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Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg cleaning
« on: February 19, 2011, 06:28:43 PM »
I will usually leave empty kegs until I have 4 or 5 to clean at the same time.  Then I rinse them to get the loose stuff out, and heat water up to about 185.  About 1/2 cup of PBW in the first keg will clean it just fine within 20 or 30 minutes, then I use a jumper hose to pump it to the next keg, and continue until they are all clean.  I rinse each keg as it's cleaned, and once they all are clean I pump about 1/2 keg of nearly boiling water through the jumper from one keg to the next.  Turn them upside down to dry overnight then put the clean lids back on.  In 16 years of kegging I've never stripped one down after the initial teardown/cleanup.  OTOH I know people who completely disassemble their kegs after each use.
This pretty much what I do.  Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / keg cleaning
« on: February 19, 2011, 04:00:01 PM »
I have seven kegs that I recently purchased earlier this year and brewed enough to fill them all to last throughout the winter.  Some to age and some to drink.  This winter has kept me from using the outside hose to rinse out the kegs once they are kicked so nothing is really settling inside.  I rinsed and sanitized right away which has seemed to work just fine for me.  Now I have a few kegs that are sitting around with little or no beer in it and was wondering if I would have to strip all parts away and clean or just do the same as i've always done as soon as good weather is upon us. Thanks.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: problem with attaining gravity
« on: April 22, 2010, 01:37:31 PM »
Moved it upstairs added yeast nutrient and rocked it a bit but nothing at all yet.  Been a day.  What kind of fermentation can I expect if it does get going?  Normal activity or very little?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: problem with attaining gravity
« on: April 20, 2010, 11:19:48 PM »
154 degrees F not 1.054.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: problem with attaining gravity
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:54:23 PM »
Mash temp was 154 F. I thought I had a pretty good efficiency.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: problem with attaining gravity
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:52:22 PM »
Ok i'll wait before I stir to see what happens.  My recipe was half all-grain and half extract.  10lbs. of pale ale, 2lbs crystal, 6lbs. dark liquid extract. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: problem with attaining gravity
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:36:09 PM »
Little sweet.  Could it be the temp of my basement?  55 degrees. I was thinking about bringing the carboy upstairs where it is warmer and stick a sanitized racking cane down in it and stir it up a bit or rock it a little to see if it takes.  Anybody ever do this?

Yeast and Fermentation / problem with attaining gravity
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:12:58 PM »
Three weeks ago I brewed an Old ale and everything went fine.  I reached the OG that I wanted 1.100 and pitched two packets of Safeale US-04 aerated and put it in my basement.  Fermentation took off just fine so I let it go for about two weeks.  Took a reading to see how far it dropped and it read 1.048.  So I added champagne yeast hoping it would drop some more.  Looking for  FG of 1.029 or so.  After a week same reading no action going on at all in the carboy.  What to do?  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

All Grain Brewing / saison mash
« on: April 08, 2010, 11:15:29 AM »
Hi looking for the best mash temp for a Saison. 60 minute.  Looking for it to be like Saison Dupont  a little.  Thanks,

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How long in primary
« on: March 25, 2010, 07:46:26 PM »
Reason why i'm asking is I have a nut brown fermenting in the primary now for about close to two months and I want to use that yeast to ferment another beer.  I tried a sample of the nut brown and it smells and tastes pretty good so i'm figuring the yeast will be fine for the next brew which is an old ale high gravity.

Kegging and Bottling / First time kegging
« on: March 25, 2010, 04:15:03 PM »
After putting the priming sugar in the keg after racking it why is it good to put a blanket of co2 while its conditioning? 

Equipment and Software / Re: sanitation
« on: March 25, 2010, 01:46:20 PM »
I agree and that's what I do but once an item is rinsed in sanitizer can you just handle it.  Is rinsing my hand in sanitizer enough?

Equipment and Software / sanitation
« on: March 25, 2010, 01:14:26 PM »
I was curious how sanitary a person has to be while handling any and all brewing equipment.  I am constantly dipping and redipping all items including my hands and the rubber gloves I wear often.  Is this excessive?  I always see videos of people just rinsing thier items in sanitation once then placing the piece into a carboy or keg after handling it.  What's the best practice?  Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / leaks in kegs
« on: March 24, 2010, 03:58:40 PM »
Hi all.  If you thought you had no leaks in your keg then you racked the beer in the keg and sealed it only to find out you have leaks.  How does one fix this problem with beer already in the keg?  Thanks.  Worried about sanitation.

Yeast and Fermentation / How long in primary
« on: March 21, 2010, 04:11:10 PM »
Was wondering how long you can keep a brew sitting on yeast in the primary before worrying about autolysis?

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