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Equipment and Software / 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 03, 2015, 09:45:37 AM »
A friend of mine here in Yakima swears by commercial 1/6 barrel Sankey kegs.  He says they are easy to clean and don't have the sealing problems that corny kegs do.  And they are roughly the same cost.  So I'm curious.  I'd love to simplify the kegging process as well as get rid of the 'is it going to stay sealed' issues.

Does anyone agree with my friend?  If so, what is the best way to get the kegs clean, purged with CO2 and refilled?

Ingredients / Sugar vis. Bru'n water
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:38:49 PM »
I've not used sugar in a recipe for a long time.  Does it need to be entered in Bru'n water?

General Homebrew Discussion / Get fitted for a bra fellas
« on: June 24, 2015, 09:13:35 PM »

Equipment and Software / Jockey box company @ NHC?
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:30:47 PM »
I remember seeing a slick 6 or 8 faucet jockey box at NHC, but I cannot recall the company.  Can someone help with my recall problem?

The Pub / Will this get me kicked off the forum?
« on: May 15, 2015, 07:40:18 PM »
I was in Seattle last night.  I went to a friends neighborhood bar in Ballard called Olaf's.  Olaf's was built in the 70's and exemplified the tackiest of the era.  It has since changed hands and is just a nice bar with decent food and a decent beer selection.  The primary hold-over of the original owners vision of marketing excellence is the doorway into the 'other room.'

General Homebrew Discussion / NOT the way to start a brew day
« on: May 07, 2015, 10:26:34 PM »

Carrying a paper bag full of 10.5 Lbs. of Pilsner malt to the mill.  I didn't make it half way before it ripped.  No I didn't make a Garage Floor beer.  I bought more.

Pimp My System / Motorized Mill & Cabinet
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:23:45 AM »
I am finally finished with my latest project: motorizing my grain mill. 

I got the cabinet from the local ReStore (Habitat for Humanity's 2nd hand store) for ~$10, put wheels on it, had a friend build the top so that the shaft from the motor would match that of the mill, and then wired a light switch to turn it on and off.  Voila!  Works great... well I haven't put any grain through it yet, but it passes the smoke test!  BTW Thanks to AmandaK for the sourcing the motor.

The Pub / BJCP Category?
« on: March 26, 2015, 01:43:37 PM »
In which BJCP Category would Gouden Caroulus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blue be?

Homebrew Competitions / Aaaargh! version 2
« on: March 03, 2015, 08:45:38 AM »
Well Jim, I'm going to echo your Aaaargh! but for different reasons

This is the first time I have entered a competition.  I got the email saying I got all 3 spots I asked for.  Nice!  Down at the bottom of the email there is the friendly line: "See National Homebrew Competition information on the AHA website for additional competition details."

If I noticed it at all, I thought I had months before I needed to do anything.  Until I saw your post about your shipment getting ruined.  "What the heck is Jim doing shipping his beer in!?  This is the first of March!"  I thought...

So crap.  I have only one (an American Barleywine) of the 3 beers brewed, but it is not bottled nor carbed yet.  Guess I'm out.

Ingredients / Malt Lot Analysis (or COA) look-up function
« on: February 17, 2015, 11:43:02 AM »
Some of you will find value in this...

General Homebrew Discussion / CO2 when dumping yeast
« on: February 16, 2015, 04:14:13 PM »
How many of you with conicals hook CO2 to the top of the vessel when dumping yeast in order to avoid introducing oxygen?

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast starter from table sugar?
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:16:13 PM »
I just finished testing my hydrometers and refractometer with sugar solutions of specific gravities, which got me to wondering, "If a yeast starter is for making yeast rather than making beer, is there anything wrong with making starter wort with table sugar rather than wort?

I'm sure it would require yeast nutrient.  It would be a lot easier and cheaper.  What am I missing?

All Grain Brewing / High gravity efficiency troubles
« on: February 02, 2015, 12:13:45 PM »
I have regularly missed Beersmith's predicted OG on higher gravity beers.  Usually by 5-10 points.  This isn't a major issue because it will make good beer regardless, but I want to fix this so that I get what I want/expect. 

Saturday I brewed an American Barleywine.  Predicted OG was 1.101; actual OG was 1.085.  Anticipating your question, here are the details:

Leviathan, American Barleywine (19 C)
Start of Boil Vol: 7.88 gal
Est Mash Efficiency: 71.3 %

23 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)  92.0 %
1 lbs British Crystal (55.0 SRM)  4.0 %
1 lbs Cara Munich I (60.0 SRM) 4.0%

I brew with 100% RO water.  I used the 'Amber Bitter' profile in Brun' Water, and matched the targets quite well, resulting in a predicted mash pH of 5.4.

I mashed at 150* for 90 minutes and only lost about 4 degrees over that time.  I batched-sparged, starting with a 1.35 qt per lb of grain, which only left 2.5 gallons of 170* sparge water.

Where do you think my problem is?

Equipment and Software / Lab Grade Hydrometers are off
« on: February 01, 2015, 02:04:51 PM »
I recently purchased a set of 3 narrow-range, laboratory-grade hydrometers from Northern Brewer for ~$60.  I love the idea of greater accuracy, and easier to read Hydrometers.

I brewed yesterday.  I checked the OG three ways.  My refractometer said 1.085; the old standard hydrometer said the same.  The new 'lab grade' hydrometer read 1.080.

So I got some distilled water and the low range 'lab grade' hydrometer.  It read 0.999.  The old regular hydrometer read 1.000, as did the refractometer.

I'll do a test on the other two Hydrometers with some sugar water of a known gravity, but so far I am unimpressed.

The Pub / Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:48:40 AM »
I just saw this.  Here is the money quote:

"Breaking news – we don’t have all the details yet, but some rumors we caught wind of earlier this week are confirmed this morning in an email from Dick Cantwell, Brewmaster and Co-owner of Elysian Brewing Company.

“I’m free to tell you it’s true. Elysian is now part of ABI,” said Cantwell."

Wow they are really in a buying mode!

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