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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 13, 2013, 08:58:47 AM »
If I were looking to buy a bottle tree, I'd probably get this instead. I have a red bottle tree and it takes up space and only holds 45 bottles. An inconvenient number since a 5 gallon batch is ~52 12oz bottles.
Otherwise, a spray with starsan will sanitize a clean hard surface, but spraying inside a bottle is hard. The submursible spray pumps are great for this. It's made to go on a bottle try, but I just put it in the sink.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Handle on 20 LB CO2
« on: May 13, 2013, 08:39:13 AM »
Regulators are pretty standard shapes and every tank needs one, so I can't imagine a tank would be sold that couldn't work with one.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pin lock VS Ball Lock
« on: May 13, 2013, 08:37:06 AM »
Hopefully the price of new ball locks will fall as people start to buy more. I've already seen them sold for ~$90 in multi-packs. Given the hastle of some used kegs, I'd pay a premium for new. I think if it dropped to $75 or so it would be great.

The Pub / Re: Do you hate to be corrected?
« on: May 13, 2013, 08:32:59 AM »
I call anyone who disagrees with me a Nazi fascist totalitarian racist infidel and just leave it at that. When it comes to religion and politics there's really no point in arguing.

I'll have to try that

The Pub / Re: A bomber is rarely a good deal
« on: May 13, 2013, 04:58:47 AM »
I don't even know what the argument is about anymore, but that's fine. I paid for 10 minutes.

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The Pub / Re: Re: Do you hate to be corrected?
« on: May 12, 2013, 12:23:44 PM »
So if you say "I'm making a Belgium Ale" I may correct you and tease you a little but if I uase a ;) it makes in all ok. :)

You misspelled "use" :))

I've gotten myself in trouble for correcting people, but it's never happened on Facebook. I don't have much sympathy though. You want to post dumb stuff without commentary? Buy a diary.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pin lock VS Ball Lock
« on: May 10, 2013, 09:02:17 PM »
The deal is Coke is still getting rid of pin locks, so they are more available. Quality doesn't matter, when is the last time you saw a homebrewer selling their ball lock kegs?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: SN/DFH IPA Glasses
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:58:36 PM »
I find the base too narrow, too unstable for operating under the influence.

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The Pub / Re: Re: A bomber is rarely a good deal
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:56:58 PM »
Show me a brewery selling 12ouncers for a better deal than bombers, then you have an article.

Uhhh ... Just about every brewery is selling 12 oz at a better deal than 22 oz. I think you got that backwards.

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My chest freezer is now 9 years old, it runs in my garage which routinely hit 110F in the summer and low 20's in the winter.  I didn't insulate the collar, and I even sheathed it in oak plywood, something I since learned is very bad.  I keep my temp probe in a sealed, dry, empty water bottle.
Why is that bad?
Freezers apparently dissipate heat through the outside walls. The plywood holds heat in.
Oh, gotcha. I thought you just sheathed the collar in plywood.

Equipment and Software / Re: PBW
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:48:29 AM »
FWIW, I've always used dish soap and a carboy brush. So its not necessary, but scrubbing is more work.

All Grain Brewing / Re: REALLY no sparge
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:43:57 AM »
Very cool! Thanks for sharing that.

Lactobacillus is not that resilient a bug, I'm sure you can get them clean.  I'd drop them in very hot water (>160F) for half an hour and then put them in Star San.
If you're not aware - there was another thread here saying hot water deactivates StarSan. Not sure if you meant hot water then Star San or mixed with.

Equipment and Software / Re: Canner
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:32:19 AM »
Besides the cost, the other problem is I don't think anybody sells low run cans. You'd probably have to buy a full pallet. It would be cool though!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter: Step Up or Two Separate
« on: May 09, 2013, 02:10:54 PM »
I'm looking at a chart in "Yeast" showing growth achieved from different inoculation rates. The ideal pitch rate (for cell growth in starters) is 50-70 billion cells/L which means a single 100billion cell package needs a 1.5-2L starter for optimum growth.  Above that concentration and yield decreases because there are not enough resources for cells to divide.  At 100b cells/L you get 50% less growth. At 200b cells (a 1/2L starter) you get 90% less growth. Lower than ideal pitch rates will get you more cells overall, but starter efficiency sufferers. For instance, pitching 25b cells/L means your using twice as much starter but only getting 50% more growth.

So that's all a long way of saying that a multi-step 2 liter starter starting with 2 packages of yeast is not going to grow much initially, and with each step the pitch rate just gets higher, resulting in even less growth for that step. So two starters (or one 4L starter) would be ideal.

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