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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Used kegs
« on: January 07, 2015, 09:05:41 AM »
Thinking about jumping on that sale from AiH but the lack of the NSF stamp makes me a little nervous.  Would it make you nervous?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Used kegs
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:16:27 PM »
Moving into kegging....thank goodness.  I just can't handle bottling any longer.  Seems like ball locks are the pricy ones as my LHBS has a deal on pin locks 1st one for $45 and 2nd $35.  Not a steal but better than $80 for a used ball lock.  Even if I convert to ball lock they are still under the used ball lock price. 

But the new ones sure are nice.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Little mishap - how screwed am I?
« on: December 13, 2014, 08:41:08 AM »
You are likely fine.  Cheers!

Actually just passed my 2 year brewversary. First batch was....well, not very good. Ever since then I have learned a lot.  Special thank you to all those here for the help.

Equipment and Software / Re: Welding question
« on: September 30, 2014, 07:44:58 AM »
 Thanks Slowbrew. Much appreciated.

Equipment and Software / Welding question
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:22:57 PM »
Alright, I am new to welding and I  am currently building a single tier stand. I have a question about welding on the legs. I am building the top tier by welding all four corners. I want to lay that on the four legs and weld them on. My question is about welding where the legs and top will join. Should I weld the top tier and then double weld or should I connect the legs and try to weld the three pieces together with essentially one bead? 

Any feedback or thoughts?

I know think I should have welding the legs as the corners but thought it would be more structurally sound to lay the top into legs.

Thanks for any advice you can provide.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brand New - Quick Question
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:49:10 AM »
Looks like a solid entry homebrew kit.  For $50 its not bad and will for sure give you what you need to get started. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CONGRATS JONATHON FULLER!!!
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:43:50 PM »
Congrats!  Cheers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My tasting exam
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:42:54 PM »
Great job, man!  I'm sure you did great.  I am nervous as I am taking my tasting exam this weekend.  Cheers!

Ingredients / Re: Sour wash or not wash
« on: July 22, 2014, 10:04:35 AM »
Great suggestions (especially about the bird poop...ha).  Thanks!

Ingredients / Sour wash or not wash
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:31:41 AM »
So I have a co-worker who has a booming sour cherry tree in her yard.  We made a deal on me taking the cherries for an upcoming brew day. 

My plan is to make a sour cherry ale (not sure what kind yet).  I plan to freeze them until I decide on a recipe and ensure they keep until I brew. Because I am freezing them, I am sure that most of the wild yeast and micro-organisms will be killed off.  This is a good and bad thing for me as I am interested in the wild yeast. 

My question.  Would you wash them  and freeze or freeze unwashed?  Any suggestions? 


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold Crashing Causing Oxidation?
« on: July 03, 2014, 06:42:31 PM »
Thanks for the thoughts.  I don't keg at this point and have started to crash my past few batches and was wondering if this was an issue and the cause of my slight oxidation taste I was getting. 

I have always removed my blow off tube after fermentation is complete in place of a airlock.  I guess all the more reason to get the kegging system started. 


Yeast and Fermentation / Cold Crashing Causing Oxidation?
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:45:33 PM »
So I visited another forum just to check it out.  Then a thread grabbed my attention.  The thread was about cold crashing causing oxidation.  Basically what was discussed is that cold temperatures cause air to be sucked in and thus O2 and CO2 mix together.  Additionally the conversation indicated only cold crash under pressure.  Anyone have any experience with this? 

This jumped out to me because the last two beers I have cold crashed in the carboy have a slight oxidation flavor that I just couldn't figure out. 


Going Pro / Re: new keg product
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:31:37 PM »
I talked to the guy at the NHC this year and demonstrated how it worked.  Really interesting and cool product. He also indicated they are in the process of creating ball lock products for homebrewers. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Chillin' in the Summer
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:21:42 PM »
Nice!  Not sure how you can bear to stand next to a boil kettle at 100F tho.

When I brew in the summer, I mash-in at 6:00am, done by noon!

Same here!  Love those early brew days...

Agreed.  I am usually mashing in at 5am.  Both to beat the heat and the kids waking up...which results in a crazy environment.  ha. 

But...I would love to invest in a pump to cool with ice water.  Good on ya.   Cheers!

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