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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 05, 2015, 09:43:17 AM »
Googled it. Seems very expensive for what you get. More Beer has this for $29.99. Standard 3/16" beverage line is $.79 per foot. Since your beer and lines should be sanitary, and cleaned regularly anyways, I don't see the need for anti-microbial lines.

You could basically get 12' of regular line for 1/3 the price of the kit.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Storage
« on: June 03, 2015, 12:23:14 PM »
I've kept a 50lb tank in my garage for the last 4 years, including 3 Oklahoma summers.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Line Management
« on: June 03, 2015, 11:18:12 AM »
Thanks guys. Actually since that photo's been taken, I've continued the pipe loops round under the gas manifold, where they all branch out. And somebody mentioned the gas lines, I have mine at 4' so they reach the corners of the freezer, with the exception of 1 which is 12', for use when purging kegs outside the unit.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Safbrew Abbaye Ale
« on: June 02, 2015, 03:44:44 PM »
I've got the Fermentis Abbaye yeast on order, and will let you all know how that works out. I hope it is better than the Safebrew because I love dry yeast and would like to have a Belgian dry yeast alternative

Um, isnt Safbrew the Fermentis brand?  ???

Crap, apparently I have different profiles for my Forum ID, and my AHA membership? WTF did I do... :(

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Line Management
« on: June 01, 2015, 07:17:44 PM »
I run 9' lines at 3/16 - I've always found that 2 psi/ft restriction a bit liberal, more like 1.25-1.5 which makes a difference.  Here's my setup with 7x lines, held with 1.5" pipe hoops.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Finals Shipping Address Confusion
« on: June 01, 2015, 07:09:14 PM »
FedEx delivered mine to 9990 AleSmith Ct yesterday.

rjharper - is this the emergency rebrew?  How'd it turn out?

Jon - actually much better than I expected. It doesn't quite have the clarity, color or nose of the keg that ended up on the floor, but it was good enough to go "what the hell" and pay to ship it Fedex 2-day. So fingers crossed but I wont be too disappointed if it scores poorly.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Finals Shipping Address Confusion
« on: May 29, 2015, 01:00:40 PM »
Thanks Janis!!

Homebrew Competitions / NHC Finals Shipping Address Confusion
« on: May 29, 2015, 12:53:21 PM »
Google has
AleSmith Brewing Company
9368 Cabot Dr, San Diego, CA 92126

Preprinted Label states...
AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 Empire Street, San Diego, CA 92126

Entry Information states...
AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Court, San Diego, CA 92126

FedEx doesnt recognize AleSmith Ct. Empire St puts you 2 blocks away from the brewery. So where are we shipping entries? ??? I'm going with Cabot Dr if I dont hear otherwise in the next hr.

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!

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