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Yeast and Fermentation / never re-used yeast before ?
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:54:32 PM »
This coming weekend I was thinking of using the yeast cake from a 1.053 citra smash ipa on a barleywine i will be brewing. I brewed the ipa last weekend, yeast is us05 and I have not dry-hopped the ipa yet. Do I just transfer all of the ipa off the yeast cake, then when the barleywine is all aerated and ready, just dump the barleywine on top of the yeast? Or is it better to put the yeast in a clean pail? Any other advice? Thanks in advance!

Pimp My System / Bottle cap bar build
« on: October 24, 2014, 04:44:15 PM »
2 keg system built into bar, bottle cap top with clear epoxy finish, 1640 caps

blue led light string, 6 pack cartons for side door

used a fancy Crown bottle cap to make the side door handle

tree trunk stools, I plan on putting foldup motorcycle pegs for foot rests,gotta hit the scrap yard

basic 2x4 frame with tabletop 1/2" below sides. I laid grout on table top, then GF & I stuck the bottle caps in the grout, took 3 sessions/days

thanks for the hand Phill

EDIT: I figured out how to change the size flickr displays, change the url http:/.....<filename>_m.jpg >> change the m to a z to make it bigger

Kegging and Bottling / how to keep beer lines cold in a keg tower
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:11:11 PM »
I built a fridge into my new bar & drilled holes in tops to run beer lines. The top of the fridge is about 6" below the bar top, and I have the beer lines above the fridge wrapped in heavy aluminum tape surrounding a couple inches of spray foam insulation, and insulation in the tower as well. Today I saw an idea of encasing each beer line in 1/2" copper tubing that runs from the top of the tower and extends 12" into the fridge. I am looking to get a colder start on my pours to reduce foam. Do you think this copper idea would work? I don't mind doing the extra work of cutting out the foam insulation I sprayed if this will work. Or any other ideas? I have seen installing a small fan and could do that if it's better, but I like this copper idea.

Kegging and Bottling / first try at keg co2 connect ?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:06:12 AM »
I got a keg filled at local brewery. Ball lock. When i connect the coupler to the in line on keg it started spitting beer. So i pulled it off cuz i dont want beer all over girlfriends carpet. My first try at kegging. Is this normal? Or is maybe keg too full or they put the posts backwards? It is the in line with the sprocket.

Kegging and Bottling / fridge wont stay cold ?
« on: September 06, 2014, 11:43:14 PM »
I bought a new danby 4.4 fridge for kegerator (tower). Drilled hole in top for beer lines and in side for co2. Sealed them pretty good. Now the fridge wont go below 55. It worked fine for a couple weeks before i put holes in it. Do u think there is something wrong with the fridge? Or can it be some sorta pressure problem if i didnt seal holes good enough? All coolant lines are at the back.

Kegging and Bottling / Can you bottle in canning jars?
« on: May 15, 2014, 01:08:06 AM »
I'm just wondering if you think it is possible to bottle beer in canning jars, crank the lid on real tight. Reason is Canada customs seems to like my beer, so I'm thinking if I send to my friends there in Canada, I might be able to pull a fast one on em. I guess I will try one pint next bottling day, but was wondering if anyone has any thoughts...

Yeast and Fermentation / synthetic yeast anyone?
« on: March 27, 2014, 07:46:24 PM »
They are only 1 of 16 chromosomes done, but kinda interesting

General Homebrew Discussion / fermentation not complete ?
« on: March 09, 2014, 01:33:45 AM »
My barley wine is sitting at .035. OG was 1.120 5 weeks ago. Lots of sediment in secondary. Temp 68. Should i wait more or do something to get it lower? Looking for .026. I would prefer to bottle instead of bulk aging. Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / my first logger ?s
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:02:25 AM »
This wknd I will be brewing an american lager, OG = 1.056 using Bavarian Lager Wyeast 2206. A few ?s>
- I don't have the setup so will be using a large bucket filled with water to ferment in the garage. Temps in NM for the next 10 days are supposed to average 63 for high & 39 for low. So hopefully I can keep the ferment in the low 50s or high 40s, which is in line for this yeast. Do you think I will get a good temp control with the pail in a bucket of water like that provided ambient temp doesn't change?
- I plan on doing a decoction mash (first time also), doing BIAB. Any tips on this? Starting @ 10.75 lbs grain @ 1.5 quart per lb. @ 105 degree for 30 minutes. Then decot 3.4 qts and raise to 122 for 30 mins. Then decot 8 qts and raise to 155 for 30 mins. Then rinse grains @ 168. I can use my boil kettle or a 5 gallon cooler bucket for the mash.
- According to Beersmith I need 414 billion yeast cells. A 2.5 litre starter with stir plate will produce 450 billion cells. I only have a 2 litre flask. What would be the best way to create my starter? And I believe I need the starter to be at about 50 degrees, same as wort, any tips on the yeast starter would be appreciated.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / whirlpool = cloudy beer ?
« on: April 15, 2013, 02:53:19 PM »
8 gallon brew pot, malt extract & specialty grains, 1/2 whirlfloc tablet for last 5 mins of boil, bottling
I've been getting good results with the new wort chiller I got for xmas (thanks babe), drops temp to 75 in 15 to 40 mins depending on air temp, and nice clear wort sitting on top of the cold break. I decided to try whirlpool for my first time, after the temp got to 75 last week, so removed the IC & stirred it up real good, which got all the cold break mixed in with my nice clear wort. Waited 15 mins, it was still cloudy, but I got impatient, partially due to my pot sitting in 80 degree NM sun, so opened the valve & drained into the fermenter. It drained all the break, there was hardly anything left in the pot. It fermented fine at 72 degrees, yesterday I transferred to secondary. But it's pretty cloudy. Is there anything I can do to help clear things up prior to bottling. I was thinking after the ferment is over, use isinglass. Or would chilling the carboy in an ice bath for a few days do anything (you know, ice bath, cold break...). Any idears would be appreciated.

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