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Equipment and Software / Re: Higher End Glassware Cautionary Tale
« on: February 26, 2016, 09:40:20 AM »
What the hell has happened to us!???

haha! Here's where I come in and admit that the majority of my glasses all go in dishwasher, except opnes that are printed or gold rimmed. I usually give them an extra rinse before use and don't seem to have major problems with foaming issues.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Beer Camp Tropical IPA
« on: January 19, 2016, 07:07:40 PM »
Just got a case from the Costco for less than a buck a bottle.  Score!

Equipment and Software / Re: Choosing a brew kettle
« on: January 15, 2016, 01:51:56 PM »
For me it was after I got a pot w/a spigot that I realized how glad I was that I did.  Prior to that it didn't matter to me.  Now I'm really grateful for it.  I think that's up to your individual situation for the cost/benefit of each add on.

I will pass on my experience.  I started w/an old surplus navy stainless pot.  It served me well for a long time.  While I was using it, I stuck by the adage "If it's cheap, and stainless, buy it. - You'll find a use for it later."  Now I have a lot of stuff, and am still acquiring.  I continuously am trying to upgrade my system, and suspect I will never be finished.  Question yourself if this is the road you want to travel.

That said one recommendation I will strongly make to you is to get a pot big enough for the entire batch.  If you are doing 5 gallon batches, get an 8 gallon pot or bigger.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Co2 tank/line quick disconnect?
« on: December 23, 2015, 05:35:59 PM »
I NEED one of those!

Does the ball lock post attach directly to the MFL, or is there some adaptation?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Nutrient
« on: December 22, 2015, 10:07:22 AM »
Definitely need it for Mead Day. (& a week after that, & a week after that)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oxygen cleaners
« on: November 15, 2015, 10:17:57 AM »
This paper:

indicates that the powerhouse has about half the percarbonate of other oxygen cleaners.
(in 2005)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New modular kegs from Northern Brewer
« on: November 13, 2015, 01:16:51 PM »
You're better off waiting for someone like AiH to run a sale on new kegs and buy multiple kegs in the $80 or less price range.

Like they have going on right now.  I just picked up four 2.5 gallon ones.
Must.... not.... buy.... more.... kegs....


Equipment and Software / Re: Any US source for peracetic acid?
« on: November 02, 2015, 09:07:34 AM »
Has anyone found a US source for small quantities of peracetic acid, about one liter size or so?
It is available to commercial breweries in 4.5 gallon size ($$).
I have found it in several non US homebrew shops easily.
I've not seen any, but ask "why?" - the stuff is nasty smelling.  I'd rather use iodine or even bleach.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Buddy brought me Dry Yeast??? Little Help???
« on: October 24, 2015, 11:49:02 AM »
Read the directions for "re-hydrating" it.  That's all you need. (no starter)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you Store Your Grains?
« on: October 18, 2015, 11:25:35 AM »
I like these for moderate amounts. The gallon size can hold 4.5-5lbs. They are also available at Walmart if you don't mind shopping there.

I like 5gal food grade buckets with gamma lids for larger amounts. They stack well and can hold about 25lbs.

Vacuum sealing would get expensive if packing up a large amount of grain. Cheaper poly bags may work, but I don't know if home use sealers can seal them well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Does Brita reduce Bicarbonates?
« on: October 12, 2015, 01:34:56 PM »
When I had a water softener, we recharged it with salt.  I'd expect the same from Brita, Sodium ions for Calcium & Magnesium.  I doubt that you'd get any change in alkalinity.

Pimp My System / Re: 3 tier gravity
« on: October 03, 2015, 10:58:32 AM »
Still don't have mine up.  Congrats.  Looks fun!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW Alternative?
« on: September 23, 2015, 03:38:14 PM »
I have bought the fragrance free type in the past, but these days I opt for the 14lb box at Costco and just rinse a bit better.
My theory is that it's like propane gas. The fragrance is good. You know you've done a thorough rinse when the odor is gone.
Fantastic thinking. I now am a fan of oxy with smell. In the past I tried to find oxy free, but used oxy versatile if I couldn't find the free. Now I'm sticking with versatile and remembering your theory
That's probably fine for glass, & steel, but be cautious with plastic.  HDPE can absorb fragrance oils fairly easily.  If you soak for too long you could get a build up that might transfer over to the plastic.  It's probably not enough to affect the taste of your beer, but I don't want any flowery perfume in my fermentors.

Other Fermentables / Re: Pressing apples and pears.
« on: September 15, 2015, 01:06:15 PM »
Couldn't you use a 5 gallon nylon bag from the LHBS?  Put the grindings in the bag inside a bucket, w/some pectic enzyme.  Wouldn't even need a press, just lift the small amount of solids that are left behind after a couple of days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I guess I should make some beer.
« on: September 07, 2015, 04:28:45 PM »
Wish I got that many.  My Cascades are way off this year.  Uneven watering schedule.  (It's the drought, that's it! I'm sticking to that story.)

My Cluster's did ok this year, but they came in over three weeks - not all at once.

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