Is that copper on the legs?
From the Northern Brewer site, Question and Answer section:
"The copper pieces on the Bru Burner are copper plated, not painted"
So not solid copper but not painted either. Either way, its a think of beauty.
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Is that copper on the legs?
+1Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows. RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.
How long are your mash steps?
I mash in a simple step
I finally spent some real money on a decent refractometer. I can't remember where I got mine now but it cost closer to $80 and is much more accurate than then cheap ones I tried off ebay for a couple years.
The ability to get a quick OG reading is invaluable for me since I have a lot going on during brewday, especially since I often have 2 brews going on at the same time.
one of the things you have to do is cool the sample first, I use a metal spoon and pull a few teaspoons out, blow on it and then put it on the sight glass, blow on that again and then close the lid and it sit a few seconds to stabilize.
I always use a hydrometer to check for FG because I want to be sure my reading is accurate.
I try not to eat anything crazy spicy too soon before bedtime. Not from gastric distress but from the stimulant effect. I'll toss and turn all night. It's like drinking coffee.
I stand right next to him and watch the scale.The scale is in a little dark shed, I should memorize the tank tare and see where it is set.
Edit - I have a respect for gas and gas over liquid tanks under pressure. I worked in a setting where even though I did not use much of what was in our lab, we had to watch the safety training films. Safety rules are there for a reason. Stuff happens, the results can be bad news. It doesn't happen all the time, but the results can be very bad.
So how many of you have been through the safety training and videos and still store your tanks inside?
I will shut up now.
Son of a firefighter here. Seen pretty much all of it on safety. I am willing to bet that more houses burn down from Christmas trees each year than propane leak fires (of course most propane fires are caused by ignition from the operating device, rather than the tank leaking when disconnected). I agree that we should be safe, just that storage of a propane tank and lawnmower gas, chainsaw gas and weed whacker gas in my gararage away from combustion sources is a reasonably safe practice IMHO. And as always, reasonable minds may differ and I am okay with that.
Shocktop is hurting their brand significantly. If I was just getting into the beer world and enjoyed Shocktop, I would be pissed after wasting money on this other crap. I'm sure newbies like Blue Moon and 312 just as much and will expand on those brands (though Goose Island and Shocktop are owned by the same company).
In addition to increased cell count, a starter improves yeast vitality and acts as a crude viability check - if the starter ferments out, you have at least some healthy yeast. That's particularly important with the White Labs vials.One cup of DME and two cups of water.
Just wanted to point out that that should be two *quarts* of water.