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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).

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"

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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).

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!

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.

Kegging and Bottling / High Carbonation Bottling
« on: July 15, 2013, 12:06:14 PM »
Do you use standard 12 oz. bottles for high carb beers, like a Berliner Weisse, especially for competition?

I would like to bottle condition a BW, but I'm not sure how the bottles will handle the higher volumes of CO2.  I know the general consensus is nothing above 3 volumes in standard bottles.  So does that mean everyone sends higher CO2 beers in special bottles?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aeration Equipment Question
« on: July 15, 2013, 06:02:23 AM »
I've been using this setup for a couple of years and have been really happy with it.

I can oxygenate around 20 five gallon batches with one of the larger disposable oxygen bottles, which is about a full year's worth of brewing for me.

Same here.  I've been from shaking the carboy, mix stir, aquarium pump and finally to this.  Definitely the best of all the options for me.  I also like that it is a rigid ss tube instead of vinyl hose.  This way I can put the stone exactly where I want it and move it around a bit in the fermenter.

I have 27 separate subcategories under my belt.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:08:37 AM »
Thanks for the update.

For future conferences, I like the idea of putting the scoresheets out after the banquet so people attending can pick them up.  I looked this year but didn't see them.  Was that something that is normally done or just in Seattle?

I do like the new competition software that has the ability to show the scores in the second round.  Maybe in a few years, the technology will be there to load copies of the scoresheets online too without having someone sit at a scanner and manually upload them.

Thanks for all you efforts and a great conference.  On Sunday I wan't sure if I was going to make it to Grand Rapids, but I've already made up my mind to go!

Beer Travel / Re: Portland
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:38:14 AM »
I thought this was appropriate.  My beer calendar page for today:

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