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Beer Recipes / Re: pale honey lager
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:23:38 AM »
Either of Barry's whitehouse honey recipes are good.

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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.

+1

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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)

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

http://www.umich.edu/~chemstu/content_weeks/F_06_Week11/pics_notes/Bracken_JCE_2005_p762_oxyclean.pdf

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

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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....

+1

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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.

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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)

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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.
http://www.usplastic.com/mobile/item.aspx?sku=72042

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.
+1

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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