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Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: July 02, 2015, 10:28:09 AM »
I've had good results with Castle (Belgian Pils).  I also like Simpsons for crystal malts.
The sack of this I bought was full of chaff.  I felt the need to winnow it before using.  I took a box fan and poured the grain through the breeze.  It didn't seem right to buy so much imported material that ended up straight in the compost.  Perhaps I got the bottom of the grain elevator, but I've been afraid to buy another.

(my beer was fine)

All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: June 29, 2015, 12:35:57 PM »

Good idea. If you get it hot enough it will be sanitized too.
I would still follow up with starsan personally.
Why? At the temp of the HLT there's not going to be anything in there.  Seems like more hassle w/the foam to me, let alone the cost.
Now if your going to make up 5 gal of starsan anyway for your utensils, then maybe it wouldn't hurt to double use it, but I wouldn't just for an already sanitized container.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:58:54 PM »
Kinda what I was getting at in the first place.  I have vinyl now, and before dropping $2.50/foot I wanted some rationalization other than the manufacturer's promise.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Using Mint
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:55:11 PM »
510 brewing made a killer peppermint porter at Christmas time a few years back.  At first it didn't sound appealing to me.  But when I tasted it - WOW!  So I too approve of experimentation.

Kegging and Bottling / Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 04, 2015, 04:17:06 PM »

I'm planning an optimization of my system (replacing the 1/4" line I have now w/3/16").  Has anybody tried this?  Are there any negatives?

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Line Management
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:13:17 PM »
Get 3/16" instead of 1/4" & you won't need a long a piece.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dual Faucet Kegerator Question
« on: May 27, 2015, 08:50:01 AM »
I have a "T" in my set up but when I have an uncarbonated beer that I want to hook up to the system, I'm left with the dilemma of whether or not I want to fuss w/changing my pressure or not.  I'm getting closer to going w/a double regulator so that I can dispense and carbonate at the same time.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Is a scratched cooler mash tun a problem?
« on: May 19, 2015, 08:38:41 AM »
I would boil anything that came out of a scratched cooler.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Are my grains still good?
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:07:26 PM »
Sorry, it's a total wash - send it to me & I''l brew it & let you know how bad it was.   ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Law of partial pressures
« on: May 05, 2015, 01:25:33 PM »
Time is required for diffusion.  An open beer will go flat, but not instantly. ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: NSF Keg
« on: May 05, 2015, 12:09:57 PM »
Can you trust anything from China to not be a forgery?  Since they've been caught putting toxics in toothpaste, drywall and pet treats, I'll stick with Italian, Indian, or used American tanks before I'll buy Chinese.  Just, one biggot's opinion.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegs and CO2 Tanks
« on: April 20, 2015, 04:20:07 PM »
My first two came from my LHBS.  Then I got a couple of kegs from a buddy that were incomplete, & I outfitted them w/parts from the

Equipment and Software / Re: Burner for anniversary
« on: April 17, 2015, 02:02:11 PM »
I wonder if there is any real difference between this and a Blichmann.
Blichmann has 4 legs.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« on: April 17, 2015, 12:44:42 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.


Zymurgy / Re: Pilsner Urquell triple decoction
« on: April 15, 2015, 03:59:00 PM »
Also the July/August 2011 issue of Zymurgy had a good article on PU, and decoction.

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