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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick Beer?
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:26:53 PM »
Three weeks shouldn't be that much of a challenge, just make sure you pitch enough yeast.

Beer Travel / Re: Boston
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:22:06 PM »
If you like Boston Beer Co., they brew Brick Red - only available at bars in Boston and Colonial Ale - only available at Union Oyster House, the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Refrigerator or chest freezer?
« on: August 16, 2013, 10:01:49 PM »
My Johnson digital controller has a short cycle prevention setting. Also, a big freezer can hold several carboys.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann burner first impression
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:53:26 PM »
reading the product description on northern brewer it seems to be that the blichman is all stainless while the kab4 is cast iron. I don't know if this is actually true but either it is and that explains the price difference or it isn't and northern brewer is doing some serious false advertising.
Blichmann's website only says stainless steel frame.
I've noticed there is a large gap on my KAB6 between the windscreen and pot. Even a little wind blows the heat away from the kettle and makes it hard to boil.  Blichmann's windscreen has a smaller gap.  I like the mod above, might have to try that.

Equipment and Software / Re: Has anybody used one of these?
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:46:23 PM »
A pump would also solve the height problem.

Yeah, for getting wort in.  I don't know that I'd want to pump finished beer with most of the pumps we use.
No? No good?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So I have a bland lager on tap...
« on: August 14, 2013, 02:13:13 PM »
Boil your bratwurst in it
That's a fantastic idea. I was thinking of grilling some brats this week...crap, now I'm wanting to dry hop it to try some new hops. What to do...
Suppose I can do both.

Or maybe I could cook my sauerkraut in it, grill the brats, then put the brats in with the sauerkraut. Yum!
Put some in a growler for the brats, dry hop the rest. Or just cook in dry hopped beer, no harm.

Equipment and Software / Re: Has anybody used one of these?
« on: August 14, 2013, 02:11:06 PM »
A pump would also solve the height problem.

Equipment and Software / Re: Freezer Died; Kegerator Recommendations?
« on: August 14, 2013, 02:05:03 PM »
I think the only options for pre-built are the small fridge with tower style kegerators that Danby and other manufacturers make. I don't know much about the brands, but they are sold with up to three taps on the tower. Here are some - I'm not sure if price indicates quality.
I've noticed the interior dimensions vary, some may not hold multiple smaller kegs as easily.  They tend to be expensive, but look very nice.  Other than those, we're stuck with building something. There are small wine refridgerators that will fit 2 kegs after removing the shelves.

Edit: I noticed that if you click on one of those kegerators (I opened a Haier model) there is a table showing how many kegs of different styles each model holds.

Pimp My System / Re: My system needs pimping
« on: August 14, 2013, 01:55:30 PM »
Tank pressure in either case will be high, just run the gas through the correct regulator to get the service pressure needed. I guess there would be a regulator on the tank, so you should check what pressure that puts out. My KAB6 uses a 30psi regulator. My regular turkey fryer uses a 10psi regulator. The air intakes on that burner are huge, you'll need to close them significantly to get a good flame.

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:52:34 AM »
Polysulfone is probably a very bad choice on a brew kettle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 12, 2013, 06:51:35 PM »
Something I see shops loosing on is high-volume customers that want to buy full sacks of grain and keep stores at their house (ie - those who stock their own closet instead of buying for individual recipes). I think LHBS's should do more grain buys and maybe turn it into a club where you buy full-sacks of base malt to join and get a discount of volume purchases of specialty grains through the year. I see many homebrewers abandoning the LHBS for group buys and online sales to get deals on full bags of grain.

Going Pro / Re: Brewing for food commercially
« on: August 09, 2013, 05:22:20 PM »
Talk to a lawyer or your local alcohol control people.  The rest of us are just guessing.


Great advice.

Believe me, if it was more than hypothetical I wouldn't trust advice from you guys ;) (gals included too).

Not legal advice anyway. ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Custom Glassware
« on: August 09, 2013, 01:26:37 PM »
Haven't ordered from them but thinking about it, reasonable pricing and no minimum order required, sounds intriguing...........

Nice! Most places have large minimum orders and glasses are heavy. If you do order a few hundred glasses shipping winds up doubling the cost!

Going Pro / Brewing for food commercially
« on: August 08, 2013, 08:18:55 PM »
My wife keeps wondering if we, hypothetically, were to open a bakery or some other food related business that made food with beer (like beer bread, beer chili, beer cupcakes, etc) - and we wanted to brew the beer that we used to cook with - would we need a brewery license or could we basically homebrew and use that.
My logic: We'd be a commercial business making beer, so yes we'd need a license even if it's not consumed. But then, another thread about honey vinegar made me wonder.
Her logic: The beer is an ingredient and we're not selling or serving it directly to anyone, so we should not.
Of course, we both kind of agree that this situation might not be realistic. Who'd want to own a brewery that can't serve beer - and customers would likely be disappointed if they can buy products made with your beer but can't actually drink your beer. Still, I'm curious.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Stir-plate Starter
« on: August 07, 2013, 11:29:42 PM »
But not overflowing says nothing about the cell quality in your starter.

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