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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NOOOOO - NHC disaster
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:00:36 PM »
Thanks everyone. I did throw a small batch rebrew of the base beer together just in case I can time it. Not setting any high expectations though.

Thankfully I had closed the gas line or I would have blown out my gas tank too. Since there was only a partial keg, the head pressure was sufficient to push it all out. If it had been a full keg, I probably would have found some remaining. The leak came from connection between the ball lock post and disconnect, not the MFL. It moved with the black disconnect, so it wasn't the o-ring. By the looks of it, the inside of the quick disconnect got damaged and it wouldn't seal properly. A slow, but critical leak.

General Homebrew Discussion / NOOOOO - NHC disaster
« on: May 10, 2015, 08:16:07 AM »
Seriously bummed today. I tapped the rebrew keg for one of my NHC final round entries last night. Tastes great. I'm thinking it's better than my 1st round batch. Fast forward 12 hrs. I come down to the garage this morning to do some bottling, and there's a puddle on the floor under the kegerator. The ball lock disconnect was leaking on the out post, and the keg drained overnight. It's empty.

 >:( :'(

Not even sure if its worth trying to scramble another rebrew at this point. It's a 20A so I don't have time to age it on fruit in the secondary anymore...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FWH
« on: May 08, 2015, 01:16:48 PM »
So I could have sworn somewhere that FHW bitterness is more approximate to a 20 min addition, so that's how I've always calculated the IBUs. Apparently I should be setting it for the full 60/90 mins. I guess my recent beers have been more bitter then I planned, but I've no had any complaints!

Ingredients / Re: Additional Dry Hops
« on: May 03, 2015, 12:49:28 PM »
I dry hopped an ounce of Citra in my 3 gallon pale ale. It's been dry hopping for 3 days, it may go out to five or so to ensure a stable fermentation.

I'm curious if any of you have sampled beers and decided to add additional dry hops? My only concern is an extended dry hop on the original addition would lead to vegetal off flavors.

Have you experienced vegetal off flavors?  IMO, it's one of the bigger myths of homebrewing.  Not that it never happens, but my experience is that it happens very infrequently. 

I agree, Denny. I rarely notice it and I dry hop fairly often.

+1 I dry hop in the keg, and rarely remove the hops / rack off them. Typically they'll end up in there for a month until the keg kicks. Once the keg is at serving temp, there's not a lot of chemistry going on.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Location
« on: April 29, 2015, 07:48:20 PM »
Garage. My wife likes it better..,'s a really nice spot for it there.    ;)

Haha. This +1

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 27, 2015, 02:33:48 PM »
Just got my sheets.  Once again, the beers I filled off the tap got infected.  I guess I need to learn my lesson this time.  Two years in a row I lost 3 beers!   >:(

At least my Steam Beer got through which was the only one I bottled from the start.   :)


Hmmm... Time to check what you're doing when you bottle off the tap.  I sanitize EVERYTHING and use a new picnic tap if I'm bottling for competition.

I only spayed the Perlik inside and out with StarSan.  I need a better process for sure.  Next year I clean the lines and tap and flush with sanitizer.

I've been doing the same thing and never put 2+2 together. Usually I bust out the beer gun, or at least a picnic tap, but there are times I get lazy and use the faucet. Never again.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: How best to describe 22C?
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:47:57 PM »
Well I got my white whale. I took 1st in category 22C in MCAB XVII. I've been chasing a medal in that comp for years!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 19, 2015, 09:00:30 AM »
18E and 20A. My 22C scored a 38.5 but didnt place.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 19, 2015, 07:43:35 AM »
Saint Paul is posted.

Sweet. 2 going forward!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 08, 2015, 04:27:35 PM »
If its a good tank, not falling apart, the fire needed to cook off the tank will be destroy the garage/shop/shed by the time the tank cooks off. You might tell the fire department that theres a tank in your fully engulfed building. But if you forget, they will assume the worst.

A healthy propane tank is not going to just suddenly explode all on its own.

If a full/ over full tank warms up it can vent, and it can pool. Then if there is a spark from something starting up, like a fridge, you can have problems.

A properly filled tank will have sufficient ullage to cope with the increased in headspace pressure from heating. Bottom line, don't overfill your tanks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Caring while Cold Crashing?
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:03:01 PM »
If I went to the trouble of going from keg to keg I would do it through a filter and drop the cold crashing.

Just dont carb before you filter, otherwise you'll end up with a foamy mess. Ask me how I know  :o

Beer Recipes / Re: California Common malt ratio assistance
« on: April 03, 2015, 10:24:20 AM »
I like a touch of pale chocolate in my Cali Common, maybe 1%

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in a Minute
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:00:32 AM »
If I use a different brand of blender will the beer taste different?

Make sure it's a blue blender

Not sure you need the heat. I use a chest freezer and dual temp controller as well with a 2 degree variance. When the temp warms the unit kicks on and chills to set point as designed.

Perhaps adding the heat made the temps fluctuate more frequently and caused the unit to cycle more frequently than needed.

This +1. You have a very tight temp window of 68 +/- 1 degree. This means that either the cooling or the heating overshoot, then it yoyos back and forth and short cycles your freezer compressor. In the winter, plug in the heating cycle. In the summer, plug in the cooling cycle. Set your hysteresis to +/- 2 degrees.

The Pub / Re: The new Food Pyramid
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:23:20 PM »

I resent beer being lumped in with cigarettes and cheese puffs. Beer, coffee, whiskey?

Where's the bacon fit in?

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