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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 17, 2015, 02:18:17 PM »
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.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 17, 2015, 02:00:21 PM »
Those mini-regulators are cool and I've wanted one for years.  Never could justify the expense, though.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:04:17 PM »
No scores for me either.   Whatever.  They'll be there soon enough I'm sure.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning kegs with infected beer?
« on: June 15, 2015, 04:17:07 PM »
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.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator to Paintball Tank Adapter
« on: June 15, 2015, 03:45:25 PM »
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: http://www.amazon.com/J-6901-91-Portable-Compressed-Pneumatic-Regulator/dp/B000QF7I7W/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: June 15, 2015, 03:30:25 PM »
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.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 14, 2015, 12:02:53 AM »
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.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 12, 2015, 04:56:36 PM »
My banquet will be here in Chicago.  Watching the Blackhawks hopefully whoop up on Tampa.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 12, 2015, 04:47:37 PM »
I want to look, too.

I think I'll wait and postpone the disappointment.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Priming 1 12 oz bottle??
« on: June 12, 2015, 02:41:23 PM »
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.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First brew, need advice.
« on: June 11, 2015, 09:59:45 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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All Grain Brewing / Re: Are my grains still good?
« on: June 10, 2015, 10:05:07 PM »
I'm not sure I understand why efficiency would suffer.  The starches should still convert just fine.

Also not so sure why you think color would be off.  We're talking about grain, not old LME which will darken with age.

The flavor of the grains may not be as fresh, but I think that would be the only impact.  I'm not even sure how that would translate through to the finished beer, but it could have a flavor impact for sure.

I say brew with it.  If you're really worried, mix it in with some fresh grains to minimize the impact.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First brew, need advice.
« on: June 10, 2015, 07:47:31 PM »
I have a test tube-type cylinder that I take my readings in.

I use a turkey baster to remove beer from the fermenter and place it in the the tube.

If you're using a carboy or better bottle, this should work pretty well for you.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Westvleteren Beer Color
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:33:55 PM »
I believe sometimes it's Beet sugar but ultimately your assessment is accurate.

Beet sugar, cane sugar, whatever.  Once it's refined it's all just sucrose.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When can I test my s.g.?
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:10:41 PM »
As long as your sanitation is good, it shouldn't be an issue.

Personally, I would wait until signs of active fermentation have stopped.

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