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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dead Yeast?
« on: February 14, 2015, 11:53:41 AM »
I don;t think you jumped the gun.  Sunday to Wed is a long time to wait.

I also doubt there will be a significant difference between the muntons and the nottingham.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? 2/13/15
« on: February 13, 2015, 01:25:37 PM »
Something on Monday.  Haven't decided.

Maybe my old ale.  Maybe some stout.  Maybe a tripel.

If I can't make up my mind in time to get a starter going, I'll use some dry yeast and stick with the English styles.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 13, 2015, 01:09:36 PM »
4 in Chicago

Me, too.  Good luck.

Aurora is far enough out of my way that I'll just ship them anyway.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Regulator to Start
« on: February 13, 2015, 11:52:42 AM »
Another recommendation as you build your system is to go with threaded disconnects rather than barbed.

I have both pin lock and ball lock kegs and I can easily use the same tubing by changing out the disconnect.  Barbed fittings would be a PITA.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Regulator to Start
« on: February 13, 2015, 11:36:46 AM »
Another thing to consider is the gas tank.  There is no need, in my opinion, to get a shiny new aluminum tank because it's going to get swapped out at some point.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Question about high final gravity
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:59:46 AM »
All of the above plus I would mash lower than 152 if I wanted to wind up at 1.005.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Regulator to Start
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:06:03 PM »
I would argue that used kegs are a poor investment these days.  Twenty years ago, one could purchase used soda kegs that looked almost new after a thorough cleaning, and they sold for as little as $10.00 each.  Most of the used soda kegs that being sold today look like they were on the losing end of a fight with a gorilla, and most stores want $70.00+ per keg.

I'll second this.  You can sometimes get a good deal on used.  More often you're getting something banged up and after you fix what ails it you coulda bought new.

To the OP, I think both of my regulators are Taprite.  I know for a fact that the one that gets the most use is.

The Pub / Re: Will beer cans be the "Food Babe's" next target?
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:29:20 AM »
You can't predict crazy, so who knows what the Food Babe will do next?

The whole can/bottle thing reminds me of an argument from a family picnic when I was in my teens.  The argument started out as can/bottled and grew from there.  One of the relatives had gone to bar, ordered a beer and didn't want it in a can (or maybe a bottle, can't recall) so the bartender poured it into a plastic cup.  The only point of agreement that I recall from that day was that beer should not be served in a plastic cup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: stupid BIAB cleanliness question
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:09:37 PM »
The right-sized colander on top of the kettle seems like a simple but excellent solution! Now I just need three hands, two to pull the bag out of the kettle, and one to insert the colander.
You can put the bag in a large bowl while placing the strainer on the kettle. If your colander doesn't fit in a way it cant fall you can use two pieces of wood with strategic notches to keep them from moving across the top of the kettle.

I've had the colander and bag fall into the kettle.  Big ol' mess.

I haven't really had a sticky floor from brewing since the late 90s.  I used to brew with a guy who made a huge mess and always had to leave before clean-up.  At that time, my solution was to cover the kitchen floor with newspaper.

I add 1.5 oz of coarse ground coffee beans to a 2.5 gallon keg of imperial stout. It's awesome.

I added the beans on a Tuesday night and pulled them on a Friday.

My buddy who owns a roastery - and who enjoyed a couple pints yesterday - said that after about 18 hours you've extracted all you will extract.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Coors Banquet
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:18:17 PM »
Coors Banquet is drinkable.  If you've got bikes and bands, it's even more so.

I'd like to find some Extra Gold, just for old times sake. I have fond memories of cases of Extra Gold.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition changes your category
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:37:40 PM »
If you submit to the wrong category, the judges can tell you you're out of style.

No one should change the category to which you submit.

Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:24:39 PM »
In the past there was such a thing as returnable bottles. You would pay a bottle deposit and you would get your money back when you returned the bottles.  If you never returned the bottles would that constitute stealing/theft?  Isn't the keg just one big returnable bottle?

But I returned the bottles.

I think that the black and white moralism doesn't always apply.

It's one thing to not return a keg and turn it into a keggle.

It's a different thing for people who have bought kegs that are already repurposed.

I wouldn't lose sleep over it, but I also wouldn't purposely steal a keg.

And I know for a fact that I don't have a 100% record for returning returnable bottles.  I'll bet a whole batch of beer that Denny doesn't either.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary Fermentation... or not?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:31:06 AM »
However, bottom cropping well-sedimented beer carries over the least flocculent cells.  The least flocculent cells are often, but not always petite mutants.   That's a problem that the practice of cropping from a cold-crashed primary has compounded.

100% proven in my experience with several yeast strains over several years.

By the way, the 3-month test that hmbrewing ran proves not only that autolysis is overblown, but also that oxidation when racking to a secondary fermentation vessel is overblown.  The old school autolysis bogeyman has been replaced with the new school oxidation bogeyman.

I agree with the bolded part under the right conditions. Poor racking procedures, especially when coupled with premature racking to secondary, is a good opportunity to create flaws in the beer. If the choice is between the risk of less than perfectly clear beer or the risk of creating off flavors then I'd take the risk of cloudiness any day, especially when the clarity can be improved by sticking carbonated bottles in the fridge and basically cold crashing them.

I agree with this.  There are things we can do to improve clarity.  Oxidation cannot be improved, that I know of, and badly oxidized beer is nasty.

Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 06, 2015, 04:09:34 PM »
I prefer to mooch everything I have.

You gonna finish that?

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