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Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:16:26 AM »
I bought a couple of kegs off a liquor store years ago... yea, probably 'stolen'. I don't feel guilty about it, they were a bit dented up and from budwieser. I didn't hurt any craft brewery in the process. I don't know why there always has to be ethics around buying used kegs... there is so much illegal stuff going on everyday, much much worse than this and we want to accept the guilt of buying a possibly 'stolen' keg... there are bigger threats out there to worry about.

So when I first read this, it bothered me, but I decided not to reply - too easy to sound like I'm moralizing. But it's kept bothering me, so I thought I'd give the EHall the opportunity to better express him/herself on his/her view of ethics, and hoping that his/her post was, perhaps, hastily and inelegantly worded.

EHall, do you really think that it's acceptable to act poorly (unethically), so long as someone else is acting worse? It's okay to steal a little if someone is stealing more? It's okay to rape so long as someone else is committing murder (yeah, that one was a big leap, but it's the same concept)? In my world there "has to be ethics around buying used kegs" because there are ethics around everything we do, to one degree or another. I recognize that some failings are greater than others, but they're still failings, right?

Well, so much for not moralizing. I feel better now. A little...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 18" Stainless Dryhopper
« on: January 24, 2015, 06:48:49 AM »
The first time I added extra hops I basically dropped the canister in and got a fair amount of foaming. After that I added hops, gently set the canister in and have been fine.

Jon, when you "recharge" your dryhopper, do you feel you get results immediately, or does it take a while to notice?

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Ingredients / Re: chlorine evaporation rate
« on: January 22, 2015, 02:53:23 PM »
setting it in the sun will evaporate it faster too.

What is this "sun" thing of which you speak? Certainly not a thing that is seen in Michigan during wintertime...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pale ale hops
« on: January 22, 2015, 02:49:26 PM »
I use a bittering charge of Centennial (FWH), then flavor and aroma charges of Galaxy - love the fruitiness of the Galaxy. In fact, I may try dry hopping with it for my next Pale Ale batch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: malt in coffee roaster
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:07:42 AM »
While I can see the attraction of doing it for the sake of doing it, I'm not so sure of it's practical value. I would think it would be difficult to accurately rate the SRM color of the roasted malt (for accurate brewing records), or to duplicate that color in subsequent batches. But it still might be fun to just try.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Boilermaker Valve
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:04:42 AM »

Also, the only torque wrench available at Lowe's today was the size of a baseball bat.

Check with your local Harbor Freight store; they'll have some for a good price. May not be the highest quality, but fine for occasional use.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=torque+wrench

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Equipment and Software / Re: Ventilation for Indoor Brewing
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:15:46 AM »
Range hoods also usually have variable speed fans and some sort of task lighting built in. Maybe find one at a scratch-and-dent sale?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1 gallon batches - Too much Trub
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:00:48 AM »
I don't brew small batches - mine are all 5 gallon. I line my pail fermenter (which I chill in, too) with a paint strainer bag to filter out my trub. I works great - very little trub in the fermenter. I can't think of any reason why this technique wouldn't work with smaller batches, too, though if you ferment in a carboy you may need an intermediate step.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bucket lid problems
« on: January 04, 2015, 08:39:05 AM »
It seems that my buckets seal pretty well when they are brand new, but lose their seal with use. That might be due to some deforming of the lid seal area after wrestling the top off with a pail opening tool a few times. Doesn't seem to affect the fermentation at all, though.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: starting out all grain
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:41:13 AM »
The cheapest legal way to all-grain brewing involves an aluminum kettle, a cooler, and a low-cost propane stove.

You might be able to go even a little bit cheaper if you happen to have a (fairly powerful) gas stove. I brew in my kitchen in two kettles (which span my gas burners better than one large one would), and mash in a Denny cooler. Also keeps me out of the Michigan winters...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Paddle
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:33:31 AM »
Find a restaurant supply store near you; they'll have tons of long SS spoons for short cash.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: long tail?
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:34:25 AM »
1/ Temp control

2/ Tie -  Proper yeast quantities/health
             pH control, water profiles for AG brewing

Lots of things helped, but these things were huge, in terms of improving beer quality and consistency.

^^^This

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging/tap system Questions
« on: December 09, 2014, 12:43:16 PM »
One thing I see is a need for backup gas canisters. I think its a 45 minute drive to the nearest place I can get them filled.

A back-up CO2 tank is a great idea. My primary tank is a 20#, which literally lasts me YEARS, but I also have a 5# for back-up. It's my experience that, when a tank empties, it tends to go from 800 psi to zero very quickly, and usually at the least convenient time. Having a spare 5# will let you carbonate and serve for quite a while, til you can get around to refilling the primary.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Separating Trub from Yeast Slurry
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:46:59 AM »
I use a very specific procedure of picking up the fermentor and moving it in an orbital fashion until the remaining beer has swirled up the yeast cake into the liquid, then I pour it into a sanatized half gallon mason jar.

Same here, except that I've had glass jars explode so I use a plastic container with a snap on lid.

I use mason jars of various sizes, too - I just don't tighten the lids so any pressure can escape, while keeping any nasties out of the slurry.

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I also have a 5 gallon rye bourbon barrel that will be empty.

Just to clarify, rye or bourbon? I tend to like a bourbon barrel for "bigger" styles like a RIS or Baltic, but a rye barrel for somewhat less aggressive styles (the latest being a Pumpkin Saison... yeah, rye-barrel Pumpkin Saison). Pretty big difference between the two.

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