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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:38:57 AM »
Speaking of which, anyone have a link to some decently priced Impy Pintg glasses?

The Pub / Re: Holy %*#@! It's Hot
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:03:57 AM »
Just got back from walking the dogs - had to break out the sweat shirt this AM. Down right BRISK! ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Quick disconnects
« on: September 28, 2010, 05:38:21 AM »
I'm not sure how much you are wanting to spend but I am using the tri-clamps at the brewery and starting to incorporate them into my homebrew stuff as well. The smallest 1/2" size will fit most homebrew ball valves. They are awesomely awesome!

I use all my old polysuphone (sp?) plastic QDCs on the wet side side now. I even have a polysuphone to tri-clap connection for ceaning. Makes like so much easier!

The Pub / Re: Holy %*#@! It's Hot
« on: September 28, 2010, 05:15:46 AM »
After a brutally hot summer, and temps peaking in the 100's last week, we've had temps in the high 70s and low 50s for the last couple days. Glad to see the heat travel to a different part of the country for a change.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: September 28, 2010, 05:13:35 AM »
I have broken at least 6 carboys. One full of 8 month old barley wine. Back in the day it wasn't such a big deal (except when they contained barley wine), now that they cost about 45 fricken dollars at the LHBS it is quite a big deal. Started using plastic milk crates but some of my carboys don't fit in them very well. I also use a Carboy Hauler.  I actually broke another one this summer. It slipped out of the Carboy Hauler. I now use buckets as often as possible.

I do have a very ncie collection of beir steins, several logoed belgian glasses, a couple of stemmed doppelbock glasses, several stangs, several weizen glasses, etc. The thing I am really hard on is pint glasses. I am down to one Imperial Pint glass and one 1/2 Impy. Last year I had several. I do have my "Favorite" Pint glass (which is just a logoed tumbler my sister got me at a brew pub out in Oregon a few years ago). I just noticed the other day there is a chip in it. I had one that looked just like it, but I broke it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: September 27, 2010, 07:05:24 PM »
I have broken more glasses than most of you have ever owned - the possible exception being drew.
Remind me to not ask you over to my house for a pint.
And to stay away from my glass carboys, too. :-[

I have probably broken more glass carboys than most of you have owned either.  ;) Have me over anyway and red plastic "party cups" will suite me fine.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: September 27, 2010, 06:43:24 PM »
I have broken more glasses than most of you have ever owned - the possible exception being drew.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hops Diverter Plate...Manufacturer?
« on: September 27, 2010, 06:20:52 PM »
I don't understand why it would cause any problems. I use my B3 diverter plate (welded in) with my IC on my 10 gallon system. Seems like a real hassle lowering one in after the boil - could cause more problems than it solves. FTR: The plate keeps a lot of hops back. But it doesn't give you hop free, or trub free wort.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hops Diverter Plate...Manufacturer?
« on: September 27, 2010, 03:48:10 PM »
A screen would work. But I'd just boil with it in place. See my pics to get an idea how to attach the diverter to the pick up tube.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hops Diverter Plate...Manufacturer?
« on: September 27, 2010, 02:11:38 PM »
Jim - I just saw your post in the hop blocker thread. I think you are making it out to be much more complicated than it is. It is just a thin piece of sheet metal used to hold back the hops from the opening on the kettle. There's no way I could get you a picture of it "open". It doesn't open or close. That is a picture of the bottom of my kettle. Super simple to construct. I will try and get a picture of the hops collected behind the plate next time I brew - probably Wednesday.

On the B3 kettle the diverter plates are welded in as an option when you build your kettle. Mine has a couple small welds to connect it to the pick up tube, but could be constructed weldless.

The Pub / Re: Won't Be Long . . .
« on: September 27, 2010, 07:48:40 AM »
That might be a good reason to not store beers long term in plastic kegs. But for most styles it simply won't be an issue. I'm only using my plastic kegs (which, in case anyone wasn't paying attention - are not disposable  ;)) for quick turn around beers. Right now a White and an IPA, and soon an alt. These kegs are in no way penetrable by lighht (they are completely opaque) and are supposedly highly resistant to oxidation - but for the beers I plan on storing they will be going in stainless to avoid any concerns. I do not know about these issues with disposable kegs. Could be an important point to consider. But surely they would be UV resistant, at the very least.

The Pub / Re: Won't Be Long . . .
« on: September 27, 2010, 06:00:37 AM »
It's all about saving money and time in the long run.

"By creating a one-way packaging option, Rehrig has eliminated deposit costs, tracking, and paperwork for brewers who own or lease kegs."

We'll all be "old school" in due time.  I like SS for the durability and because I am use to using them.
Plastic kegs...well, I just can't seem to wrap my arms around it yet.

Time will tell... :-\

You have to factor in the time and money. As in the recent thread "Should BrewPubs serve BMC", some may have to to survive. Doesn't mean everyone will respect or appreciate that. Breweries are having a real problem getting used kegs right now - especially ones that are worth a damn. And new SS kegs are E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E! I have a few SS kegs but, in my case, needed plastic kegs to supplement the shortage. I have a homemade keg cleaner - I could not afford the 15K brand new Keg Cleaner (though, its on the agenda, I assure you! Cleaning kegs is rather time and man power intensive).

So I can totally see how disposable kegs would be an attractive option. I can also see how they could have more impact on the environment - but I don;t know how much more. My guess is, less that a lot of people expect. Also, as I mentioned before, draft packaged beer is only something like 20-30% of all beer sales. The rest is ALL disposable packaging! So the disposable kegs are really just a drop in the bucket. And, if more people would take the time to have draft beer at home, or if restaurants could cut back on the amount of  canned and bottled beers they serve and move to draft, and if disposable kegs helped to make this happen - then you may be talking about LESS landfill waste. Not more - especially if they are recyclable.

Like I said, there are all kinds of facts that are not being taken into consideration here. Even the weight of stainless steel kegs and the amount of energy it takes to transport them compared to the much, much lighter plastic. I haven't seen anyone who is opposed to the disposable kegs really give any facts, only opinions. Thats the only reason I said - someone figure it out.

Ingredients / Re: Caravienne malt in AIPA
« on: September 27, 2010, 04:45:03 AM »
Cara Vienne is a crystal malt, so is cara munich. Treat Cara Vienne as a 20L crystal, Cara Munich as a 40-60L crystal depending on which one you get (I or II) I use caravienne it in my APA and IPA (and IIPA). I find the CaraVienne and CaraMunich malts to have less "sweetness" and more of a "maltiness" than regular American crystal though the differences are subtle The main reason I use it is because I brew a lot of German and Belgian styles and so I always have some on hand.

Trying to water the grapes with my chiller water. The hose was a little to short. I pulled the kettle over.  :'(


The Pub / Re: Won't Be Long . . .
« on: September 26, 2010, 01:50:17 PM »
If disposable was really better, we'd all be eating on paper plates and drinking from plastic cups.

I'm just going to point out that I'm pretty sure everyone here has.  ;)

The one other thing I would add is that compared to bottles and cans dropped in the land fills and recycle bins across the county, the plastic kegs would be a drop in the bucket.

Also +1 one to nicneufeld - hard to really determine the logic without the numbers. That's all I am saying. Not saying anyone is right or wrong one way or another. But there are a lot of factors not being considered. The extra man hours needed to clean kegs could equal more Happy Meal containers neeed to feed said brewers and those would end up in the land fill too. Just sayin'.  ;) ;)

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