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Just buy new fermentors. It's not worth the risk of all the work of a brewday not to mention cost of ingredients.

Going Pro / Starting a brewery
« on: April 07, 2013, 07:40:06 PM »
All I'll add is, after opening a brewery in 2010 and doing this full (plus) time since, it's way more work than you think it will be. If you love brewing it's also totally worth it. But to make it work you really need to give up your day job and dedicate yourself 100%. Quite simply, anything else just won't work.

The Pub / I'm honored
« on: April 07, 2013, 07:47:06 AM »
St. Denny ... Both appropriate and ironic!

All Things Food / Avocados
« on: April 07, 2013, 05:58:13 AM »
I can get a bag of avocados at Costco on the dirt cheap, I think you get 6 or 7 for $3 or so. Problem is they are rock hard when I get them and I never can get through the whole bag before I have to throw them away. And it's tricky trying to plan dinners when you never exactly know when even a single avocado from the store is ripe.

And one know any tricks on quick ripening or storage of avocados?

Commercial Beer Reviews / La Folie
« on: April 06, 2013, 06:42:36 AM »
Sucks, the one I had a couple years ago tasted like vomit. Guess ill have to give it another shot.

Kegging and Bottling / Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:54:13 PM »
Craft beer tastes better from the keg.  Always on the hunt for Aroma Coma.  For homebrew, bottled conditioned tastes better (and is more visceral).  Kinda like there's a 9-times-out-of-10 off-flavor with kegging that I can only describe as "force carbonated".  Any ROT to get beyond that?

p.s.  happy baseball season.

Can you please explain how bottle conditioned taste better for homebrew and not craft? That is making about zero sense to me.

Draft beer in every instance stays fresh longer, is easier to dial in Co2 volumes, and has better protection from light and o2 than bottles, both homebrew and craft.

All Grain Brewing / Hop Temp Question
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:51:18 PM »
Sorry to hear it's your last IPA. :(

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 04, 2013, 07:01:02 AM »
Kegging is twice as fast as bottling, if not more. If you find yourself spending hours cleaning lines you need to find a quicker process. I don't clean my lines after every batch, either, and don't think there is a need to.

Regardless, it's easier to dial in the co2 on draft beer and less chance of infection. And I agree, often draft beer does taste better. Commercial bottled beer is often overcarbonated for my tastes.

Kegging and Bottling / Beer gas charging
« on: April 03, 2013, 04:20:51 PM »
Trying it right now! Excited like a little girl at a bieber concert

The brewer and founder of a new farm brewery/hop farm in our area came to one of my clubs meetings recently.  They have an AMAZING story, great packaging, and seemed like great guys overall.   They are doing cool festivals, do a lot for their community, and have helped with legislative matters. 

Then we tried their beer....

Every one of them (4 different beers) produced on a 7bbl system were extremely flawed.  Acetaldehyde, fusels, lots of sulfur (?)...borderline offensive beer. 

They said they would love feedback, but I didn't necessarily feel comfortable sitting back, twirling my imaginary mustache, and asking them about pitch rates and yeast viability.  However I did ask them, "What yeast do you use in this beer", to which they both replied with quizzical looks.  Mind you, there was an amber, an IPA, a bitter, and a stout.  The reply was "one of the dry ones", but I'm not even sure they were fully confident in their answer. 

Part of me was thinking of emailing them privately and suggesting they get some formal sensory analysis done (politely).  I am awaiting my BJCP written exam grade, but am currently only a Provisional judge, so I'm not sure if that means me. 

Thoughts from pro brewers?   Homebrewers?

The President needs to create a new position called the Brewing Czar. Along with your TTB license you have to pass an oral interview with The Brewing Czar and they will evaluate your beer, brewing knowldege and tell you EXACTLY what they think. If your beer sucks and you don't know crap, then no license for you. They'll be told things like "don't re-apply until pitching rates and temperature control are no longer foreign ideas to you".

Oh God no! I hope you are joking! TTB already has way too much power as is! As long as the said brewery in question is not making anyone sick they should have the right to live or die on the virtues of their product.

Equipment and Software / Best chiller for summer brewing
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:05:23 AM »
As an alternative to buying ice you can let your wort chill in your fermentation chamber overnight. I've done this literally hundreds on times with no ill effects. It's kinda nice not to have to worry with aerating and pitching till the next am.

Kegging and Bottling / Beer gas charging
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:14:00 PM »
Nah, I just got beer gas recently and decides to experiment with it. Thanks for the tips!

Kegging and Bottling / Beer gas charging
« on: April 01, 2013, 03:19:21 PM »
Does anyone know many volumes of co2 I need to charge a beer to serve on beer gas? I'm a total beer gas noob.

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:46:37 AM »
It's not really just windows (in fact, it's probably more the fact that I have an HP) it's everything on the win platform. For instance, on Google Chrome my Gmail doesn't work properly. It works fine on Safari. On my printer at home (which is an HP as well) I have not been able to get my HP PC to work wirelessly. But my iPad and Mac works just fine.

Just weird stuff like that that makes having a PC an unpleasant experience.

The Pub / Why I run Windows
« on: March 31, 2013, 05:53:44 AM »
Compared to windows 8, 7 is a dream. We bought a machine for tHe brewery that came pre-installed with 8 and OMG it is a nightmare. It is a huge, clunky mess. Huge bugs that don't have any fixes. And we tried to install 7 on the machine but you can't get the particular drivers you need. They are forcing you to move onto windows 8.

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