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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rice hull question
« on: May 23, 2011, 05:27:19 PM »
Ok, gotcha.  The way he talked about it in the book, Brew Better Beer, it sounded like he still does this.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rice hull question
« on: May 23, 2011, 03:42:15 PM »
If you need them, you're doing something wrong.

First of tell that to Gordon Strong!!  I don't think he's doing anything wrong.  His new book addresses the fact that he is a big proponent of rice hulls, even when not using sticky adjuncts.

That being said, my stouts always stick.  I started adding rice hulls after a terrible brew day, and have never looked back.  A lot of flaked barley and oatmeal sticks my system.  If you don't have to add them, good for you.  As a beginner like the OP is, I would highly suggest it for smooth lautering.  They definitely come in handy at my brew house!!

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Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 23, 2011, 03:16:29 PM »
Well here in my area, the average deposit for a keg is $50.00.  Your not returning the keg and letting the store keep the $50.00 doesn't cover the cost of the keg.  Think about it.  The liquor store keeps the deposit, as far as I know, they don't own the keg you rent and the brewery loses a keg.  So, while I didn't care about this a couple years ago when I started brewing, I do have a couple Budweiser kegs in my employ, I won't lie,  I'm trying to do things the right way. 

You do raise a good point though, it's technically not stealing, you did pay for the keg, just not what it's worth and may be more morally wrong than illegal.  I think they should start charging more for deposits so people will keep up with their receipt and be more inclined to return the keg.  Of course, how many people have had an auto accident and not used the insurance money to repair their cars?? That's illegal as well, but it happens everyday.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 23, 2011, 02:12:00 PM »
Just a quick note.  Anyone telling me to buy one on ebay or craigslist, these are more than likely kegs that cannot be returned to the liquor store they were "rented" from because of a lack of a receipt.  So it's the same thing as me buying a keg full of beer and not returning it for the deposit.  I guess stealing is stealing, no matter how you slice it.

I'm checking on a couple companies online.  Finally found a couple sources.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 22, 2011, 05:27:55 PM »
I'm in Panama City Beach, FL.  No local breweries, nothing on craigslist locally.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 21, 2011, 01:05:42 PM »
Do what the rest of poor brewers do, use a plastic 7.5 gal bucket. It won't break and is sanitized perfectly with a few cents worth of star san. Or, scour the scrap yards.

Wanting something and not having the money to buy it never has been and never will be justification to obtain something illegally.
Try increasing you income or or cutting your out go or sacrificing somthing until you have the money to buy it.

  Ummm, first of all, I said I wanted to buy one, I never said I wanted to steal one.  Secondly, you will always have to replace plastic buckets.  Third, the fermenters I was referring to on that GWkent.com site were seriously thousands of dollars.  Fourth...increase my income? Why didn't I think about that.  I'll just increase my income!!!  It's so easy when you're in the construction industry and new houses haven't been built in my area for almost 4 years.  But if  you wanna help increase my income, I'll email you my bank account number and you can help me increase my income... ;D

Somehow as I posted the original post, I knew this was going nowhere.  Aside from wasting my time and giving me some amusement!! 

And Tygo, thanks for the link, but If you read the original post, I already have a 15.5 gal keg.  I want 7.5 gal kegs to ferment my 5 gallon batches.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 21, 2011, 12:51:21 PM »
Majorvices, I understand you, believe me.  I'm not trying to upset you, or intentionally drive up the cost of craft brew.  As a small business owner myself, not brewing, I can understand this very issue.  You have made my mind up.  The two hearted will stay there.  Now the quest to find four 7.5 gal sanke's begins!!!

And I know what you mean about working for free.  It sucks when your business makes money, but you are unable to make payroll.  This fact has been in my life for the last 10 years...Whether you believe me or not.  I feel your pain.  Or is it my homebrew talking...


