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This is definetly selfish... but a lot of us overseas would love to be able to enjoy some American Craft Beer.  I'm in South Korea and the beer here is not good.  Worse, I love hoppy West Coast IPA's and strong American Stouts - neither are represented here in South Korea at all.  I've been trying my best to facilitate the opening of the American Craft Beer floodgates... tried talking to Kona, Maui, Pike, and a couple other breweries, but there seems to be problems locally that make exporting to South Korea problematic.  The biggest reason I'm told there are no American Craft Beers here is due to there lack of production capability domestically... so those of us overseas are just out of luck.  We do get a Canadian beer pale ale here from a brewery in Alberta.  It's not bad, but not a Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA or Sierra Nevada Celebration... or (a beer I so desperately want to try) a Russian River Pliny Elder (or Younger).  I make my own beer... not bad I think... but again, I don't have a lot of time nor space in my tiny apartment.

Any help getting Great American Craft Beer to South Korea would be appreciated.  It might also be a mighty market as the beer here is so appaulingly bad and there are millions of beer drinkers to exploit!!!

Cheers,
Bill

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Hey Craft Beer Lovers,

I live in South Korea.  Beer here is bad... super bad.  They have no appreciation for good beer.  American Craft Beer is arguably the best beer in the world.  The base gets beer, but most is bad too... AB, Coors, Miller, etc.  There are some Sam Adams and some Euro beers, but I want GREAT AMERICAN CRAFT BEER!!!  Anyone know anyone (that knows anyone) who can figure out a way to get us the good stuff here in South Korea... some Sierra Nevada, Russian River, Dogfish Head, Founders, Bells, etc.???  I've been trying for two years, but I have a job that pays the bills I have to devote 50 hours a week to and don't have time to devote to figuring this out on my own.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Bill

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stout with Lactose
« on: September 25, 2010, 02:14:51 PM »
I added my lactose at the final 15 minutes of the boil.  I wonder how many gravity points a half pound made to a final wort volume of 6 gallons?  The beer has a nice chocolately taste thus far after 10 days.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stout with Lactose
« on: September 25, 2010, 12:27:20 AM »
Thanks guys.  I'm getting ready to add about 30 ounces of cherries soaked in Woodford Select Bourbon into the beer when I keg it.  Do you think that will lower the gravity?  Will I need to add 1/3 cup corn sugar for priming?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Stout with Lactose
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:33:52 PM »
Question... does the addition of lactose cause a higher final gravity?  Lactose is fermentable?  It's not a type of dextrin that can't be digested by yeast, correct?  I made a milk stout with an OG of 1.055.  Currently (after 10 days) it is 1.017.  I'm using WLP 006... the Bedford Ale Yeast.  I would've thought that I would've gotten down to 1.010 at least.  Any thoughts?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 21, 2010, 04:16:59 AM »
I'm brewing my SN Celebration Ale clone this weekend.  It's one of my favorite beers in the world - just enough maltiness to go with a great hop bitterness and aroma.  I might also make add some darker malts to the SN Celebration Ale clone grist to come up with something different... a dark IPA?... so (possibly) a two brew weekend.  I'll need it to deal with all the crap beer here in South Korea, aka, BEER HELL!!!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 18, 2010, 03:31:36 PM »
Now I feel dumb... haha.  My tool set is weak, but I've seen those type wrenches before.  Over here in Korea, our base store doesn't have a great tool selection.  I might have to just order some online.

Thanks again for the knowledge.  The longer I brew, the more my brain allows me to digest all the info I've been reading about over the last three years.  I really enjoy this hobby!

Cheers,
Bill

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 18, 2010, 02:08:10 AM »
Tom,

I've been tooling around the apartment checking out my kegs... and with your help have come to the conclusion that I have no keg post problems.  I got the posts on the two kegs backwards and testing them both with ball valves for input and output realize that all is well.  A couple years back I had taken the kegs apart to clean them before I really started kegging in ernest.  Now that I'm kegging two or three beers a month, I'm using them more.  I didn't even realize that the posts were different.  This is one of the reasons why I became an AHA member - utilizing the collecting brain-power of smart, experienced brewers.

Thanks for the enlightenment.

