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All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:38:43 AM »
CloneBrews: Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commercial Beers (Paperback)
Also their 2nd edition

The worst book I've ever purchased. Worthless. I know some of the recipes are not right and I've never heard of most of the beers. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer changes flavor
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:01:09 AM »
If a pressure line has had beer "burped" back into the tube, can this tube cause an infection in fermented beers down the road ?

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer changes flavor
« on: February 04, 2013, 05:22:39 AM »
I go from primary directly to the corny and I release the pressure a few times to help purge the o2. I don't know of any other way to do it.

Beer bars might pour hundreds of gallons per week. It's not practical to use line cleaner before the 5 gal keg is even finished.

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer changes flavor
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:39:16 AM »
I change out my lines every year and run fresh water though the lines after each keg is finished. Sometimes I'll use line cleaner. I only drink 100 gal per year. These lines are only 6 months old.

The taste is almost like a grain alcohol taste with a hint of plastic but the whole flavor base is changed. The hoppiness is diminished and the deep flavor profile is diminished with an added after flavor.

But for weeks the beer tastes great, when its half gone is when I get the bad flavors.

All Grain Brewing / beer changes flavor
« on: February 02, 2013, 10:14:02 AM »
I have 2 beers on tap which were aged 3 and 5 months respectively. ( an imperial amber lager 8% and an Irish red ale 5.3%). Both tasted very good when I tapped them and now after sharing and enjoying these great beers, 2 weeks later they both taste different. I know there is a lot more head space in the kegs but what could cause these new flavors? The kegs are only half empty. Bad gas? bad tubing?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Increase in FG in secondary?
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:00:59 AM »
I once had a similar problem but discovered that I was sliding the hydrometer back into the plastic case too quickly and the paper inside was moving giving me off readings. Broke it and bought another one, problem solved.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 2.5 gallon corny post size?
« on: January 20, 2013, 08:46:59 AM »
I bought a 2.5 gal corny that had 2 gas posts on them. Check to make sure your not trying to put a black liquid out on to a gas post.

Ingredients / Re: Turbinado vs. Light Brown Sugar?
« on: January 13, 2013, 09:08:37 AM »
Turbinado is not expensive.

« on: January 09, 2013, 09:13:23 AM »
I had a fellow brewer tell me not to mill the whole bag of grain at once because in 4-5 weeks it won't be fresh and taste the same. I don't have my own mill so it's handy to mill it in advance.

Is that true?  Will there be a difference in taste or performance?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: co2 tank filling
« on: December 31, 2012, 11:27:27 AM »
You should call the dept of weights and measures in your state, they calibrate and monitor for accuracy on all devices.  Maybe the state official can set him straight. 

OR just pay him by the pound like my propane guy, and not per tank.

My local brew store sets the CO2 tank on a scale, zeros the scale, then fills the tank to 5 lbs. (and only charges $10)

Equipment and Software / Re: Weird German homebrew equipment
« on: December 29, 2012, 08:28:07 AM »
I saw a wireless BBQ thermometer similar to the one I got for Christmas. The probe was pushed down into a long stainless steel thermowell which was strapped to the inside of the pot. The probe sends a signal to the handheld unit so you always know what your mash temp.

Ingredients / Re: 6-row and rice - how much can I use?
« on: December 28, 2012, 01:37:41 AM »
If you want the authentic taste then you might consider crumpling up a bunch of tin foil and add it to the primary and secondary...........haha

Ingredients / Re: Dry Hopping research - Interesting
« on: December 05, 2012, 12:45:31 AM »
i wish someone would just give me the Cliff Notes. The very short version.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this a good problem?
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:03:44 AM »
Wow... we all have the same problem.. what I do is fill a keg with a handle of cheap Black Velvet and 3 giant bottles of soda. ...Whiskey and coke for $15 on tap and you can't make beer for that price. Try drinking 5-24oz. whiskeys.

Remember there is 5 hours of work on a 10 gal batch....That comes out to $2 per six pack for ingredients and $15 labor per six pack.

OR... make him do all the grunt work on brew day. You can just kick back and bark orders...

All Grain Brewing / Re: HERMS vs RIMS
« on: November 02, 2012, 12:53:53 AM »
I don't know where your from but Southern California Edison has a 5 tier cost program. The lowest possible price for the first 843kWh is "tier 1" $.23 per kWh......  the next 102 kWh is $.24.....the next 176 kWh is $.32...the next is $.36 ...and the rest is $.39 per kWh....

Now, everyone I know ends up in the last usage tier of $.39 per kWh..... So calculate at $.39

12 kWh x $.39 = $4.68.....A 5 gallon propane tank $10 to fill......Gas cost us $1.75 to $1.99 per gallon out here to refill. A tank lasts 2 batches with some left over.

Electricity isn't as cheap as you think it is.

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