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Kegging and Bottling / screwed up?
« on: December 20, 2010, 06:44:07 PM »
So, I'm new to kegging, first off.  My first couple of batches went great, however, I just kegged two batches the other day and focred carbonated them, and I think it has turned into disaster.  One, an IPA, has got so much head, it's not even funny, and the other, a Munich Helles, still tastes kind of flat.  And to make matters worse, I'm pretty sure I have a leak in the CO2 tank, as it seems to be empty now.  Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Cider Question
« on: November 28, 2010, 02:45:25 PM »
Good afternoon, I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.

I have a quick question regarding cider, if anyone can help.  There was an excellent article on it a few months ago in Zymurgy, however one step confused me.  The aeration with 100 percent oxygen.  Forgive my ignorance, but how the heck does one do this?  I will be deploying soon, so I thought sticking this in the closet for the duration would be a nice treat to come home to.  Thank you for your time.

Smitty

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Kegging and Bottling / It begins....
« on: August 31, 2010, 04:31:22 PM »
I'm kegging my first batch this weekend!  If anyone has a moment, I have a couple of questions, and could use a little advice.

-So, the first batch, a MaiBock, spent 3 weeks in the primary and another 3 in the secondary.  Can I/should I force carbonate, or let it age in the keg for awhile?  How does each process work?

-About how long does it take to chill a five gallon corny keg?  I've got a double tap kegerator.  

Any advice/suggestions/anecdotes that any of you feel might be helpful for a first time kegger would be greatly appreciated.  Cheers, everyone

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 16, 2010, 08:52:55 PM »
First, a little background.  I've been homebrewing for about a year, (well, one year and a half, but I don't count my deployment) started off with basically two cans from a beer kit, and am up to partial extract brewing (I really enjoy the brewers best kits, but I supplement with some Irish Moss and liquid yeast). 

I am totally psyched to brew up some pumpkin beer this fall.  However, not only do I not have the necessary equipment to go all grain, but I don't feel I'm ready yet from a general knowledge/technical prowess perspective. 

Should I just try to brew up an ale, and add pumpkin and spices?  I have been looking forward to this for like, six months, but I'm not sure of the best way to tackle this with my limited knowledge/experience and equipment.  I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or advice.  Thank you.

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Kegging and Bottling / Starting to Keg
« on: July 06, 2010, 07:39:01 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm going to be starting to keg pretty soon and I was looking for a little advice and help.  Basically what I'm looking to get is a double tap kegerator:

http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/kegerators/HBF05EABB-2.shtml

And a dual tap system with the works:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brew-logic-dual-tap-draft-system-with-reconditioned-co2-tank.html

I'm curious, am I missing anything needed to get started?  Am I going overboard?  About how long can I expect a 5lbs tank to last supporting two kegs?

Thanks for the help.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Newbie wort chiller question
« on: June 19, 2010, 10:12:29 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm still a little new around here.  I'm just a little curious how a wort chiller works and if it is a good idea to invest in one or not.  Thanks for the help.

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Kegging and Bottling / Party Pig
« on: April 11, 2010, 11:21:34 AM »
Good Afternoon everyone.  First off hello, I am new not only to this site, but forums in general. 

Forgive me if this topic/question has been brought up before, but I've recently branched out into kegging (sort of), with the Party Pig.  Which I enjoy thoroughly, however, I'm getting a lot of foam/head when I pour a pint.  Does anyone have any similar experiences or suggestions for correcting this?

Thanks

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