Cheers,
Bill

By the way, the post I was referring to before was the one to the right in that picture you sent earlier.  I don't know how to get it off the keg with all those points.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:27:59 PM »
Tom,

By the way, how do you get those posts off your kegs?  The one on the left has a thin area at the base of the post which I can't seem to get a wrench attached to.  The other one has that bizarre fitting... I don't know what tool to use on it.

Cheers,
Bill

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:19:05 PM »
Tom,

Thanks for the pictures.  I see what you're saying about the horizontal cut.  I might have them backwards now that you mention it.  But would this cause the ball valve not to connect.  The posts themselves on the correct in and outputs would cause the CO2 and tap ball valves to fit properly?

Cheers,
Bill

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:23:44 PM »
Tom,

Thanks for the input.  I'll order some of the keg lube and see if that's the problem.

My problem isn't necessarily the post connecting to the keg - it's that the ball valve won't connect to the post.  My CO2 cylinder and picnic tap have ball valve connectors, but will not connect to the posts on two of my kegs.  The other posts do not give me fits like these two... getting the gas and taps hooked on the good ones is too easy.  Again perhaps keg lube could help.

Cheers,
Bill 

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Kegging and Bottling / Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 17, 2010, 08:17:34 PM »
Smart people

I have several used kegs - all ball lock style.  I'm having problems with two of the six.  I can't get my ball valve connectors (gas, picnic taps) to work.  Well, they will work only after I force them onto the posts.  I'm about to order some new posts from Williams, but upon researching the situation, I'm finding I have Cornelius and Spartanburg (Challenger VI) kegs with various types of gas/beer posts affixed to them.  My two Spartanburg kegs have the appropriate posts, but the Cornelius kegs have both (what I think are) Spartanburg and Cornelius posts.  Further compounding my confusion is that the Cornelius posts on the Cornelius kegs are the two kegs for which I'm having my problems.  Confused.  What is the best option for me to fix my two problematic kegs?  Further, what is the best keg made for future reference?

Also, how does one clean the Spartanburg keg posts?  I can't remove them.  I have been filling the washed kegs with boiling water overnight thinking that should kill any "bugs" in the dip and beer tubes.  I haven't had any problems yet.

Bill (in South Korea)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Air Lock Drips Vodka Into Fermenting IPA
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:32:57 PM »
I actually blended my 1.072 OG with four gallons of a 9.2% IPA that was still in it's fermenter.  I (stupidly) slowly poured the 9.2% IPA into the 1.072 OG wort to make it an even 10 gallons of IPA.  The fermentation started quite slowly (as I learn more about fermentation I pick up some knowledge... the 9.2% IPA yeast was worn out), so I was continually shaking the conical to get the fermentation to work more vigorously.  That's when the vodka apparently got sucked into the beer.  I guess the continued shaking helped get the yeast working.  It was a White Labs 001 yeast and has proven to be one heckuva strong guy.  I'm just worried that the beer is going to be quite estery (I've read that a slowly attenuating yeast will do that... and it initially smelled a bit like bananas... wheat beer smell... which has gone away mostly).  The beer does have a strong alcohol taste... not sure if that will go away or how to correct it at this point... maybe add some maltodextrin???

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Air Lock Drips Vodka Into Fermenting IPA
« on: September 10, 2010, 06:34:23 PM »
The fermentation temperature is a steady 72 F.  I have the Blichmann 14.5 gallon conical next to our AC unit and it stays on around the clock.  I guess it's the movement of the fermenter that is causing the pressure to suck the vodka into the beer.  I guess I have a vodka-spiced IPA, huh?  I can't believe the fermentation continued considering the two or three ounces of vodka that slowly sucked into the beer.  So for future reference, any movement should be preceded by the removal of the air lock - got it.  Thanks for the help.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Air Lock Drips Vodka Into Fermenting IPA
« on: September 10, 2010, 06:09:17 PM »
Will a shot or three of vodka ruin an IPA I currently have fermenting?  For some reason, the vodka that I put in the air lock has been getting sucked into the fermenter.  I know it didn't stop the fermentation process as my 1.075 OG wort is now 1.010 FG beer.  The taste is fairly alcoholic... guessing the vodka.  Also, any suggestions for fixing this problem?  Perhaps put cooled, boiled water in the air lock vice vodka?

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