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Kegging and Bottling / Basic question about splitting gas line
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:58:03 PM »
I just picked up a gently used single tap kegerator. I have it running lines for a single keg but I'd like to split the gas line so I have a second available to flush equipment and carbonate a second keg so I don't have to disconnect the beer on tap. I purchased an air distributor to split the line.

Question: When I add the distributor should I cut the existing gas line and put the distributor in the middle so the existing line remains the same length or is there a reason to add more line before the distributor and keep the existing line the same length?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help Me Make a Better Brew Day
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:49:36 PM »
Six hours making cheap crafts you can sell on etsy for a large markup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:48:17 PM »
I was a very regular reader and frequent commenter here, until the lodo arguments began. It ruined the atmosphere and friendly discussion

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Which freon is good for Refrigerator?
« on: October 10, 2017, 02:00:51 PM »
I am I the only one scratching my head about the OP’s handle?

Yeah I was expecting this to be the setup for a spam link.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:30:01 PM »

Honestly I haven't spent a huge amount of time on many homebrewing forums this year. When I do, it's usually over at milkthefunk on facebook.

The other group that is worth following on Facebook is Saison, Bière de Garde, & Farmhouse Ale Appreciation Society.

That group is a lot of beer pics to wade through for brewing discussion. There is some really good discussion on there sometimes. I just don't always want to rifle through thirty pictures of a beer to find it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:38:35 PM »
This forum collapsed under the weight of the conflict over the past couple years. We lost a lot of active members and of those that remained it often seems there is an uneasiness about having an honest brewing conversation for fear of reigniting the conflict. The forum doesn't have the organic community it once had nor does it have a well defined niche in the homebrewing discussion.

I looked at HBT a couple weeks ago. There's still a lot of good information from across the years, even current info. However, it's lots of drive by questions and answers that makes a deeper conversation difficult.

Honestly I haven't spent a huge amount of time on many homebrewing forums this year. When I do, it's usually over at milkthefunk on facebook.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Heat Shocking Yeast to Increase Glycerol
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:17:17 PM »
3711 produces a lot of glycerol for a brewing yeast. Beers made with it definitely have more body than similar beers brewed with other saison yeast. They aren't thick by any means but the difference is noticeable in a dry beer. Unless you're making saison or another dry style I'd think other options to build body would be easier and preferable. Mash temperature, grain bill, water profile, yeast choice. All ways to affect body.

It is an interesting experiment. If you're doing it for experimentation's sake then good luck and please update with the results.

Yes, provided you follow the right procedure. I regularly use the same bottling equipment between clean, sour and brett beers. It's all plastic. No problems with crossover after sanitation. You need to use a base sanitizer rather than an acid sanitizer like star-san because a high ph will kill off bacteria and yeast but acid sanitizers are far less effective on yeast. Bleach is an easy base sanitizer. If you have idophor, that will also work.

I use 1 tbsp bleach to 1 gallon of water. Sit twenty minutes, then rinse with hot water. Soak in hot water with a crushed campden tablet per five gallons of water for twenty minutes. Rinse and let dry. The campden will remove the chlorine from the plastic so there's no carryover flavor/aroma from the bleach.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware Recommendations
« on: September 30, 2017, 03:38:48 PM »
I have a large amount of glassware, almost all branded from breweries. My wife keeps collecting them. We have some cool glasses but a huge collection that covers an entire China cabinet, the entirety of the top of the kitchen fridge and two full cabinets in the kitchen. I don't complain because my brewing equipment and reserve of homebrew bottles far exceeds that space in the home.

Some of my favorite are the half pint glasses that look like the ones posted above but the ones I have seem a less tapered at the base. They are perfect glasses to split a 12oz bottle between two people or a larger bottle between four people. Not sure where they come from but I bet a brewery local to you has them and could tell you their supplier. Most of the brewery glassware is made by one or two manufacturers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mashtun recommendations
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:45:42 PM »
Is there something about the cooler mashtun you dislike or want to improve upon, or are you just seeking something new and shiny?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vinyl tubing smell question
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:44:43 PM »
When I've seen people complain about vinyl taste getting into the beer it's usually sourced from improperly manufactured tubing.

Run water or water with vinegar through it (rinse out the vinegar with more water) and then run water through and taste it. If you taste vinyl then replace the tubing but otherwise it should be fine even if you smell vinyl.

Beer Recipes / Re: Lavender in a Saison
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:40:15 PM »
I tried a lavender brown ale that had way too much lavender it has a almost soapy character to it when overdone so go light like the others said.

Lavender is not soapy by itself but 99% of the application of lavender most people recognize is its use scenting soap. It's hard to break that association when you've only smelled lavender in soap and only thought of soap in your mouth as punishment for saying dirty things.

Using less lavender is usually a good way to keep the flavor ambiguously floral without triggering the soap association.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison 'free-rise' didn't happen
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:36:55 PM »
I don’t think you will see mid 80’s in the low 70’s. 6-8° above ambient is what normally see.

Yeah, I was not as precise as I could be with my description. I am not letting it free rise to the mid-80s. I set the heat on the fermenter to the mid-80s. The tool I use (reptile tape) will raise temperature on five gallons by about ten degrees and fairly slowly so the temperature reaches the mid-80s with a combination of mechanical heat and fermentation's own heat production. I don't ramp the temperature on the controller. I just set it and let it reach the target temperature on its own temperature curve.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adding fruit...
« on: September 26, 2017, 03:04:25 PM »
The Lindemans sweetened fruit lambics are made by pasteurizing lambic and then adding fruit and sweetener. That's why it's not dry. It's really more a blend of pasteurized beer and sweetened fruit juice than a completely fermented fruit beer.

The newer trend in fruited sour beer and saisons is to use an enormous amount of fruit and let it all ferment out. This results in a beer that isn't too dry or sour although it isn't anywhere near as sweet as those Lindemans beers. Personally I think these beers still taste a lot like fruit juice and very little like beer but that might be your goal. Expect to use 3-5 pounds of fruit per gallon.

The Pub / Re: Budweiser Big Pack
« on: September 26, 2017, 02:39:54 PM »
I'm having so many issues on this, besides the $1.49/can price. None of it is cold, and how are you going to load it in your truck? I don't think my grocery store or liquor store has a fork truck. I'm guessing when you break it open it's all just cases of Bud (135 of them), but if you can't wheel the thing into your superbowl party ice cold, whats the point?

Get people seeing the box and talking about it. So you're not buying the big box but maybe you'll snap a pic and post it on social media or a forum and get people talking about their beer.

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