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The Pub / Re: Pay to Play - Pretty Things Rant!
« on: April 30, 2015, 12:40:08 PM »
Thanks Pete,  knew there had to be more. They're gonna be in a bad place if they lose that case. Would not want to be the sales rep who is at the bottom of it whether they win or lose

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Location
« on: April 30, 2015, 12:30:06 PM »
Love #3 Paul

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The Pub / Re: Pay to Play - Pretty Things Rant!
« on: April 30, 2015, 12:22:34 PM »
Is there more to that link than the one sentence that I can open on my phone?

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Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: April 30, 2015, 12:19:47 PM »
All of this is as figured. My main issue was finding out about the gas tank, as I said I really have no use for the kegs or means to open them to clean. I did some research and found that a local brewery is still producing Hudepohl beer after buying the rights in mid 2000's. I will start with them as I think I can guess what their distributor will tell me. Thanks for your thoughts guys

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Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: April 30, 2015, 10:54:57 AM »
Bump for input,
     At work today, I found 2 old Hudepohl brewing Company half barrel kegs. They are left over from a company picnic at least 10 years ago. One is actually still about half full and pressurized. I also found a 20#(I think) tank of beer gas: labeled "compressed gas, N.O.S."
    So I have a few questions, as the brewery is operated by a different company now than when these were used at the party. I know there is a link in here for returning kegs, but at this point, is it worth it? Is it ethical to keep them? The second part also involves the question, They are metal, with rubberized tops and bottoms. Besides re-filling with beer, are they functional for anything around a home brewery? They have a metal American sanke head, and may just be rubber coated(and that is my guess) Can this rubber coating just be removed? I already have a 15 gallon boil kettle and use either a 48 or 70 qt cooler for batch sparging, so really no need for a keggle anyways. Also, any thoughts on the tank of gas? Is looks like on the other side of the label it says "Ultra mix" maybe. Can it be switched over to CO2 when I start a draft system?
     Any thoughts or suggestions anyone has would be most appreciated. Not looking to game the system, just looking for suggestions. Let me know what you think...

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Ingredients / Re: Cocculus indicus substitute
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:53:39 AM »
Maybe some wormwood? Just be careful, that stuff is nasty bitter.

a friend of mine puts  alittle bit of wormwood in his pale ale and IPA. it adds a really braceing bitterness that's complimentary but different than hop bitterness... and the green fairies are entertaining too ;)
Jonathan, what does a little look like measurement wise in a typical 5 gallon batch if I ever feel the need to try this out?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clam chowder saison
« on: April 29, 2015, 05:20:30 AM »
Look at all the cute little duckies swimming around.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 28, 2015, 08:45:38 AM »
Were they 2 different beers entered in 2 different sub styles? It looks like he took first and second from 2 different sub styles, but was it the same beer? I have no idea. Is it ethical or right to enter the same beer under 2 different categories? I have seen people on the forum suggest it if its close to both styles, not sure if that is kosher for same main style...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 26, 2015, 07:57:24 PM »
Here's a better pic with a full glass. If you look closely, you can quite clearly read Guiness from the other side of the glass. I'll take that for no finings


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Prop. 65?
« on: April 26, 2015, 07:09:40 PM »
Justin, I feel for you. I don't know what it is either,  but have not bothered to Google it. Hope it's not important for myself here in indiana

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% pils malt. Too light?
« on: April 26, 2015, 06:49:22 PM »
The original pour:

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% pils malt. Too light?
« on: April 26, 2015, 06:48:23 PM »
Here's a repost of pic of my first pilsner. It was 100% Avangard pilsner malt, bottle conditioned, no finings and has only been lagering for 2 weeks:

Just the end of a glass, after settling a bit and warming up. It was a bit cloudy upon pour gently but settled nicely. Very light in color but that's fine with me

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 26, 2015, 04:17:22 PM »
Thanks Jon. This was a split batch, 3 gallons each, 1 with 830 and 1 with 833. The pic is of one with 830, my second tonight was 833 and it was a lot clearer, just did not take a pic. Next time if I think of it

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« on: April 26, 2015, 04:12:51 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

I learned that very thing 25 years ago and ramped up my brewing so that I now always have a few cornies on hand that have had at least 8 to 10 weeks of quiet  rest (and a lot longer for my IPA and Burton). 
A little diligence and a lot of patience result in tasty rewards.
Professor, what does your IPA look like that you can age it that long? Lots of hops, or more English IPA style and traditional? Just curious, as most want to drink their AIPAs as fresh as possible. Just looking for new alternatives

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 26, 2015, 01:58:57 PM »
Another shot, much later in the glass


And you can see the shelf full of dvds under the TV in the distance. Not commercially clear, but not bad for my first pilsner and no finings

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