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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.

All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: July 17, 2015, 02:54:35 PM »
1) That's a solid looking rub on those ribs.
2) Ribs and bacon wrapped meat = my menu tomorrow.
3) Most importantly, love the table.  This has been on my "to do" list for too long.  Give me details on how you hung the kettle, please.  Is that bracket custom?  Are the lateral supports angles?  Or is that tube steel?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to drop in the kettle and keep it off the wood so there's no scorching.

All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: July 16, 2015, 07:30:57 PM »
Doing more ribs this weekend, and a bacon explosion.  Just bought the fixins.

Anyone ever smoke some salmon?  I've not yet, but would like to.

I'm interested in hearing how you do it.  Do you keep it on foil?  A plank?  Give me some ideas.

Also, what wood do you prefer for fish?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottles/Growlers from Kegs
« on: July 16, 2015, 03:38:36 PM »
Yes.  I try to target a typical commercial fill level and usually that's about what you get when you cap on foam.  If you're not too worried about losing some beer, let the foam overflow a bit to get the fill level you're looking fo.

 I've had good luck bottling for comps by using a racking cane jammed into a picnic tap.

I purge the bottles first, then fill and cap on foam.  I've got a splitter in my CO2 line and I have one end hooked to the keg and one end hooked to an airgun.  I put a racking cane on the air gun and purge the bottles from the bottom before filling.  Sort of a poor man's beer gun.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pulling Keg off of CO2
« on: July 16, 2015, 03:16:53 PM »
Just hook the CO2 back up to repressurize to whatever pressure you had and you'll be good.  No loss of carbonation if you do it soon, so no need to re-carbonate.

If you don't re-gas it, it will eventually equalize in the keg at lower carbonation.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Oak chip usage
« on: July 15, 2015, 02:37:36 PM »
Everyone has different opinions about how long you should oak.  It seems that the longer you go, the more depth of flavor you will get.

That said, chips won't give a whole lot of depth in my experience, but you'll certainly get oak and tannins.  I would treat it like dry hopping and taste it after a few days.  Pull them when you think the flavor is right.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling from keg: headspace and foam
« on: July 15, 2015, 02:51:59 AM »
Though I usually carb the beer slightly higher than I actually want before filling, to account for slight carbonation loss in the filling process. Filling at a low pressure and chilling the beer and bottles thoroughly minimizes the loss greatly.

For me, the over carb is critical.  I cap as I fill, but the last thing I want is undercarbed bottled beer.

A little over carb helps considerably.

So an expert is determined to be such only by the consent of the people?

Certainly not by farcical aquatic ceremonies.

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