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The Pub / Not a good time to be a French Brewer 8^(
« on: December 04, 2012, 05:20:50 PM »
The French government is proposing a 120-160% tax on brewers.  Wine and Champagne would be exempted.

http://bloom.bg/11JCwiC#ooid=NkMXlkNzpeTmyKKKnQP6V3J8_YUEdbwD

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can't find leak in regulator
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:44:36 PM »
How much do you trust the valve?  It may be bleeding through the downstream valve and the regulator is okay.

Paul

1158
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:23:46 PM »
My collection of glassware became much smaller two weeks ago.  I was moving a table from my shop to the craft/game/beer room and caught the leg of the table all my glasses were on.  The lurch was just right to knock about half of my glassware off the table and on to the concrete floor.  It was a major mess but made picking what glass to use much easier.   ::)

Paul

*** Edited to fix a typo.

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The Pub / Re: Erlenmeyer flask wine decanter - $60
« on: November 29, 2012, 04:59:40 PM »
I suppose I didn't make the decanter usage clear in my original post.  In my defense, I'd had a glass or two of wine.  Though I did not pour it from an erlenmeyer flask.

No worries.  I was making fun of myself more than anyone else.   ::)  I just assumed it was a "who thinks they can get that for a flask from a home brewer/vintner" kind of joke.

People I know who blindly follow the wine enthusiast probably would think it's a great deal.  They have paid through the nose for highly rated wines, been sorely disappointed and have then gone back for more recommendations.   :o

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Erlenmeyer flask - $60
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:23:18 PM »
I'll admit I didn't click on the link until I realized they are selling the flask as a decanter.  Is "Mad Scientist" the new wine cool look?

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Winter 2012
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:20:13 PM »
Our maple trees started dripping sap yesterday.  8^(

We froze our tails off the Friday after Thanksgiving at the ISU game and it is supposed to hit 60F tomorrow.

I miss winter.  My fall allergies are never going to go away.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:20:10 PM »
I read, somewhere, that if ythe liquid on top is clear after 60 minutes your mash is converted.  For the most part.  I have never done an iodine test but it seems to work for me. 

YMMV and I may be completely whacked on this.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:57:43 PM »
maybe Strangled Brewing Company ?  At least the TLA doesn't change.   ;D

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 5-gallon vs. 10-gallon cooler?
« on: November 27, 2012, 09:45:01 PM »
you can use the same valve kits as a round cooler.  Some folks just push plastic tubing through the port that came with it and use a clamp for their valve.  A braid works great for batch sparging.  It's a very easy conversion.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 27, 2012, 09:39:26 PM »
I have seen some folks use steel trash cans with steel lids, like this http://www.homedepot.com/buy/behrens-31-gal-steel-trash-can-1270.html#.ULUy6GdMOSo.  Line them with heavy duty trash bags make sure the tops are tight.

I have seen mice chew through just about anything except steel.

Paul

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter with London 1968, looked curdled
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:13:31 PM »
This strain always looks like that.  I use it for several different beers and have never had issues with it.  I love the results.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mold spots in bottom of air lock bottle.
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:04:28 PM »
I agree with everyone else that you should be fine.  Your fermenter has a positive preasure compared to the air lock so nothing should be able to travel back up through the tubing.  Package the beer and sanitize the better bottle.  It's all good.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas.
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:57:14 PM »
Not sure about the Taprite brand but not all regulators need a washer.
Some have the "washer" built into the connection.

Both of my regulators have a washer built into the tail piece that connects to the tank.  I tried using the washer that came with a refill once and it leaked like a sieve.  No experience with the Taprite brand so can't say.

I only know that my rig is silent when sealed up and not recharging a keg.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas.
« on: November 21, 2012, 05:39:10 PM »
I would assume it is a leak then.  Did you check the connection between the CO2 tank and the regulator? 

I'm really just asking the question here, but could the leak be inside the regulator?  A pin hole in the diaphragm or a seal?  Maybe the pipe going into the regulator head?

Sorry that I only have questions and no answers.  I am intrigued to see what others think.

Paul


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The Pub / Re: A changed euge (sorta)
« on: November 21, 2012, 03:09:16 AM »
Holy cow!  That's a ton of rough stuff in a very short time frame.  I'm glad to hear things are beginning to look up again.

I think you handled it better than I ever could have.  Keep on chugging man.

Paul

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