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The Pub / Re: My brewery
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:33:53 AM »

Home away from home, huh, Keith? 

Right now its not much more than 40 hours a week, though I have put a few 60 hours weeks in when need be. I know your reservations on making brewing a living but at this point (so far at least) I have never been so satisfied in my work as I am now. Haven't had even one day where I have "dreaded" going in, and have to force myself to take a few days off (because you could work there forever and never find the end of it!)

Very cool, man.  Glad to hear it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Going extinct?
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:32:47 AM »
My supplier (a beverage company that supplies co2 to retaurants & bars) tells me that the Cornies started getting largely phased out by the beverage industry at least 20-25  years ago.   So I'd say that used ones will indeed start to become rarer in the coming years. 
Even though the beverage industry has abandoned them, new ones are still being manufactured, but they sure are pricey!

so the question that comes to my mind is..... who (what industry) is buying these new cornies? certainly they aren't all being bought by homebrewers (we're too 'frugal' a bunch). if we knew what industry is using them, that might provide a source for used kegs down the road. anyone know anything about this?

I read that they're largely going to China as scrap.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:31:35 AM »
whoops.  i glossed over the bedtime reading part....  designing great beers is pretty in depth and not really casual reading.  i agree.

Something to keep in mind about DGB is that it's getting very dated at this point.  There are a lot of new ingredients and techniques that aren't covered in the book. 

I'm trying to pin down when exactly the flavor started, and I think it was about the time I bought my last bag of malt. I've made about 6 batches with malt that was milled by a maltster, instead of my 2-roller mill. The crush is finer than I get on my mill, and extract efficiency is better.

Often times when you buy pre milled malt, the husks gravitate toward the top of the bag while the fines fall to the bottom.  Unless you make an effort to somehow remix it, I think it's possible that you're getting a higher than normal % of husks.  It should go the other way by the time you get to the bottom of the bag.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:28:58 AM »
i assumed he had that one, so i didn't mention it.  

to the OP, if you don't have this one, get it first.  there is an online free version of this as well.


Although the print 3rd edition is by far the best version.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ideal temperatures on fermentation
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:28:10 AM »
No, I haven't racked yet.  It is still fermenting, but the smell coming from the bubbler is green apple.  I plan to let it sit for about a month total, but confirm with multiple gravity readings.

Like I said, I'm a noobie, so I have yet to let "Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew" sink in yet.  ;)  I guess I just don't quite know what to expect when fermenting, as this is only my second batch ever.

I pitch around 60F and ferment it 62-65F.

Did you make a starter with it?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Going extinct?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:25:48 AM »
10 years ago I could go to a soft drink distributor and buy hundreds at a time for $2-5 each.  Our club bought about 200 10 gal. cornies for $10 ea.  No way these days.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg cleaning
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:24:14 AM »
As soon as a keg is empty, I rinse with hot water and clean with PBW.  I pressurize it and put on a Post It with the date.  That way, when I go to use the keg, if it doesn't have pressure I know it's leaky.  About every 4th or 5th use I break it down for cleaning.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Going extinct?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:20:33 AM »
I don't know how long you've been in brewing, but compared to 10 years ago cornies are much harder to find and more expensive.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Bottle Submission in to a competion
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:19:09 AM »
Unless you have a rule about how the beer has to be packaged and have to allow it.  ;)

Yeah, I realize that....but I still wouldn't! 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:18:26 AM »
What is the must have book for great home brewing knowledge.

How to Brew by John Palmer

Equipment and Software / Re: New mashtun
« on: February 20, 2011, 12:21:50 PM »
I haven't found anything to be gained by a larger diameter braid.  Have you compared it to a smaller one?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Bottle Submission in to a competion
« on: February 20, 2011, 12:19:50 PM »
No.  Why did you do that?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitchable Dregs
« on: February 20, 2011, 11:17:22 AM »
I've done Pacman from Shakespeare stout and Chimay from the Premiere (red label).  But, like Tom, I don't bother any more since you can buy them both.

Ingredients / Re: Advanced Software for Brewing Water Analysis
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:37:48 AM »
Technically that is not a proof but I get the idea. In the end it's how beer quality is improved that matters.

Yeah, I agree that it's just data points and not really proof.  But based on how close I've come to predictions and how well the beer is turning out, I'll take it!

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