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1996
All Grain Brewing / Re: Slow Carbing Bourbon Porter
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:37:46 PM »
All of my bourboned beer carbonate just fine.  I'd jack the pressure to 30 or so and shake it.  See where that gets you.

There is no reason bourbon would be causing no carbonation. 

Perhaps you have beer gas and not CO2?  That would cause issues as the nitrogen will not add carbonation.

1997
Going Pro / Re: Six pack can holders
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:21:43 PM »
30 packs don't have this problem.

1998
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Next improvement Oxygenation
« on: February 17, 2014, 03:47:02 PM »
That's interesting to hear.  I haven't done any side by side ferments, so it's hard to see the impact.

Not side by side, just from about 6 weeks of tracking data. Certainly nothing firm.
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If you're tracking data, it's far better than trusting my memory.  If there's an impact from pure O2 (and I like to believe there is) then I think it is subtle enough to require someone tracking data like your doing or else going side by side.  Me looking back at my less than stellar notes isn't going to cut it.

1999
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Next improvement Oxygenation
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:39:54 PM »
I've been doing a lot of flavor threshold experiments switching between using pure o2 and compressed air. Pretty sure I get better results, faster, stronger ferments that reach better attenuation faster with pure o2 for lagers. Ales may tend to lose a little bit of esters from the pure o2 but again, I see stronger, faster fermentation and better attenuation with pure o2 on ales as well. Still not sure which I like for ales yet but I know that I'm leaning toward pure o2. Yeast flavors may be cleaner but I think I like the results better.

I definitely agree with a second addition of compressed air after 12 hours for beer over 1.080. I see a much shorter fermentation time with crisper flavors with the second addition.

As always YMMV.

That's interesting to hear.  I haven't done any side by side ferments, so it's hard to see the impact.

2000
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Next improvement Oxygenation
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:56:47 AM »

Haha. Meant to say #s - as in "Numbers". I still recommend the stainless want from William's. I've had mine for over 10 years now. The fact that its a wand makes it so much better than the little stones.

Definitely the wand is the way to go.

To be completely honest I'm not sure I've noticed an impact with pure o2. But maybe.


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2001
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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2002
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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2003
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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2004
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.

2005
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.

2006
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.

2007
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.

2008
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.

2009
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...

2010
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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