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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer got darker once kegged
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:21:59 AM »
I've had way too many bottled homebrews that suffered from oxidation in one state or another. Just purge the keg before filling. Pressurize it to about 5 - 10 psi, release pressure, repeat. As simple as that and you will improve the quality of your beer!

You can even rig up a siphon that fills through the QDC on you "out" tube and vent the pressure out the "IN" QDC. You don't have to crack open the keg. Closed system. Works like a charm!

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There are some awesome homebrewers in Alabama. Anyone sending beer from out of state will be up against some stiff competition.

4038
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: can you repair a beer
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:07:18 AM »
Don't mean to ask a stupid question, but did you take the reading post boil? If you take the reading before the boil you will have some stratification. Preboil my gravity reading is always low.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer got darker once kegged
« on: May 26, 2013, 07:23:50 AM »
I have seen oxidation dramatically darken a beer. Did you purge the keg with Co2?

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Going Pro / New opportunity...
« on: May 25, 2013, 09:13:39 AM »
These are the boots I like:

http://www.muckboots.com/product/MB-JOB-000A.htm

Easy on, and just high enough that my pant leg reaches over the top of them.

I might pick a pair of those up. Thanks.

4041
Going Pro / New opportunity...
« on: May 25, 2013, 07:07:42 AM »
Also, everytime a head brewer puts a tri-clamp down or a screwdriver or wrench ask him .... "is that where that goes?" He'll love that.

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Going Pro / New opportunity...
« on: May 24, 2013, 04:56:19 PM »
My pair are slip ons, too. They were about $100, but well worth it.

4043
Going Pro / Fermentation Temperature Control
« on: May 24, 2013, 10:30:21 AM »
I actually did a wrap around 2 at a time. In fact, I put them in a rubber made with some insulation and controlled two at a time that way. I guess, for me, proper temp control is paramount.

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Going Pro / New opportunity...
« on: May 24, 2013, 10:23:21 AM »
+1 to good boots and a change of clothes, all the way down to underwear. Worse burn I ever got at brewery was on my foot, stupidly wearing tennis shoes. Make sure the boots you buy have excellent support. I used to run 30 miles a week but my feet never hurt the way they did standing on concrete for a year in piss poor shoes. You might want to look into some inserts, too.
What boots do you recommend?  I haven't found any that I love.

Definitely a change of clothes and eye protection.

I love the pair I have now. I'll send you the name tomorrow (I think they are called "Rocky" or something, I'm off today). Totally water proof and I can stand in them all day.

I had a pair of Red Wings and they were comfy as hell on concrete but they fell aprt under a year.

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Going Pro / New opportunity...
« on: May 24, 2013, 08:52:39 AM »
I have just taken a new job... as an assistant brewer at a local brewery! I'm taking a fair pay cut to do this, but I am one step closer to my goal of my own brewery.  Any of you pro guys have any advice for a new guy? Do's and don'ts? How not to piss off the head brewer?

Bring all your homebrew recipes, and talk to the head brewer about changing his line-up to match your recipes. 

Bwahahaha!

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Going Pro / New opportunity...
« on: May 24, 2013, 08:50:26 AM »
+1 to good boots and a change of clothes, all the way down to underwear. Worse burn I ever got at brewery was on my foot, stupidly wearing tennis shoes. Make sure the boots you buy have excellent support. I used to run 30 miles a week but my feet never hurt the way they did standing on concrete for a year in piss poor shoes. You might want to look into some inserts, too.

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Going Pro / New opportunity...
« on: May 24, 2013, 07:13:17 AM »
Buy yourself a decent pair of eye protection. Never remove or move chemicals without at least wearing eye protection. A chemical burn on your hands is bad, in your eyes can be life altering.

If the brewery is using plastic kegs be extremely careful and keep the pressure under 40 psi on the keg cleaner.

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Going Pro / Fermentation Temperature Control
« on: May 24, 2013, 07:09:05 AM »
So, back to my earlier advice. The easiest way to have exact temp control is to make the room cold and use a digital johnson or ranco temp controller set to heat and wrap each fermentor with heat wrap and use a thermowell. In my cold room, set at ambient 34 degrees, I can ferment a lager at 50 or a saison at 80. Works like a charm. I used to ferment 3 bbl plastic conicals this way.

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The Pub / West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 23, 2013, 07:57:48 AM »
Yeah, the point isn't that people know the difference between a 6 and a 9, it's how confusable the identity of the brands are. I highly doubt the defending brewery in question legitimately tried to copy MH design (though, if the designer didn't do it intentionally, he/she most certainly did it subliminally. I have caught myself doing this often. Design something, then realize it looks a lot like another design I had not intended to copy.)

It's not going to matter what 20% of the people think, or that MH makes crappy beer. All that is going to matter is what the attorney shows the judge - and any high dollar attorney worth his salt will easily be able to prove a case here that these brand logos are confusable. 

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The Pub / Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 23, 2013, 06:39:44 AM »
Maybe it's the engineer in me...

I absolutely agree that's a problem. ;)

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