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Equipment and Software / Re: Female Quick Disconnect Lubrication
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:05:29 AM »
OP mentions heat, so I believe he is concerned with the stainless disconnects used hot side.

Good point.  I didn't process that part.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Female Quick Disconnect Lubrication
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:59:29 PM »
I'm not so sure on the concern from the "Ahem" suggestion. 

I have a couple of quick disconnects (they are female) on my keg fridge that are getting very difficult to connect and disconnect too.  When I saw the subject of this thread my first thought was "maybe someone can explain it.

I didn't think about it any other way until Denny pointed it out.  Come on guys, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Paul

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+1 60F should be fine.

The sour smell is most like just really young beer.  All kinds of things get cleaned up in weeks 2-3 or later.  That's why everyone preaches patience.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do you belong to a homebrew club?
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:07:43 AM »
I went with not a  member, don't want to be, which isn't exactly accurate.  It depends on the day whether I would like to join a club or not.  I'm generally a loner with no need to "belong" to groups and such.  But some day I might choose to join one. 

Raising 4 kids and working for a company that considers 60 hours/week to be part time I've never had the spare time to spend in a club.  Like I say, someday.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Here comes Spring/Summer
« on: April 13, 2018, 10:58:39 AM »
Nice rig!  Makes me a bit jealous.   :)

And we are expecting a huge snow storm in the Upper Central Plains this weekend.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thinking about brewing again
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:26:52 PM »
Good luck getting back on the horse. 8^)  I think we all went through, and some are still in, a bit of an obsessive phase.

Extracts with steeped grain made some very good beers in my house years ago.

If you want do all grain but keep it simple look into Denny's Batch Sparge Cooler setup.  Easy, small foot print and no pressure to put too much bling into it.

I personally hope to do a bit more brewing this year, eventually.  We did a remodel and addition last year and I'm still building a deck on it.  On top of the kid's schedules and work, brewing tends to come in last.

Glad to see you getting back in and we're here to help.  Ask anything, someone on the forum knows the answer.

Paul

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Hop Growing / Re: Growing hops in western MA
« on: April 08, 2018, 11:49:57 AM »
I want to point out the statement about Liquid Fence being not detectable by people isn't always true.  We tried it one year and the animal it deterred most effectively was me.  I could still smell it 3 months after application.

For what it's worth I can also hear dog whistles.  ::)

Basic point is YMMV, I guess.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cleaners
« on: April 06, 2018, 10:58:30 AM »
The main cleaning/sanitizing chemicals in my brewery anymore are PBW, StarSan and Barkeepers Fried.  Other than that dish soap.

I used One-Step early on because it came with my first kit but it expensive and didn't really work any better the three I use today.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewie party kegs
« on: March 28, 2018, 11:18:53 AM »
A long time ago I used mini kegs like these.  I have never seen the ones with a built in tap available to homebrewers before.  My system required a tap you needed to push through the bung.  The tap handle also housed a 16g CO2 bottle.

These look like they would work great for parties. 

Paul

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One simple thing that would have helped me quite a bit, way back in my youth (feeling old today), is knowing a five gallon pot will work for extract brews but a 10 gallon pot will make better beer.

I have two small 5 gallon pots that work well for my two all grain batches a day brewing schedule but my 12 gallon kettle is the thing that makes it all work.  As was pointed out earlier, bigger can be better in some cases.  Don't assume "I'll only ever brew extract and five gallon batches" because you'll likely be wrong.  Get a big kettle if you can afford it.  That will save you buying it twice.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second beer is done!
« on: March 21, 2018, 11:09:48 AM »
It's always satisfying to open the first bottle of a new batch.  So much work and worry and then, ahhh, great beer!

Time to start another.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Aluminum Kettle
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:03:28 PM »
Is this a Ford truck versus Chevy truck thing?

I don't plan on dumping a ton of busted concrete in my kettle, but I think Jeff is saying I could.  As for Ford and Chevy beyond that, we're not supposed to talk religion on the forum.
Right! I forgot about that rule.

Not to open a can of worms, but the whole steel vs. aluminum design thing is a GREAT thing for consumers. More options are a good thing if people properly weigh the pros and cons and select what best suits their needs.

Just like with aluminum and steel kettles.

The only downside to the truck debate is if you're a Ford guy and want a steel truck, or a GM guy and want to try aluminum. Honestly I find the debate about pushrods vs. modular motors to be the more interesting.

The next time I'm on the market for a larger kettle I'm definitely considering the big pots at a local restaurant supply place.  Aluminum is fine with me.

On the truck side; I have an F150 with an aluminum body and haven't seen any issues.  Having owned both steal and aluminum trucks I can dent either one.   ???  I will say that no truck owner would willingly dump cinder block into their truck bed from 6 feet up. 

Paul

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Jim is man with my own view of the world.  I too haven't used my hydrometer in years.  My refractometer gets me "close enough" and for me that's good enough.  I don't have to file federal paperwork or worry about audits so if my kegs don't explode, I'm happy.

Everyone's views have been interesting and informative but for me the need for perfection just isn't there.

Thanks Jim!

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: DISH WASHER
« on: March 08, 2018, 06:57:58 PM »
My brother used to use the dishwasher all the time for sterilizing his bottles.  He had good results. 

It's all past tense because he gave up brewing not because he stopped using his dishwasher.   ;D

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation
« on: March 08, 2018, 06:55:24 PM »
You don't see as much activity with a lager yeast.  Ales ferment on top with lots of krausen.  Lagers hangout on the bottom and don't float as much stuff on top.  As long as you see some bubbles coming through the surface it will be fine.  Next time start cooler if you can, like Major said. 

I'd give it some time.  Lagers behave differently than ales.  It will get there.  This is the kind of situation that RDWHAHB was created for.  8^)

Paul

I don't disagree paul but a lot of lager strains still produce plenty of krausen even at cold temps. Agree usually not nearly as much as ales though.

OP: You can make a really good "mock" lager with ale yeasts. Dry yeasts such as US-05 can do very well and produce very clean results. It is important to get the temp down though. As was mentioned, the exothermic activity of fermentation is going to raise your fermentation temp well over ambient. Do a search for "homebrew swamp cooler" as an inexpensive way to control fermentation temps. Warm fermentation does not make the best beer.

I agree Keith.  My ales tend go huge on the krausen and the lagers behave better.  It definitely varies though.

Paul

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