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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 11, 2013, 05:13:09 PM »
I've been using a length of clear 3/8" ID. Simplest I could find. But I've been wondering how long it would be before someone came up with a one way check valve system. They exist for other applications in cheap disposable plastic. Seems like you could slip it on a simple cane or hard tube, and attach the drain tubing to the outbound side. Then by simply dipping and lifting a few times you would be draining away. But till then I prefer the simple tube way.

I've got one of those.  Made by Dan Listermann back in the 90s.  Didn't work real well at starting a siphon and really restricted the flow once you got a siphon started.  Haven't used it in years.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: December 11, 2013, 04:39:11 PM »
Sounds like Pro Brewer advice for the home brewer? If so - I'm in!

Billy Broas has a nice homebrewing blog: BillyBrew.com. He also writes for HomebrewAcademy.com. Both he and Denny are good candidates for picking brewers' brains.

Couldn't find much info via Google search... is it still in the works?

Available on Amazon for Pre-Order. Looks like January release.

Ships Dec. 16. goes on sale Jan. 1.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: December 11, 2013, 04:38:31 PM »
Sounds like Pro Brewer advice for the home brewer? If so - I'm in!

Billy Broas has a nice homebrewing blog: BillyBrew.com. He also writes for HomebrewAcademy.com. Both he and Denny are good candidates for picking brewers' brains.

Couldn't find much info via Google search... is it still in the works?

No advice, just recipes, right from the brewmasters.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary Poll
« on: December 11, 2013, 04:36:52 PM »
Also, with recent finding about how yeast and hops play together I think some people are reconsidering secondaries for dry hopped beers regardless of yeast reuse plans.

I'm one of those.  No dry hops, no secondary.  But if I plan to dry hop, I'll go 3-4 weeks in primary, then rack to secondary and dry hop.  I prefer the results from doing it that way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:07:59 PM »
Start it at the bottom, it is much easier.  Put one of those little cup things on the end to keep it from sucking up too much trub, but I never worry about picking up a little.

THIS^^^

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:06:32 PM »
Good on ya and welcome!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:54:11 PM »
I have no problem starting siphons. but I was more concerned about how much I tend to leave behind both in the fermenter and in the mason jar that catches the sanitizer/water

I don't see why.  I don't lose more than a couple oz. when I drain out the water.  Guess maybe I'll make a video next time I keg a batch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:53:14 PM »
Yeah, but you need to have a container to drain the water into (I know, not that big of a deal) and then move the tubing into your keg/whatever.  Inevitably, I lose the siphon (I get distracted) and then you need to restart it.  It's just a PITA.  Much easier to transfer with pressure, for me at least.

I did the siphon thing for years.  It always pissed me off.

I have a clamp on my siphon tubing.  I run the water into a bowl, close the clamp and move the tubing to a PET bottle, open the clamp to fill that, close the clamp and move the tubing to the keg, open the clamp and fill the keg.  Couldn't be easier!

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Ingredients / Re: spruce tips
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:51:16 PM »
I encourage you to try a spruce beer before you brew one.  You might change your mind.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:53:33 PM »
I hate starting siphons.

I'm always baffled by this.  I just fill the racking cane and tubing with water and let it rip.

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Classifieds / Re: The AHA is Hiring!
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:07:26 PM »
Hey Denny,
There are aspects of the job that require the person to be in our office here in Boulder, so we will not be hiring remotely for this job.

Cheers,
Ryan

ah, well, I can dream....

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Classifieds / Re: The AHA is Hiring!
« on: December 09, 2013, 07:19:54 PM »
Any chance this could be done without living in Boulder?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 09, 2013, 05:55:44 PM »
I think I'll put one on the list for the shop. Safety first, right?

When I remodeled my garage into the brewery, the first 2 pieces of equipment I got were a CO detector and a fire extinguisher.  If you brew in your garage with propane, you need both.

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Ingredients / Re: Best way to sanitize cocoa nibs??
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:59:27 PM »
No need to sanitize the nibs at all in my experience.

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Ingredients / Re: Centennial Fruit loop beers
« on: December 08, 2013, 06:07:41 PM »
I would try letting your beer clear a bit, rack to secondary and then do your dry hopping. Stan Hieronymous wrote an article in Zymurgy earlier this year about dry hopping experiments he did. The takeaway was that he felt that hop aroma and flavor was better in beers dry hopped this way. The reason: dry hopping in primary with a fair amount of yeast still in suspension can produce some undesireable aromas/flavors from the interaction of hop compounds with excess yeast. I switched to doing this and I like my hop aroma/flavor better than before - it seems cleaner and better. I'd be curious to see if it prevented this in the future for you. It might.
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I went back to racking to secondary before dry hopping after reading that article.  It seemed to clear up some off flavors I was getting and it's now my standard practice.

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