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Equipment and Software / Re: Went Shopping - there's pictures...
« on: November 04, 2012, 05:18:02 PM »
Great deal!  You can return most of those kegs to your local liquor stores and get a deposit back.  In my area, for those six kegs, I would get $300.00 back in deposits.  But I do like the idea of fermenting in the 1/4 barrels.

Equipment and Software / Re: Sanke tap / Ball lock gas line adapter
« on: October 25, 2012, 03:39:07 PM »

Just found this.  That's exactly what I need.  Sweet.

I hooked my sanke taps up with barbs and have regretted it ever since.

Was that just an FYI comment?   8)  Those above aren't barbs. 

Yeah, good idea Tom, I saw a stainless T I've had forever in my supply chest and considered using it.  Since it's stainless you could very well use it for the liquid line, too.  I ended up just removing the gas line from the barb and "re-barbing" their gas.  Took me about ten minutes to do the gas and liquid.  Easy enough, and they ended up already having all the fittings they needed to convert it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Sanke tap / Ball lock gas line adapter
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:27:26 PM »

Just found this.  That's exactly what I need.  Sweet. 

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:

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.

Ingredients / 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:45:56 AM »
I was just wondering if anyone knew when this year's crop would be coming in for purchase?  I usually order certain varieties from Hops Direct and some from Northern, I haven't found any Simcoe.  Even think I'll get any Simcoe this year?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CO2 bottle in the fridge?
« on: September 24, 2012, 01:38:10 PM »
Tread lightly, if and when you decide to drill holes in it.  I've ruined two fridges, unfortunately.  I even carefully cut the plastic open on the inside to avoid the gas lines, but still hit it.  That is the worst sound you will ever hear, all the refrigerant leaking out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this beer still good?
« on: September 21, 2012, 05:07:45 PM »
It turns out, it didn't taste, "bad", but I was kinda weirded out by the fact that it was so old and I didn't realize it was only about 3% abv.  Not sure that is enough alcohol to preserve a beer at room temp for 4-5 years.  It wasn't terrible, but we didn't want to chance it.

So, we didn't drink it, after all.

General Homebrew Discussion / Is this beer still good?
« on: September 21, 2012, 12:05:19 PM »
My in laws just moved a few months ago, and we went to move some of there things this afternoon and I realized my mother in law had a bottle of Lindemans Framboise.  I immediately put it in the fridge, hoping to drink it soon.  Do you think it's still good?  I know it's a lambic, right, do they go bad?  It's probably 4-5 years old.

I guess just chill it and try it!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How fast do you carbonate?
« on: September 03, 2012, 08:04:32 AM »
Huh.  So you guys don't let the beer sit longer?  How's that work when you skip the whole bottle conditioning phase and go straight to carbonated?  Doesn't change the beer?

have not made a cider, but I don't think most people wait a couple years to drink. post a recipe and we can see what's up with that.

  • Apple juice
  • yeast

I make a regular cider, simple just like the above post.  5 gallons apple jucie, 1 pack of Red Star Montrachet yeast, ferment for 4-5 weeks.  Keg, chill, carb, enjoy!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How fast do you carbonate?
« on: September 02, 2012, 04:36:15 PM »
Let your beer ferment out.  Keg cold beer and set to your serving pressure.  Leave it on the gas for app. 7 days, you'll be good.  You can always shake the keg too, but never shake a keg with pressure over your serving pressure, you risk over carbonation. 

Thanks for all the responses! 8)

I realized I just started filtering my water with a carbon filter too, forget to add that to the original post.  Haven't had any finished beer from brewing with it, I've got a RyeIPA and  Blackberry Wheat in the fermenter right now.

Ingredients / Columbus hop / funk
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:40:14 PM »
I've used Columbus hops a lot.  However the last couple brews when I bitter with them, they give me a fruity-ish flavor that I really don't like at all.  I purchased two pounds last year and just recently opened the second pound.  It seems every beer that I use them in, I find a disagreeable taste in it.   I only use us-05 or nottingham in these beers and they ferment at app. 60 degrees.

Could there be something in the hops themselves that are causing this?

It's not a major change, but the last thing I've done is only using distilled water for my sanitizer.  I know this is not a big thing, but I was wondering what the last thing big/small, that you guys did that you feel helped your brewing. 

Sound off!

Ingredients / Ordered 2-row got Maris Otter
« on: August 13, 2012, 03:37:42 PM »
So, I ordered some grain last week.  I just picked it up today, it turned out to be Maris Otter, after I got it home and started distributing it into my buckets.   I normally get just 2-row pale ale malt from them.  I paid the same price for the M.O.  Anything I need to adjust for my recipes?  Isn't M.O. usually more than two row?

Btw it's Crisp Malting. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bad gauges?
« on: August 07, 2012, 03:57:41 PM »
I emailed the professor, Charlie P., and he informed me that it might affect it slightly.  I just wanted to get a clear answer on this.  Now I know, it doesn't affect it that much.

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