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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poor efficiency/very soft water
« on: November 26, 2013, 10:22:13 PM »
Maybe I'm misinterpreting this but are you actually mashing the grains or simply steeping in 170 degree water? If just steeping you really won't get much gravity contribution from the grain, mostly flavor and color.

Clarify for me your distinction here between "mashing" and "steeping."  Time?  Temp?

I "steep" my grains for 60 minutes at about 150 and get plenty of conversion.

I'm surprised at how many people of the regular posters use picnic taps.

After investing so much into the kegs, and a freezer, and a tank, and a regulator, picnic taps were the way to go. I have been using them for about 3 years now. Someday I will move to faucets, but that won't be for a while.

I tell myself that I am holding off for SS Perlick Flow Controls.  :D

I have two single tap towers that I acquired a few years back.  They won't really fit where I currently have my fridge due to clearance issues (besides, I'd want a double tap not two singles) and I've never gotten around to building the rolling bar for parties.

This might sound bad. I have 4 kegs and just use one picnic tap that I pull on and off. I clean it every once in a while =)

The first time I disassembled the tap and QD I was amazed (and grossed out!) by what was in there.

I've been known to switch them right to the new keg.  But Denny and Martin are correct, there's some nasty stuff what can grow in a picnic tap.  I did not realize it until I served a pint with a floating chunk of nasty in it.

I try to be good and change the lines with every keg.  Mostly, I will rinse them out and sanitize them regularly and give them a good soak in oxy clean once in a while.  I have a large handful of picnic taps, so I can change the plunger/stopper part pretty regularly.  IME, that's where the nasty grows. 

If you disassemble your QDs, be careful.  There are o-rings and other parts that can go right down the drain.

Equipment and Software / Re: Monster mill - Issues
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:01:02 PM »
is it just me or is customer service among Homebrew related companies just a step or two above and beyond the norm?

It is not just you.  I've had good customer service just about everywhere homebrew-related.

Local craft breweries and distillers included.

Equipment and Software / Re: Monster mill - Issues
« on: November 25, 2013, 08:56:01 PM »
Was just looking at a MM yesterday at the LHBS.  Safe to assume that new ones have this issue pre-corrected?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter blowoff
« on: November 25, 2013, 04:59:55 PM »
I have a gal. glass jug that cost next to nothing and works great on my stir plate.

Hitting the Carlo Rossi jug wine?

Apple juice, man.  This is Oregon.

That was my second guess, but not as fun to throw out there.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter blowoff
« on: November 25, 2013, 04:53:41 PM »
I have a gal. glass jug that cost next to nothing and works great on my stir plate.

Hitting the Carlo Rossi jug wine?

I'm not so big on foam control.  I'd go with a larger vessel.  If you have growlers, you could split your starter amongst a couple of those.  Lord knows I've got growlers.

There are nozzles in the air tools sections at hardware stores. I'm sure they could be hooked up to CO2.

This is exactly what I use.  You can also stick some tubing on the end and get down to the bottom of the carboy to purge it if you want to.  I've used it like this when bottling from the keg, too, to purge my bottles.

I've also used it to pressurize a better bottle and start the siphon, but you need to be sure you dial your regulator way back.

Equipment and Software / Re: NB Big Bubbler
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:57:36 PM »
Glass is a non starter for me.

I've gone there, too, after years and years of using glass.

Thing that scares me about that I guess is the spigot, which are so hard to keep clean on plastic and when you take them apart to clean they never go back together properly and leak. Maybe this one is constructed differently.

Agree with this point, too.  I just don't like spigots for all the reasons Keith mentions.  Plus, you never know when a kid or other careless person might inadvertently open it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Off flavors in La Petite Orange?
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:00:21 PM »
48 hours makes me think you underpitched the amount of yeast.

I don't find 1214 to be a slow starter, but often a slow finisher and poor floculator.

If the yeast has not fully dropped, you can get odd and unpleasant flavors.  It's good that you're tasting the beer along the way because that's a great way to learn what flavors you can/should expect and what flavors should not be there and are indicative of a problem.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What Commercial Beers Do You Have Aging?
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:56:55 PM »
I've got an oak aged Old Rasputin and an oak aged North Coast Old Stock Ale as well as a few bottles of the unoaked versions of both.  I also have a very large bottle of "anniversary edition" Maudite.

There's probably other stuff down there, but that's all I can think of at the moment.  Some Budweiser that's waiting for someone else to drink it.  That may get aged the longest.

No Brewing - FOBAB!!!
This. But I may still try to squeeze in a brew day Sunday, assuming I'm recovered. Which session are your attending? I have tickets to the afternoon session, maybe I'll see you there.

Wish I was going.

BTW, it's not August any more and hasn't been for quite some time.

Equipment and Software / Re: Randall
« on: November 14, 2013, 09:50:21 PM »
Can anyone explain why I would spend $288.00 on a Randall to infuse my beers with stuff (made of plastic, nonetheless) when I could buy the multipurpose Blichmann HopRocket (made of stainless) for $125?

That is, in this theoretical world where I need to spend more money on this hobby.  ::)

Because this one goes to 11.

Zymurgy / Re: Cider yeast article - more info wanted
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:29:40 PM »
My recollection is that cider is typically pretty standard at about 1.055 OG, but I suppose that could vary.

That's about the average of the juice I get from my trees.

Good to know my mind is not completely shot.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home beer and wine survey- results?
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:27:37 PM »
Interesting.  Apparently, despite what my mother told me, I'm pretty average...

FWIW, "highly affluent" and household income of $75,000 are not usually in the same sentence.

Median income for a family of four in the Cook County area is $73,625 per HUD.

But I'm nit picking now.

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