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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown Stain in Corny Keg
« on: Today at 04:58:10 AM »
Here is advice from a metallurgist named Palmer. Bar Keepers Friend is the source of oxalic acid. You might need someone with skinny arms to reach the bottom to scrub.

One of those sponge on one side and scrubby pad on the other and a broom handle can work in place of the skinny arm too.


The "why not this forum" questions is likely just a pool size issue.  Kind of like the AHA Club of the Year discussion.  This forum is not as large or as active as other forums so those forums generate more responses.  That gives their forum a higher response count.  Overall, I'm not sure "what forum do you use the most" tells us much.  It does advertise the existence of the AHA forum to those who haven't found it yet though.


It's always nice to see I'm an outlier.   ;D


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Leaking Keg Lid(s) / Newbie Kegger Question
« on: August 26, 2015, 11:58:15 AM »
+1 to a little pressure.

Most of my kegs leak a little until I put some gas in them.  Once you can pressurize them, if they still leak, then start with the keg lube and other solutions.  Until then, relax.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stater without a stir plate
« on: August 24, 2015, 08:18:12 AM »
I've had good luck simply making the starter wort, cooling and adding the yeast.  Shake it a bit to mix and then letting it sit till I need it.  Decant off most of the clear liquid, shake to mix and add the slurry to the full batch.  It may not be the perfect way but it gets the jobs done without any stress.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do you think I need a starter?
« on: August 21, 2015, 01:38:05 PM »
I have to agree with everyone on not doing a starter.  Heck, your est OG is lower than the OG on my average starter anyway. 


The Pub / Re: Spocking?
« on: August 21, 2015, 01:30:53 PM »
That's funny!

I think it may be a disservice to Mr. Nemoy though.  That nose is huge.   ;D


Going Pro / Re: footwear
« on: August 21, 2015, 08:24:38 AM »
Keith it looks like you got 7 months of wear and tear on them. With my bad feet, my doctor and podiatrist have told me to get new shoes for every 6 months of wear. If you wore these daily and worked in them 6-7 days a week (brewer's hours, right) I don't think you can expect more out of a pair of boots. When I worked on my feet 60-70 hours a week in restaurant kitchens, I bought new red wing boots at least every 6-8 months. Just my .02, it's never fun to have soakers though.

That was my first thought too.  In my past lives I've never gotten 7 months out a pair boots I wore 5 or 6 days a week.  People typically wear a pair of shoes way longer than they should.


The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 20, 2015, 08:26:52 AM »
Next year I will tie my personal record for living in the same house, ten years.

I used to be that way with jobs.  The longest that I had ever worked for an employer up until my current employer was 5 years.   I have been with my current employer for almost three times that length, and I have no plans to leave until I retire.

Similar story for me.  I had never had a single job more than 18 months until this one.  Been here 22 years and working on #23.  I had never lived anywhere longer about 12 years before here either (age 6 to 18).  Been in our current house for 22 years also.  Of course we've added on and changed so many things it may as well be considered a different house.  8^)  I own it in 6 1/2 years and have no plans to move anytime soon.


Equipment and Software / Re: false bottom, bazooka, BIAB?
« on: August 20, 2015, 04:25:20 AM »
It would make a great batch sparge mash/tun.  All you need is a single braid.  Checkout

You could also build a screen using PVC or copper pipe and use it for fly sparging. 

The only one I would probably eliminate is BIAB since the whole idea with that is to only use a single vessel.

Years ago Denny's testimonials about batch sparging convinced me to give it a try and I've never gone back to fly sparging.  It really is cheap and easy.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Writer Needs Your Opinion
« on: August 18, 2015, 09:48:27 AM »
I don't really think brewing beer can be called cheating anyway you choose to do it.  If you want to grow your hops, grow and malt your own grain or buy a turn-key, push one button and make beer system they are equally valid ways to to brew.

Brewing is very much trial and error no matter how you do it.

My own system is strictly batch sparge.  A cooler, a boil kettle and chiller IC.  Pretty basic.  Someday, when the kids are grown and through college I might think about more automation in my brewery but that's a cash flow question more than a right or wrong thing.  Pretty/shiny is usually pretty pricey.  Cheap works, most of the time.


All Grain Brewing / Re: color of Susan
« on: August 18, 2015, 07:50:02 AM »
Kind of looks like orange soda.  No idea how you get that color though.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: August 15, 2015, 05:53:33 AM »
Welcome to your new home.   :)

When I think about how to open a brewery cans always seem like the way to go to me.  Less packaging weight, no light enters the packaging but the main reason is that in Iowa, no glass bottles are allowed in the state parks.  Campers, fishermen and just people spending the day at the park or the beach are a large summer market here.  Seems like a slice of the market I wouldn't want to leave behind.

Some beers deserve bottles but a guy who will only buy bottled beer because he refuses to buy new ones has a very short sighted perspective.


The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 11, 2015, 02:42:11 PM »
I retired early, and am still in the same place. One more brutal winter and I might change my mind.

One tax strategy that I read about is to retire in Vancouver WA, no state income tax, and then shop in Portland OR, no sales tax.

You can do the same thing in South Dakota (no income tax), Minnesota (no sales taxes on non-food items) and Iowa (no sales tax on food).  Lots of land around, Sioux Falls isn't too small but the Winters are brutal.  And for gawds sake don't move there with kids who are still in school, no taxes mean the schools are terrible.  Roads are in bad shape and not getting any better.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Viable yeast in Vegemite?
« on: August 11, 2015, 02:34:26 PM »
First they came for the Vegemite and I didn't say anything ...

Just like a government to blame the product and not the underlying causes.   ::)


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