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Beer Travel / Which taprooms should I hit up in Dallas TX?
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:35:59 AM »
I'll be in Dallas next Monday and Tuesday and will be staying a little South of DT.  I'm looking for some recommendations for local craft breweries to hit up.

As always, thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Recommendation for a barley crusher?
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:32:42 AM »
I'm looking into a barley crusher so I can buy bulk amounts of base malt, no lines at LHBS as well as set my own crush for efficiency purposes.  My equiment is the cheap and easy 10 gallon cooler and pot which does the trick for 5 gallon batches.  I brew mostly medium to high ABV beers so bills are typically 10 - 20 lbs.  Went to the LHBS this weekend and bought ingredients for two different batches.  I realized after I got home that the crush was not very good which affected my efficiency.

I've done a little research online and noticed there's quite a range of products and prices.  I wanted to get feedback on 2 vs 3 roller mills and well as brands and sellers.   I don't mind spending a little bit more for equipment if the value is there.

As always, thanks.

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Thank you all for the recommendations.  We can't wait!

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Traveling to Seattle for the first time on Friday and will have a day for craft beer.  Any suggestions?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pin lock VS Ball Lock
« on: May 10, 2013, 03:14:27 PM »
Personally I wouldn't bother with 2.5 or 3 gallon kegs unless space requirements absolutely require it. you can put 2.5 or 3 gallons of beer in a 5 gallon keg but not vice versa.

Generally, at least from what I have seen they are comparable prices wise.

+1

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Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen aeration with tank
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:31:17 PM »
I just bought an aeration pump from Norther Brewer with flex tubing.  Glad I saw this string and am looking at the wand.  In regards to use, how long does it take to aeerate a 5 gallon batch and do you move the stone around every few minutes to different spots in the bucket?

I aerate for 60 seconds for a normal brew and 90 seconds for a high gravity brew.  Yes, I move the stone around as I go.

Dave

Thanks.  That's awesome, I can't wait to use mine this weekend!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen aeration with tank
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:20:51 PM »
I just bought an aeration pump from Norther Brewer with flex tubing.  Glad I saw this string and am looking at the wand.  In regards to use, how long does it take to aeerate a 5 gallon batch and do you move the stone around every few minutes to different spots in the bucket?

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The Pub / Re: Northern Brewer... shipping... Argh.
« on: September 20, 2012, 04:03:55 PM »
Oh, and Keeler and Dawson left NB, so it looks like we won't be seeing them in BTV anymore. Big bummer there.

Keeler and Dawson left?  Starting their own shop maybe?

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The Pub / Re: Northern Brewer... shipping... Argh.
« on: September 20, 2012, 04:02:02 PM »
I order from them several times a year and have always had good delivery service, however, it was when they used FedEx.  My first order when they switched to UPS came all banged up. Fortunately everything was accounted for.  My second order is supposed to arrive tomorrow per UPS tracking so we'll see.  Not a big box, just some hardware for a keezer build, but if it doesn't show up on time it's gonnna screw up my schedule build time.

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Beer Travel / Re: Boulder again
« on: September 20, 2012, 11:32:58 AM »
I really enjoy Upslope.  Like Avery they typically have beers on tap that are not available outside the taproom which always include a couple of barrell aged beers which they do a great job on.  And their GABF gold medal winning pumpkin is out and on tap. Their tap room is North Boulder right where 28th and Broadway intersect.


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My last change in procedure was to eliminate two pumps from my regular brewing activities. I got rid of a sub-pump used to recirc ice-water through my IC in the warm-weather months and the march pump for general recirculation and transfer of wort.

Now I just use frozen 20oz PET (soda) bottles to chill the wort down to ale or lager temps. Have found it to be more effective and just as fast if not quicker in cooling the wort down to desired pitching temps!

Through these changes I have accomplished savings in time and effort and have removed the need to make ice, and use a cooler/bucket, two pumps and corresponding hose. I no longer have to move, hook-up or clean these particular pieces of equipment. Also there has been a reduction in mess and spilled wort or water.

I've thought of using frozen soda bottles.  I live in CO and my water temp out of the hose is mid 70's right now so my IC will only cool down to about 80-85 after 20 minutes or so (5 gallon batches).  I've had to close it up and put it in one of my fridges to bring down to pitching temp but that actually takes longer than you would think.

How many bottles do you use?

Ten 20oz for 6 gallons.

Thank you.  I'm going to try it.

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My last change in procedure was to eliminate two pumps from my regular brewing activities. I got rid of a sub-pump used to recirc ice-water through my IC in the warm-weather months and the march pump for general recirculation and transfer of wort.

Now I just use frozen 20oz PET (soda) bottles to chill the wort down to ale or lager temps. Have found it to be more effective and just as fast if not quicker in cooling the wort down to desired pitching temps!

Through these changes I have accomplished savings in time and effort and have removed the need to make ice, and use a cooler/bucket, two pumps and corresponding hose. I no longer have to move, hook-up or clean these particular pieces of equipment. Also there has been a reduction in mess and spilled wort or water.

I've thought of using frozen soda bottles.  I live in CO and my water temp out of the hose is mid 70's right now so my IC will only cool down to about 80-85 after 20 minutes or so (5 gallon batches).  I've had to close it up and put it in one of my fridges to bring down to pitching temp but that actually takes longer than you would think.

How many bottles do you use?

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Beer Travel / Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« on: August 13, 2012, 12:40:42 PM »
Funkwerks would be a good visit although I don't seem to think they serve any Crooked Stave there.
Equinox in DT Fort Collins is a great location and good beer
Left Hand is worth a trip.

Also to consider:
Liquids and Solids - it's Oskar Blues restaurant in Longmont.  Not only do they have good food and all OB beers but a huge tap list of quality craft beer

I would try to stop in Boulder - I would hit up Avery's tap room.  Not huge fan of thier regular line up but am a big fan of the seasonals plus they typically have a few tap handles of stuff that they don't bottle

Upslope in Boulder.  Small operation right now and only can 4 year around beers but always have 4-5 taps of great beer that is only available in the tap room.  Was there a week ago and they had two barell/whiskey aged beers that were great.

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Don't worry. Open fermentation isn't the bugbear everyone thinks it is. I always just lay the lid on top of the bucket and no air-lock. Last batch the beer tried to crawl out of the fermenter but the lid just burped and some yeast flowed down the sides. No big deal except cleaning the fermenter will take a few minutes more.

Cool.  That's good to know.  I guess it's similar concept when I see videos of brewers just placing foil over the tops of carboys during primary.

Do you leave the lid loose during the entire time in primary or do you tighten it down once primary has subsided?

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Brewed a sweet stout on Saturday and used an airlock instead of a blow off tube which I should have know better not to do but anyway, came home yesterday and the lid was blown off.  I figure the top could not have been off more than 12 hrs.  The beer seemed to still be fermenting actively.  I put a clean/sanitized lid on top and sealed it back up.

Has this ever happened where the beer still turned out good or is the chance for contamination/oxidation too high?

Thanks.

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