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The Pub / Re: growler law in colorado
« on: December 14, 2011, 04:10:40 AM »
I should have clarified. It's legal to fill another brewery's growler as long as it's done at the time of sale. Pre-filled growlers have to have labeling consistent with their contents, just like any other package. It's actually a federal law (27 CFR 7), but Colorado has no overriding statute.

That said, were it my brewery I would not fill other's growlers (or would put stickers over them). That's just common sense when running a business.

The Pub / Re: growler law in colorado
« on: December 13, 2011, 10:48:25 PM »

The Pub / Re: Study confirms alcohol can lead to unsafe sex
« on: December 13, 2011, 10:48:07 PM »
so the take home message is that alcohol does lead to sex.

Tell your teenage friends!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A new trend...?
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:25:17 PM »
Cans are a win-win for both the consumer and the brewery. The only downsides are the stigma associated with cans, and the expense of either replacing a bottling line, or installing a supplementary canning line. Most established craft breweries have already invested in bottling, but if I were opening a brewery today and had to choose one or the other, I'd be canning.

ETA: This is probably a regional thing too. Here in CO I'd estimate that *non-canning* breweries are in the minority. We even have a couple of can-only beer festivals. Sierra Nevada is behind the curve, although I'm happy to think about how much attention a brewery of their size will bring to cans.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Humdinger Attenuation Issue
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:22:25 PM »
I had one tell me my English mild was 1.004 based on the conversion from Brix, but when I put it in an actual hydrometer it read 1.012.
This is really odd - typically it would be the other way around, with the refractometer reading higher due to the alcohol than the hydrometer would.

I think he meant after applying a correction. In that case, the "standard" correlation almost always gives a result below the actual FG.

All Things Food / Re: Fancy deserts
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:18:05 PM »
First thing that came to mind:

All Grain Brewing / Re: Storing Bulk Grain
« on: December 13, 2011, 07:36:57 PM »
Keep it cool and dry and away from vermin. No need for it to be airtight unless you're planning on storing grain for years, IMHO.

The Pub / Re: Almost like a BFI thread!
« on: December 12, 2011, 10:40:38 PM »
Five comments so far, two of them racist. How's the weather in the South, Keith? ;)

I heard shots and locked the doors and hid under the desk with the lights turned out.  :D

In all seriousness, that's the only smart move in that situation.

The Pub / Re: Another book thread
« on: December 12, 2011, 10:37:53 PM »
Up next is Omnivore's Dilemna by Michael Pollan.

That's a good one. It manages not to be *too* preachy, which is the third rail of diet books IMHO.

Zymurgy / Re: Fast turnaround.
« on: December 12, 2011, 10:34:15 PM »
1272 is a good choice for a fast turnaround IMO. It's basically just a more flocculant Chico.

Equipment and Software / Re: How Often to Replace Plastic Tubing?
« on: December 12, 2011, 04:03:41 PM »
Long-term, I'd move to something more robust than One Step for sanitizing. One Step/PBW/CMC/OxiClean/etc. are great cleaners, but not necessarily great sanitizers. I've had a Lacto contamination that was almost totally resistant to CMC, for example.

Pretty much everyone in brewing uses either an iodophor or an acid blend (like Star San) for sanitizing. Ideally, I'd get both and alternate.

The Pub / Re: Another book thread
« on: December 12, 2011, 03:56:28 PM »
I'm slowly picking my way through Paradise Lost. That's tough to read at work, though, so I'll probably make it through another two or three Lee Child novels before I finish. They're real page-turners.

I was halfway through King's The Dark Tower series, but decided to take a break from that. They're good, but I can only handle so much fantasy before my common-sense filter kicks in.

I just finished Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers, which picks up after D-Day. Every bit as good as you'd expect.

Equipment and Software / Re: How Often to Replace Plastic Tubing?
« on: December 11, 2011, 11:34:52 PM »
Are you using Star San? It builds up a film on vinyl really quickly.

At any rate, I don't think there's any need to replace tubing unless you have a contamination problem. Just keep it clean and dry, and sanitize before each use.

The Pub / Re: Have to vent....
« on: December 11, 2011, 11:22:58 PM »
There's three books IIRC.

It's actually the "increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy", consisting of five books.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Humdinger Attenuation Issue
« on: December 11, 2011, 04:40:08 PM »
I've brewed with 2206 pretty extensively and that sounds typical to me. With an all-base malt grist and moderate (66-68°C) mash temps, ADFs have been 76-83%.

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