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Ingredients / Re: Hop oils
« on: July 21, 2018, 06:32:16 AM »
From what I understand it’s very volatile and it’s best to add the oils when you’re basically done with the Brewing, or starting your kegging process.
I brought a growler of this beer to a homebrew camping trip (which I’m at now, posting in my tent, lol). Nothing but positive reviews.
I followed the hop schedule in the beginning of this post, everyone says well balanced, clean, not overtly bitter but the hop aroma is there and good hop flavor is present. 3oz is not a lot of hops for an ipa. I will probably try the eldorado next. I just don’t make many ipas, but, I guess you could throw the oils in whatever if you were aiming to hit a proper style that went with either of the oils.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop oils
« on: July 20, 2018, 11:18:09 PM »
https://highaltitudehomebrew.com/search?q=Hop+oil
My friend Adam, who is also on this forum from time to time and runs the shop , tells me he goes through the same supplier that morebeer does. It’s that chinook hop oil though. I told him I’d actually try 2ml in a future batch.
He also told me not to even purge my keg. Which I did after the fact. But I could smell the oils. I/we think i got less pine resin because of the purge. The citrus through is quite clean.
I wanna say his supplier is brew craft.
I’d recommend it over a dry hop if you wanna try it. I had in my head, “this beer is gonna be dank like hop hunter” which it wasn’t. But I’m still very satisfied.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop oils
« on: July 20, 2018, 09:16:40 PM »
The chinook oil really came through, more citrus than pine and resinous. I’m happy with the final product. Used imperial corporate yeast, which is season. Very clean nice beer. Only 3oz hops and the 1ml of oil. Basically the oil was a substitute for dry hopping and late additions.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: dumb gasket question
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:03:28 PM »
ha ha.  yah.  It is 7:30 am and I am playing keg manifold rebuild.  I know those damn things are here somewhere but I will try these flat washers. Maybe a chicken sacrifice will help.  maybe not.

If the chicken sacrifice helps let me know, I’ve been wanting to try one in hopes that I don’t need to replace my pressure release valves.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lubricant noob
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:00:10 PM »
wait, do ya'll lubricate all your gaskets every time you clean and fill a keg? I usually only lube the lid gasket. Oh lord!
I decided to lube everything because it was all new gear, but I’m probably only going to lube the posts from now on. I just replaced the gaskets on one keg, I have 5 more to do.  I don’t see the need in lining the dip stick, co2 and lid gasket every time I fill a keg, sounds like a waste, and, potential harm to the beer inside. It was really really easy to put the disconnects on this redone keg though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for input from homebrewers
« on: July 20, 2018, 07:56:58 PM »
Thank you guys for your input.
Just to clarify, our project leader is actually a homebrewer and has been brewing for the last 7 years. The idea for this project arose from his own experiences and the issues he has faced while brewing beer. However, we realize that not every homebrewer will run into the same problems our project leader has faced.

This is what our project is about: compiling the issues that brewers encounter from as many people as possible, using their first-hand accounts. Once we have a large-enough pool of these known issues, we can start finding ways to alleviate them.

If anyone would like to offer their brewing experiences, please let us know. We would greatly appreciate, since each first-hand account is unique and would give us good insight into how the brewing process varies between different people.

My biggest issue is running out of gas when I get my hlt going or when I’m in the middle of a boil. If you want to learn about my experience brewing perhaps you can join me in my backyard one afternoon.  You can help stir my mash and I’ll even let you pitch the hops. If you’re really into it you can pitch the yeast after we crash the beer and if you’re really really wanting to know about my experience you can wait around for 2-4 weeks to sample the final product.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Butterbeer anyone?
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:02:58 PM »
^^^ you right. But corn and butter flavor together. Sounds about as good as butter beer, plus you get the creamy goodness from leaving the lid on.

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Pimp My System / Re: Project keezer
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:48:40 PM »
If I went the angle way I could still easily just lift the collar, given there aren’t tap lines connected. I might end up doing that in the future, for now I think it’s time to reseal my old fridge and make a lagering/cold side control unit.
Honestly though I just want to get rid of it and get something that doesn’t produce so much moisture staying cool  ;D

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Here’s a prime example of what you could find on craigslist.
https://flagstaff.craigslist.org/for/d/homebrew-supplies-and/6647248165.html
My search was actually for “chest freezer” but they have freezer in the title. Everything you need to brew and keg beer is there though. Here’s a search for “homebrew”
https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/for/d/home-brew-equipment/6640524979.html

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Other Fermentables / Re: Butterbeer anyone?
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:00:05 PM »

If you want a ton of diacetyl, they sell it in the baking aisle.

Just brew up a D bomb and do your boil with the lid on. We’ve talked about butter beer in our homebrew club. Diacetyl works great for that flavor.

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Pimp My System / Re: Project keezer
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:52:18 PM »
The collar is free floating. It can be removed at any time, not to worried about a seal because the insulation. Not too worried about the top sliding when pouring either. Because of how the drop tray is. It can’t be moved back though. So far it’s working well. Had some pints last night. A bit more head compared to the old kegerator of mine. But I also moved the kegs, forgot which lines went where and put a bit more co2 in the kegs.

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Pimp My System / Re: Project keezer
« on: July 19, 2018, 12:24:26 AM »
I haven’t poured anything yet. But did cut that co2 line back, will probably cut the shorter lines back. And. I hope 8’ of beverage line is enough.

I’ll find out after work.

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Pimp My System / Re: Project keezer
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:57:20 PM »




All done. Thank you for all of your help, feedback, and suggestions.

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Pimp My System / Re: Project keezer
« on: July 18, 2018, 08:47:38 PM »
waiddaminnit....I use damp rid in my freezer with a half gal. blowoff jar.  Hasn't ever affected the liquid level.
But we live in wet places, Denny.   The air up there might make a difference?  ???

("But it's a dry heat..."  ;) )

I don’t know. I’m at 7k feet elevation and it’s 84% humidity, our monsoon season. It was pretty strange when I checked. I’ve had air locks dry up too semi frequently as well. Maybe it was a mixture of heat, coolness, humidity. I’m not sure.

She coming along though.

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Pimp My System / Re: Project keezer
« on: July 18, 2018, 07:34:10 PM »
Almost finished! Secure insulation, put taps in, secure manifold, drink beer.







Oh and Robert, that damp rid.... I got some of that and it was in there while I was fermenting with a blow off valve. That damp rid took the moisture out of the half gallon jug, I’m surprised the beer didn’t get compromised while fermenting...  live and learn.

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