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Ingredients / Re: spruce tips
« on: December 10, 2013, 01:27:30 PM »
each time you harvest the tips there will be twice as many on those same branches the next year.

For real?  So you could theoretically make the tree bushier by harvesting the tips?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 01:04:31 PM »
stainless racking cane

I've got like two or three of these that I've acquired from others who no longer brew.  I can't seem to bring myself to use them, though.  I kind of like the clear plastic racking cane.  I can see it, I know it's clean, etc.

I suppose a good soak, scrub it out with a dip-tube brush, etc. and the stainless is the way to go.  I'll probably wait until I break all the plastic ones I've stocked up.

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Ingredients / Re: spruce tips
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:55:30 PM »
I encourage you to try a spruce beer before you brew one.  You might change your mind.

I have tried beers with spruce tips. I think it can be successful as long as you keep it subtle

I think you should treat spruce tips like vermouth in a martini.  Show them to the kettle then put them away.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:35:40 PM »
I'll stick with transferring with pressure.  It works just fine.  One less aggravation for me in a world full of them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:57:09 AM »
Yeah, but you need to have a container to drain the water into (I know, not that big of a deal) and then move the tubing into your keg/whatever.  Inevitably, I lose the siphon (I get distracted) and then you need to restart it.  It's just a PITA.  Much easier to transfer with pressure, for me at least.

I did the siphon thing for years.  It always pissed me off.

I have a clamp on my siphon tubing.  I run the water into a bowl, close the clamp and move the tubing to a PET bottle, open the clamp to fill that, close the clamp and move the tubing to the keg, open the clamp and fill the keg.  Couldn't be easier!

Yes.  I have the same clamp.  White plastic job?  Still a PITA.

I siphon from the top and keep moving the cane down as the level drops, which is probably how I lose the siphon from lack of paying attention.  With pressure, I don't have to pull the tube, go fill it with water, drain it to a glass, blah blah blah. Hook up hose, turn on pressure, start siphon, move on with life.  I have issues.  I recognize that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:15:27 AM »
I hate starting siphons.

I'm always baffled by this.  I just fill the racking cane and tubing with water and let it rip.

Yeah, but you need to have a container to drain the water into (I know, not that big of a deal) and then move the tubing into your keg/whatever.  Inevitably, I lose the siphon (I get distracted) and then you need to restart it.  It's just a PITA.  Much easier to transfer with pressure, for me at least.

I did the siphon thing for years.  It always pissed me off.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:44:46 AM »
Does the word decanting mean anything to anyone here?

How would you decant without introducing significant oxygen?

Pouring my carboy into the keg would be a lot faster, but I'm afraid it might be detrimental to the quality of the beer...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 07:42:03 PM »
It is much easier to simply suck start the siphon.  I can usually use pressure, but sometimes I need to start it manually.

I had a girlfriend back in the day who could suck start a Harley (but only when the exhaust pipes were cold)  Does that count?

Give me her number. My battery is shot And she dont like to start.

 Pipes are about 15 degrees cold right now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 03:55:45 PM »
I'd rather have a long conversation about spelling conventions and the etymological roots of words than deal with a siphon.  I was mightily pleased with myself when I figured out I could start them with pressure, rather than fill and drain into a glass.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 03:42:12 PM »
I hate starting siphons.

So Joe, tell us how you feel about starting syphons?

I'd rather watch episodes of My Little Pony. 

BTW, what's the convention on spelling?  Siphon?  Syphon?  With a Y it seems so much more epic, like Scylla or Sisyphus.  But I don't think I ever noticed anyone spell it with a Y before this thread...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:51:39 PM »
I hate starting siphons.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:30:59 PM »
I know a guy who would do that with an in-line micron filter stuck on a piece of tubing...

I recommend "rinsing" your mouth with vodka, or better yet bourbon to sterilize it.  At least once day regardless of whether or not you plan to siphon. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:22:12 PM »
What kind of caps fit on the jugs?  Can you get a stopper with two drilled holes, or drill the cap?

I'd transfer under minimal pressure and eliminate as much loss as possible.  I've used an aquarium pump for this and have also done it with CO2 at about 2 - 5lbs pressure.

I hate starting siphons.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:16:10 PM »
Can't you weave some palm fronds into a portable sunscreen while you lounge in paradise during the mash?  You could move this natural sun screen throughout the day to block the sun.

Maybe...  I'd have to figure out how to keep it from shading my solar HLT.

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen...

I'll shed a frozen tear for you as I chip the ice of my windshield this evening.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:09:44 AM »
The sun is approaching the lowest point in the southern sky at this time of year.  My brew "shed" is open on three sides and the sun angles into the brewery for most of the day.  Sun burn is a serious consideration during a long brew day.  Long pants and long sleeves are not comfortable to wear while brewing here.  Does anyone have any non-greasy sunblock recommendations for brewing?

Can't you weave some palm fronds into a portable sunscreen while you lounge in paradise during the mash?  You could move this natural sun screen throughout the day to block the sun.

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