(I think he is the grandfather of batch sparging)
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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
yakimavalleyhops.com 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.
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.
I find this idea extremely interesting. I know it has been covered but how/when do you add them? After fermentation is complete?
I hear ya. WE have a beer fest in our area "StrangeBeer Fest." We've done a Rhubarb and Jalepeno IPA, Crab Stout, amongst other strange beers. Many of the smaller breweries in our region come up with some pretty wild stuff. Pike Brewing in Seattle did a "Salt and Pepper Ale" a few years back. It was delicious. This year we're gonna do our Rhubarb IPA again as last year we blew the keg pretty quickly. And adding to that, Denny's Wee Shroomy. It's fermenting now, and we'll put it on the Chantrelles in about 2 weeks.
I didn't mean any offense, Mic. There's room for people to brew what they like.
EDIT - Actually I could see rhubarb in a beer, maybe even a saison too.
Have any of you used them, and if so, did you have good results?
Thanks in advance for you reply.