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Pimp My System / Easy Tap Handles
« on: January 26, 2014, 03:06:46 PM »
I made three chalkboard tap handles this weekend for only $15. They are not masterpieces by any means, but I think it beats spending $40 per handle.


- 36" poplar 2 x 2
- 3/8-16 x 3 hanger bolts
- Ferrules
- Chalkboard spray paint

Simply drill a 3/8 hole, screw in hanger bolts, and spray paint handle. Couldn't be easier.

I'm going to stain the two on the left later today, but the one on the far right is complete. The one in the middle is a little crooked, oh well.

Pimp My System / Simple Keezer
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:07:53 AM »
Just finished building my keezer. With all the awesome projects on this forum and others it was easy to figure how to do this. I used 2 x 6 pine for the insider collar and 1 x 8 maple for the outside. Here's a picture after the first coat of stain. I used Minwax Polyshades (stain and polyurethane combo) "Golden Oak."

After the second coat dried I applied weatherstripping, checked out the fit, and waited for the other faucets to arrive. The fit is very snug.

I drilled the hole for the CO2 line and installed the manifold and gas lines.

Faucets came in the mail today. Woohoo!

Another shot of the guts. As you can see I still need to find myself a third corny keg.

Well that's it. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Kegging and Bottling / Keezer CO2 Management - Manifold Only
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:59:07 PM »
I am usually a practical (cough, lazy) homebrewer who doesn't enjoy construction projects. I have been happy with using picnic taps in my keezer. However, you are all pressuring (pun intended) me, with your beautiful keezer build photos, to build a collar/multi-faucet setup.

I plan to use a 3 way manifold and will not have multiple regulators to start. For serving, I will just pick a CO2 volume range that will work well with a broad range of styles. But how should I carbonate a new keg when the others are already fully carbonated?

Set it and forget it obviously works, but I usually use the 30 psi for 48 hours method. Could I just cease dispensing beer for 48 hours and send 30 psi to one keg, and shut off the valves for the other two? As long as I'm not pouring beer and there are no leaks, the kegs shouldn't bleed pressure. Right?

My other idea was just to buy a 5 lb tank for charging the kegs. What methods do you all use?

Beer Recipes / Classic American Pilsener
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:45:12 AM »
Wow. This style is phenomenal. I just poured a pint from the keezer. It could be my new house beer - at least in the winter when it's easier to chill to pitching temperatures. WLP800 takes forever, but it's worth the wait.

I used Jamil's recipe and personally think it needs no adjustments. Does anyone else brew this regularly?

Happy brewing!

Ingredients / Base Malt Allergy
« on: July 12, 2013, 02:50:34 AM »
Anyone else have this issue? 2 Row and Pilsner give me a rash on my neck, itchy throat and eyes, sneezing, etc when milling. I haven't noticed this until recently since I've been buying grain in bulk and milling my own. I never had this problem milling darker malts, though. Also, the finished brews never bother me (thankfully).

This is similar to fruit allergies I have where eating the raw fruit gives me hives, but it is fine in any other form. For example, I cannot bite into an apple, but I can eat apple pie just fine. I'm thinking there must be a connection.

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