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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: ~40 gallon plastic coke barrels
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:51:45 AM »
Soak in bleach and they'll smell like bleach instead of plastic.
I'd do oxiclean or baking soda - possibly alternate the two - but don't mix them. They might react with each other and cancel each other out.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:48:16 AM »
Oh. Mine doesn't do that. Yeah, sounds like the post threads were wrong.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:38:39 AM »

I would very much like to arrange a Forum hook-up so I can place faces to names and hideous hats.

I'm cool with a forum meet-up, but I don't know about a forum hook-up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition routine question
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:29:00 AM »
In case you didn't know, all BJCP competitions are listed here.
I wouldn't plan on NHC just for feedback. Not that you won't get great feedback there, but it's twice the cost and demand currently far exceeds entry slots. You could easily brew for it and wind up not being able to enter.  It's a little too much frustration just to get feedback.  Plus, using other competitions will allow you more brewing schedule flexibility.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg line cleaner
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:12:59 AM »
My poppet actually doesn't stay closed either - unless it's pressurized. So I fill with cleaner, connect the disconnect, pump to pressurize and go.  Without the disconnect it leaks until the pressure builds up.  I'm going to put some stainless washers inside the post to see if I can get the poppet to stay closed by applying more pressure to the poppet spring.

Equipment and Software / Keg line cleaner
« on: June 02, 2013, 08:26:46 PM »
I built the line cleaner from Pimp My System and it's great! I don't have any spare kegs, so I really could only clean my lines when a keg kicked. This is both cheap and easy to use.
My only change would be to see if the adapter will fit on a larger sprayer. I have four taps so I have to refill often. Then again, small is easy to store.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Spartangburg kegs - plastic gas in tube
« on: June 02, 2013, 08:14:43 PM »
I had one of those and bought a stainless tube (not realizing it was narrower).  I shortened the SS gas tube so it did not stick through the constriction. I mean really short - it's about 1/4 inch long now. It is just big enough to hold the o-ring, but it works fine.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Is there an adapter for this?
« on: June 02, 2013, 06:16:13 PM »
This will do it, though it still involves cutting.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: May 31, 2013, 05:06:48 PM »
I'll print my forum avatar on my name badge so people recognize me.
That's a great idea!

General Homebrew Discussion / Who's going to NHC?
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:12:51 PM »
It's only a month away, so who should I look for?

My club will be at club night too. Delmarva United Homebrewers.

Beer Recipes / Re: Good Ale for BMC Drinkers
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:07:03 PM »
German ales are probably good choices too. The noble hop varieties are nice and easy going.  It depends how hung up they are on color. Some people are convinced that any darker beer will get them wrecked. If it must be a light colored beer, I'd go with cream ale or wheat beer.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Re: NHC Final round Competition Labels
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:59:51 PM »

Also, my labels don't have a bar code, just a big empty box in the middle.

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The Pub / Re: Looks nice but it's just an opener...
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:42:47 AM »
My best friend owns a machine shop and his son is an engineer. I'm gonna work with them to design one that barely opens the beer but bends the absolute sh!t out the cap and then see how the beer tastes.
Dogfish makes one of those. You have to pry the cap in at least three directions to get it off.

Other Fermentables / Re: Homebrewopedia Cider Recipes
« on: May 31, 2013, 08:14:36 AM »
BJCP style? That would be 28D - Specialty Cider.

Equipment and Software / Re: Dead fridge, brought back to life!
« on: May 30, 2013, 11:03:29 AM »
Another way.

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