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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation for beginners
« on: May 07, 2015, 08:06:18 AM »
What you are saying sounds right but lengthening your lines would work better so the pressure for your desired carbonation level is that same as your service pressure, say 10 psi.  The formula for line length is very approximate so it is better to get too much line which causes the flow to be very slow and then shorten the line until a proper pour is achieved.  My lines are about 10 feet long using the "standard" plastic tubing of "standard" homebrewing diameter.  (Standard really means typical and also means I don't remember what it is).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Equation for Bottle CO2 Volumes
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:51:27 AM »
When I carbonated to 3 v/v, some of the long neck bottles cracked. 

It will be interesting to see who will be the first major competition to use the new guidelines and how smooth it goes.  I'm guessing that NHC2016 will be using the new guidelines then?

"The BJCP expects that by the end of 2015, all competitions will use the 2015 guidelines."

I really hope that I passed the BJCP exam in February otherwise I'm going to have to study a lot more.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Law of partial pressures
« on: May 04, 2015, 09:33:05 PM »
Opening the PRV equalizes the total pressure very rapidly.  Equalizing concentrations at the same pressure takes a very long time because that is diffusion driven.

Wood/Casks / Re: Saving a stinky barrel?
« on: May 01, 2015, 06:54:56 AM »
When I was last in Oregon several years ago, I tried to go to Maryhill winery, but a fire prevented me from doing so.  I think I ended up at Jacobs Williams instead.

I filled the barrel with the Flanders Red yesterday.

Wood/Casks / Re: Saving a stinky barrel?
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:14:09 PM »
It's a half barrel.  I 've been splitting the beers with one or two other brewers.  I've just been aging in the barrel.  It is easier just to age because the brewing can be spread over several weekends.  Primary fermentation in a barrel means no temp control.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Life span of beer in a keg vs a bottle
« on: April 30, 2015, 02:40:19 PM »
Under the same conditions, I think bottle conditioned beer is more stable than kegged beer because the yeast in the bottle scavenge the oxygen.  However, my kegged beer is kept cold while my bottled beer is kept at cellar temps, which fluctuates significantly over the year.

Wood/Casks / Re: Saving a stinky barrel?
« on: April 29, 2015, 01:42:09 PM »
There will be secondary fermentation with the Brett, lacto, and pedio in the barrel.  Some of the flanders red has already been partially soured.

Wood/Casks / Re: Saving a stinky barrel?
« on: April 29, 2015, 11:56:36 AM »
 I tasted the water in the barrel after soaking and it tasted and smelled fine.  I've put in a storage solution and will let it soak until about the time I need the barrel.  I'll taste the storage solution to see if there is any funk.

I appreciate the comments but my tastings indicate that the flavor of the flanders red won't be negatively impacted.

The timing of the LME addition can also affect the color a little. 

Hop Growing / Re: Centennial Hops Are Not Growing
« on: April 28, 2015, 02:42:20 PM »
Pots and raised beds usually warm up faster than the ground.  The potted plants are probably warmer and so they have grown first. 

Wood/Casks / Re: Saving a stinky barrel?
« on: April 28, 2015, 10:56:24 AM »
I filled the barrel with water at 180 F last evening.  This morning the water was at 155 F and the barrel was quite warm to the touch.  This evening I'll taste the water.  The smell of the barrel was pretty good yesterday ... smelled of oxyclean and a barrel.

Wood/Casks / Re: Saving a stinky barrel?
« on: April 27, 2015, 04:38:18 PM »
The oxyclean soak appears to have had some benefit.  I'm going to put water at about 180 F into the barrel and then taste the following day.  If necessary drain and use a storage solution to extract out more unwanted funk.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Picnic Faucet Alternatives
« on: April 27, 2015, 07:50:27 AM »
With picnic taps and the right length of line your carbonation pressure and serving pressure can be the same. The problem with one of those is that the serving pressure for one of those is very low.

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