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Zymurgy / Re: "New Rules of Brewing Water" - Same as the old rules?
« on: April 26, 2012, 11:34:16 AM »
my ph tends to be in range every time with no additions.  i don't usually get concerned to match a water profile to the particular beer i am brewing or hitting a style precisely.   i am just curious if i am mostly alone in this or if others just brew with what they have on tap as well.

You are not alone. 

I got a PH meter for Christmas 2011.  It sure looks cool in the box but I have yet to even turn it on.  I brew with my tap water.  The few times I have checked PH with strips, it was close enough. 


The temperature of the tank has NO effect on how much CO2 gets used.

I guess a case could be made for keeping a steel tank out of the kegerator because of rust concerns. I would argue that you should be trying to keep humidity down in the kegerator anyway.


The only drawback on steel in the fridge that I could think of was rust.  A well maintained tank and humidity control should avoid that.  I don't believe it makes any difference.

The high pressure dial may show a lower tank pressure inside the fridge than it would outside but that doesn't change the low pressure side.  What difference does 700 lbs instead of 800 lbs really mean when you are serving at 12 lbs.  What is in the tank is liquid CO2 until you are basically out of gas anyway.



General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Has anybody seen this?
« on: April 26, 2012, 07:32:37 AM »
Very funny!

Thanks for sharing.


The Pub / Re: Exploding keg kills Redhook Brewery worker
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:52:29 AM »
It looks a lot like the old Miller Party Ball.  That didn't sell very well to the public after the novelty wore off. 

It looks like a very convenient system for the brewery and would eliminate one of the drudgery jobs in the brew house.  That being cleaning kegs. 

My main question would be cost efficiency over the long hall compared to stainless?  I'll admit that I do not know how many SS kegs get stolen or damaged beyond repair any given month or how much SS kegs cost in bulk.  Maybe the costs are a wash or even lower if you eliminate 2 way transport and cleaning.  Definitely something to look at if going pro ever becomes something more than a day dream for me.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Burn(er)ing Question
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:08:46 AM »
I bought this one 3 years ago for $39 from Amazon and love it!  Highly recommended.


I use the same one.  Looks like it's $49 now which is still a pretty good deal.  It works very well although it's a bit of a propane hog.  Throws a lot of heat.

I have the same type of burner and it works well.  Until it wears out I have no plans to replace it.  I couldn't justify the cost difference with efficiency alone at the volume I use it.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: the Flat Top Can makes a comeback?
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:28:46 PM »
I saw a billboard Monday advertising a new can for Miller Lite.  When you pop the top it makes another small hole for air so you can chug it faster.  The billboard didn't actually say that, but I'm pretty sure that's why they invented it.
I can picture a room full of advertising excecutives:
"Hey, what can our engineers do to get our beer out of the can or bottle faster?  The faster the can is emptied, the sooner they'll need another can."

I can see that.  The next meetings suggestion was probably: "Okay, we bring back the pull tab with a larger opening and add a small pull tab to the bottom the can.  Then when the 17 year-olds, uh, I mean, legal aged drinkers want drink faster they can tip up the can and pull the bottom tab.  Each can comes with an mp3 of 10 people chanting chug-chug-chug-chug."

The Pub / Re: Exploding keg kills Redhook Brewery worker
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:23:07 PM »
Terrible news. 

Maybe more information will come out after the investigation as to what actually happened.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: the Flat Top Can makes a comeback?
« on: April 24, 2012, 12:24:16 PM »
Well there is a reason pull-tabs were phased out my the early 80's. Ever step on one of those little bastards? :-[

I'd rather see a twist-off cone-top.

