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Equipment and Software / Ball lock connector inner gasket
« on: September 18, 2013, 02:08:52 PM »
Anyone know of a McMaster Carr part # for these?

$0.35 isn't bad, but they're out of stock.  No emergency, but I have a QD missing a gasket which makes it unusable.

EDIT - Just realized I think that's the wrong part.  I lost an o-ring on the inner stem.  That's what I need to replace.  I think.  I better check tonight.  Never mind.

Events / Chicago Fundraiser - Kegs for Kids 2013 - September 8
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:59:43 AM »

If you're in Chicago this is a great beer event and raises money for the local school.

Michael and Louise from the Hop Leaf put together an impressive selection of beers and there is always great food and a solid silent auction.  IMO, the ticket price is a bargain for what you get.

Proceeds benefit the Helen C. Peirce Elementary School and have allowed us to fund or contribute to items such as new lockers, a new science lab, technology upgrades, a leveled reading room, and others.

You can check out this link for more info:

Kegging and Bottling / Rust inside kegs
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:12:44 PM »
I just saw that one of the on-line retailers had a deal (sold out) on kegs with some rust spots on the inside.  Their listing said "unsuitable for food uses" or something of that sort.

It was my understanding that you could clean off the rust with something like a green scrubby and then let it repassivate.

Any reason this wouldn't work on an old keg?  Not that I need more kegs, but the prices were much lower...  And I always need more kegs.

Classifieds / Belgian Bottles - Chicago
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:48:53 PM »
I have a bunch of clean, empty Belgian-style bottles for anyone who wants them.

I'm no longer dealing with corking.

Send me a PM if interested.

Classifieds / Sanke Hand Pump Taps For Sale
« on: June 07, 2013, 07:00:29 AM »
I have two Sanke taps for sale.  These are the standard hand pump party tap.  Chrome.  D connection.

I believe they have a pressure relief valve, but I've not used them.

$20 each?  Buyer pays shipping, if necessary.

I can post/send photos if necessary.

Kegging and Bottling / Spartangburg kegs - plastic gas in tube
« on: June 02, 2013, 03:11:04 PM »
Just started cleaning my new kegs.  The gas in tubes are plastic.  And look like they've turned brown over time.

Can I just replace these with stainless gas in tubes?  I'm assuming these are not something I want to continue using.

The kegs are Challenger VI, I believe.

Kegging and Bottling / Beer got darker once kegged
« on: May 25, 2013, 06:52:21 PM »
Kegged up a saison about two weeks ago.  Tapped it today and it has gotten darker in the keg.  And it just doesn't taste right.  The color is weird, like it has raspberries or something in it.

The keg was clean and sanitized and still had starsan foam in it, so I know there wasn't any other beer in there.

I saved the yeast slurry and took a side by side photo of the beer from the keg and the beer from on top of the slurry.  The beer from the slurry still tastes great, so whatever happened went wrong in the keg.

Any one have any ideas?  What sort of infection will make a beer darker?

I'm going to brew this saison again, but with the weirdness once kegged I'm not sure I should use the yeast slurry.

Equipment and Software / Cleaning keg exteriors
« on: May 24, 2013, 12:32:19 PM »
I picked up some more kegs and hope to recondition them this weekend.  All in all they seem to be in pretty good shape (holding pressure, etc.).  A minor complaint here and there, but the price was pretty good for today's market.

Anyway, they have a fair amount of stickers on the outside and I was thinking of trying to get those off and polishing them up. 

I've never actually tried to make the outsides look spiffy before.  I figured Bar Keepers Friend should be good for this.

Any one have suggestions? 

All Things Food / Pizza stones
« on: April 29, 2013, 04:53:18 PM »
It's time to get one.  Round or square?

Who can tell me about pizza stones.  I know nothing!

All Things Food / Rabbits
« on: March 22, 2013, 07:47:23 AM »
Who's got a good recipe?

I'm thinking grilled or roasted, not stewed, but I'm open to the possibilities.

It being close to Easter, I've got rabbits on the mind.  And in the freezer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Weinheinstephan yeast
« on: February 21, 2013, 06:18:18 PM »
Never used this yeast before (that I can recall).  It took off like a rocket and was blowing out of the carboy within 12 hours.  I put the air lock back on after blow off stopped.  After about 72 hours the beer (weizebock) was sitting at 61 degrees, so I moved the carboy to a warmer spot.  It took off again and blew the air lock.  Now sitting at 68 with no more blow off but a solid kraesun.

Is this typical for this yeast?  I was surprised it took off again like that.  I have a Belgian going right next to it (3787) and it's just been chugging along without the violence.

Kegging and Bottling / Corny converted to Sanke
« on: January 22, 2013, 03:51:15 PM »
This is just about the strangest thing I've ever seen.

Someone who knows how to weld obviously put some effort in to this, but I can't figure out why.

Questions about the forum? / Notifications
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:59:16 PM »
For some reason, I'm not receiving notifications of new posts for topics to which I am subscribed.

It looks like this is maybe since yesterday.  I checked my account settings, and I should be getting notifications.

They are not going to junk e-mail.

Anyone else having this problem?

Ingredients / Rum Ball Bock?
« on: January 11, 2013, 10:40:07 AM »
I brewed what should have been a doppelbock quite awhile ago.  Unfortunately, I badly missed my gravity and have a super malty bock with not nearly the alcohol I was anticipating.  It's not bad, just way too malty for me.

So, I added some rum that had been soaking with oak chips.  The bock is much improved, but could still use something.  I was thinking maybe chocolate or coffee.

Any thoughts on adding chocolate in the keg?  Process, amounts, etc.

Or other recommendations for flavors to add.  I've also thought about just adding more rum...

Equipment and Software / Philmill
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:48:16 AM »
Anyone using a Philmill?

I've been thinking of getting a mill and came across one that's not too bad pricewise.

My other thought is to go with a cheap corona mill and see if I can get it dialed in.

I've always been happy with the Listermann products I've had and this makes me lean towards the Philmill.

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