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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?

Ingredients / Re: hop sale at nikobrew
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:52:03 PM »
Every bag of hops that I have received from Nikobrew has been past its prime.  My favorite supplier at this point is Hops Direct.  In my humble opinion, Puterbaugh Farms grows the best Cluster in the industry.  It's the only Cluster that I will use for late additions.
+1million.  We run a small commercial operation, and my freezer is full of those silver bags.  Super fast shipping.  (although I am only 150 miles from Yakima.)  LOL  Sometimes they do limit you on certain varieties. 

Ingredients / Re: Golden shroomy
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:40:26 PM »
OK.  Then I guess we'll try them in a beef stew or such.  The beer flavor should be good in something like that.  Or a meatloaf.  hmmmmmm. 

Ingredients / Re: Golden shroomy
« on: December 05, 2014, 12:20:57 PM »
Do you think the mushrooms have any value after you package?  It's gonna kill me to just throw away what started out as 8 pounds of chantrerrels. 

Ingredients / Re: Golden shroomy
« on: December 05, 2014, 11:54:18 AM »
I find this idea extremely interesting. I know it has been covered but how/when do you add them? After fermentation is complete?

Here's Denny's recipe for another mushroom beer.  I would assume the process is the same.

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