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The Pub / Re: I want to toast to Euge's father
« on: August 01, 2012, 06:24:10 PM »
We'll raise a glass tonight at the SBL meeting.

I did not join to go to the GABF.  why do you want to raise MY dues?

(member for 15 years)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Some very basic kegging questions
« on: July 31, 2012, 12:46:24 PM »
First, welcome to the forum.  You've come to the right place.

Initial costs may scare you, but remember "Buy once, cry once."  Basic set up will be keg, picnic tap, CO2 bottle, regulator.  Pin lock (Coke keg) or ball lock (Pepsi), it doesnt matter.  If at all possble, choose one or the other so you don't have fitting issues.  If you do mix keg styles, my recommendation is to get fittings with the flare ends, not the hose barb ends.  Makes it easy for change out.   I have both style kegs, so I have flares on my fittings and hoses.  When buying used kegs, clean with PBW, replace the lid, post and diptube o-rings.  These should be available from your LHBS.  If you need bulk, the o-rings are also available from Mc Master-Carr (no affiliation).  A spare refrigerator will get you started with the above set up.  Check out the CO2 suppliers in your area.  Mine only does a bottle swap, so it may be more cost effective to buy the CO2 bottle from them and the rest from another source.  Statring out, get a 5# CO2,  however you may find that once you get into kegging a 20# is more cost effective.

Hope this helps get you statred. 

visiting the Maltose Falcons last Sunday.

You visited us? When? Where? I always miss out! :)
Stopped by the club brew and brought some of the black Rye DIPA The MALTS did for our barrel project since you guys were doing a black rye IPA on the club system.

No brewing.  Just returned from San Diego & visiting the Maltose Falcons last Sunday.  Today we kegged the barrel vesion of the DIPA Black Rye IPA from the MALTS project.  Look for some of this next Club Night in Phiily.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: could be my last post...
« on: July 04, 2012, 03:20:25 AM »

The Pub / Re: My city is burning...
« on: July 02, 2012, 04:36:39 AM »
Stay safe guys.  Give those firefighters some beer!

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenters
« on: June 22, 2012, 07:15:46 PM »
Dump of trub and yeast harvest are a plus.  If you don't have the ability to maintain & control temps, a minus,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ideas for wedding brews late July?
« on: June 22, 2012, 07:11:02 PM »
A basic APA could be ready in 5 weeks.

Saturday, Porter for the Club only in August.

Equipment and Software / Re: How big for a homebrewer?
« on: June 15, 2012, 02:17:15 PM »
As someone previously said, work backwards.  You can brew a metric ton of beer, but do you have the fermentation space?

Zymurgy / Re: We need your brew dog photos!
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:19:44 PM »
... and its stories like this that make me question why I still subscribe...

Evidentally someone who has never had a relaxful day of brewing with their best brew-buddy helping.

At around 110 dF, I fill my Igloo round mash tun with ice, put a Harbor Freight sump pump in there, and create a loop to the IM.  Generally I stir while cooling, but have hooked up a March pump to recirculate the wort into a whirlpool.

Other Fermentables / Re: Melomel - low OG
« on: June 06, 2012, 02:50:41 PM »
What yeast are you using?  Typically a wine yeast (71B, D47 et:al) will ferment down 100 points.  You should end up with a semi-sweet if it finishes at 1.012.  If not, you can always backsweeten.  You will also get some sugar from the blackberries.  Watch the PH since you have added the lemon upfront.  It could drop too low and affect fermentation.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:33:46 AM »
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart     Bee Gees

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