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Pimp My System / Re: Project keezer
« on: Today at 08:45:20 PM »
I don't have any pictures to post at the moment.  I mounted my 7" freezer on a piece of plywood about 2" longer and wider than the base.  I ran a .75"x.75" edge around the top of the plywood to make it look a bit cleaner.

The most important thing the platform allowed me to do was put 3.5" wheels under the unit.  This means I can move it around as needed with out unloading it.

Other than that, I just painted the wooden collar with Gloss-White paint, mounted the top on the collar, and hung my temp controller on it.


Have fun on your design and build!  My system has worked very well is basically maintainance free (sans cleaning, of course).


Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:44:30 PM »
I can't answer the question but am looking forward to the opinions.

My burner has seen better days.  The kettle supporting frame is starting to be eaten away by the flames.  The day is coming that I will have to replace it. 


The worst thing I've had happen lately was a cleaning accident.

I was cleaning 7 dirty kegs and was on the last one.  I picked up the keg which was full of PBL in order dump it down the drain.  I had to pause to move something out of the way and my hand holding the keg slipped.  The keg dropped straight down, about 3 feet.  It hit the top of my knee cap and continued down on to my right foot.  The knee was swelled for about 4 days.  I don't normally bruise much, but my foot has a 2.5 to 3 inch bruise centered on the base of toes and on to the top of my foot.

I wasn't sure how much damage had been done but I finished the job and pressurized the kegs.  Then I drug myself up the basement steps and had to ask my wife to remove my work boot and sock so we could see if I had any broken bones.

Luckily, I don't have any broken bones but it's going to take quite awhile to heal up.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Cold crash before secondary of after?
« on: June 05, 2018, 10:58:45 AM »
Cold crashing is typically the last before packaging.  I only (attempt) to do it on lagers though.  I don't really have the right equipment for it.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: My Kingdom For a Good Bottling Wand!
« on: June 02, 2018, 12:15:28 PM »
Bottling wands can be pain.  I don't bottle much anymore but my first wand, that had a red tip, stills works the best.  I got a black tipped one since the first was having an issue with the plunger getting weak and bending but the new on leaked too much.  I bought a stainless steel type that works but makes it difficult to judge when to stop filling the bottle.  It doesn't displace enough volume to fill the bottle to the top and then remove the wand for the "perfect" fill.

Now I just keg and tell people if they want beer to stop by for a visit.   ;D


Equipment and Software / Re: Converted Keg Question
« on: May 31, 2018, 07:33:19 PM »
I'd spend more time grinding the edge to get it smooth.  You can use different gauge wheels to knock off the edges (Course), then flatten and smooth (medium) and finally polish (Fine).

It takes more time but I think you would be happier in the long run.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: How long can I do this?
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:26:31 PM »
Yeast like to mutate but as long as the batch you have is giving you the results you want there's no reason to stop. 

Someday, you may find your yeast has changed in a way you don't like and if that happens then get new yeast. 

It's more likely that it will just settle into your brewery and become your strain, not quite what you started with, but doing exactly what you want.  That's how the really old yeasts came to be.  One brewery reusing the same strain until it became their "house yeast".



The Pub / Re: Cutting the cord options
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:30:41 PM »
I sometime feel like we were one of the first cord-cutters.  Not really true but we dropped cable 10 or 12 years ago.  Switched from a "real" landline to Vonage 4 or 5 years before that.  And then we dropped Vonage now that all the kids have cell phones.

For TV we have an antenna, Netflix and Amazon Prime.  Oddly, when we had cable most of what we watched were cooking shows and Sci-Fi and that hasn't really changed.  The cooking shows come from PBS and the Sci-Fi comes through Comet. 

I used to be a news junky but it's so bad now I really don't care to take the time to try and watch it anymore.  How many times do I really need to hear the weather on any given day?  The last time I tried to watch the local morning news the format was 30 seconds of headlines, 30-90 seconds of weather, 15 seconds for a traffic report and 5 minutes of commercials.  Rinse repeat for, I think they said, two hours.  Exact same "news" each time and on top of that it was all reruns of the stories they showed on the 9-10 news the night before.  The major news magazines have all stopped publishing actual paper magazines and they web content, if you can find it amongst the ads is as bad as TV.

