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Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:20:31 PM »
I bought a couple of kegs off a liquor store years ago... yea, probably 'stolen'. I don't feel guilty about it, they were a bit dented up and from budwieser. I didn't hurt any craft brewery in the process. I don't know why there always has to be ethics around buying used kegs... there is so much illegal stuff going on everyday, much much worse than this and we want to accept the guilt of buying a possibly 'stolen' keg... there are bigger threats out there to worry about.

I don't even know what to say. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: How do you know what mash/sparge volumes to use?
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:16:24 AM »
For fly sparging, you want to mash as thick as you can work with.

Can you explain this more?  I brew 1bbl batches, and the grain bill is between 65 and 90 pounds depending on recipe.  I almost always just add 20 gallons for mash, then roughly figure each 10 lbs of grain will retain a gallon of water, and fly sparge the right volume to hit 36 gallons.  Most sessions, I hit the 36 right on.......

Equipment and Software / The ethics of keggles
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:07:17 AM »
8-10 years ago, before I knew what I know now about kegs and such, I purchased a used home brewery system that included 3 keggles.  I used it for many years, and as I learned these were probably stolen kegs (I really have no clue) I began feeling bad about using them.  But of course, not bad enough to stop. 

3 years ago I did stop using them, but only because we got some bigger boilermakers from Blichmann.  Those three keggles have been in storage ever since.  The thing is, now what do I do with them?  I have no clue if they were purchased legitimately, but I rather doubt it.  The system was 5 years old when I bought it.  So it's been close to 20 years.  I'd like to sell them, but somehow that doesn't seem right to me.  but then, I don't want to store them for all eternity either. 

Any thoughts?

The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:37:57 PM »
To people like us, beer is important.  Craft beer, homebrewing, quality, etc.  In all honesty, most beer drinkers probably don't care what they drink.  We struggle to understand that because we are passionate about beer.  The average beer drinker is probably fine with BudMillerCoors products.  That is beginning to change more and more thankfully.  If Elysian beer still makes a high quality product, I will buy it again.


I say we give them a few years, and see what happens.  The Friday night this news broke I was serving beer at a local beerfest, and the guys from Elysian were a couple booths down.  They indicated lots of folks were flipping them crap about the sale.  (and then asked for a beer)  From what this guy said, the employees had no clue until it was public. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality, Impact, and Commercial Appeal
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:21:25 PM »
I think it's a regional thing.  When back on the East Coast, I see Boston Lager on most tap selections.  I don't think I've ever seen it on tap in Washington State.  But Alaska Amber sure is. 

The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:27:54 AM »

Anyone else doing something similar?

Not me. 

Ingredients / Re: Freshness of Grain Bill Impact
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:26:41 PM »
In our little brewery, we brew about 5bbls a month. (a little more in summer)  I buy a pallet of base malt on each order.  (40 sacks)

Like someone mentioned above, most grain has been in storage for quite a while before the end user ever gets it.  I'm in the camp that uncrushed base malt will last a couple years.  Although I've never really tested that. 

Going Pro / Re: footwear
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:48:15 AM »
Do the x-tra tuff boots have good arch support?  They look nice, but I wonder about all day on a cement floor????

Going Pro / footwear
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:14:17 AM »
About a year ago there was a thread on good footwear for brewing.  I rather dismissed it at the time, but now realize how nice good footwear could be.  After 6-7 hours in the brewery and on the cement floor, by knees are killing me.  And the next morning is even worse.  I tried to find that thread, but came up empty.  I hate to start a new thread on this, but any help you veterans could give would be great. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun Tips
« on: December 30, 2014, 01:13:03 PM »
Every time this post thread comes up I think of that little black rubber tip that falls off the beer gun into the bottle that you're trying to fill.  I thought this would be a topic about how to keep it from falling off.
I had to buy one at my lhbs and couldn't believe how much they charged, so I mentioned it to the guy at the Blichman booth at NHC and he gave me a small handful of them at no charge.  It was a nice score.

Yep, I think a bunch of us got a good supply of those tips.  And of course now that I have the extra, I've never lost one in a bottle.  Same with my hydrometer, once I bought a back-up, I've never broken one. 

And to the OP:  Another hint is to ahve the keg at the same height as the bottles.  At least it helps me. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Prime Dose Review
« on: December 30, 2014, 01:08:27 PM »
First off, let me say that from the beginning, I have force carbed in kegs.  It's how I started.  Never really bottle conditioned.  But now that wew are doing 1bbl batches, there was always a half gallon or so left int he fermenter after filling six kegs.  So, I bought a jar of prime dose and always have some sanitized bottles ready.  Of the 8-10 times I have used prime dose, I have NOT noticed any residue from the gel capsule.  But, It's always been a month or so before I have even opened any of those bottles. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Psst. Denny sent me
« on: December 16, 2014, 04:30:45 PM »
Who's Denny?


(I think he is the grandfather of batch sparging) 

Going Pro / Re: Yellowhammer Article
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:40:25 PM »
Hey Keith, looks like your making the news again!  Congrats.

Equipment and Software / Re: Tri-Clamps
« on: December 05, 2014, 03:34:02 PM »
Now that I have my new Bru-Gear 15 gallon kettle with tri-clamp fittings for valve and thermometer, i have some questions:
1) When closing the clamps, besides tight enough, how tight should they be tightened? Is finger tight good enough, or tighter
2) How long should I expect the gaskets to last, and where to source replacements
3) I am assuming a big advantage is being able to take apart to fully clean, so I should take apart after each use for cleaning?
4) Looking for suggestions for pick up tube for the valve
5) Any other thoughts on these fittings you can share

1 - Finger tight works great for me.
2 - I have mine for over two years with out a problem. others gave you good sources.
3 - Yes
4 - I have boilermaker pots, so they came with such. 
5 - keg lube on the inside, where the steel ball meets the silicone is a great help in assembly. 

Ingredients / Re: hop sale at nikobrew
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:53:45 PM » is the best hops site I've used. Selection and quality are killer, BUT I haven't tried Hop Heaven. I'd love to try some of their hops.

A quick look shows pellets only.  Is that right?

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