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Equipment and Software / Braided lines - how to know if they're stainless
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:56:38 PM »
Doing some plumbing and I've pulled a couple old (but not antique) braided lines.

How do I check if they're actually stainless?  They'd be great filters for the mash tun and kettle that I've been planning to build.

Equipment and Software / Old Coolers
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:50:43 AM »
One of these days, I'm going to get around to building my mash tun.  I bought a round cooler, but have also acquired some larger rectangular coolers.  These are used coolers of indeterminate age.  Coleman Polylite 48, IIRC.

Any concerns using an older cooler?  One of them has some stains on the inside, but I can bleach the bejesus out of it.

Also got a newer cooler that has no drain.  I could bore through with a spade bit, but the other coolers seem ideal as long as there's no concerns about the older plastic or anything like that.

The Pub / White Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:31:04 AM »
A year or two ago someone gave me a bottle of this stuff from one of the local craft distilleries.  It's terrible.  I can't drink it and I can't serve it to friends.

I tried aging some on oak in Ball jars and did a sampling last night with a buddy.  The light toast American oak was still terrible.  The medium French oak had improved and had some oaky flavors but still could not out-compete the weird medicinal flavor of the whiskey.

I have most of a bottle left.  What do people do with this stuff?

I'm thinking maybe some charring some of the chips, or getting some charred oak cubes but I'm not sure the experiment is worth it anymore.

General Homebrew Discussion / Concentrated boils and hop utilization
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:07:31 AM »
I was reading yesterday that supposedly John Palmer and others now state that hop utilization is independent of wort gravity.  These were third person attributions on another forum with no reference to source material, but others seemed to agree and take this as a known and generally recognized fact.

I had never heard this before.  Ever.  And I can't find anything in (admittedly brief) searches on-line that would support the attribution of this statement to Palmer other than third party attributions.  As a matter of fact, almost all links take me back to that same forum...

Anybody heard this before?  I suppose it could be total BS but I simply don't know.  It has always been my understanding that a concentrated wort had lower hop utilization.  Is the consensus changing?

I'm curious to know in general and especially since there have been a couple recent posts here about concentrated boils.

Maybe someone can chime in on the science behind all this.

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.

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