CMBecker disconnect maintenance, keg quality differences, weevils in my grains, & scaling recipes from small to bigger batches – Ep. 240


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On Today’s Show:

Our first question for this week’s show asked if there is any recommended or required maintenance for our popular CMB disconnects. Thankfully, we have Mr. CMBecker himself – James Carlson – on our show and he was able to thoroughly answer this for our listener, Phil. If you’re interested in using the best disconnects on the market, check them out here:
Next, we help out John who wanted to know more about the different “grades” of kegs that we personally use and if it’s “worth” spending the little bit of extra money on buying new kegs versus used/refurbished kegs. To shop top quality new and used kegs, visit here:
After that, our third question for this week’s show came from a member of our community who wanted to know if the presence of a weevil in his grain bag (he reassured us that he didn’t get his grains from us, lol) meant that the grains are now unusable. You might be surprised by our answer! Shop the highest quality grains here:
Then we wrapped up this week’s show with a question from our buddy Rob who wanted to know about scaling recipes. We hope we demystified it a little for you because it really can be as easy as using an awesome tool like Brewer’s Friend to do it for you OR you can buy multiple quantities of your favorite recipe kits to bring up the volume (if you want 15 gallon batch of your favorite 5 gallon recipe kit, buy 3 of those kits!). Shop the best award winning recipe kits here:

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