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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash-in
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:31:21 PM »
Water in mash tun, grain into water.

Yea, my first post! New guy at invite from Denny.

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot

Welcome

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash-in
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:30:47 PM »


Orange round coolers unite!!  ;D

couldn't have said it any better!!!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: pin vs ball??
« on: March 20, 2013, 07:11:55 PM »
i see that the pin lock kegs on midwest have PRV's. Is there a way to convert a lid to have a prv?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: March 19, 2013, 12:29:21 PM »

Which is the reason I left the green board and Beer Advocate.

Yup. Never perused those particular forums, but you get the idea. I'd rather not name drop, as I'm sure that there are some very nice, helpful and experienced brewers, but there's always a bad apple to ruin the pie. I have not found that to be the case here. :fingers crossed:

-Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: March 19, 2013, 12:14:07 PM »
but the forums are too negative.

Sorry you had that experience. Seems the opposite to me. Yeah there is rogue negative person out there every so often, but on a whole I personally found everyone to be very nice here. Anyway...

There is also the fact the member helps ensure homebrewing stay legal and help protect our rights. That alone (to me anyway) is worth the price of membership. Rest is gravy.

I agree, I care more about the fact that my membership dollars go towards the homebrewing community, than I do the perks.

As far as negativity, I'v found it's often a 2-way street. nothing against you montanagray, but if you spend time on some of the other forums out there, you'll find that alot of them are filled with snobs who would rather criticize than help. Not the case here.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: pin vs ball??
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:52:26 AM »
I also have both.. I like the pin locks because it is impossible to put the wrong fitting on the wrong post..If you have ever put a pin lock gas fitting on the liquid out fitting (or vice versa) it is a real PITA to get it off again... the good thing about the ball locks though, it the ease of releasing pressure in the keg via the pressure relief valve... none of my pin locks have a pressure relief valve in the cover so I have to remove the gas connector and push down on the poppet valve to relieve pressure... cheers!

How important is a PRV?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: pin vs ball??
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:51:59 AM »
I see converted pin locks for sale these days more than anything.  So the size difference becomes moot, since you have a pin lock keg with ball lock fittings.

I think you should go with whatever you can source most easily and affordably.  Functionally, there should be no difference.

Thanks, that seems to be the smartest route for me so far.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: pin vs ball??
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:57:06 PM »
Ok, thanks.

Are most set-ups (CO2 and regulators, dispensing disconnects, etc.) configured for ball locks or pins? which is easier to use?

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Kegging and Bottling / pin vs ball??
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:23:44 PM »
Hi, so after all this time bottling, I'm finally getting sick of it. I've never done the keg thing before due to lack of space, but I think I'm just going to have to put the foot down and get another fridge.

Question is, considering I've never kegged before, what's the best route to go with kegs? Pin lock or Ball lock? Is one type easier to use/clean than the other? I think I remember that pin locks are cheaper? Are there any significant differences that I should be aware of or consider?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated,

Cheers! and thanks!

-Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Preboil Gravity off
« on: March 16, 2013, 01:45:42 PM »
Things to evaluate:
Crush quality
PH
Water to grist ratio
Temp
Sparge method
Sparge temp
Equipment-bazooka screen, manifold, false bottom?

Maybe tell us your process and can chime in accordingly

+1
It sounds like just poor efficiency, could be attributed to alot of things.

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Racking an old Rasputin clone to secondary for conditioning. Having a double brew day, an IPA for the mrs. and an imperial red.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time Homebrewer
« on: March 15, 2013, 08:20:04 PM »
Thanks, guys! Still waiting on my brew kettle, unfortunately, but as soon as it comes in, the brewing starts. For an Irish Red, how long should I be shooting for in primary fermentation?

Fermentation times depend on the OG of the beer and what the FG is suppose to be, not the style itself, however, for an Irish Red, I'd say leave it in the primary for 3, maybe 4 weeks then bottle, should be fine. I'd wait till my FG was stable, meaning that a gravity sample read the same over a 3 day period of time, that's how you know a beer is done fermenting, after you get there, just wait another day or 2 and package.

Also, I'm having trouble regulating the temperature in the room where I'll be fermenting- I can get it to 70, but I can't get it much lower. I'll be doing the fermentation in a spare bathroom (not trying to have any excessive messes should something go wrong), so would it be okay to keep a few inches of slightly chilled water in the tub to help regulate? I know that's a rather odd solution, but that's the best I've come up with.

It's actually a great solution, it's called making a swamp cooler. just fill the tub to about an inch under the wort line, with cool water, keep a thermometer nearby, and you can add frozen water bottles to cool, or warm water to raise, just remember that ambient temps aren't the same as wort temps. During active fermentation, the wort temp could be as high as ~10 degs higher than the ambient temps.



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Member
« on: March 14, 2013, 11:42:12 AM »
Thanks! I hope so. I love being a Falcon, It's such a great group of brewers and people.

A Falcon, huh?  Hey, Drew, do we give this guy the hazing?  ;)

Oh, sure, get the Prez in on it too!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time Homebrewer
« on: March 14, 2013, 11:41:13 AM »
Welcome to the obsession.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Member
« on: March 13, 2013, 09:45:16 PM »
Thanks! I hope so. I love being a Falcon, It's such a great group of brewers and people.

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