Now I brew, do woodworking, garden and have a couple of beers when I need something to do. 

Ahhh.  I feel better.  Thanks for the rant.   ;D

Cut the cord.  I think it's like what I've been told about retirement.  The first month you will worry about everything.  The second month you'll wonder why you waited so long to quit.


Hi guys,

Jared here, the OP of the thread resulting in this conversation.  I would like to say that I acted emotionally, irrationally and out of turn in my response to Martin.  I fully take the blame for the thread in question taking a detour and a loss of learning and education.  I believe Martin and I have patched things up, as it was not his intent to derail me.  He, of course, was correct.  My water was WAY off of what it should be.  I have since brewed this again and it is infinitely better.  My question is now, should I update the thread to reflect the better version, using different water profile and taking Martin's suggestions into consideration as well as those of the other contributors, or should I just abandon (delete) the thread and restart it?  I don't want to be inconsiderate to those who contributed what amounts to a TON of good information and debate, but I also don't necessarily want the embarrassment of my outrage to be forever cemented into the forums.  Opinions?

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I don't think I was involved the thread you folks are talking about but I will say it is helpful when a discussion is resolved for everyone.  If you had a problem and found a solution, post it so the next person can actually see what worked for you.

It drives me nuts when I'm looking for something, read 15 pages of comments and then sit there asking "did any of the suggestions work?"

As far threads getting locked?  It always feels like a "we will know it when we see it" type of thing.  This forum does a great job at managing itself which has always amazed me.

If anyone remembers the Northern Brewer Bru-Ha-Ha fiasco you'll understand how bad things can go and how fast the go there.   I have to admit that I may not have helped that particular situation.   ::)


Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer storage
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:15:05 PM »
This is my standard procedure.  I store beer for months in kegs.  I even naturally carbonate.

I store them in a cupboard I built on an inside basement wall (backs up to dirt under the garage) specifically for my kegs.  As long as you can maintain reasonable cool, i.e. cellar temps, you'll be fine.  I've never had any problems in 15 years, so far.


You're right that the brewery can't own the distributer (in Iowa, at least, which is my only knowledge base).  The thing to remember is that the brewer's uncle, cousin, sibling or whoever can. 

I'm not, generally, a conspiracy believer but controlling a market doesn't have to be done by single company. 

I just hope everyone learns to play together one of these days.  I know, I'm a dreamer.


Many, many moons ago when used party keys I believe I used about 1/4 cup priming sugar for 5 gallons.  A 1/4 cup would be 4 Tb so, assuming my memory is correct, 1 Tb would about right for my old brews.

Sealing a party keg shouldn't be too hard.  At least I never ran into problems. A little keg lube can help make things fit easier.

If you try to force carb, which should work, I would do it cold.  Crank up the pressure until you hear gas moving and shake the keg until it stops.  Don't put too much pressure in though.  I had a couple where the seams bulged out after riding in the back of our van.

Good luck!


Welcome to the AHA and the forum.  I haven't gone to GABF so my answer will be from the perspective of "Interested 3rd party", I guess.

Each year, as an AHA member I get a bunch of emails with the details on when, how, where to purchase, and I think you receive a code (not real sure on that one) to get you into the correct queue to buy tickets during the "Member's Only" timeframe. 

You should have enough advanced notice to prepare.  I believe the tickets go pretty fast so it is good to be informed and ready to go.

Welcome and good luck.  This is a good group of very knowledgeable and helpful folks on this forum.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this an infection?
« on: April 29, 2018, 11:30:27 AM »
Where in the process are you when you took the picture? 

I've seen that type of look in the fermenter before the yeast takes off and after the yeast has dropped and it's just CO2 bubbles building islands around hop debris.

I can't really say for sure, obviously, but I would lean towards "probably okay" until proven otherwise.


Equipment and Software / Re: Female Quick Disconnect Lubrication
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:05:29 AM »
OP mentions heat, so I believe he is concerned with the stainless disconnects used hot side.

Good point.  I didn't process that part.


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