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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Purging Keg
« on: July 05, 2015, 01:28:01 PM »
With a closed off keg, how do you guys know when it's full?

Calibrated volume markings on the buckets.

Or beer shooting out of the PRV.

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I think I will start doing 8 cycles at 30 PSI when filled.

that's pretty much what I do, although I don't count the cycles.  I just do it "a bunch".
I had been doing 5, but in this case 8 will be better.

Although I haven't been counting, I'd be surprised if I haven't been doing at least 8.

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I think that a lot of whole leaf hops we get as homebrewers are not stored well and are starting to oxidize. 

That's why I try to purchase my hops as close to the original source and as close to the harvest date as possible.

Once again, I'll put in a plug for Hop Heaven.  No affiliation, just the best hops I've ever bought.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Help
« on: July 05, 2015, 08:58:04 AM »
The only time people ask for my recipes is when I brew somebody elses. :)
Noti Brown and, Waldo Lake Amber come to mind specifficlly.

 :)

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I prefer to pull a sample. Much easier to read the reading accurately.
Plus you get to taste the sample.

+1 to both!

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The Pub / Re: Simplified BJCP Score Sheet
« on: July 04, 2015, 10:41:13 AM »
  I realize this is an old thread, so that may explain why when I clicked on the new scoresheet it said "document expired."
  I hope this isn't that %$#@! NHC score sheet. IMO it's an abomination that equals check off or circle scoring/judging. A good portion of the brews I judge simply don't fall into what you check, or not, then I'm supposed to circle if inappropriate? Judges don't need to be jumping through hoops, they need to be seriously considering an entry. And, from what I've seen, those judges who could care less, who may be just there to drink, skip though them.
  It solves nothing.
   Otherwise, not sure what "new" sheet you're referring to, since "expired."
   Here's my take on BJCP sheets.

http://professorgoodales.net/archives/10935

The AWOG sheet I have taken and adapted for my own competition: The Old Forge BIG Beer and Odd Ale Competition.  

(http://kencarman.wix.com/oldforgeoldale)

Ken, what it solves is the NHC  final round taking too ling and bankrupting the AHA!  Seriously, if you had judged final round in Orlando before the sheet came about, you'd fully understand.  Plus, the checkboxes don't prevent you from writing any comments you;d write anyway.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Rust
« on: July 04, 2015, 10:39:27 AM »
Could be wort, think I'll try a vinyl brush or just RDWAHAHB

Did you try soaking it in a hot cleaning solution?  I'd use Craftmeister alkaline for something like that.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Rust
« on: July 04, 2015, 09:43:57 AM »
Is it actually rust or stuck on wort?  Hard to tell from the photo.

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I think I will start doing 8 cycles at 30 PSI when filled.

that's pretty much what I do, although I don't count the cycles.  I just do it "a bunch".

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Silicone
« on: July 04, 2015, 08:26:36 AM »
You know, I can't find coolers that don't brag that they are BPA free now. When I bought my tun, only Rubbermaid listed it on their website.
I have the first style Coleman Extreme as a beverage cooler and could never find out what it was made from. I had read the first style had BPA, but couldn't get any real proof either way. I'm glad the companies are being transparent now.

Could be that they were just touting it becasue it was trendy, kinda like how you might see chicken labelled as "gluten free".

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Another efficiency thread
« on: July 04, 2015, 08:24:30 AM »
It shouldn't really make any difference if part of the braid floats.  All the draining happens at the outlet and that's not gonna float.  It could be that the torrified wheat, being much smaller kernels than the barley, didn't get crushed well enough.  Crush is always the first place to look for efficiency issues.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lazy Kegging
« on: July 03, 2015, 12:18:07 PM »
The only time I've done that was with a keg that just kicked.  I figured it was still sanitized and clean enough so I racked right into it.  No problem.

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That's been my experience as well, although I think it's most often from open-air transfers. My hoppy beers got a lot better once I started obsessing about oxygen exposure.

And Denny, I completely agree, although of course I'm going to be pedantic about the difference between "theoretical" and "hypothetical". ;D

As modern brewers we get the benefits of centuries of work on best practices in brewing. Knowing why those practices are what they are is always a good thing though.

Pedantic is what you do, and you do it damn well!  ;)  And I agree that you've got to know the rules in order to learn which ones you can break.

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I think there is a considerable risk of oxidation from dry going late. Most homebrew IPAs I drink are oxidized (maybe grin dry hopping maybe not). I agree the risk can easily be mitigated though.

That may be, but I'm pretty familiar with the effects of oxidation and I haven't found it in my late dry hopped beers.

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There must be a reason why people like Kelsey always win prizes: because they are obsessive about the details, right? Or wrong?
My guess is that it's because he brewed the recipe dozens of times and honed it carefully. You will quickly discover which details are worth obsessing over.

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