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Kegging and Bottling / Keg outflow problem
« on: April 30, 2015, 08:06:06 AM »
I am new to kegging. I have a cream ale and stout on tap. I have a chest freezer converted to a keggerator. I use a Johnson A419 temp controller and keep set at 39 degrees. Initially everything was working great. Now if I let it sit for a few days I get almost no flow out of the taps when I open them. At first I noticed some icing in the lines as they were touching the sides of the freezer. Thawed them out and worked fine again. I tied off the lines so they weren't touching the sides of the freezer and haven't noticed any more icing. However, after about a week I opened the taps and again I have absolutely no flow. There does not appear to be any obstruction in the beer line itself. Maybe icing at the out connector but if it's at 39 degreeswith a 2 degree differential I can't see any reason for icing. With that said, this is the third time this has happened and when I shut off the freezer and let it warm up a few degrees the problem has resolved the last 2 times which would suggest an icing issue I would think. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions to help me out? This is getting frustrating!

Yeast and Fermentation / Transition from primary to secondary
« on: April 29, 2015, 07:21:42 PM »
I have a Belgian Tripel fermenting now. Recipe said to add grapefruit and brown sugar at 60 hrs into primary and transition into secondary after 1 week. It's been a week now and it is still fermenting fairly strong. I moved it into the secondary fermenter like the recipe,said and now fermentation has significantly slowed. Should I have left it in the primary fermenter longer? How do you know when is a good time to transition into the secondary fermenter?

Yeast and Fermentation / Sterilizing secondary fermentation additions
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:54:06 AM »
I currently have a vanilla porter in my primary fermenter. I plan on adding sliced up vanilla beans at secondary fermentation. The question I have is how do I sanitize the beans prior to adding them to the fermenter? Can I just spray them its star san first? I've read some soak the beans in vodka for a while but I'm not yet convinced I want to go that route.

How do you sanitize other things like fruits you want to add in the fermentation? My next brew I plan on is a tripel that calls for grapefruit in the secondary fermenter.

Equipment and Software / Heating elements for fermentation
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:52:26 PM »
I am looking to find a heating element that I can hook up to a temperature controller and place in a chest freezer to maintain appropriate temperatures during fermentation. Anyone have recommendations on a good heat source?

Yeast and Fermentation / cold crashing process
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:28:19 PM »
Can someone please explain the process of cold crashing and decanting yeast starter and the reasons for it?

Yeast and Fermentation / Dry hopping
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:19:08 PM »
When dry hopping, is it important to transfer to a secondary fermenter and then add the hops? Or can you add hops while the beer is still in the primary fermenter with the layer of trub on the bottom?

Equipment and Software / Recipe designer software
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:21:59 PM »
I'm sure this topic has probably been discussed before, but I can't seem to find it. Anyone have recommendations for recipe designer software? I've been using brewmate but for some reason the numbers (mostly IBU) just don't  add up most of the time.

Equipment and Software / Filtration systems
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:40:42 AM »
Anyone have recommendations for good ways to filter hop and grain particles out of the wort after the boil prior to transfer to the primary fermenter? I have just been draining off the liquid so far which has left a lot of remaining sediment.

Kegging and Bottling / Temperature controllers
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:17:16 AM »
I am in the process of converting a freezer into a keggerator and need some recommendations for a temperature control system. I also need temperature control for fermentation. Any suggestions? I see that Johnson controllers seem to have good reviews. I was also looking at the Controller III but couldn't find any reviews on that one.

Kegging and Bottling / priming sugar
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:39:18 PM »
How do you decide the type of priming sugar and amount to add? I have 5 gallon batches of an irish red ale and cream ale in fermenters now which I will be bottling in the near future. I'm having a hard time figuring out what priming sugar to add and how much.

Yeast and Fermentation / Secondary fermentation
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:15:38 PM »
When using a primary and secondary fermentation system, how do you decide when it is the right time to transfer from the primary to secondary fermenter?

Kegging and Bottling / BeerBox
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:56:18 PM »
Has anyone used the BeerBox? It looks cool but I haven't been able to find any reviews on it. Thanks!

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