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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DME or LME for adjusting my Low OG?
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:00:55 PM »
If you took your OG before adding top off water and misread your hydrometer, maybe you actually had something more like 1.125??? Then by the time you top off with an additional 2.5 gallons of water it would dilute that down to 1.055-1.060 which is slightly over the listed OG for an extract Slobber kit.

I didn't think of that! I am hoping that is what happen now you've brought that to my attention. Thanks!!!

I would put money on that being what happened. If you followed the directions then you would end up with the gravity specified. You would really have to go out of your way to mess that up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DME or LME for adjusting my Low OG?
« on: March 27, 2017, 03:45:28 PM »
If it was an extract batch and you followed the directions correctly, then my guess is that your OG was what it was supposed to be. The most likely scenario is that you didn't fully mix the boiled extract and top-off water giving you the low gravity reading. I've had that problem before and learned that I really had to give it a good mixing in order to get an accurate reading.

If you ever need to adjust in the future, I personally think that DME is the easiest way to go. Compared to a syrup, it's going to be easier to store, handle, weigh, and dissolve into water/wort.

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Thanks Trace!
Should I stir the wort good before transferring it to the fermenter? It seems leaving the "sludge" on the bottom of the boil pot would give me a clearer product. You also brought up something that I was curious about.... shouldn't I take the OG before topping off with water? I appreciate the guidance. I'll get the swing of things. Love brewing beer. I've missed it for 20 + yrs!!

As for measuring the OG: Let's say it's a 5 gallon recipe and it says you should end up with an OG of 1.050, and you're doing a partial boil. That means that when you're finished boiling the 2.5 gallons of wort, you'll have an OG of around 1.080. When you add your top-off water, that will bring your amount up to 5 gallons, diluting it down to the specified 1.050. You'll ideally want to measure when you have everything mixed up and you're ready to pitch your yeast. (Those numbers are in no way the actual math, I just picked them to get the idea across.)

The sludge on the bottom is called trub, and at the homebrew scale it's completely up to you whether you want to transfer it to the fermenter or not. Check out www.brulosophy.com and do a search for trub to see some of their experiments they did on that. My take on it is that it's actually beneficial to the yeast to transfer some of it over; but how much is up to you.

My mind is a bit disjointed today, hope this makes sense.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DME or LME for adjusting my Low OG?
« on: March 27, 2017, 03:20:19 PM »
If it was an extract batch and you followed the directions correctly, then my guess is that your OG was what it was supposed to be. The most likely scenario is that you didn't fully mix the boiled extract and top-off water giving you the low gravity reading. I've had that problem before and learned that I really had to give it a good mixing in order to get an accurate reading.

If you ever need to adjust in the future, I personally think that DME is the easiest way to go. Compared to a syrup, it's going to be easier to store, handle, weigh, and dissolve into water/wort.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
« on: February 28, 2017, 06:03:00 PM »
Before I started harvesting off of the starter, I would just sanitize the rim of the bucket and pour it into my container.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 3 tap kegerator
« on: February 27, 2017, 06:16:44 PM »
I have an actual 3-tap kegerator that is a really, really tight squeeze for 3 kegs as-is, and it is bigger than any dorm fridge I've ever seen. Depending on the compressor location, you might have a hard time fitting even one 2.5 gallon keg in a dorm fridge, let alone three 5-gallon kegs.
What's the make and model of your fridge?

This project might be a long shot, but I'm hoping to make it happen.

This is the one I have:

http://beermeistersupplies.com/beer-dispensing/kegerators/homebrew/triple-tower-with-black-door-homebrew-value-line-no-kegs-included.html

By all means, don't let me talk you out of your project. Half the fun is getting there, which is why most of us homebrew in the first place :)
Thanks! It doesn't give the make and model number of the fridge, but it does give the dimensions which are very helpful.

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I've heard that Beermeister rebadges their fridges, but I have no idea what the equivalent manufacturer and model number is.
I was thinking they might do something like that. Trade secrets, not letting people like me just make a parts list and do it myself, etc. Thanks for your help!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 3 tap kegerator
« on: February 27, 2017, 02:40:27 PM »
I have an actual 3-tap kegerator that is a really, really tight squeeze for 3 kegs as-is, and it is bigger than any dorm fridge I've ever seen. Depending on the compressor location, you might have a hard time fitting even one 2.5 gallon keg in a dorm fridge, let alone three 5-gallon kegs.
What's the make and model of your fridge?

This project might be a long shot, but I'm hoping to make it happen.

This is the one I have:

http://beermeistersupplies.com/beer-dispensing/kegerators/homebrew/triple-tower-with-black-door-homebrew-value-line-no-kegs-included.html

By all means, don't let me talk you out of your project. Half the fun is getting there, which is why most of us homebrew in the first place :)
Thanks! It doesn't give the make and model number of the fridge, but it does give the dimensions which are very helpful.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 3 tap kegerator
« on: February 26, 2017, 07:22:07 PM »
I have an actual 3-tap kegerator that is a really, really tight squeeze for 3 kegs as-is, and it is bigger than any dorm fridge I've ever seen. Depending on the compressor location, you might have a hard time fitting even one 2.5 gallon keg in a dorm fridge, let alone three 5-gallon kegs.
What's the make and model of your fridge?

This project might be a long shot, but I'm hoping to make it happen.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 3 tap kegerator
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:59:37 PM »
I have no problem modifying the door or the interior of the fridge where needed, I'm just trying to avoid a collar for esthetic reasons.

Anyone know of any models that would hold 3 kegs? All of my searches bring me to places that sell 3 tap kegerators, which are more expensive than I want to pay (also takes away the DIY aspect).

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Kegging and Bottling / 3 tap kegerator
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:44:15 PM »
I'm starting to look into kegging. My plan is to gather a list of materials and start buying them piece-meal in order to spread the cost out over time. Here's my ideal situation: optimize beer choice and minimize the footprint. I'd like to take a dorm fridge and modify it to fit 3 kegs. I'd prefer to not add a collar to the door, but I'd be open to doing that. Is this kind of setup possible, or is it a pipe dream?

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Wood/Casks / Anyone ever purchased a barrel from barrelsonline.com?
« on: January 30, 2014, 08:04:43 PM »
I was just curious if anyone has purchased a barrel from http://barrelsonline.com/. If so, what has been your experience like with the barrel? How have your beers turned out? How long have they lasted?

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