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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most frustrating waste of beer ever
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:30:09 AM »

Ron lost 5 gallons of RIS force carbing at 30psi I believe with a picnic tap attached.  There is a max pressure for the tap, 15 psi comes to mind, although it's not in stone and I have had mine up to 30 psi before with no problems.

I wasn't aware that there was a pressure rating for the taps.  I've done hundreds of kegs at 30-35 psi, so I must have been lucky.

I have a picnic tap on my root beer, which is at 40 psi (IIRC).  Of course the dispensing line is REALLY long so the pressure at tap has got to be a lot less.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most frustrating waste of beer ever
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:20:38 AM »
I carb without a tap attached, so my picnic taps have never been a cause of lost beer.

I have had a poppet leak, though.  Didn't lose much, but had a sticky beer floor.

That was post-carbonating, though.  I think the poppet stuck slightly open after I removed a tap.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 05, 2014, 09:38:30 AM »
I guess now that I've crapped all over the rumors about Chinese kegs, I should say that one of the reasons I asked about the Indian kegs is I had heard rumors of problems, as well.

What I had heard is issues of weld quality.  Not that they leaked, but that the welds were sloppy and could cause issues with cleaning and sanitation.

But I've not actually seen these in person.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 05, 2014, 09:25:15 AM »
Those look like the same Chinese ones I have.  I think I may have paid more, though...  AIH has some pretty good pricing.

I haven't had any issues with leaking and I've had these kegs for a few years.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:45:05 PM »
The two I have are VERY thin, so denting could be a concern if your concerned.  I don't intend to abuse them, but shtuff happens.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:14:59 PM »
That's not happiness, that's delirium from the lead poisoning.

But seriously, what rumors?  Lead?  I don't believe it.  I've heard them, too, but can't figure out why there would be lead in stainless steel.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: IBU Calculation
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:00:14 AM »
Thanks.  This is all pretty much confirming that there's something goofy in the recipe and not necessarily with me.

I'm inclined not to mess with it, since it's already fermented and kegged.  If I brew it again, I'll make adjustments.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: IBU Calculation
« on: June 04, 2014, 09:28:33 AM »
May be a dumb question, but are you properly taking batch size into account?  48 sounds pretty close to half the ibus (then with a Rager gravity adjustment).  Did you plug 5 gallons worth of hops into a 10 gallon recipe?

No.  I'm working with a 5 gallon recipe.  I checked that and a number of other settings prior to posting.

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It would be cool if they manufactured a small device that would use air gun co2 cartridges that one could use for small items like bottles... of course it's for us poor fools who don't have the ability to keg or have a beer gun.

Here you go:

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/C02-PURGE-KIT-no-air-shipment-P3131.aspx
Eureka. that's it. :)
Now the real question is do I need one... I don't secondary. Is it necessary to purge the dead space on your bottling bucket?

No. It's not necessary. Most people don't and do just fine.

However, if you can do it cheaply and effectively it's certain not a bad idea. I purge my carboys with co2 if I'm transferring to a secondary. If you want to so it with an bucket it may not be as effective. I would do it pre transfer rather than after.

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A recent thread on the probrewers forum points out that using nitrogen to purge vessels is much cheaper than CO2.

But who has a tank of nitrogen?

Oddly, I do.  But it's a very small tank.

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These are essentially the same thing, and NB is streamlining the process for you.

All you are getting from the specialty grains is color, flavor and whatever small amount of sugar is easily obtainable.

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I spilled beer on mine over the weekend.  They don't make good coasters.

Oh well.

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Ingredients / Re: question about dry hop time frame.
« on: May 30, 2014, 08:54:34 PM »
According to my notes I used two ounces of cascade for dry hopping, so I guess I did .5 ounce per teaball.

My 2.5 inch infusers arrived today.  They are miserably small compared to the 5 inch one I picked up at the health food store (which does not fit into the cornies and will be returned).


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Ingredients / Re: question about dry hop time frame.
« on: May 30, 2014, 02:22:41 PM »
That's exactly how I've done it.  Yes, they sink.  As far as the layers, I assume the hop oils diffuse throughout the vessel.  1/4 ounce per tea ball should be fine.

I've also used them for oak chips.

For what it's worth, I'm moving to using these since the keg openings are larger:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Twist-lock-Spice-Ball-Tea-Infuser-Herb-Infuser-Stainless-Steel-Large-Size-2-/141185713458?_trksid=p2054897.l5658

I think I found them for under $10 each and two should be fine for me.  We will see.

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Ingredients / Re: question about dry hop time frame.
« on: May 30, 2014, 11:11:21 AM »
I'm still trying to wrap my head around how you guys can fit all your dry hops into contraptions like these. If I tried to dry hop in tea balls, it would look like the world's largest string of Ben-Wa balls when I pull them out of the fermenter.

That is outstanding   :D   Bravo.       But I agree.  That dry hop canister I use doesn't have any too much room left after an IPA or IIPA, so I can't imagine something that small.

That's a beautiful graphic. Thank you.

I don't dry hop much and when I do, I don't use massive amounts.  So the balls have worked.  I probably bought them over 10 years ago, prior to kegging.  Since I use BBs I needed something small enough to fit through the neck.  You certainly couldn't use them with whole hops, but they've worked fine with pellets.

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