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My experience with twist offs was it was hit or miss if they sealed well even with a bench capper and new caps so I scrapped them all a long time ago. As for US bottles, I have around 15 cases that have been reused many time over 4-5 years and maybe a few have cracked but over 95% of them are still in use today, although since I've had my keg set up imp actually getting set to hand off a bunch of cases to a friend that's in need:)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Gigayeast
« on: August 19, 2014, 06:32:43 PM »
I would think there should be no problem but being liquid yeast is still make starter to ensure proper pitch rate and viability

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keggerator question
« on: August 19, 2014, 04:31:14 PM »
That's a really nice build!

General Homebrew Discussion / getting the bacon flavor correct
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:29:07 AM »
I was watching "Dark Horse Nation the other day and they wound up using a randall stuffed with bacon to achieve the bacon flavor and aroma.

The brewery tried to infuse countless pounds of bacon at various points in the boil and as a dry hop with almost no discernible effect of bacon.

I also believe there is a bacon extract that can be purchased on line and added at packaging

The Pub / Re: Seriously?
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:36:43 PM »
I believe that's called an Haboob

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My reason for signing up here...
« on: August 14, 2014, 06:25:51 AM »
I thoroughly enjoy BeerSmith and use it for every recipe, inventory, scaling, etc. but I still start my recipes on whatever piece of paper I find as inspiration hits me. Basic gravity and ingredients and rough calculations all get jotted down, usually over a beer:)

All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:02:05 PM »

Yea, I get the oil part as the last one I did have decent head but it didn't last and I can live with that.  But I can't wrap my head around why all this happened days after FG was reached.
You'd think with all the beers under my belt I would have seen a good bit by now but that's the beauty of this hobby.....each 'child' is different.
If it weren't for the semi strange taste, I don't think I would have even posted this.
I'm cold crashing in a few days and hopefully drop this out.

I guess I don't understand why having reached FG would have any bearing on this.
I've spent too much time reading about this but read where it could be off gassing that pushes the hop particles to the top.  And I thought that off gassing didn't happen if fermentation had completed but I guess I just showed more of what I don't know.
yup, off gassing can and usually will happen anytime there are changes in the environment, temperature fluctuations etc, regardless.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My reason for signing up here...
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:21:49 AM »
+1 to The above suggestions! Temperature control of fermentation and proper pitch rates will improve things greatly so start with that.

As you move forward try and pick one thing to improve/adjust on at a time to get your process refined, take good notes when you brew.

If you try to make too many changes at one time you'll introduce too many variables without really knowing which one made the right or wrong thing happen.

Welcome to the forum and the obsession, you joined the right place!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First post
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:14:22 AM »
If using Bru'n water Martin has a great water primer in the intro and the book 'Water' by the brewer'a association is a great resource as well, albeit quite technical

If you list your water report someone will definitely chime in with some basic suggestions!

Equipment and Software / Re: Makes me want a plastic big moiuth
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:11:41 AM »
+2 on adding the hops first! Didn't see any sanitizing of the racking cane, vessel, lids or mesh bag either:)

Guess we just assume that was done...

All Grain Brewing / Re: What is this on top?
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:06:14 AM »

to me it looks like you used pellet hops and the little flaky pieces are sitting on top of the remains of your krausen.  Doesn't look like anything to worry about to me.


I thought the same thing when I saw it.
+1 I get that sometimes with pellet hop dust settling on the yeast rafts

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New guy
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:34:40 AM »
Welcome to the forum! This is a great place to be, I know I've learned a lot and have met some great people, albeit virtually in most cases!

There is a tremendous amount of experience here and everyone is really helpful, conversational and fun!

Going Pro / Re: Congratulation yellowhammer
« on: August 08, 2014, 05:18:45 PM »
Saw this on FB today as well, exciting stuff, congrats!! Gives me a reason to head on down one day

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Chaning lines in a tri tap tower
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:00:55 PM »
It's really pretty easy, pop the cap off the top of the tower so you can see down the tube, unscrew the tap shanks with the special tool and gently slide /pull the shank out with the tube still connected.

Unclamp the old tube and feed the new tube through the hole and down, attach new clamp. Find the corresponding ends in the kegerator and attach the QDs accordingly

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Chaning lines in a tri tap tower
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:42:31 PM »
I feel your pain........

I have tried various ways to do this but ultimately just take the whole dam thing apart. while its pretty easy to snake the tubing in and out its making the connections and crimping the bands that always proves to be impossible!

The amount of time you think you're saving in not taking it apart is then spent dislocating your fingers trying to get things hooked up!

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