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Equipment and Software / Iron Forge brew systems
« on: July 07, 2017, 11:44:44 PM »
I'm investigating purchasing a complete system. I came across a 10-gallon single-tier system from The Beverage People. Anyone have one of these? Thoughts/impressions?

Tim F.

Kegging and Bottling / Nitro regulator
« on: May 19, 2016, 08:38:27 PM »
Hi folks,
I'm planning on adding a nitro faucet to my kegerator and hook up a beer gas line to serve. Is there such a thing as a nitrogen regulator or can I use a "standard" one as I do for my CO2? I see Northern Brewer sells one ( but not sure if that is just fancy marketing lingo.

Kegging and Bottling / Naturally carbonating in keg with candi syrup
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:33:22 AM »
Hive mind -- I have multiple questions about priming in a keg using candi syrup

Right now my beer is in secondary and cold crashed in a refrigerator (saison). The last batch of this recipe, I bottled some and kegged the rest and really prefer the bottle-conditioned beer to what's coming out of the keg. On a suggestion from a fellow homebrewer I'd like to try priming in my keg before hooking up my CO2 regulator.

  • How do I get the candi syrup to dissolve without introducing oxygen into the beer? Stirring with a sanitized spoon seems like a poor choice. At minimum, I think I need to bring the beer back up to room temp otherwise I fear I'll have a glop of candi syrup at the bottom of the keg. But how do I distribute the syrup, just roll and shake the keg a bit?
  • In the event adding the syrup stirs up whatever viable yeast is left, I assume I'll need to off gas but at what point do I worry about losing the desired carbonation? Or between low FG (1.006) and cold crashing this may be a fool's errand?
  • How do I determine it's at optimum carbonation? Via my regulator? And once I hook up my CO2 should I just set the regulator to my desired psi or a lower level to just push the beer through my tap?
  • Any other tips or things I'm forgetting?

Thanks in advance for advice/suggestions.

Kegging and Bottling / Homebrew + sanke + EV
« on: May 01, 2015, 12:32:35 AM »
Hello hive mind -

A local pub wants to put my beer on tap. Hooray! Of course, their bar draft system is all sanke fittings and I use cornies at home. I read through some of the threads here about the challenges filling, cleaning, pressurizing a sanke at home but didn't see anyone reference the EV Container kegs that seem to resolve some / all of those issues.

Who here has used their sixth-barrel option? Pros / cons?

Kegging and Bottling / "re-bottling"
« on: February 21, 2015, 03:57:15 AM »
I think the wisdom of crowds here will be "don't do it" but worth an ask. Looking in my basement for a beer to enter into competition, and the best one is currently bottle-conditioned in 22s. How much of an idiot would I be to open a few and re-bottle into 12s for entry requirements?

Equipment and Software / Mash tun efficiency bazooka screen vs false bottom
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:46:09 PM »
Hi smart brewers,
After one too many issues with the false bottom in my mash tun (converted Igloo cooler) I'm trying a bazooka screen. A couple of batches later and while no more stuck sparges my efficiency has taken a nosedive. Have others experienced lower efficiency with a "BS?" The non-physics major in me could make some fake hypothesis about there being less surface area for wort to pass through but that doesn't seem like a good conclusion.


Equipment and Software / Yet another keezer question
« on: August 01, 2013, 06:49:39 PM »
Been doing my due diligence scouring all the posts here and elsewhere on chest freezer conversions as it's my summer I'm-not-handy project. Pretty much ready to go buy lumber and stain. I'm still debating whether to attach the collar to the freezer or to the lid, but my question is on a different, related topic.

What are benefits to two collars? I've seen some posts about inner and outer ones but having two just seems like 2x the ways for me to eff something up.

Tim F.

Classifieds / For sale: two Friday GABF tickets
« on: September 29, 2011, 02:54:28 PM »
A friend couldn't make the trip and gave me his tickets to sell. There are two tickets for Friday night's session: one AHA member entry, one non. And one ticket for the Farm to Table pavilion Friday.

Face value/ticket fees for the three are $185. All reasonable offers considered.

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