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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Arrrggghhh Both CO2 Tanks Out-of-Date
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:52:28 PM »
When I swap, if the tank is out of date they charge $25 or so for the recert, but you walk out with a different tank.  In all cases, I've had tanks with new stamps.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:43:58 PM »
I can't put my finger on it... but there's just something wrong about lowering scores for a lack of intangibles.
Not sure I understand?  I can see it easily being a difference maker when you get to that point.  If it knocks the Overall Impression down to an 8, Flavor to a 15 or 16, and Aroma to a 9 or 10, you're already 10 points in the hole.

If something's intangible, you shouldn't notice it anyway. 

So you lost points because someone noticed that they failed to notice what wasn't there.

Maybe they chose their words poorly.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: $69 kegs
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:40:34 PM »
Another old joke-FIAT stands for Fix It Again Tony.

Yep.  But the best joke is I sold that car 20 years later for $50 less than I paid for it.  And it was not running when I sold it.

Back to the topic, I'd buy these kegs in a heart beat if I needed more kegs.  But I have plenty.  If new 3-gallon kegs hit the $70 price point, I'll buy a couple of those.

While I wouldn't want rust on a new keg, you can re passivate stainless steel pretty easily.  Probably less work than I've put into reconditioning some kegs, and I've never had any that brought on dry heaves.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Arrrggghhh Both CO2 Tanks Out-of-Date
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:11:42 PM »
Shiny new tanks don't hold more gas.  I was a little bummed when my new tank got swapped out, but whatever.  They swap an aluminum tank for an aluminum tank.  And no one really cares what your gas tank looks like.

On the flip side, I was happy when I swapped a steel 15 lb tank and all they had to give me was aluminum.  I traded up on that one.  But again, whatever.  Next fill, I'll get whatever they have.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: $69 kegs
« on: July 21, 2015, 03:53:02 PM »
Visions come to mind of the German Engineer that sat next to my desk always shaking his head about Italian Engineering. So there is that I have to contend with.

Italian Engineering:

My first car was a 1976 Fiat.  The old joke was: What's the difference between herpes and a Fiat?  You can give someone herpes.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dripping beer faucet
« on: July 21, 2015, 02:53:33 PM »

No, we threw it together last weekend.  The tap on the right was dripping all day.

But everyone wants me to put it on wheels so we can take it around the neighborhood for other parties. 

I need to get it dialed in and this will be the outdoor party bar.  No rush, but we do have some birthdays in August.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Maximum psi for ball lock liquid side QD
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:29:23 PM »
Thanks guys.  Huh, the cheap ones I have don't have a top gasket (under the screwdriver fed cap) - only one gasket, on the stem.  Anyway, the one I swapped on works fine at 40 psi, as you suggest.  And the beer is at least reasonably carbed now.  A few of us will be headed to see Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers tonight here in Spokane after fish tacos and of course homebrew at my house.

I'll just toss the offending unit.   8)

The top gasket is easy to miss.  I didn't even know there was one until I had a leaky disconnect.

I serve root beer at 40psi and the disconnects have never been a problem.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Maximum psi for ball lock liquid side QD
« on: July 20, 2015, 04:52:42 PM »
40 psi shouldn't be a problem. I'd break it down and make sure the top gasket is present and intact. I've lost more than a couple.

Same.  That's the only time I've had one leak - no gasket.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dripping beer faucet
« on: July 20, 2015, 03:35:20 PM »
Looking at the micromatic website, it looks like there's a shaft seal. 

So basically, I need to disassemble and see if I can match the o-ring.

And make some tap handles.  And finish out the bar.  And put it on wheels.

Kegging and Bottling / Dripping beer faucet
« on: July 20, 2015, 03:12:05 PM »
Anyone with a link to a good resource on fixing a dripping tap?

I slapped together a bar for our block party over the weekend and one of the taps wouldn't stop dripping.  Thankfully, it was the local micro and not my homebrew on that tap.  Regardless, I'd like to get it fixed.

I used to old draft towers that I was gifted some years back, so the faucets are not new and likely need maintenance.

A quick Google search was pretty useless for this, and I assume someone here has experience.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison has zero bitterness
« on: July 20, 2015, 02:31:34 PM »
I served it as is.  People enjoyed it.  Next time, I'll bump up the hops a bit if I brew this recipe.

I might try dry-hopping the other 5 gallons.

The Pub / Re: Growler Fills
« on: July 18, 2015, 12:26:10 AM »
We sell growlers for $9. Tax included. $4 bottle deposit.

I have several of your empty growlers...

I haven't bought a growler in awhile, but my recollection with Goose Island was that they stopped giving you the deposit back.  They sold you the growler plus the beer.  I have no idea what I've paid though so I can't help out there.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison has zero bitterness
« on: July 17, 2015, 11:49:10 PM »
Gonna be 93+ tomorrow, so maybe a lime or berries.

Serving at a block party, and need something refreshing.

Neighbors want a keg of 7% IPA.

Heat index is supposed to be 108.

IPA + 108?  Not for me.

All Grain Brewing / Saison has zero bitterness
« on: July 17, 2015, 11:39:39 PM »
Title says it all.  Even my wife, who doesn't care for hops agrees that you can't taste them.

Fermented with 3711.  It's nice and winey with a tart finish, but no bitterness that is discernible.

I'm planning to serve it tomorrow, and will probably still do so, but any thoughts on boosting bitterness?

I don't really want to do a hop tea, but I suppose I could.  Some magnum hops in two cups of water?

Or try adjusting with gypsum?

Or just go with it?

The recipe (Saison d'ete from NB) comes up with 23 IBU in Beersmith, but NO hop flavor.  I've never had none.  The other 5 gallons are similar, but fermented with 3724.  No bitterness there, but still not at terminal gravity.

All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: July 17, 2015, 03:20:10 PM »
With a little further research, it looks like the kettle is from a weber performer.  Thus, it has the bracket already.

Looks like I'm back to rigging something up.  But the steel cross braces are a nice idea.  Maybe I can hang it with just some steel angles tapped into the kettle with SS bolts.

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