it beerstone? And if so, does that affect flavor?




Thanks!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Helles water profile
« on: January 18, 2016, 08:14:31 PM »
I usually use the Yellow Balanced profile, sometimes I'll just use 1/2tsp calcium chloride in the mash with phosphoric acid or acid malt; it varies. Still kind of trying to find my favorite water profile. It's a difficult style to brew really well, maybe the hardest.

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The Pub / Re: NB Forum
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:01:33 PM »
I stopped learning things there and found I was just repeatedly telling people about very basic brewing practices.  It got old.

I know the feeling.  ;)
Lol, I think there's a bit of a difference in sharing How To Brew a hundred times and foreign mashing technique.  Your comparision fits better with this clip from High Fidelity. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOwjVVSNOtY
Aw sh*t, I love that movie! lol

Yeah, I stopped going to the NB forum as soon as I saw they changed the format. It's impossible to read.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 80% CO2, 20% N2 - possible, yeah?
« on: January 16, 2016, 11:19:15 AM »
Man, it's sad to see Mark's username in "Guest" status. I think we must've drilled him too hard with questions and burnt him out. That's a bummer...

That's not what happened.  See reply #7 in the thread titled "The Pub?".
Thanks for the PM. What a f*cked up situation.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 80% CO2, 20% N2 - possible, yeah?
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:33:40 AM »
Man, it's sad to see Mark's username in "Guest" status. I think we must've drilled him too hard with questions and burnt him out. That's a bummer...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Huh?
« on: January 15, 2016, 12:06:20 PM »
This has happened to me before. Belgian yeast and hefe yeast, mostly.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Thin and bland - culprits?
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:50:30 AM »
Perfect.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Thin and bland - culprits?
« on: January 15, 2016, 08:54:42 AM »
Great thoughts guys! Keep 'em coming!

And, Brewinhard, I've been considering an MW102 for my first pH meter purchase here in the next month or two. I've always dreaded having to buy one, but as Ken has pointed out, it's kind of like a hydrometer or thermometer - just another tool that one really should have. So I guess that's the next step in my brewing... I am drinking the Vienna lager right now and it's definitely not thin and bland, fortunately. But I'm glad I started this thread, there's a lot of really good thoughts and ideas coming here.

I have the MW101 and couldn't be more happy with it.  At first I had a bit of struggles (not much) nailing my target pH's, but lately I have been pretty spot on with the Brunwater predictions.  The beers have definitely been benefitting IMO.
Good to hear. I'm more apprehensive about maintaining the meter than anything else.

Short of keeping the probe submerged in storage solution. Its a non issue.
Good. The probe has a cap that can hold the storage solution while not in use, doesn't it?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Thin and bland - culprits?
« on: January 15, 2016, 08:22:14 AM »
Great thoughts guys! Keep 'em coming!

And, Brewinhard, I've been considering an MW102 for my first pH meter purchase here in the next month or two. I've always dreaded having to buy one, but as Ken has pointed out, it's kind of like a hydrometer or thermometer - just another tool that one really should have. So I guess that's the next step in my brewing... I am drinking the Vienna lager right now and it's definitely not thin and bland, fortunately. But I'm glad I started this thread, there's a lot of really good thoughts and ideas coming here.

I have the MW101 and couldn't be more happy with it.  At first I had a bit of struggles (not much) nailing my target pH's, but lately I have been pretty spot on with the Brunwater predictions.  The beers have definitely been benefitting IMO.
Good to hear. I'm more apprehensive about maintaining the meter than anything else.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Venting - literally and figuratively
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:48:40 PM »
I bet it'll be fine. My last black IPA I thought was a goner when I siphoned it to the keg. I had bought a new hose for my auto siphon and it was the wrong size apparently. It would start the siphon and then half the hose would only fill with beer. I had to keep pumping it and eventually I just took the f*cking hose off and siphoned it the old way. But half the beer was siphoned with this frustrating BS and there was lots of cussing going on. Glad no one was around.
Well anyway, that beer turned out to be one of my best beers in a long time. The keg is long gone now. Was surprised at that. I just thought the whole time about Mark V. saying that homebrewers worry way too much about O2 pickup when siphoning. Maybe we do, but it doesn't hurt to worry a little about it. In this case, I got lucky.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: mash pH for munich helles?
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:44:28 PM »
I shoot for 5.4 for pretty much every beer, sometimes higher for darker beers. My recent bland/lifeless Munich Helles could've been caused from too low of pH because it was all Best Malz and I targeted 5.3 I think. Very well could've been 5.1 or lower for all I know. Need to get a pH meter!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Venting - literally and figuratively
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:38:56 PM »
That sucks, Paul. You think it will affect the beer at all? I really hate when I do sh*t like that too.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Thin and bland - culprits?
« on: January 13, 2016, 08:11:23 PM »
Great thoughts guys! Keep 'em coming!

And, Brewinhard, I've been considering an MW102 for my first pH meter purchase here in the next month or two. I've always dreaded having to buy one, but as Ken has pointed out, it's kind of like a hydrometer or thermometer - just another tool that one really should have. So I guess that's the next step in my brewing... I am drinking the Vienna lager right now and it's definitely not thin and bland, fortunately. But I'm glad I started this thread, there's a lot of really good thoughts and ideas coming here.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 80% CO2, 20% N2 - possible, yeah?
« on: January 13, 2016, 08:03:39 PM »
I think the issue with using regular beer gas is that it's 75% nitrogen and 25% CO2.  AmandaK is looking for 20% nitrogen and 80% CO2.
Oh, I had them backwards. Whoops. I guess that complicates the issue.

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