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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer got darker once kegged
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:40:30 PM »
Oxidation can cause darkening, but that seems pretty extreme.  Did your yeast slurry have any water added that would ligtetn the color?

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:33:38 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Low gravity saison
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:31:22 PM »
Lactic acid in a Saison can be good, but not for the reason you think.  Lowering the pH of the wort below the recommended range does not necessarily result in a lower post-fermentation pH.  In fact, a low kettle pH can inhibit fermentation and result in a higher beer pH.  For a light colored Saison where there's little acidity in the grist, many water profiles need some acidity.  However, 2-4% acid malt won't add any noticeable flavor to the beer.  The "twang" you're tasting is probably a result of getting the wort to the proper starting pH and letting the yeast do its job.

If you actually want to add lactic acid for a slightly sour flavor, do it after fermentation or use an acid producing bacteria. 

The Pub / Re: American Brewery Architecture
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:24:22 PM »
Yep.  They had tours of it during Baltimore Beer Week last year.  As you know, it's not a brewery anymore, but the redevelopment saved a lot of the original features:

Equipment and Software / Dead fridge, brought back to life!
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:49:21 AM »
My kegerator stopped working last week.  It wouldn't chill and the only noise it made was a loud click every few minutes.  This is exactly what happened to my last chest freezer that died, which I replaced.  This was a lot worse, though, since I have the fridge built into a larger bar and replacing it would be a total PITA.

I decided to do some more research and it sounded like it could just be the start relay.  I found the right part and ordered from, and lo and behold, it works again.  So if your fridge/freezer won't start and you don't hear any noise from the compressor, you might be able to fix it for cheap instead of throwing it out.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Missing avatars
« on: May 21, 2013, 08:49:26 AM »
Today is the first time I've seen avatars all week.

The Pub / Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave...
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:43:06 AM »
MillerCoors appears about 5 times in the legal copy, though.  They might be shooting themselves in the foot here  :) Of course, for anyone who likes blue moon this could be a positive brand association.

I think the $5 off of PRODUCE is the funny part.  Kind of like the Publishers Clearing House "No Purchase Necessary" to enter (as required by law), except that all of their ads imply that you'll have a better chance to win if you buy magazines.  They've had to settle claims with the justice department multiple times over that.

Ingredients / Re: 3 hour dry hop?
« on: May 17, 2013, 09:56:15 PM »
I tried a 3 minute dry hop in some Miller Lite once.  Tasted like Miller Lite with floaties.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cowboy Brewers
« on: May 16, 2013, 07:10:40 PM »
How about this guy.  :)

God, that shirt is hideous.

Nice Baltimore Beer Week shirt just left of that pimp...

I'll post this awesome display of hop stopping one more time  :)

I did one extract (w/steeping grains) batch with help from a friend who had done a few before.  I fermented it myself and immediately wanted to start on my next batch.  After reading How To Brew and everything Denny had posted on the NB forum (this was 7 or 8 years ago), I immediately bought a cooler and did an all grain batch next.  And kegged it   ;D

Of course, it took me a few more months to give up that stupid spinning Phil's sparge arm.  Why I didn't listen to Denny about that I don't know.

The Pub / Re: Do you hate to be corrected?
« on: May 12, 2013, 01:33:31 PM »
Facebook is great.... for finding out how stupid your friends and family are.  You're not going to change anyone, so  put their status on ignore  :o

Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:21:45 PM »
The MW101 is the new model, which is equivalent to the one Kai has.

I have the MW102 which is the new one with automatic calibration and I've never had any problems.  YMMV.

Equipment and Software / Re: O2 regulator noise
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:16:44 PM »
For the disposable O2 tanks, it's not a regulator, it's just a valve.  If it's whistling, turn it down.

It's always better to start the gas flow before you submerge the stone.  Otherwise the liquid can make its way into the tiny pores and disrupt gas flow.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sticky taps
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:16:25 AM »
Forward seal faucets like Perlick will fix this problem.

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