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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.

Just pull the one off the bbq until you get it refilled.  That's what I do.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: handling kegs not under pressure
« on: March 20, 2015, 10:55:32 AM »
Some random thoughts:

With a bunch of "t"s you get all the same pressure over all the kegs, regardless of style.

Unless you put check valves throughout the system, a leak in one keg could run you flat over the whole system. 

When you add a new keg, you'll have to hope (& you'll probably be fine but...) that the new keg doesn't pull gas (or worse liquid) out of your other kegs.

If you naturally carbonate, & you have a keg that doesn't seat well, you might want to give it a small charge to get the seal, until the yeast build up the pressure enough to keep the seal.

It's like beer.  Clean it real good.  Then sanitize it.  Use the regular bleach ~ 9:1 (in water).

Ingredients / Re: Freezing fresh hops
« on: March 17, 2015, 10:20:56 AM »
Title said "fresh" hops.  I dry mine first.   :P
Then I weigh them into 1 oz portions then vacuum seal those in foodsaver bags taht go into the freezer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:43:03 AM »
Decoction is great when you miss your target mash temperature (provided you are on the coll side).  Otherwise, I tend to avoid it.

Some people can read it in a book,

Some people can be taught,

Is decoction for those that need to pee on the electric fence for themselves?

(personally, it's not that big a deal, just do it, experience it, retire from it)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Used kegs
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:50:28 PM »
Thinking about jumping on that sale from AiH but the lack of the NSF stamp makes me a little nervous.  Would it make you nervous?

I completely understand how lack of the NSF stamp could make you feel uncomfortable.  I slowly switching all of my ball valves over American-made Apollo 76F stainless steel ball valves because they are NSF certified and the Chinese ball valves are not.

On stuff from China the certification doesn't mean much to me (my belief is that it is just as easy to counterfeit the certification).  More important are the reviews from those brave enough to buy before me.

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