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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Stone - Dip Tube
« on: November 04, 2010, 07:51:46 AM »
so I stuck the dip tube in my bottle of star san for about an hour.  beer stone almost completely gone - some small traces, but this is without scrubbing.

tonight I'll try the other end in some BLC and see which works better.

thanks guys

oh and jeff - how strong when you soak your conical - double? triple? I probably should give that a go after my current fermentation is over.

Ingredients / Re: Favorite Odd Hop Sensations
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:48:44 PM »
Citra - Passionfruit
but I wouldn't say favorite - I'm not a fan of that hop.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Stone - Dip Tube
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:35:00 PM »
Not very.  Try undiluted StarSan, but wear gloves and eye protection (CMA).
Are you sure it's beerstone? Some of my diptubes are just not all that shiny.

I might try that - maybe just stick one end in the star san bottle for 20 min and see if it has any effect. 

pretty certain its beerstone.  the worst one was from a keg that held RIS for almost three years.  has the milky colored scale of varying elevation up and down the tube.

wet sanding works so easy though - I was hopin one of you guys were going to say that was the solution!  ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Stone - Dip Tube
« on: November 03, 2010, 12:30:31 PM »
Try a soak in star san.  I use stronge star san to remove the build up in my conical, using a green pad to scrub.

how long a soak? 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Your best "second runnings" beer?
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:48:44 AM »
medium english crystal, victory and chocolate malts (pale or regular) have worked well for me in the 2 partigyles i've done (old ale and ABW).

even if your original grist has a lot of crystal in it, you'll still want to add a significant amount of more crystal or at least dextrine malt otherwise the small beer can come across thin.  This *may* be perhaps because by the time you run your small beer runnings into your kettle, the mash has been sitting for 100 or more minutes, making the remaining sugars rather attenuative.

Kegging and Bottling / Beer Stone - Dip Tube
« on: November 03, 2010, 08:20:41 AM »
Hey all

have a few dip tubes that have become pretty laden with beer stone.  As we all know, pbw soak doesn't help at this point.  I tried BKF and a green scrubbie, but it really is pretty stubborn and not seeming to work.  Any reason I couldn't use wet sand paper (ultra fine)?

Any other suggestions?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WL American Ale Blend WL060
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:17:51 AM »
I haven't used this yeast but I can say without a doubt that it's hard to beat WLP051.

just tasted some a small sample of the porter last night - i'm glad I held out for 051 - its been years since I used this yeast and I just don't know why.

All Things Food / Re: Try the new non dairy Almond Milk!
« on: October 29, 2010, 07:35:01 AM »
really? my wife buys that stuff, but I've never tried it - guess I'll give it a go.

Ingredients / Re: 100% Dark Munich Bock
« on: October 28, 2010, 01:57:42 PM »
There's some brewers who swear by all dark munich bocks (Kris England for one). I find them over the top, personally.

I'm brewing the recipe as is - no need to change a good thing

The Pub / Re: Cask Ale vs Alcopop
« on: October 27, 2010, 02:37:19 PM »
I've never seen nor tasted a cask ale.  I continue to look out for them though.

I agree that Tumbler is 'meh' - I bought a 12 pack the day my local store got it in (beginning of August?) and I still have 4 bottles left if that tells you anything.  

Ranger was pretty good - not the best IPA out there, but tasty and I'd certainly buy it again one day.

I'm suprised at the comment on Estate Harvest Ale though.  I had a bottle a few weeks ago and thought it was so fantastic, I went the next day after work to go grab a few more bottles, but it was all gone  :'(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you take your AIPA, sir?
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:49:36 AM »
I'm pretty much with beersk - mostly late additions of hops for big flavor/aroma, dryhop in the keg, 5% xtal, 5% munich and Maris Otter, but US-05 to keep the resultant beer dry in the end.

That said, I'm getting a little bored and am experimenting with Cali V on the next run, so we'll see how that goes. 

Denny - did you install an on demand water heater (tankless) or with a tank?  I am thinking about that for my brewery - would make things a bit quicker on brewday.

12gal of Majorvice's Traditional Bock on Sunday. 

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: October 19, 2010, 01:25:26 PM »
keep at it Jeff! great news!

Ingredients / Re: 100% Dark Munich Bock
« on: October 19, 2010, 08:30:48 AM »
  I think if the gravity gets too high, the dark Munich can be pretty intense. Look for a bread crust flavor, sometimes with a toasted crust note.

I was wondering if that was going to be an issue - taht it would be too intense - I think I'll just brew the recipe as is - 50/50 light/dark munich and then if that turns out well then maybe next year's I'll up it to 25/75 and see - given the commitment to making bock, I'd be crushed if it were not very drinkable - 2 kegs of blending beer would be a bit much.

thanks for the comments guys - keep em coming!

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