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Kegging and Bottling / Priming sugar options? Your preference?
« on: May 18, 2011, 09:11:24 PM »
I've been kegging for a while now and lovin it, but I generally do 6.5 gallons fermentations so I usually have 1.5 gallons or so to bottle. I decided to try out the Munton's priming tablets and while they carbonate well, they are aesthetically unsettling.  All the beers I've used them in have a flakey residue that I just can't abide.  So last batch the Brewmistress calculated how much corn sugar priming solution we would need and we did it the old fashioned way. 
What other methods, products have you guys used with satisfactory results?  Has anyone tried the lemon drop looking things?  I have enough flakes in my life. I don't want them in my beer.

The Pub / Re: How annoying are you?
« on: May 18, 2011, 06:20:25 PM »
Hey, what do you all think about that new Cascadian Dark Ale style pioneered in the Pacific NW?  ;)

The Pub / Re: How annoying are you?
« on: May 18, 2011, 06:13:16 PM »
3.33 annoyingly average. :-\

The Pub / Re: Watcha plantin' this spring?
« on: May 16, 2011, 11:20:58 PM »
My Cacade, Willamette, Zeus & Mt. Hood all finally surfaced this past week with the arrival of at least a couple of warm days.  Not expecting much harvest this year, but hope we're laying good, strong roots!

The Pub / Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« on: May 16, 2011, 11:07:26 PM »
Oh yeah they're aggressive little buggers.  The ladies at my office have feeders all around the building and we have a really nice big garden so it's prime habitat. They get very territorial with each other, particularly in the spring. Now why would that be? Anyway, it like watching mini-dog fights out there sometimes. I even got buzzed once. I hope I never catch one of those to the ear.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 16, 2011, 10:33:39 PM »
I find that they think this is OK and the custom in that area is to share whenever whatever unabated is curious at the least.

 In S.C., its just the opposite. You never take anything without being invited, actually it would be very forward to even ask.

 The owner is expected to offer in every occasion however.

 Transplanted Yankees excepted.

 In the Weaz's case it would go like this:
 Friends came over and you have a keg. If they asked for some it would be like the worst thing they could do. On the other hand, if you didn't offer, it would be just as bad. it's just plain good manners.

 If I was offerd a beer I would take one and even after the "sure, get all you want" I would never get a second draw without the hosts making the offer.

 This goes for other situations also. At dinner, the lady of the house is in charge. When there is only one biscuit left and every one is staring at it but no one takes it. That would be the worst manners ever. The "host" would never take it but will offer it to guest first.

 Same way with wine. Each gets a glass but never pour a second without it being offered. Everybody is sitting around bugg-eyed wanting another glass, commenting on it, picking it up and reading the label, but won't pour another glass until invited to do so. The host will go to Etiquette Hell if they don't offer another pour.

 So at the Tubercule household it goes like this: as soon as guest arrive, get them a mug and introduce them to the kegarator. Keep an eye out and as soon as they get low, a nod of the head and a gesture toward the tap is in order. This goes on constantly and takes dilligence but it is protocol.

 Fishing with the buddies? Who(m)ever brought the ice chest full of Millwaukee's Best with all of its hoppy goodness owns it. They offer, you take, they offer, you take, in that order.

 Got a neighbor with a broken tractor? You offer to loan him yours, or even better, to bush hog the field for him.

 But for a bastard to walk into my house and take MY beer with out asking; he would be ostracized by the community.

 That's how we roll.

+10  that's the way it oughta be!

