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The Pub / Re: Will this get me kicked off the forum?
« on: May 16, 2015, 07:13:35 AM »
What is that?

Beer Travel / Re: Kansas City
« on: March 31, 2015, 05:56:47 PM »
I'd say Joes of KC (formerly OK Joes) is the place to eat- recommend getting there at 11 or just ordering ahead to go.  Boulevard is pretty prevalent and they make some stuff for their tap houses that I haven't seen before.

Not a local but I do try to make a few trips for Royals games

Equipment and Software / Re: Faucet thread size and pitch
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:32:43 AM »
I don't want to power it but I would want to switch to forward sealing faucets

Equipment and Software / Re: Faucet thread size and pitch
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:26:00 PM »
Looking at a tower from Europe on eBay.  Pretty sure I'm going to want forward sealing faucets and I don't know if perlicks will fit.  Seller doesn't seem to know thread size/pitch

Equipment and Software / Faucet thread size and pitch
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:41:12 AM »
Anyone know the thread size for a perlick faucet?  Not the tap handle threads but the faucet itself.  Thanks in advance

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash temp and thermometer
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:37:50 PM »
156 is probably higher than you want to mash an American ipa.  How much crystal many was in there?  As for a thermometer you might check out the thermopop from thermoworks.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water calculator help?
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:37:34 AM »
Not familiar with Brewers friend so take this with a grain of salt.

I'll assume that you've had your source water tested and that's where the Source mineral values are coming from.  If so you're dealing with quite a bit of bicarbonate and will likely want to dilute your source water some, particularly for lighter colored beers. Your calcium, sulfates, and chlorides are a little low- easy fixes by adding gypsum and calcium chloride.

Burton water is a pretty extreme target- I would be hesitant to make beer with sulfates above 300 Ppm sulfates.

I would recommend bruunwater from Martin B as a good place to start.  Great spreadsheet and he helps quite a bit on this forum.  Seems like a great guy

Ingredients / Re: Good News For Hop Lovers
« on: February 07, 2015, 05:38:55 AM »
Yakima Valley Hops

Equipment and Software / Re: PBW 101
« on: November 12, 2014, 05:41:38 AM »
Hope this isn't too much of a hijack-  Why is it that PBW works great here but oxyclean leaves a gritty deposit after a few hours?  I've always assumed its a water chemistry issue but I'm curious if anyone else has run across this.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:53:42 PM »
FWIW WLP833 is really good.  I've used it for Vienna, Ofest, Dunkel, and Schwarz and been really happy with it.  Currently growing a starter for a Dbock.  Not sure on the Pilsners but I intend to experiment with a CAP on it this winter.

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 14, 2013, 04:43:41 PM »
Isnt PBW just really Souped up Oxyclean?  Essentially an alkaline cleaner?

I think it has to do with the water here but PBW works significantly better than Oxyclean.  Oxyclean leaves a gritty residue  on everything- I had to use something acidic to clean it out of my carboys, tubing, buckets, etc.  I dont get that with PBW

All Grain Brewing / Re: FG too low again!
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:02:43 PM »
Are you certain your hydrometer is accurate?

Why not just oversize your starter by a pint and save the extra from the starter?  No carryover of anything to the next batch.

The Pub / Re: So I am out in the garage brewing today
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:01:12 PM »
I guess the good news is that this week's little cold snap took care of whatever the hell those were.  My brewing "guests" tend to be larger but I don't think they'd pass up Crown either

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:48:22 PM »
Rinse and drain.  PBW soak on brew day- I already have my mlt full of PBW.  Rinse and drain.  When dry, cover each bottle with a foil square and bake at 350 F for 1hour.

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