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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer minus hops
« on: January 19, 2014, 10:47:22 PM »
Chances are the extract had hops already in it, the tart taste probably came from the open fermentation

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Pimp My System / Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« on: January 19, 2014, 10:18:52 PM »
My last few keezers I have built I have insulated the coffins where the taps sit...so foaming is not an issue for me.

I did have one keezer that had a first pour foaming issue, my solution to that...always invite your guests to the first pour, they think your being courteous and you get a clean pour...win/win

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Pimp My System / Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« on: January 19, 2014, 10:04:30 PM »
What has happened when you left a gap?  It's been working great but is there an upcoming problem I'm not aware of?

The air between the panels and the walls of the freezer hold in the heat, making the compressor work harder than it should...resulting in a much shorter lifespan for the compressor.

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Pimp My System / Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:27:37 PM »
I like the tubular tap setup...looks very clean. I have built several keezers over the years and through my own trial and error and reading, I have learned that if you are going to leave a gap between the freezer wall and your paneling...you need to use fans of some sort. The best solution I have found is to adhere the panels directly to the freezer and make a cutout (or drill multiple holes) over the vent (usually on the side of the freezer) and cover with a decorative vent cover.

...as long as the side panels are warm to the touch, that means that it is displacing heat efficiently

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: conditioning time in keg
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:18:49 PM »
Sounds like I'm right on average...

2 weeks in primary, then straight to keg...I have a good pipeline, so I usually naturally carbonate for 2 weeks in the keg

If I am doing something with fruit, I will move to a secondary for a week for better clarity

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Pimp My System / Re: Re: Sharing my keezer
« on: May 21, 2012, 06:50:48 AM »
Wow, what an awesome looking keezer!

I'm motivated to build a similar one (as long as you don't mind too much!) and am trying to understand how you mounted the top to the freezer.  Did you leave the original freezer lid in place and put the plywood on top or did you replace the original lid with the one you crafted?

Assuming there is still hinge action, If there is, I'm concerned about the area where the "top" meets the sides and how you keep the two areas from binding.  Is the hinge in the front or rear of the unit?

Is the unit you built deeper than the freezer or the same depth (front to back)?  My original thoughts were to make it deeper but if it's the same depth that might help to explain things.

Some detailed photos would be awesome@

Thanks in advance, jason.

I will be getting more photos and hopefully a more detailed write up as I have received several requests...

No I don't mind you using any ideas you can take away from this...or even improve upon for that matter

The original top is in place on the freezer unit, I was thinking of building a collar at first to accommodate more kegs...but I liked that it is the exact height as our kitchen counters without the collar. I cut the top to sit flush in the back and overhangs by two inches on the sides and front...borrowed my neighbors router to make clearance for the existing lid handle, and just used "liquid nails" to attach it to the freezer lid.

As for the coffin on top (where the taps are) I built that as a separate piece and just used smaller screws and "L" brackets to attach it to the new top...as for the lines running down, I thought of either drilling one large hole through the top...or three small ones...I opted to drill three smaller 1" holes from the inside of the coffin down into the freezer.

I was worried that I would have foamy pours due to the coffin not being cooled...but I'm happy to report that this is not the case

...more to come

Cheers,
Aaron

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Pimp My System / Re: Re: Sharing my keezer
« on: May 03, 2012, 07:37:22 PM »
Thanks for all the compliments...not having a proper work area and having a full time job and family...I have not gotten around to staining it yet.

Wow!

Love the lighting effect. As one who has undertaken projects with minimal equipment and less than desirable work areas I must applaud you on your craftsmanship.

Is that a tip-jar? 8)

Its an oil simmer pot...which now may be replaced with a tip jar, all my thirsty friends might as well help out...

Very nice! I first thought that was copper on the back, but after looking closer, it appears to be a laminate that matches the bar top. Is that correct?

Correct, I attached a 5/8 inch piece of plywood as the bar top...too keep the weight down, I used vinyl laminate tiles on the back splash and top. I plan on possibly sealing it with clear acrylic at some point.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Agave Nectar Wheat Beer?
« on: May 03, 2012, 09:25:44 AM »
I have used agave before...can't remember now what the base was, may have been a pale ale...I know I used almost 24oz. in a 5 gallon batch. It added no recognizable flavor...but the ABV was pretty high due to the extra fermentable sugars

Cheers,
Aaron

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Pimp My System / Sharing my keezer
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:55:31 AM »
I have been brewing for close to 15 years and only got into kegging about 2 years ago. I started with a smaller dorm size fridge that was converted into a kegerator...last summer I decided to make this...

I have very few tools, and no shop...so most of it was cut by hand on my front porch

I plan on punching two more taps in there, one for soda for the kids and one for wine for the wife.





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