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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparge holding time
« on: January 05, 2015, 01:35:10 PM »
Not to beat a dead horse but I also don't wait very long to start draining my mash tun. 

Add sparge water, stir, wait long enough the big ripples on the surfaces to settle down and start the run off.  Start slow.  Once your wort is running clean open the valve up as far as it works for you.  On my system I can only open the valve half way or so without compacting the grain bed.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: I hope I'm not screwed
« on: January 04, 2015, 06:36:41 AM »
No hands on experience with sanke kegs but it is my understanding to fill one you need to depressurize the keg and remove the spear.  Once cleaned, you just run the beer in as you would a corny and reinstall the spear.

Ethically?  You are destroying the keg so it isn't like making a keggle with it. 

As long as he returns the keg, eventually, it isn't like he's stealing it.  A grey area on the ethical standards but not too bad.   ;)

Paul

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Beer Recipes / Re: First All Grain
« on: December 30, 2014, 03:05:26 PM »
I've brewed it several times. Far from swill - It's really good. In fact I have 5 gal on gas now for New Year's Eve.

Just to clarify, the swill would be from my novice brewing technique!
Go for it! I screwed up at just about every point in the process in my first batch of AG and still ended up with decent beer. It seems you can miss your target mash temp., not have your sparge water hot in time, and not get OG right and still end up with tasty beer. Make 5 gallons and RDWHAHB!

You can list any mistakes as experience.  If it helps you relax at all I made batch #221 yesterday.  It would have been a sour mash ale if I had remembered to pour the grain I soured into the mash.  I didn't remember the stinky grain until I was cleaning my mash tun. ::)  Now it will go on tape as an American Pale Ale. 

It doesn't matter how many you've made, you will still screw up once in a while and it is still (usually) good beer.   ;)

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Paddle
« on: December 28, 2014, 05:28:05 AM »
I have this type: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/mash-paddle-doweled.html

Unlike most of the responses on this thread I actually use it in my cooler.  :)  It breaks ups the clumps of grains quicker than my SS spoon.  To each there own.  I could get by without it but it useful to have around.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time brew last night!
« on: December 26, 2014, 02:22:59 PM »
I would get a tub that my bucket/carboy could sit in.  Use a t-shirt to block out the light and act as a swamp chiller if the temps are getting too high.  That way you catch the overflow and have some options too.

Paul

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The Pub / Merry Christmas everyone!!!
« on: December 25, 2014, 07:26:26 AM »
Subject is the message.

I hope you all got what you wanted from Santa.   ;D

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time brew last night!
« on: December 25, 2014, 07:24:03 AM »
It's likely a combination of too much in the carboy and fermenting a little warmer than you should.

It's nothing to worry about just it let it finish out and it'll be fine.

On the next batch try to ferment in a cooler area.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 24, 2014, 08:15:15 AM »
Around 3 weeks from the time I shipped it until it was on its way back to me.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 23, 2014, 06:18:57 AM »
No need to remove the rubber O ring, if its like mine it'll break after milling two or three batches of grain.
Just sent mine back to the manuf for some repair/replacement work. I've had it 5-6 years and it has stopped pulling the grain through the rollers. I appears that the knurling on the rollers has worn down and won't grab the grain to pull it through.

I just sent mine back after 7 years of use for the same problem.  When I got mine back the rollers had been resurfaced and it works great again.

Paul

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I agree.  No.

The main benefit of kegging is putting one batch in one container.  2L containers are will continue to be a specialty product in my opinion.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:55:52 PM »
The o-ring isn't necessary.  I got my BC back after having it rebuilt and the o-ring broke in less than one bucket of grain.  Don't sweat the o-ring.

The mill works great without it.  I'm not sure why they even put one on.

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Sausage Slicer - need help
« on: December 19, 2014, 03:37:45 PM »
That's funny. I just bought something that was shipped directly from China for $7. It wasn't expensive either - the order cost about $15 and it took about a 10 days to get here. I don't now why other countries are so expensive.
 
That looks really nice!
Last summer I bought a "gibson" Songbird pickguard from china on ebay, with shipping it was under 10 bucks and got here in like 8 days. No idea how they do that

exactly. last stuff my wife bought on ebay said sourced from china-got here just over a week. and then another showed up in a few more weeks, and another after that (only one order placed)!  somewhere the model is broken.

Ordered my wife an iPad through the Apple site and received it in 3 days from Chine with custom engraving.  I think UPS has 100 to 150 planes a day flying out of Korea, through Alaska and then down to California.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recommend a good monthly beer club?
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:49:46 AM »
I used to think it would be a fun thing to do.  Seriously looked at Wine-o-the-month clubs too.  The biggest problem in Iowa with these is being in Iowa. 

I don't know how it affects other states but you can pretty much double the advertized price when shipping to Iowa.  State laws make this type of thing prohibitively expensive.

Just something else to check out before you pull the trigger.

Paul

Plus, it is cheaper and you would get a better selection just driving to Iowa City and going to John's Grocery, or taking an extra trip or two to El Baitship ;D


That said - I used to do "beer of the month" club and always liked it and looked forward to the shipment and newsletter that came with.  Did it for about 2 years maybe..... Long time ago though - 15 years I would say.

Or even "Beer Crazy" in Urbandale.  Great LHBS with every beer that can be distributed in Iowa on the shelf.  Sold by the bottle.  Mix-n'-Match to your heart's content.  And less than 2 miles from my house.  8^)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Epic Rant about 10 Barrel & AB/InBev
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:40:05 AM »
It really seems to me that he is pissed off about who they sold out to.

You sell out to the highest bidder.

I've help start and sell off several businesses in my younger days.  Keith is right when he says you sell to the highest bidder. 

Making some moral or high-minded decision to sell your business to the "right" people usually isn't an option and normally ends with the big company putting the little one out of business and taking the prize anyway.  In the end it just means you sold your life's work for less than you could have.

A brewery is a business and should be managed and cared for like one.  IMHO

YMMV

Paul.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recommend a good monthly beer club?
« on: December 15, 2014, 09:31:25 AM »
I used to think it would be a fun thing to do.  Seriously looked at Wine-o-the-month clubs too.  The biggest problem in Iowa with these is being in Iowa. 

I don't know how it affects other states but you can pretty much double the advertized price when shipping to Iowa.  State laws make this type of thing prohibitively expensive.

Just something else to check out before you pull the trigger.

Paul

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