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The Pub / Re: Mr. Robot
« on: Today at 10:18:33 AM »
Yeah I am really enjoying it. Also, I want to be a hacker now.

The Pub / Mr. Robot
« on: Today at 06:50:27 AM »
Anyone watching the show? Really incredible IMO. Free to watch on USA online or on demand if you have that.

The Pub / Re: "The Martian"
« on: July 27, 2015, 08:25:28 PM »
You know I tried to love this book and thought it was simply too technically detailed to be an enjoyable novel. Page after page about the dirt and the potatoes.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ball Lock Question
« on: July 25, 2015, 10:40:32 AM »
Not faucets, but taps/disconnects. The plated metal has me concerned, since it's starting to come off of most of my taps.

One would think the CMB branded stuff is SS, although I don't see that on Beverage Factory's site.

They do sell these...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ball Lock Question
« on: July 22, 2015, 10:00:09 AM »
I just made that up trying to be funny.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ball Lock Question
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:33:44 AM »

Called Beverage Factory today and they confirmed it's stainless which is odd. How would StarSan strip that coating off?

Ask what grade stainless they used. There was a guy on here that used some stainless ball bearings to weigh down a hop bag, and those came out black at beer pH. Not all stainless is the same.
I believe it's grade 104. :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ball Lock Question
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:01:17 AM »
Called Beverage Factory today and they confirmed it's stainless which is odd. How would StarSan strip that coating off?

Kegging and Bottling / Ball Lock Question
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:02:43 PM »
I have a couple of these in a ziplock in the garage...

Today I noticed there was some brown/black gunk all over the flare fittings. Any clue what this is?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottles/Growlers from Kegs
« on: July 21, 2015, 09:47:16 AM »
I'm curious how much of an impact dosing my bottles with CO2 will have on a homebrew competition held a couple weeks after I'm dropping off the bottles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Wort Chilling
« on: July 19, 2015, 04:52:33 PM »
Regarding cooling the wort. Living in S. Florida, my tap water runs at about 82 (f). An immersion chiller would take a very long time and not get down to pitching temp. This would be costly water wise as well.
I've used chilled spring water as well as a 10 lb bag of ice.  Regardless, it just takes a great deal of time.  Any ideas on a cost effective way to cool the wort?

Fellow Florida brewer here, isn't summer brewing fun? (sarcasm) How are you controlling fermentation temps? In my case, I get it down to around 80.  that point, there isn't a lot of risk of infection. Simply move the wort into your house and pitch in the morning, or throw it into your chest freezer to chill.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lacto. Frustrations
« on: July 19, 2015, 09:39:39 AM »
Just an update...gave up on my poor starter last week but it's been sitting in my (hot) garage for a week. Noticed yesterday there is a big white furry thing on the surface. I'm dumping this anyways but curious what it is.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation Question
« on: July 19, 2015, 09:22:52 AM »
I wasn't trying to relieve pressure, long story...

Kegging and Bottling / Carbonation Question
« on: July 19, 2015, 08:44:24 AM »
If you pull the PRV on a carbed keg until you don't hear anymore pressure, is the beer still carbonated once you hook serving pressure up again?

Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Weight
« on: July 18, 2015, 04:47:30 PM »
Just bumping this for a couple reasons...weighed my CO2 tank today (5#) and it weighed 11 pounds. It has a tare weight of 7.7#, so I assume that means I had 3.3 pounds left. Correct?

Secondly, I was hooking up a new regulator today and I forgot to put clamps on the gas line. Went out about 20 minutes later to check something, heard a hissing sound (you know what's next) and opened my kegerator to find a snow-white CO2 tank.

Thankfully, I only lost a half a pound but I'm pretty low now with only 2.8 pounds left. PSA, check your CO2 tanks!

Ingredients / Scaling Hops
« on: July 18, 2015, 01:15:19 PM »
Can you scale hop quantities down linearly when planning for a smaller batch? As an example, if a 14 gallon recipe calls for 28 grams of hop XYZ, can I assume a 2 gram per gallon addition and add 11 grams for a 5.5 gallon recipe?

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