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Kegging and Bottling / kegging newbie question
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:20:53 PM »
I'm thinking about starting to keg my beer but had a couple of questions. First I was wondering what size CO2 cylinder most people get? I've seen 5 LB and 10 LB. I was thinking 5 LB just for space and ease of handling but was wondering how long a typical 5 LB cylinder would last.

My second question deals with bottle filling from a keg. I want to still be able to bottle beer for competitions and to take to parties, etc. I've seen 3 different things for bottle filling from kegs. One is the beer gun from Blichmann. The others are 2 different counter pressure bottle fillers, one from Keg Connection and one from More Beer. I was wondering what people used and which would be best? I'm thinking about going counter pressure but not sure which system works best.

Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks

Tim

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Yeast and Fermentation / ferm wrap question
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:29:56 AM »
I just bought my first ferm wrap from Northern Brewer based on a lot of people on here saying they use them and they work. My question is how do people attached these to their fermentors? Mine doesn't fit all the way around my glass fermentor which shouldn't be too much of an issue but I was wondering how people typically attached these to their glass fermentors. Thanks

Tim

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Yeast and Fermentation / how to raise fermentation temp for a witbier
« on: April 18, 2014, 05:20:25 AM »
I have a Witbier recipe that I want to try brewing but it calls for starting fermentation at 68 and then gradually raising it to 72. The yeast being used will be White Labs WLP004 (Belgian Wit Ale). I was wondering how people tended to do this? I don't have any specialty equipment like dedicated fridges or freezers, I just wrap the fermenter in a blanket near an internal part of my house. What options do I have or alternatives to raising the temp? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

Tim

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General Homebrew Discussion / brewing my first lager
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:08:45 PM »
I'm looking into brewing my first lager and was wondering if there was any advantage to doing a single/double/triple decoction or just doing an infusion mash?

Tim

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General Homebrew Discussion / advice on dry hopping
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:22:30 AM »
I brewed an IPA recently where I dry hopped 2 oz. of whole hops in a normal 5 gallon glass carboy with I think a #7 stopper size. I started out trying to use hop socks, but realized they would not fit through the top of my secondary. Instead of using hop sacks I just added the whole hops loose into the carboy and realized my mistake immediately. When bottling, my auto-syphon kept getting clogged and I ended up losing about 1-1.5 gallons. I really liked the taste of this IPA and want to brew it again but wanted some advice on how I should go about dry hopping. I had 2 thoughts. First, I could use hop pellets and put them in hop socks, but I tend to like to use whole hops when dry hopping. The second option I thought of was to split the 2 oz. into 6-8 hop socks. This would reduce the area needing to fit through the top of my secondary. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Tim

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Equipment and Software / temperature contolling during fermentation
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:02:39 AM »
I'm looking into purchasing equipment so that I can temperature control my fermentation. I have a standard 6 gallon glass carboy with triple lock air lock that I use as a primary and I was wondering what size chest freezer would fit this carboy? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

Tim

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