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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing and Children
« on: June 18, 2015, 02:37:14 PM »
I feel like I should also throw out the obvious warning about flames, boiling liquids, etc.  Dangerous for us, but even more so for little people.

I stopped using glass carboys when I cracked one with a wee one nearby.

Keep it safe, always, but you need to be even more diligent around kids.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter DME Issue
« on: June 18, 2015, 01:57:46 PM »
I would file this under RDWHAHB.


The Pub / Re: Homebrewing and Children
« on: June 18, 2015, 12:59:12 PM »
In my experience, the fun of helping wears off somewhere around year 4.  My son's idea of helping is to stir up the sanitizer to make bubbles.  He has helped fill bottles and cap them, but not really.  One of my daughters used to help keg, but she's no longer interested.

I think it's great that they want to help and it give us another thing to do together.  I wouldn't want to keep them from it, because then it would seem like I'm doing something wrong.

If people have a problem with your kids helping you make beer, they have bigger problems than that.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A few bottle harvest qusetions
« on: June 18, 2015, 08:27:28 AM »
When I have cultured from a bottle I don't recall ever seeing kraesun in the bottle.  You will see increased sediment, as you noted.

I've never tasted a starter that tasted good.  Some of that sourness taste could come from the yeast in suspension.  Also, you probably haven't hopped the starter wort so it's not going to taste like your final beer will taste.

It's very possible that your first step is done.  Step it up.

If you're worried about the yeast you are culturing, maybe try it out first in a one-gallon batch to see if it's what you want.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 17, 2015, 07:18:17 AM »
I've used that JacPac thing I bought maybe a total of three or four times.  I think I paid $40 for it and even that's hard to justify since I don't use it much.

It's also complicated getting the paintball tanks filled.  One of the lovely things about living in Chicago is that I cannot get paintball CO2 tanks in the city.  You need to drive way out into the hinterlands.  My local gas place wants $10 to fill a 20 oz. paintball tank, $15 for a 5 lb. tank.  Dick's will fill the small tank for a couple bucks and even free sometimes, but I have to drive 45 minutes to get there.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 17, 2015, 07:00:21 AM »
Those mini-regulators are cool and I've wanted one for years.  Never could justify the expense, though.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 15, 2015, 02:04:17 PM »
No scores for me either.   Whatever.  They'll be there soon enough I'm sure.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning kegs with infected beer?
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:17:07 AM »
Definitely replace the o-rings.

I don't think you want to soak stainless in bleach.  My recollection is the bleach eats the stainless.

Not too much advice for you, sorry.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:45:25 AM »
I've used paintball tanks a couple times.  I've never really worried about it.  The tanks a brand new, sold empty.

For the regulator, I use one of these:

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:30:25 AM »
I thought the Guiness tour was underwhelming.  I'm told the Jameson tour is the one to take.

Galway was a blast.  Wandering from pub to pub, live music, only one crazed soccer hooligan and he was more of a danger to himself than anything.

I enjoyed visiting Trinity College and seeing the Book of Kells while we were in Dublin.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 13, 2015, 05:02:53 PM »
Well, I'm pouring a coffee stout and getting ready for the puck to drop.

We'll see how the stout did in the morning, probably.  Not sure I'll stay up for the scores to post from the west coast.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 12, 2015, 09:56:36 AM »
My banquet will be here in Chicago.  Watching the Blackhawks hopefully whoop up on Tampa.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 12, 2015, 09:47:37 AM »
I want to look, too.

I think I'll wait and postpone the disappointment.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Priming 1 12 oz bottle??
« on: June 12, 2015, 07:41:23 AM »
1 sugar cube per bottle

This remains on my list of things I need to try.

I've found the Brewer's Best conditioning tablets to be inconsistent.  But, that may be attributable to how I store them and the fact that the break into pieces sometimes.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First brew, need advice.
« on: June 11, 2015, 02:59:45 PM »
I know people do it, but I am just totally averse to starting a siphon by sucking on it.

These days, I pressurize by Better Bottles to start the siphon.  Back in the day, I used to fill the siphon hose with water to get it started, which was a PITA but better than sucking on the hose.

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