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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Next improvement Oxygenation
« on: February 15, 2014, 09:59:43 PM »
I think without the stone the bubbles won't be fine enough and you'll burn through a lot of o2.

I want to say I get about 10 batches out of an o2 bottle but I've never counted. They last me awhile. But that's with a stone. I think the ones I have claim to be 20% larger so maybe that helps.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 15, 2014, 06:46:09 PM »
The better bars here will give you a taste for free. Maybe an ounce or two but enough to know what you want to order. If you tried to do a handful of tastes you might wear out your welcome.


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Beer Recipes / Re: All grain to extract ABV question
« on: February 15, 2014, 12:20:00 PM »
I would assume that the BS conversion is adjusting the caravienne amount to keep the color the same. All extract will produce a darker beer especially if you add it all early and boil it.

If your looking for flavor contributions I would take the caravienne back up.

The BS conversion should only be a guide.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:13:38 PM »
No worries. Grab a glass of eagle rare and relax.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:12:31 PM »
we don't sell high gravity beers (over 8%) in full pints - halves only.

This I have no problem with.  But it should be disclosed when you order.  I'm often a little frosty when I order a beer, it's pricey, and it comes in a tiny snifter.

If you tell me upfront, that's OK.  Some places list in on the menu, others do not.  I've had the server tell me, too, but sometimes it's a total surprise.  Well, not really a surprise as I've come to expect it.  But it should be disclosed.

Well, if you can't read a board that's a "you" problem.

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If it's on the board that would seem to address my point about disclosing the serving size. Not all places do so.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 03:06:49 PM »
we don't sell high gravity beers (over 8%) in full pints - halves only.

This I have no problem with.  But it should be disclosed when you order.  I'm often a little frosty when I order a beer, it's pricey, and it comes in a tiny snifter.

If you tell me upfront, that's OK.  Some places list in on the menu, others do not.  I've had the server tell me, too, but sometimes it's a total surprise.  Well, not really a surprise as I've come to expect it.  But it should be disclosed.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Box thoughts
« on: February 14, 2014, 02:15:46 PM »
My local stopped selling used kegs because it was becoming so difficult to get decent ones.  I think their supplier gave up, as well.

Back to the original topic, though, I have not used these nor the Tap-A-Draft system.  What I have found with the mini systems I've used is that they each have some sort of draw back. 

I'm not sure I get the purpose of these boxes.  If they're for taking beer to parties, growlers work great and pretty much every one of us has growlers lying around.  If they're to be a replacement for kegs, I think there are a number of draw backs. 

First, cleaning.  How are you ever going to ensure that thing is clean?  I've used 2.5 gallon water bottles that are a similar shape and eventually they start to grow mildew because you just can't get the inside to dry out.

Second, carbonating and/or dispensing.  Reliance on the mini CO2 injector means you'll never be able to dial in your pressure.  You probably would need to naturally carbonate and then use the injector just for dispensing.  The injectors release a LOT of pressure quickly.  I've over pressurized mini-kegs and had the bottom pop out.  It's easy to do, because you have no regulator.  You might could get one of those mini Leland regulators, but they are costly.

My recollection of the tap-a-draft is that you can't really force carb them, either.  But I could be wrong.

If you need a small system, I'd spend a little more and get the small ball-lock kegs.  They'll still be usable when you upgrade to a keezer.  Or, if you give up and sell them you'll get your investment back.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Box thoughts
« on: February 14, 2014, 12:55:56 PM »
And for $20 more - brand new stainless steel 2.5 gallon keg.
They are for sure of a lesser quality than the kegs we're used to though...
I don't know. I have three used kegs that I bought online and I'm pretty sure I got what's left after everyone else picked through. I won't order used kegs online again.

IME, the quality available in used kegs today is about what would have been rejected a few years ago.

I bought a couple of the cheap 2.5 gallon kegs a few years back.  They seem fine, but the steel is quite thin.  I don't abuse my kegs though, so that shouldn't really be a problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:11:17 AM »
OK.  I'll own up to it.  I will occasionally keep a bomber to myself.

Perhaps more often than occasionally...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 07:48:30 AM »

Hey fellas - feel free to share 'em. You don't have to drink the whole thing yourself.  ;)

That's what I thought bombers were for.

I've been known to share a 12 oz BCS, Dragon's Milk, or other high-test offering.  Keeping a bomber to yourself just seems greedy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:37:35 PM »
Frontal lobotomies were used for a variety of ailments including alcoholism.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.


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Isn't that an old country song?

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Ingredients / Re: Red X malt (Best Malz)
« on: February 13, 2014, 03:37:17 PM »
Does it have anything to do with Peter Tosh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNJ0b98bI1o

If you like reggae, this is an awesome documentary.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:52:22 PM »
By the way, I've recently cut back on my coffee intake significantly because I realized I was drinking a second big cup every day even though I wasn't tired and it wasn't even particularly good coffee. I was drinking it because, well that's what I had 'always done'. I hope my kidneys thank me!

Two cups.  Every morning.  If I have three, I freak out.  Three cups on Saturday is tempting, but it always ends badly.

I gave up soda years ago after I realized the afternoon can of Coke was causing me to freak out and get jittery.  I think it was more the sugar, though, than the caffeine.  I can drink coffee at night and go to sleep.  I could never do that with soda.

Bringing it back to topic, I have given up alcohol for Lent every so often.  I am always amazed at the weight loss.  Empty calories, indeed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:08:17 PM »
I have a severely alcoholic brother, he's lived with family members for the past 2 years because he is drunk by breakfast and can't hold a job, wife, apartment, etc.  He had a wreck back in December that killed our mother, but he's such a professional drunk he was not even tested for sobriety at the crash scene.  That allows him to be guiltless, but we all know the truth, there's no way a sober person could have possibly had that wreck.  Anyway, that has also caused me to cut my drinking even more, which sucks because I love brewing so much and the bee is starting to pile up.  I do 95% of my drinking at home so drunk driving hasn't been an issue for me for many years, but still I think of my brother and the joy of beer fades.  BTW he drinks Busch Classic 16 oz. cans, hidden like Easter eggs in my Dad's lower yard.

This is one of the more disturbing things I've read recently.  I am truly sorry for your loss.  It sounds like it would be devastating.  Hopefully, your family can find a way to heal but that sounds like a long and tortured road from how you describe your brother.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:50:53 PM »
I know buckets are cheaper, but I think my BBs only cost like $20 each or so.  Not a lot of bling factor, but they're in my basement which ain't so fancy anyway.  Unless you like washing machines and furnaces and stuff like that.

I just don't see the point in a convertible keg fermenter.

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