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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Where to order Pliny
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:51:37 AM »
That being said if you have a friend int he Ca area or in Philly(the only place not on the west coast that gets RRBC beers) then coerce them to ship them, it will be tons cheaper

This is good advice.  I know you can get it in Denver, too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for siphoning to keg?
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:50:18 AM »
Once you hook up the disconnect to the keg, you're going to blow CO2 into your fermenter.  Like Major said, the pressure is going to blow out both ends of that set up.

You'd need to have your fermenter pressurized in order to push into the keg or at least to have a stable environment until you pull the pressure relief valve.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling off a keg
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:23:24 PM »
I also have had more infected bottles when using the tap lines vs having a dedicated bottler.  That would only effect storing the bottled beers.

You bring up a good point.  If I'm bottling something I plan to store, I hook up a clean tap line with preferably a new faucet.  If not new, it's cleaned and sanitized so that I'm not bottling from the icky sticky tap that's been hanging in my fridge.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling off a keg
« on: January 08, 2014, 11:10:36 AM »
Half-way up the neck sounds about right, so I'd say there's no real impact.  That's about what I get, too, on average.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  Sometimes I'll get almost no foaming at all, but that's uncommon.  When that happens, I stop and then give it a final shot of beer and up comes the foam.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Disappointing carbonation
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:53:03 AM »
Another thought I had on the cause was a bad capper. My capper will sometimes leave one crimp a little up from the rest. I have taken to turning the capper a quarter turn and re-crimping.

Back in the day when I bottled everything, every bottle got a double-crimp.  I would even use two different cappers to be sure.

Not so paranoid anymore and haven't had any problems with flat beer.  But I don't bottle so much since I keg most of it. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling off a keg
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:47:58 AM »
hopefully you can see how the short piece of tubing is forced over the end of the cobra tap. this way the thing won't suddenly come apart when you have a 22 oz bottle mostly full of beer at ~8 PSI.

Mort - does the change in ID of the tubing (smaller to larger to smaller) seem to cause any additional foaming?

I just cram the racking cane into the tap and, while it has come apart on me once or twice, I haven't had any major mishaps.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling off a keg
« on: January 07, 2014, 03:42:47 PM »
I use pretty much what Denny uses.  A piece of an old racking tube fits perfectly inside the cobra tap.  Phils Philler fits, too.

I recommend bottling with the bottles in some sort of tub.  I always have some overflow and it helps contain the mess.

I've used pretty much every type of carbonation tablet manufactured.  I have not been particularly happy with any of them.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast options
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:32:49 AM »
I'll save the stir plate money for ingredients

I built both my stir plates for maybe a $5 investment because I didn't have any power switches sitting around.  I had everything else, so it was simple.

Old hard drive for magnets, computer fan, cigar box, old Nokia power adapter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is -20 too cold to brew?
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:35:05 PM »
I've brewed outdoors in snow and ice storms and in cold temps down to 15 degrees. But I don't think I have even ever been in 20 below temp let alone brew in it. I think I'd be inside in front of the fire place with a strong beer or a fine whiskey and a good book.

It's only -9, but the kids are asleep and this is where I'm heading. Couch, book, drink, dreams of when we put in a fireplace.

It's not worth going outside in this weather for much of anything.  I've got enough brew in the basement to tide me over to spring.

The Pub / Re: No outdoor brewing today...
« on: January 06, 2014, 03:22:48 PM »

You should at least take a bucket of water out and throw it in the air to see if it freezes immediately or turns to snow.
we've done that with the kids but with hot water, once it flies you can hear it pop and crack as it crystallizes, it's pretty cool(no pun intended)

Yeah...I forgot the hot water part.  I tried it on Friday night but it wasn't cold enough (only around 0 F ).

Those guys in International Falls, MN could probably watch it freeze into a block of ice in mid-air.

Alright.  First thing after work.  Or tomorrow morning, since the schools are closed tomorrow, too.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping an Old Ale
« on: January 06, 2014, 03:21:20 PM »
For my tastes, I'd just age it.  But I haven't tasted YOUR old ale...maybe dry hops would work in it.

I suppose it could always be aged and then dry hopped if I felt like it at the time.  It never seems to age as long as I'd like, though.

The Pub / Re: No outdoor brewing today...
« on: January 06, 2014, 01:58:03 PM »
And this is why we stockpile beer! :)

Did an inventory last night.  Two empty kegs out of a dozen.  15 gallons ready to be kegged.

I'm set for the next couple of snow days.

The Pub / Re: No outdoor brewing today...
« on: January 06, 2014, 01:44:34 PM »
As long as I don't have to shovel again, I'm OK with it.  By now, the plows have probably buried my nice clean spot.

If my plate sticker ever shows up I'm going to have to take the plate off my car and bring it in the house to get the new sticker on it.

I was thinking earlier that today could be a fun day to take the kids out and spray some water in the air to watch it crystallize.  But it's too damn cold to bother them with that.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping an Old Ale
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:42:48 AM »
I wouldn't dry hop an old ale at all.

I'm hoping to mask the Nottingham.  Maybe age will do that?

Any other suggestions?

FWIW, I'm splitting five gallons and will put oak chips in one half.  Was thinking of dry hopping the other.

The Pub / Re: No outdoor brewing today...
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:20:46 AM »
At minus 17 and dropping, weather is NOT on your side.

I may skip lunch so I don't have to go out.

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