That and a fair number of people swallowed them too.  At least where I grew up, everyone would pull open the tab and drop it into the can.  By the end of any given night some drunk would be choking on one after chugging a beer.   :(


All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill
« on: April 24, 2012, 12:20:08 PM »

CL mill didn't work out because the seller contacted me just before I was to meet him and said that he had someone offering $145.  Considering he originally agreed to sell it to me for $65, I told him to go ahead and sell it at $145.  Good for him, but more than I wanted to pay for what he had.  It's not an urgent piece of equipment, but something I'll be adding to my set up in the near future. 

The drill question is a good one.  I've got a couple of chord less drills, my Ryobi 18V One+ being the most powerful of the bunch.  I hope one of them will be able to run my mill when I get one.

That's just bad form.  He already had a deal and he should have held to it.  Sorry to hear you lost the deal.

As for cordless drills, I have used my 1/2" 18v Dewalt to run my grain mill.  With a fully charged battery it would make through 11-13 lbs but would struggle towards the end.  My 1/2" corded drill never had any issues.  I built a mill table and motorize it a couple years ago to avoid the drill completely.


I looked at the Mr. Beer kits for a long time.  We were broke and $50 was out of the question at the time.  After Al G. invented the internet I started reading up on brewing and all the nasty reviews of Mr. Beer kits.  I finally bought an "Advanced Brewing Kit" from Wally VonKlop at the the VonKlop Wine and Cheese Mart in MN.

Short version: Mr Beer got me thinking and kept reminding me to look into brewing.  Our 3rd kid finally wore out SWMBO  :P and she agreeded to let me buy a kit.  14 years later even she has come around to the craft (or at least became a beer snob) and all I do is all grain brews.

Whatever works is sometimes a good motto.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: the Flat Top Can makes a comeback?
« on: April 24, 2012, 05:47:47 AM »
I love this idea.  All my kids know what a church key is but many of their teachers don't.  8^)

I don't think this would be a good mass market idea though.  With all the focus on convienence, and airport "security" what it is, I think this might actually take your product out in some markets.  And a lot of people have no idea how to open a old can.

Very fun for us old folks but I don't think I'd sell my beer in it.


Ingredients / Re: Irish Moss
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:44:40 PM »
Store it dry and cool and it should last a very long time.  I've had a bottle or two around for over a year at times with no problems.


Equipment and Software / Re: My letter to SWMBO
« on: April 20, 2012, 11:25:38 AM »
I would be nervous if she buys that chipper in the winter. ;D

Don't worry, I've advised her on how to best apply the technology.  She can't get caught who would raise the kids? ;D


The Pub / Re: Not Enough Money in the World for This.
« on: April 20, 2012, 11:10:22 AM »
Just make sure you check the wind before relieving yourself.  You still have to climb down.   ;)


They should climb with parachutes so they can jump off when they are done.
I was thinking they should wear parachutes in case they fall.  Are parachutes really that heavy?  One slip up and you could go, I had a hard time watching this video.

Ooh! they could install zip lines from the top to their houses and then just slide home at the end of the day! WEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Now that sounds like fun.  1700' drop on a zip line!  Wow!  I hope the zip line brake works.


Equipment and Software / Re: My letter to SWMBO
« on: April 20, 2012, 11:06:22 AM »
I brew outside because SWMBO didn't like the smell and our vent took forever to clear the air.  I agreed but its SWMBO's fault.

I don't have a beard because SWMBO doesn't like it when I do.  Neither do I but its still SWMBO's fault.

SWMBO threatens to buy a chipper shredder when she's "upset" with me.  The kids offer to help SWMBO pick one out.  Its SWMBO's fault (even though I started the joke).

I'm trying to think of more ways I can use SWMBO in this post.   ;D

Most guys who layoff not doing something because SWMBO said so are usually saying "I agreed with her but can't admit that in front of my friends and I got something better out of it anyway, so there".  Its a joke!  Political correctness is killing this country by making people too worried about offending others to try new things.  I for one would gladly welcome our new "boorish, creative overlords" if got us moving forward again.

Sorry for the rant.  SWMBO just told me to go sit in the corner.   8)


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