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  1. J

    First keg set up. A few questions.

    A few questions that I couldn't find specific answers to; Do I need to clean/rinse brand new beer lines with more than just an oxiclean and hot water flush? Is oxiclean ok to clean beer lines with? I assume beer line cleaner has the added benefit of removing mineral deposits. I don't have...
  2. J

    Autumn Seasonal Beer Punkin' Ale

    I used the bag because I forgot the buy rice hulls. It worked just fine. The mash tun contained a lot more floating pumpkin matter during the sparge compared to when I drained the first runnings. The sparge drained a little slower, but it never stuck. Just took my time with it. I'd say it...
  3. J

    2013's How many gal of homebrew in 2013

    35969.5 +5 gal Northwest Pale Ale +5 gal pumpkin Ale = 35,979.5 gal
  4. J

    Autumn Seasonal Beer Punkin' Ale

    Brew day was a success! Now the long wait before it's kegged. Here are some pictures; Pumpkin in strainer bags Took out strainer bags and steeped it in the sparge water OG reading Colour in the sunlight Full album here
  5. J

    Use tube to drain wort to brew kettle?

    I read a comment on /r/homebrewing today saying that it's advisable to use a tube to drain pre-boil wort to a kettle to minimize oxidation. My understanding is that oxidation is not a concern pre-fermentation, but the user asserted that it is, indeed a concern for pre-boil wort (but is ok and...
  6. J

    Autumn Seasonal Beer Punkin' Ale

    Making a batch of this right now. I forgot rice hulls so I put the pumpkin into strainer bags and made sure they kinda laid on top of the grains during the mash. I then took out the bags and steeped them in the heating sparge water. Currently draining the second runnings. It's slower than the...
  7. J

    New to Canada

    Try gambrinus malting corporation. They're located in the okanagan but I know they sell to an LHBS in New Westminster. Hmmmm, for that matter, try calling Dan's ( in Vancouver or Barley's home brewing in New West to see if they can hook you up with bags.
  8. J

    Am I doing this wrong

    That's what I did. The rubber inside was just so 'sticky' that it was difficult to do properly. Not terribly difficult, but required more effort than the narrower toilet supply lines.
  9. J

    Am I doing this wrong

    That's the same one I used. Works awesome and doesn't require any reinforcement. It was a bit of bitch to slip the braid off the rubber hose inside though. I believe I used a 3/4" brass nut to cap it and married the other end to my existing 1/4" barb connector.
  10. J

    Tips for All-Grain Stout in Secondary

    I only have two AG batches under my belt, so I can't comment on the grain bill. However, you can try to achieve those tastes by adding coffee beans and cacao nibs. If it was me, I'd cold brew the coffee and add only the liquid. For the cacao, I'd make a tincture using vodka and add both the...
  11. J

    Vinegar smell in carboy

    I used a vinegar solution to rinse my carboys after they had been soaking with oxiclean. I then filled the carboys with water, dumped it, then let it air dry. They now, however, still have a lingering smell of vinegar. Should I even bother trying to get the rest of the smell out? Will it...
  12. J

    Tips for All-Grain Stout in Secondary

    Are you referring to the subtlety of the taste when you say "light chocolate and coffee"? Like, just a hint of chocolate and coffee as opposed to a lot of chocolate and coffee flavour?
  13. J

    Dry Hopping Question

    It's beer that turned it brown. This happened due to capillary action Same reason why kerosene lamps work despite the fuel being separate from the flame. As everyone already said though, you should be safe. If you decide to let the hops go free though, I'd suggest cutting off the part of...
  14. J

    2013's How many gal of homebrew in 2013

    +5 gal Witbier +5 gal LHMS clone w/ chocolate =32,475 gal
  15. J

    How long can glass be stored in Star San?

    You should be ok. Glass is used to store much more volatile liquids; star san shouldn't hurt it.
  16. J

    Is this an infection?

    Looks like krausen that just settled down. I wouldn't worry.
  17. J

    3 bbl system

    This reminds me of Gus Fring's lab. Absolutely killer!
  18. J

    What are you drinking now?

    I just bought two bottles of Erdinger Weißbier. I can't wait to pop one open tonight!
  19. J

    krausened carboys are

    Those carboys look like a pair of happy something else ... ifyouknowwhatImean