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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starsan question... bear with me
« on: March 17, 2016, 09:52:17 PM »
My approach was RDWHAH, & go with making 1/2 a container's worth of sanitizer, & use the foam to sanitizes the walls of the container.  I'd go through the effort to swish it around 3-4 times while it was soaking just to make sure that the surfaces all stay wet, but that's about it.

Love it with the jockey box.  Sure beats carrying a 5# tank and full size regulator.

Equipment and Software / Re: Burner performance
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:28:50 PM »
It seems obvious, so I almost don't want to say it but, have you looked for scale around the ports?

I've had some in the spring before where the rust flakes and limits the gas flow.  I used a wire brush & banged the burner to shake loose material.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stupid keg transfer question
« on: March 01, 2016, 08:35:09 PM »
I'm sorry if I don't understand the question.
Won't the first thing you pull be the yeast off the bottom of your keg?  If that mixes with starsan do you care?  Won't you be discarding it anyway?

Beer Recipes / Re: pale honey lager
« on: February 28, 2016, 04:23:38 PM »
Either of Barry's whitehouse honey recipes are good.

Equipment and Software / Re: Higher End Glassware Cautionary Tale
« on: February 26, 2016, 04:40:20 PM »
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 20, 2016, 02:07:40 AM »
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, 08:51:56 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 24, 2015, 12:35:59 AM »
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, 05:07:22 PM »
Definitely need it for Mead Day. (& a week after that, & a week after that)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oxygen cleaners
« on: November 15, 2015, 05:17:57 PM »
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, 08:16:51 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, 04:07:34 PM »
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, 06:49:02 PM »
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, 06:25:35 PM »
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.

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