Beer Recipes / Re: How to classify a Black IPA for AHA competition?
« on: May 16, 2011, 10:28:41 PM »
I think it's an interesting topic and in some cases a very tasty, forgive me folks "style"of ale.  And I suppose that's the point, that currently there seems to be a lot of interest in this kind of beer, like it or not.  To me it just isn't like the porters or stouts that I appreciate, but then I'm not a judge so take that for what its worth.  Seems to me that Beersk is on the right track for what could be an acceptable classification. I like American Black Ale but I still think Dark is a more accurate description of the interpretations that I have tried and enjoyed.  American Dark Ale, that's not so bad. Fire away.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saving Yeast
« on: May 16, 2011, 12:36:43 PM »
You might consider giving the yeast a rinse by boiling and chilling a quart or so of water, dumping that on the yeast cake and swirling that around to loosen it up and make it easier to pour out. Pour that out into a larger (I use a two quart cambro to wash) sanitized holder. Cover toss in the fridge and let the trub/yeast/"beer" stratify out for an hour or two. Decant off the "beer", pour the middle layer of good creamy yeast into your growler or jar and leave behind the dark trub.

So for the QD's did you use the polysulfone ones?  If so that would be a 1/2" male disconnect to 1/2" npt for the outlet side and a male disconnect to female 1/2" npt for the inlet?  Then with the females they are hose barbs on the other side?  Plus I will assume say 10' at least of maybe the thermoplastic hose?
So it looks like (looking at northern brewer prices) for your setup I would be looking at ~$85 worth of parts in addition to the pump?  Sound about right?
Your setup sounds simple enough.  I guess maybe I am not quite ready (economically) to get the pump yet.  I had talked myself into ~$140 (the unwired version from NB)being a doable investment.  $250 (figuring in a switch,housing and wiring) isn't really in the budget.  I guess I was not really thinking about the total picture.   :(
Bummer.  Should have worked out all the details BEFORE I thought about the possibilities.

Yes, I used the polysulphone. As others recommeded I put the male QD posts on the stationary pieces and put the female QD fittings on the hoses. I use the 1/2" silicone tubing. I made three 6' hoses, two with two female QD and one with one female QD and a shorty for vorlaufing. Your estimation looks pretty close. I would just start simple if i were you. Like Denny pointed out you can do this effectively with just barbs,tubing and finger squeeze clamps.  Then upgrade as is feasible and when you know what will work best for you. You'll love the pump. Have fun!

For starters I set mine up with a male qd on the in port and put a ss ball valve immediately off of the out port followed by another male qd. My qd fittings are all plastic. It worked great and I was glad to have made the investment. 
Last week at a Big Brew event I saw a setup that I'm trying to duplicate.  This guy had modified a step stool by attaching a grill along one side to which he mounted the pump and waterproof switch/plug box. On the step he placed therminator with a thermometer incorporated. Both devices have simple and effective manifolds with shut off valves to regulate flow.  I realy liked how the pump was mounted with the ports at the low point so that any drippage that occured when disconnecting qd would simply hit the floor and not get into the pump or any other gear for that matter.  I bought most of the material yesterday hopefully have it built up in a couple weeks. I'll post pics.

Kegging and bottling the first 10 gallons of AG! Very anxious to try it!

Stringing up lines for the hops... slow start here in the NW this year.

No brewing :(

The Pub / Re: Another Lost Buddy
« on: May 11, 2011, 06:47:58 PM »
Salud Soileau! sorry man. Makes me miss my friends Cedar and Sierra.

Equipment and Software / Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« on: May 09, 2011, 04:16:42 PM »
I don't see a need to have liquid in them, really.  It's not like anything can get in.
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana (and fermenting wort).

They carry lots of microbes with them that will get in your beer.  I don't have any fruit flies at my house, they're not common in our climate this time of year.  But they can easily contaminate a batch.  Fill your airlock if your concerned about them or other bugs.

+1  Why leave the door open?  Plus, they make bubbles.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Russian River - Damnation
« on: May 08, 2011, 11:35:41 PM »
Sounds good. I enjoyed a Consecration last night. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« on: May 06, 2011, 12:41:31 PM »
Two of my favorites...

My baby left me Bitter. ESB
Brewce SpringSting    Orange Blosom Honey Strong Pale

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