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General Homebrew Discussion / Where to order Pliny
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:47:12 PM »
Anyone know any site that will ship some Pliny bottles?  Or a growler of younger in February ?

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Kegging and Bottling / Starting to bottle only
« on: December 24, 2013, 10:01:57 PM »
Ok, so I have bottled a lot in the past.  Usually, I bottle from the keg after cold crashing the carboy for a few days, I would add 1/2 pack of yeast to the keg, and, well I forget how much sugar, sorry,and then bottle with my Beer Gun,  nonetheless, always carbs up great.  I ran into some personal problems and sold all my kegging setup.  So, I want to get some feedback on how to brew as simple as possible.  I've brewed in a bag before, planning on doing that for mash/lauter.  I'm just wondering what is a good way, to bottle from the carboy?  What is a good way to add sugar and yeast without introducing a lot of oxygen?  Also, if I do an extended cold crash, let's say around 7 days, do I really need to add yeast, or will there be enough in there to bottle condition?

Sorry, lot's of questions!....

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Kegging and Bottling / Reusing bottle caps
« on: December 11, 2013, 04:51:23 PM »
I don't know if anyone has ever tried this.  I was in a pinch about six weeks ago, wanted to bottle condition one beer, as I was kegging the rest.  I typically will mail my brother or in-laws some beer every now and then, that's the reason.  Anyways, I had my bomber full when I started racking into the keg, realizing I had no new bottle caps.  Long story short, I ended having, of all things, a Russian River cap from an old Pliny.  Even used, it was in good repair, not bent too much, so I figured I'd try it.  But, as I was worried about it not holding pressure, I decided to keep it for myself... ;D  Flash forward, to today.

Well, that did the trick!  Not that I'm going to start reusing all my bottle caps, but in a pinch it does work.  Also, I primed a 22 oz bottle with (1) 5 gram packet of sugar in the raw.  Works every time!

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Equipment and Software / Looking for large Cleanup sink
« on: July 20, 2013, 03:46:09 PM »
So, my next upgrade,  is an exterior cleaning station.  Ideally, the sink will need to be big enough to accommodate cleaning my carboys, soda kegs, and keggles and it'd be nice if it was big enough to take my Coleman Extreme 70whatever qt cooler.  Anybody know of a sink this big? 

My keggles are 24" high so the faucet height and sink bottom would need to be that minimum.  I'm currently cleaning my carboys and soda kegs inside, it's kind of a pain and cleaning the keggles and mash tun in the yard, not fun when it rains.  I have a small exterior sink with water and drain line ran already, was planning on removing it, if I can find the right setup.

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All Grain Brewing / Sanitizer left in carboy...
« on: July 19, 2013, 12:49:26 PM »
My theory is correct, something always happens unexpectedly on a brew day.  I forgot to drain the sanitizer out of one of my carboys before racking.

It was approxiamately 2 cups of properly diluted Star San, with distilled water.  I've got app.  5.5 gallons of wort in the carboy now.

Thoughts?  I know phosphoric acid is actually good for the yeast and found in a lot of soda's, but is this too much concentration?  And is the distilled water contaminated from sanitizing the vessel?  I've always heard don't reuse sanitizer once you've sanitized something, that's why I make the last comment. 

I'm going to ferment it out, just want to know what to expect!

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Pimp My System / Gravity Fed Strut stand
« on: July 06, 2013, 08:02:35 AM »
Based on the recent article in Zymurgy. 

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Ingredients / Priming with Stevia Packets
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:10:21 PM »
So, I had a little extra beer when I racked to my kegs today.  I bottled two 750 ml bottles and am thinking about priming with Stevia packets.  As I noticed on the back it's actually dextrose, or corn sugar.   One packet is 1 gram of stevia.  How many for each bottle?  I was thinking two.

