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The Pub / Re: In need of some advice...
« on: September 30, 2013, 04:52:48 AM »

Kidding. I hear what you are saying. The ray handley years were bad...not this bad though.

Two championships in six years, you have it pretty rough.  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Deployed homebrewer
« on: September 07, 2013, 04:28:12 PM »
Was awesome to see people were willing to send me magazines and stuff. Home brewers are definitely awesome people. My address if you wanna know is
Attn: Spc Fisher, Joseph
 APO/AE 09355
You guys rock, have a couple people sending some brew mags and will post a pic on here when I get them. Thanks for the patriotism and being good people.

This would be much better used as a PM. Did you pay attention to any of the PERSEC classes prior to deployment?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keezer Issues
« on: September 01, 2013, 03:06:41 PM »
Turns out it was a combination of a leaky lid seal and a faulty gas disconnect that only leaked in certain positions. Some keg lube and a new disconnect fixed the problem. Thanks for the help!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keezer Issues
« on: August 27, 2013, 02:05:30 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give them a shot, once I fill my tank. Again.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keezer Issues
« on: August 27, 2013, 10:08:13 AM »
Yeah, the problem is that I can't find the leak. I've tried the Starsan/spray bottle method on literally EVERY single connection and still can't find it. I hooked up the last tank, and it was fine for about 3 weeks. No drop in pressure, nothing. I would check every day. Came downstairs this morning, and now it's all gone. Extremely frustrating...

Kegging and Bottling / Keezer Issues
« on: August 27, 2013, 07:46:31 AM »
I'm having some issues with CO2 leakage in my keezer and I'm trying to tighten up some of the connections in hopes of curing the problem.

My regulator has a 5/16 barb and the gas tubing will be going to the distributor which has a 1/4 mfl... what hardware would I need to make this connection?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:52:07 AM »

Hop Growing / Re: Wilting Hops
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:26:14 AM »
Boys, your advice was spot on. I allowed the pots to drain, things got worse before they got better, and once they started improving I added a little fertilizer. Thanks again for the help.

Gotta say, being from the northeast, I never really gave much thought to Philadelphia being a "real city". After this past weekend, I humbly admit I was completely wrong. Good show, Philly!

Good thing I'm only working from home this week...

Hop Growing / Re: Wilting Hops
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:31:57 AM »
Yeah, I knew about the roots not liking to stay wet but I naively thought the pot was draining well.

Unfortunately, I can't put them in the ground right now nor do I have a spot where they can get sun all day. I realize this will limit their yield, but it's either this or not grow them at all.

Thanks for tall the advice, looks like I found out where I went wrong.

Hop Growing / Re: Wilting Hops
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:44:32 PM »
I took the drain plate off, drilled a few more holes along the base of the pot, there was a lot of water in there. I'll let them drain and then hit them with a little nitrogen. Being incredibly new at attempting to grow living things, I thought the drain plate helped it drain more. Whoops.

Hop Growing / Re: Wilting Hops
« on: June 17, 2013, 12:54:44 PM »
I'd agree with the nutrient deficiency, except that you said you used miracle gro potting soil. That usually has fertilizer added into the mix.

It looks like you may have planted in a plastic bucket. Do you have enough drainage holes in the bottom so that the roots aren't sitting in water? Most roots need air and won't do well if constantly submerged.

There are drainage holes in the bottom, but it seems that the "plate" (ignorance of a better term) that the pot is sitting on normally has water on it. Maybe I should drill a few more holes? We've had a few days of absolute down pouring here.

Hop Growing / Re: Wilting Hops
« on: June 17, 2013, 12:40:11 PM »
Thanks for the advice, looks like I'll try some nitrogen!

Hop Growing / Wilting Hops
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:57:00 AM »
I've noticed that the leaves on my hop plants are starting to wilt and I was hoping someone could give me advice. They were planted about two months ago, in mid-late April. Each pot has about 2 cubic feet of miracle gro potting soil. I live in Northern Virginia, the temp hasn't gotten above the low 90s, they're in the sun early in the day until about 1pm. It's been raining a bit lately, so I haven't needed to water them. I've noticed a bug or two on them, little fly looking things, but not all the time and never a huge amount. Pics are below:

Going Pro / Re: Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery (2nd Edition)
« on: June 08, 2013, 10:24:56 AM »
I just finished it myself and I completely agree with you. The only criticism I have, and I'm splitting hairs here, is he sometimes uses words that are a little too complicated than they need to be. It's as if he's so passionate about the the topic, he gets a little nostalgic and let's his mind wander a bit. Certainly doesn't detract from the subject matter though. Great read.

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