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The Pub / Re: Pay to Play - Pretty Things Rant!
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:29:43 AM »
So the breweries are paying the bars directly, or through their distributors?  Seems to me that a good distributor would want to get their beers out there, so the brewery itself wouldn't need to do this.  Do they have a three-tier system in Massachusetts?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:00:51 PM »
Got the brew in yesterday, now the rain is back.  Thanks brew gods!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: October 11, 2014, 09:11:28 AM »
It's raining... I was hoping to get my first brew in since mid-summer but it will have to wait for tomorrow.  I'm planning a hoppy Belgian blond in the style of Hommerlbier... yum.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 15.5 gal stainless fermenter
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:18:12 PM »
Pbw through spray nozzles works wonders to remove stubborn krausen gunk.  Carboy washer hasn't failed me yet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MDBdirxAZ0

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Equipment and Software / Re: 15.5 gal stainless fermenter
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:36:55 PM »
Cleaning pretty easy?

Yes, I already have a carboy/keg washer that I build, and the opening where the spear would be is slightly larger than a standard carboy. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: 15.5 gal stainless fermenter
« on: October 10, 2014, 12:24:45 PM »
Yep, another bonus is that it will fit in a 5 cu. ft freezer, while a conical would require something larger than I have space for in my laundry room.

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Equipment and Software / 15.5 gal stainless fermenter
« on: October 10, 2014, 11:07:52 AM »
http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/home_brew/kegs/Kegco_KEG1215_drop_in_valve.html

Yep, it's a keg. Take the spear out and you effectively have a large stainless carboy.

You can hook up a fancy stainless apparatus for racking/thermowell/airlock on the top if you want since a 2" tri-clamp fits on a Sankey. Some places sell them pre-assembled, but it's going to cost as much as the keg itself.  I just use a carboy cap with a large hose clamp around it and it can hold enough pressure for racking.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Financials
« on: October 10, 2014, 10:56:39 AM »
Wow... I had no idea things go so contentious in the 90s.

http://hbd.org/hbd/archive/2753.html#2753-15

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Alternative to lactic acid
« on: October 09, 2014, 07:24:18 PM »
Most homebrew supply shops sell 10% phosphoric acid.  You need to use more of it than lactic, but it's incredibly safe.  Phosphoric acid is the main ingredient (along with sugar and water) in cola.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 08, 2014, 08:09:58 AM »
The induction range is a great idea, and I've considered it but currently brewing outside the propane burner is more convenient.  Maybe in the future when I have room for an indoor brew rig.

Although, I could buy a lot of propane for the price of a good induction cooktop that can hold a large kettle.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:48:13 AM »
The induction range is a great idea, and I've considered it but currently brewing outside the propane burner is more convenient.  Maybe in the future when I have room for an indoor brew rig.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:49:39 AM »

What does a clad bottom have to do with the situation you describe?

Mainly it means I have to crank up the burner to the max to get a good boil.  And it makes the pot heavy.  Clad bottoms are great for not burning stew, but for brewing it just makes thing inefficient.  I'm semi-serious, though, when I say that I'd rather quit brewing than pay the price for a Blichmann kettle  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How long is a FWH?
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:01:31 PM »
As far as IBUs, science has proven that you get more IBUs out of FWH than conventional bittering hop additions, and that the flavor difference

Well, to be pedantic "science" did not prove anything about the flavor.  A single experiment conducted using the scientific method showed a taste difference, but there's really no statistical significance here, or an analysis  of the complexities of taste.

If science could even prove what beer flavor is, that would be a major breakthrough.  But we can barely quantify how hundreds of different chemical compounds combine to make a single flavor.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:31:22 PM »
My first kettle was a keggle (that was long before keg theft was a problem).  I used my keggle for exactly five batches before giving it away. I would quit brewing before going back to using a keggle.

Well, that sounds dramatic.  I hope all of your brewing endeavors aren't so precarious.

I currently use a 20 gallon stock pot, stainless, with an aluminum core bottom.  It's fine. 

Except:

-The fatter the kettle, the more wort loss when siphoning off the break/hop trub.  Especially with a flat bottom.

-Even with the clad bottom, a bayou classic burner can be undersized when there's wind (without a screen).

-Once I get a rolling boil going, boil off pushes 20% due the the large open surface area which is high unless you don't care about your final volume.


I'm actually considering going back to a keggle, especially since it would weigh less, boil faster without the BS clas bottom, and fit better in my upstairs closet that has to hold my brewing equipment.  The only reason I have a 20 gallon pot for 10 gallon batches is the above failings.

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Pimp My System / Re: My automated brew system
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:45:48 PM »
This is great.  I especially like the bucket heater for sparge water.  Do you have any wiring diagrams?

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