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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg hops - Pellets
« on: December 16, 2013, 02:26:36 AM »
I've done them in a stainless teaball without having any problems.

This +1 many times. The secret is not to move the keg, and everything settles down just fine.

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Going Pro / Re: Sourcing Glassware
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:38:30 AM »
Do NOT use Discount Mugs. I ordered three color screen printing and got a lower quality water decal instead. That and there was about a 25% fail rate on decals that I didn't think were up to QC standards. They did another run of single color on the house after I complained, but there's still smudging on some.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Directly heating Erlenmeyer flasks
« on: September 29, 2013, 03:52:09 PM »
To add to the great advice so far, as a former lab chemist, I'd use a Pyrex flask on a gas stove or ceramic top electric, but certainly not on a coil, for the hot spot reasons mentioned. It won't work on an induction top, because that requires cookware with ferromagnetic properties.

All that said though, every time I've tried to use the erlenmeyer directly, I've had awful boil overs!  :o

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Beer Recipes / Re: Citra Blonde Critique
« on: September 12, 2013, 04:53:13 PM »
My first thought is you must really love Citra. 2oz into 5 gallons of a 1.046 beer is a lot of mango. Secondly, between, the Carapils and the Crystal, that's 17% of speciality malt that's going to leave some unfermentables so I think I it will finish higher than 1.010. I would suggest easing back on the carapils to 8oz at most.

My house blonde ale is 90% 2-row, 5% Munich and 5% flaked wheat mashed at 149.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Using Sanke Kegs
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:38:03 AM »
My local nano where I help out uses PBW in the keg washer.  You invert the keg, then blow the cleaning solutions up the spear, and drain out the CO2 port.

Invert, PBW recirculate, blow it out, hot water rinse, blow it out, repeat rinse, blow it out, SaniClean recirculate, CO2 blow it out, repressurize with CO2.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 29, 2013, 02:03:06 PM »
I extract brewed for 6 years, before going all grain. I've taken runner up BoS with an extract beer. Don't let anyone tell you you're not homebrewing with extract. As others have said; go all grain if you want more recipe control; if you you want to save money on ingredients and blow it on equipment instead; if you want to double the length of your brew day. But don't go all grain just because a couple of homebrew snobs ruined extract for you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Be afraid, be very afraid
« on: August 14, 2013, 02:19:15 PM »
Is it really that hard to pack in a few tall boys of Torpedo IPA? I think this is another example of a solution looking for a problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 12, 2013, 12:03:55 PM »
My local LHBS is 30 seconds away, because it's in my workshop. I started running a web based LHBS about 9 months ago. I found I was buying more and more supplies in bulk, and decided I could sell off what I wasn't using. Inventory began to expand beyond what I used regularly, but I still keep stuff turning over. It wasn't really a dedicated business plan as much as I've got some spare time and space and I enjoy it.  It's helps that I'm in a college town, and the nearest LHBS was over 1 hr away.

I have a few regular customers, some of whom haven't been brewing that long, but they'll come by the house / workshop, we'll hammer out a recipe, taste whatever I've been brewing and have on tap, then fill their order. It helps that I can order grains and bulk materials through a local nanobrew run by a friend so I get a few bags at pallet prices. It also helps that we do occasional co-brews for firkins to get my company name out there.  It's not going to pay regular bills anytime soon, but it is starting to cover it's costs. My prices are more about being competitive / fair, than they are about making maximum cash. I have homebrewing friends who shop through me, and I can charge them store price with a clear conscience.

What I lose in time I'm gaining in experience and fun in the culture.

Just my 2 cents.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:46:10 AM »
Thanks for the response Denny. Loving the app otherwise.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:23:35 AM »
I love having the issues on my iPad, since as a road warrior its nice to read them on the go, but that also leads to my biggest frustration. The app requires a data connection to keep you logged in. So sitting on a plane, with hours free to read, and I cant because the app can't confirm my account, and logs me out after a couple of minutes, assuming I could open the app in the first place.

I already logged in to download the issues, so why do i need an active data connection to read them? To me that undermines the entire point of downloading the issues v cloud browsing.

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Events / Re: GABF and Craigslist
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:44:11 AM »
GABF's too popular, nobody goes anymore.

LOL, well nobody who's anybody...

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Events / Re: GABF and Craigslist
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:07:38 AM »
Given that AHA membership numbers are sequential, you only need to know 1 valid number, then keep adding 1 and go again. So it would not be surprising if scalpers took that approach.  Even if that didnt work, 1 years membership spread over 14 tickets is no brainer.

The only way a members pre-sale works, is if the ticket is tied to the membership number and the card needs to be presented at the door. But how you make that work for 5,000+ tickets per session I have no idea.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Free iPad Beer Recipe App
« on: June 28, 2013, 06:22:07 PM »
Installing it now. I'll give it a spin and let you know what I think. Thanks!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wort stability test
« on: June 28, 2013, 06:20:09 PM »
Hmm. I'll need to try this on my next batch. Pour off a pint or so into a sanitized mason jar and see what happens.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: June 20, 2013, 01:52:34 PM »
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I'm a big fan of Columbus or Chinook for bittering IPA.

I completely agree. 
Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo are my go to hops for IPA's.
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This +1

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