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Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 21, 2011, 12:48:53 PM »
Yes, I've considered that.  I'm actually about to order one for a serving vessel.  What I like about the sanke kegs, is that I can throw it on my burner to sterilize it, before racking my wort.  Plus a carboy cap fits right over the opening and I have never had to install a blow off, even with some 9% beers.  That's why I like fermenting in kegs.  Plus theres no risk of breaking glass!  See Zymurgy Vol. 33 No. 1.  Jan/Feb 2010.  A guy nearly lost his hand with a glass carboy incident...I read this article at least once a month to remind me to be careful with my two glass carboys, everyone else should be careful as well.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 21, 2011, 12:38:22 PM »
 I'd like to get it legit,

Dilemma ???

Why don't you sell me four 7.5 sanke's then??

GWkent.com  seriously???  I"m small time dude.  I didn't even make $10,000 last year.  Let alone, can I afford that much to pay for a fermenter.

Why isn't there a source for equipment like this, like I said, I'd rather pay for one but there are no online sources and everyone local doesn't even respond to my communications.  They almost make you acquire it outside of the law, I mean seriously. 

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Equipment and Software / 7.5 Gal Sanke kegs
« on: May 21, 2011, 11:39:24 AM »
Hey all!!  I have currently been fermenting my 10+ gallon batches in a 15.5 gallon keg and I love it.  I have been trying to find a source for buying 7.5 gallon kegs for 5 gallon batches.  Anyone know of any place that would sell used ones??  The tall ones not the short 1/4 barrels.  I'd like to get it legit, but the 7.5 gallon keg of Two Hearted they have at my local liquor store is looking mighty tempting!  $100.00 for a new fermenter and it comes with my favorite beer!!  

Dilemma ???

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 14, 2011, 06:49:44 AM »
Weazle, I feel you man!!  Fortunately most of my friends don't abuse it and actually have helped finance many of my brews.  Here are some things I did to help squelch mooching!  First off...I don't sell beer!

1.  I brewed a bunch of beer and had a tasting party - donations accepted  (This raised enough money to start brewing ten gallons so I would have to brew less for those few who abuse it.)

2.  I bought several growlers and people again donated for the fill ups.  They can fill it up and leave, but not without donating.

3.  Keep the really good beer I like on a picnic tap inside the fridge where most people don't look!!!

You could just tell them man, it's your house and if they're good enough friends, they'll want to help you out.

Quote from: narvin

link=topic=7491.msg91790#msg91790 date=1305380818
Filling growlers without asking is over the line.  Period.  If you have extra, you'll offer; otherwise, no take out beer!
 

AO!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Great Second AG Brew Day
« on: May 03, 2011, 11:14:21 AM »
Anyway you could post your recipe??  I've brewed a few clones of AB, and while they were great beers, nothing like the Bastard!!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First time Kegging
« on: May 01, 2011, 06:29:08 AM »

I'm still using my cobra taps after 4 years. ;)

+1.  I love my Perlicks, but love my cobras too!!  

Also, I might just give you a little advice about racking.  I noticed you said you had an IIPA that you're going to be racking soon.  Either give it a long cold crash to get all the hop floaty material out ( I assume you dry hopped) or make sure you siphon from the top of your beer so as to not pick up any hop particulate.  I had a bad experience with this after kegging my first IIPA.  A large piece of a pellet got lodged in the out poppit.  One of the best beers I ever made, but you could only pour about a 1/4 of a glass, as it would foam up like crazy!  Now I use a sanitized paint strainer on the end of my racking tubing to keep all the hop sludge out.  Enjoy kegging, it's awesome!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: new lessoned learned
« on: May 01, 2011, 06:16:23 AM »
Congrats!!  I have found my brew days to go much smoother lately, as well.  When I decided not to do auxiliary brewing tasks on the brew day.  IE, racking beer, kegging, extra cleaning, etc...  If I just focus on brewing, then do all the other stuff on another day everything goes a lot better!

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Ingredients / Re: White Wheat Malt - Mill it?
« on: April 28, 2011, 12:45:47 PM »
Gotcha.  Thanks for the quick reply, guys!   Gonna brew this one tomorrow, probably.

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