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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pin lock VS Ball Lock
« on: May 13, 2013, 09:25:44 AM »
Hopefully the price of new ball locks will fall as people start to buy more. I've already seen them sold for ~$90 in multi-packs. Given the hastle of some used kegs, I'd pay a premium for new. I think if it dropped to $75 or so it would be great.
The ones I have seen for $90-100 new are made in China.

I picked up a nice 3 gallon ball lock in S. TX for $30, at a flea market last month.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 13, 2013, 09:22:52 AM »
For used bottles, clean them, put foil over the opening, and then bake for an hour at 375. Turn the oven off and take them out the next day, they will be sterile.

+1 for the oven method. I don't bother with the foil. I rinse the night before bottling day, pop them in the over and bake at 375 for 20 minutes or an hour or you know, whenever I remember to get up and turn off the oven. and leave them in there till bottling time. that oven and everything in it should be pretty close to sterile at that point.
The foil I'd for longer term storage. I do a case of bottles at a time in the oven, so not all get used soon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:44:53 AM »
For used bottles, clean them, put foil over the opening, and then bake for an hour at 375. Turn the oven off and take them out the next day, they will be sterile.

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Beer Travel / Re: New York City
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:40:14 AM »
There are many fine places in Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Brewing (check the hours),Mugs Ale house, Spuytin Duyvel, and Barcade. Those are fairly close together, and just over the East River.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: British Yeast Recommendation
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:33:28 AM »
Ones that I use.
1968/002, the Fuller's strain.
1469 for my Timothy Taylor Clone attempts.
022 Essex ale is a good change of pace when it is out.
1275 also can make some nice bitter.
1028 works for high gravity beers.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mosaic/Martin IPA
« on: May 11, 2013, 03:02:43 PM »
Something like 14+ to one has worrked for me. Around 350 ppm SO4.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: SN/DFH IPA Glasses
« on: May 10, 2013, 07:44:49 PM »
We have 2, an they work as advertised. The glass agitates the beer to release aromatics towards the end.

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Going Pro / Re: Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery (2nd Edition)
« on: May 09, 2013, 06:18:40 AM »
I'm not planning buy this book from any retailer at the moment so the price difference doesn't bother me in any way. 

That said, the dues we pay to the AHA are used for far more than discounts on books.  I pay my dues because doing so supports a team of people who have our backs as home brewers.  Without them many of us would be brewing illegally in our home state.  We would not have access to the resources we currently do to improve our craft.  The book discounts are nice but not the reason we all joined the AHA.  Please keep in mind that in the grand scheme of things the AHA is a tiny organization with limited resources doing a very good job on executing on their charter.

Paul
Well said.

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: May 09, 2013, 05:15:19 AM »
Very nice. One thing that I noticed is the the pump should be oriented horizontal with the outlet pointing up.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11158.0

This is not true there are 6 pictures in the thread from March Pumps Pic #5 is an acceptible way to mount the pumps and since I have already use it this way and they worked flawlessly then this is the way they will stay.
Thanks for the input.
OK, I remembered the one I said as being #1, but that one you have is ok.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lemonade in beer
« on: May 06, 2013, 02:42:55 PM »
What the Germans call lemonade is often a soft drink like 7-Up or Sprite. Some radlers are made with those.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Beerstone
« on: May 06, 2013, 02:35:47 PM »
Bar Keeper's Friend seems to work pretty well too.
I have that around too, an can try .

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Equipment and Software / Cleaning Beerstone
« on: May 06, 2013, 01:57:03 PM »
Beerstone is sometimes on my Blichmann conical after fermenting. John Blichmann was at the LHBS for BigBrew. Asked if Star San and a green scrubbie was the way to go, and he said it is not bad. The best they have found at the homebrew level is white vinegar and a green scrubbie, he said it works better.

Will try this next time I use the conical.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from a keg
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:56:02 AM »
Having used the Foxx and the More Beer CPF....go for the More Beer. The 3 way valve makes it WAY easy to operate. I have also used the Blichmann and my feeling is with all of the above....they are a pain to sanitize and clean and they are expensive for how often they get used.

I now go for the bottling wand and rubber bung method.  Easy to use, easy to clean, cheap.
I can field strip and clean the beer gun fairly quickly now, after some practice.
All is quiet in the cellar.


Can you do it with bottle bombs blowing around you?;)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from a keg
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:33:20 AM »
Having used the Foxx and the More Beer CPF....go for the More Beer. The 3 way valve makes it WAY easy to operate. I have also used the Blichmann and my feeling is with all of the above....they are a pain to sanitize and clean and they are expensive for how often they get used.

I now go for the bottling wand and rubber bung method.  Easy to use, easy to clean, cheap.
I can field strip and clean the beer gun fairly quickly now, after some practice.


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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: May 06, 2013, 06:02:36 AM »
Very nice. One thing that I noticed is the the pump should be oriented horizontal with the outlet pointing up.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11158.0

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