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Pimp My System / Re: Man cave bar with keggorator
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:45:57 PM »
Another tap would be great. I think I will move up to a 2 or 3 tap soon. This was my first time kegging and I am blown away on how easy it has made everything. So easy that I have been thinking what my next expansion will be. The keggorator will hold 3 kegs easy, so why not have 3 taps? The other line of effort for me though is making the steps to all grain. So much to do!

Pimp My System / Re: Man cave bar with keggorator
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:13:25 PM »
Thanks for the comments! A couple of things I noticed I want to improve if I build another. First, I got the plans from Pretty simple instructions. From there I modified a couple of things, for better or worse. First the top according to the plans should be a single sheet of oak veneer. This is pretty expensive, so I went with a couple 2x4s and put them together with glue and screwed them on. Looks neat, but as you guys mentioned there is some uneven parts between the boards that I couldnt fix. Maybe working with smaller sections or using clamps for a longer period of time to get them even. I learned that when buying wood the ol eyeball makes them all look straight, but when putting it together it isnt quite the case.
Any suggestions for the end of the bar that does not have the tap? I thought about cutting in a dry sink, not sure what else I can do.

Pimp My System / Man cave bar with keggorator
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:07:30 PM »
So with our recent move we found that there was more room in our new home. This promptly got me thinking about setting up a little bar area, and freed up space that I was taking in the kitchen with my brewing stuff. I built a bar downstairs and have started kegging. By far the biggest transformation for me since I started brewing. I wanted to share some photos of the work, along with some fixes I had to do to get the tap and keg to fit. Keep in mind I am not a master craftsman. Really this is the first thing I have ever really built.

First problem was how to close the gap from the top of the keggorator to the bottom of the bar without losing cold and keeping the beer lines cold.
Solution is two toilet flanges and a dryer duct. I glued the top flange to the bottom of the bar and filled the space with cotton balls for insulation.
With my first kegged beer, a delicious Porter!
getting some finishing touches. Still not done but getting there!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to expect when expecting...
« on: January 23, 2013, 03:59:58 AM »
Thanks everyone for the quick replies and kind words! Work keeps me busy...

@snowtiger87 - Welcome home! Thanks for your service! Definitely working on better brewing. I have not stepped up to all grain yet, part for the time and part havent bought the equipment yet. I think a little more extract brewing so I can get the hang of it (I skunked my recent beer!).

@micsager - Thanks for that! Im sure 10 years is a long time for any market to project...Im torn between the excitement of brewing and the dreams of what I would like to do. Best of luck on your brewery and congrats on the expansion!

@dak0415 - I am stationed out in the Mojave in California. The nearest small brewery that I know of is about an hour and a half. We are set to move again this summer and I have already been looking into places nearby (Kansas City seems to be the closest to our next stop).

@tygo - Thanks for the thread reference!

Thanks everyone again. I just finished up a book, the Nano-brewery guide (cant remember the exact name off the top of my head). What a fantastic read!

General Homebrew Discussion / Running wild
« on: January 03, 2013, 10:32:53 PM »
I love to homebrew, and also love to run (and cross fit). There have been several articles in various magazines and news outlets promoting beer as a better post work out drink as opposed to sports drinks. Ive really started looking into this, but the beer that I have been making during the last few months is thick, dark, and not as refreshing after a long run. If anyone has done a Tough Mudder you know you are handed a beer right after your headband, and that beer is a Dos Equis. Also quite not as refreshing as I had hoped. Does anyone know what type of beer would be best after a workout? I imagine something on the light side, somewhat hoppy, some citrus. I am not thinking just for refreshment, but also that may have other benefits, such as cramp/soreness reduction etc.

Happy brewing!

General Homebrew Discussion / What to expect when expecting...
« on: January 03, 2013, 10:22:26 PM »
Hello everyone, my wonderful wife got me a membership here for Christmas. I have been brewing for a while now and really, really enjoy it. I enjoy it so much so, that it has inundated our pantry and the fridge is generally full of some home brew or room is being made to store some. I have read several books on getting into the brew business and I feel my calling. However...I will finish out my career in the military first. With that, I am still looking at another 10 or so years until I can grow up and even consider this (NOTE: I am aware I cant walk out of this job and open a Nano or anything like that there are milestones in my brain I wont bore you with right now). My burning thought is what is your (the brewing community) thoughts on business over the next 10 years? We have seen an explosion over the last five or so, but what does it look like in the medium term? Has this been looked into yet or is it too soon?
I reassure myself that it will turn out well and there will still be a demand for good beer (a longshot?), but there is a reality to it and as I prepare my medium and long term goals I want to do it with some educated guessing. Thanks and happy brewing!

PS: First post here, looking forward to more discussions!

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