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Equipment and Software / Adding Oxygen to Wort
« on: April 28, 2013, 07:29:48 AM »
So, I want to get a diffusion stone to add oxygen to my wort.  I'm hoping this will start fermentation quicker and result in a lower final gravity (?).  I have two main questions and if I'm missing anything else, I'd like some pointers.  Here it goes:

1.  Do I need to sanitize the gas line prior to each use?  ( I know I need to sanitize the stone)

2.  How long should I blast the wort with oxygen and is the time going to be gravity specific? (IE, higher gravity, more oxygen?)

I'm looking at taking my brewing to the next level, I feel this is the next step for me.  Water testing and treatment is next.

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Ingredients / Vitners Harvest Apricot Puree Gravity
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:47:06 PM »
A friend and I are going to brew an Apricot IPA soon, I was wondering what numbers to punch into Beersmith for the gravity.  I ordered two, three pound containers.  So one container will infuse app. 5 gallons of beer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Commercial keg reimbursement
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:08:33 AM »
So, I have this "friend" who acquired two kegs from a fairly well known brewery.  Not BMC but not so widely known as a craft brewery either, even though they technically are.  He feels bad about not returning the kegs, as they are unusable to the brewery now,  and is considering contacting the brewery and asking if he can pay for two 15.5 gallon sanke kegs.  Being a homebrewer he realizes how much is involved even on a small scale, and if any of his equipment came up missing, it would be a great loss.

Should he proceed with trying to contact them?  Or would this just open a can of worms he's not ready for?


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Ingredients / All Zythos APA or IPA
« on: January 04, 2013, 03:26:56 PM »
Anyone ever made an all Zythos beer?  I've got a pound unopened in the fridge, trying to figure out what I wanna try first with them.

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All Grain Brewing / Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:18:32 PM »
So, I been dealing with a mice problem for a while now.  I store my base malt, in my garage,  in 5 gallon buckets and just noticed today that the remainder of my base malt has been totally compromised.  I'm ready to just toss all of the malt, about 30 pounds.   :'(  That's probably the only solution, right?  I didn't know mice could chew through plastic like that.

Any suggestions of how to store my grain?  I have no room to keep it inside our little apartment.  I'm thinking some sort of metal containers.   Please help!

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All Grain Brewing / Drink IPA's Fresh!
« on: November 26, 2012, 04:20:54 PM »
I just wanted to briefly post this.  To anyone that thinks you can age IPA's.  I recently purchased some Two Hearted Ale, that was bottled in July.  It did not taste like the Two Hearted I know.  I know all about drinking IPA's fresh, this info is mainly for newer brewers and whoever else would like to know...

At a club function recently a friend and fellow brewer brought a bottle of Hopslam that he had left.  Nothing like the Hopslam I had in January.

Plus, the last 120 Minute I had was so cloyingly sweet, I vowed never to pay the $10 / bottle again for this reason.  I assume this was not a bottle from this year.

Lastly, this sounds like sacrilege, another friend invited us over for dinner and had a bottle of Pliny, that had been bottled about 9-10 months prior.  Honestly, nothing if not terrible, knowing how it should taste, that is.

The main reason I wanted to share this with everyone is to spread the word, Drink your IPA's fresh!  I consider all the above beers in my favorite IPA's category, but time is only detrimental to them and other IPA's.

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Yeast and Fermentation / West Coast Ale dry yeast
« on: November 16, 2012, 06:41:09 AM »
I picked up a few of these when I made my hop order.  Who's used it? 

http://www.danstaryeast.com/products/bry-97-american-west-coast-yeast

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Equipment and Software / Sanke tap / Ball lock gas line adapter
« on: October 24, 2012, 03:34:02 PM »
So I brewed a Stout for a friend of mine, I basically need an adapter for his gas line from his regulator, that fits a standard Sanke tap, to fit my homebrew ball lock quick disconnect.  I already have the liquid covered.  I found this thing: 

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BALL-LOCK-KEGERATOR-HOMEBREW-CONVERSION-KIT-P1701.aspx

Fyi, they normally have commercial kegs, but every now and then I'll brew em some.  That's probably their best bet.  But, I hate to spend $30+ just to attach his gas line.

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