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  1. I buy hoses at my LHBS. But if you're using a LBK, why use the auto-siphon? I can see what a hassle that would be. Auto-siphons are made for carboys/brewpots. Just hook a hose to the LBK spigot and open it up. Easy-peasy!
  2. I bought a longer hose to go with mine, for that very reason. I had the same problems you're experiencing. Don't give up yet! The mistake I was making was not raising the part with the tube high enough. Make sure the bottom of the auto-siphon is well under the surface of the beer. I highly recommend the optional clip to stabilize it. Raise the part with the tubing all the way up. Then, in one smooth motion, push it all the way down. Beer should start flowing without bubbles. Or very few.
  3. If you only had it in the fridge for half a day, I wonder if suspended yeast had anything to do with it? The cold helps the yeast settle out. I've consumed my kegs many times with only 3 weeks conditioning and they were good, they always some time in the keezer first.
  4. The smarta$$ in me was just going to say "You're Welcome!" After further reflection and navel-gazing however, I must say that I regularly attend beer tastings at my local grocery, and there are some people there that are just insufferable snooty smartypants. I sit and sip and listen to them try to one-up one another. But here, it's not like that. And I trust the opinions here more because they come without all the bull.
  5. "BlackDuck" post=386483 said: "Gymrat" post=386472 said:After reading some of "For the Love of Hops" I tried commando for dry hopping. I could not believe the difference. I had been using weighted hop sacks. I never got near the aroma as what I got from commando. No kidding...that big of a difference? Looks like I'm going to have to try this. I am guessing most of the hops cover the top of the beer in the fermenter. Do the hops then drop and compact nicely when cold crashed? I've done this, and I was surprised how quickly they cleared during the cold crash. "Beer-lord" post=386485 said:Next time I keg, I think I'll try putting a hop sack on the end of the hose to catch some of the material without aerating. We'll see how that works. I tried it, I didn't think it worked well at all. I've used a strainer like Gymrat and that was much better. But today I finished making my hop spider, and I'm going to try that for the boil. Still going to dry hop commando.
  6. Congratulations! But I'll bet you're not really done. It seems homebrewers can't help tweaking things just a little from time to time! :gulp:
  7. 222 will work, and you'll have drinkable beer. It won't taste the same as if you let it condition a couple more weeks. Will it be better or worse? That's up to you to decide. Generally it's more mature with more time. 2 weeks fermentation: I use a refractometer to read my FG (final gravity) and for most MrB recipes it's done by week 2, usually even earlier. For high OG's (original gravity) I've gone longer a few times. 2 weeks carb: Fine for most that I've bottled in glass or kegged. The pet bottles are not rigid, so they give a little as the beer carbs and some CO2 goes toward filling up the extra space. Glass and steel are rigid, so all the CO2 goes into the beer. 2 weeks condition: Depends on the temp. Cool (not fridge temp though) temps condition slower but more gently. High temps (like my kitchen) will carb and condition faster but with potentially off-putting alterations in taste. The fridge time is independent of the other conditioning. It clarifies the beer as the yeast and other by-products of carbonation settle to the bottom. It just needs a few days, in my experience. As your pipeline grows and you have a chance to experiment, you'll find what works best for you. My first MrB kit I did 222. Was it the best beer I've made? No, but I drank it, it was good enough and I was proud of it, and very satisfied with myself. And I'm still brewing and learning!
  8. Here's a short but very informative article: http://www.northernbrewer.com/connect/2010/06/the-importance-of-being-hydrated/
  9. "Gymrat" post=384223 said: "pspearing" post=384217 said:The point of rehydrating yeast is that you want your fermentation to start quickly and enthusiastically, partly to get the fermentation finished sooner and partly to minimize off flavors from stressed yeast. In theory one viable yeast cell would eventually reproduce enough to ferment your entire batch, but there are reasons why the people who are really serious about brewing not only use many billions of yeast cells (and know how many) but get them as healthy and active as possible first. My impression is that it's not essential to rehydrate MB yeast when making a standard MB refill; the company ships stuff that will work when used as described in the directions. The more work your yeast has to do (the more fermentables in your wort) the more you need to pamper it. With the seasonals and with high gravity recipes MB ships different yeasts, and they need to be used according to the directions for that recipe. Screwy Brewer ( http://www.thescrewybrewer.com/ ) seems to be the borg's yeast guru. On that note, LOTS of oxygen in the wort and a good pitching temp greatly reduces the stress on the yeast. I typically see bubbles in my air lock less than 24 hours after pitching. Often around 12 hours. I'm with Gymrat. I also usually throw some yeast nutrient in toward the end of the boil and I do notice less lag time when I do.
  10. That's one reason I like kegging vs bottling. I like clear beer and it gets better as it drains.
  11. +1, Brewbirds. I never go to the July 4th fireworks. My Lili would be OK but Ryley, no. And people around here set off firecrackers all. night. long. I put her thundershirt on her and put lavendar oil on her head (both suggested by the vet) but I always end up turning on the bathroom fan and she gets in the tub and sleeps off the benadryl I give her. But I have to sit on the commode seat or she follows me in a panic. She's high maintenance but I sure love her. She's even more precious since God and the oncology vet healed her brain tumor. I'm not about to lose her to fireworks, for goodness' sake. I fake them out by going to the annual Tattoo at the Air Force museum the week before July 4th. The fireworks are better there, anyway.
  12. Your photographer must be the one who took my avatar photo!
  13. Aw, man. I'll be praying for their family and neighbors.
  14. I don't have a problem. But interrupt my brew day, and YOU'LL have a problem! :pound: :banana:
  15. "Joechianti" post=382789 said:You're a hard man to deal with, T8r. But very lucky, too. My MIL lost her hands in a poker game, so now she has to lick the dishes clean, so I gave her a pass on my beer glasses. And how much did she win off you?
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