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The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:44:41 PM »
  Beer could actually taste great.

And be less filling?  ;D

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The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:29:27 PM »
I went to school in VT and was grandfathered into the new age limit (I turned 18 just before the passed the law to raise the age to 21).  We drank whatever the cheapest thing was.  That meant hitting up frat parties that had kegs, Stroh's 30 packs, something we called Hiney Wine which was a Bartels and James wine cooler that sold at the local department store, and $.10 Genesee drafts on Tuesday nights.

Honestly, we didn't care what was left or how much we drank...just that we were still alive in the morning.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold crash or not?
« on: July 23, 2013, 08:04:45 AM »
Don't even bother with the secondary.  Cold crash it in the primary if you want, then transfer to you bottling bucket.  As Blatz said, just try not to disturb the trub too much.  I'll usually move the carboy/bucket to my table a few hours before I keg/bottle, to allow for that last bit of settling after moving.

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Let's just hope Grand Rapids doesn't have some silly law saying you can't serve beer before 11am.  ;)

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Zymurgy / Re: Shipping Woes...need a good alternative
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:40:36 AM »
Never had a problem shipping with UPS.  I setup an account, print the lable at home, and drop in the UPS area at work.  Sometimes it's pretty obvious what's in the package, especially when the address has a c/o "XXXXX Homebrew Competition".

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: clarification methods
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:30:51 AM »
I use whirlfloc in the boil and then gelatin in the keg.  I recently picked up some Super Kleer for a couple ciders I'm doing.  If it works well, I may try it in my beers (mostly the lagers).

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The Pub / Re: Beer drinking king dies in competition tragedy
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:27:47 AM »
This is why they put that warning at the beginning of "Beerfest"

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pressure question
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:18:36 AM »
The pressure reads 20.

(20 of how much per what I don't know)
I don't have a way to set the pressure, only a way to read it as far as I can tell.

Is 20psi your serving pressure?  That's pretty high.  At 45F and 20psi, you'll end up with 2.94 volumes of CO2.  Unless your lines are really long, it's going to come out foamy.  You regulator should have a knob or screw on the front to adjust the pressure.


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Most likely the on significant difference would be the questions asked at the end.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: This is Why Tanks Must be Tested.
« on: July 19, 2013, 06:45:49 AM »
Even though the 20 lb tank I have is brand new, I'm still always going to wonder... ???

But 17 years without test...I wouldn't be surprised if this gas company gets their license suspended, especially if they find more tanks out there.

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Equipment and Software / Re: What type of stone?
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:56:10 AM »
I believe that setup comes with a 2 micron stone, which is the same one I have on my Williams setup: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/WILLIAMS-OXYGEN-AERATION-SYSTEM-P699.aspx

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 16, 2013, 06:31:49 AM »
I still seem to lose a few degrees during the mash. Is that normal for everyone else? I'm measuring my temp with a Thermopen...

I tend to lose about 2-3 degrees over an hour...not a big deal.  If it's a colder season, I will wrap it in a blanket to try to keep some of the heat in.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Filter
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:24:40 AM »
Campden tablets (1 per 20 gallons) will remove Chlorine and Chloramine.  If you do have just straight Chlorine, you can set you water out overnight and it will dissipate on it's own (which is why I think municipalities switch to chloramine).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:22:04 AM »
I'm finding that a rectangular cooler is a pain in the ass to clean. Almost considering going back to my 5 gallon rubbermaid...

Only in the winter.  I dump my grains and spray it out with a garden hose.  Not ideal when it's below freezing so I clean it in the kitchen sink.  But that's the only time I have trouble cleaning it.

I also have the 70qt Xtreme cooler...and of course it's BLUE!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Outdoor Gas Cooker
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:16:42 AM »
I have the SP10 with the wind guard but it doesn't do much.  I'll wrap heavy duty tin foil around it to help block the wind.  I've been using it for about 5 years and it works well.

I am currently looking into getting a blichmann floor burner.  From most of the talk I've heard, they are wind-resistant and use less propane per batch.

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