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The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:00:31 AM »
I want to print this out and put it next to my taps.  ;D

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:12:09 AM »
Really exciting progress here: we have a toilet back!

We also got the box structure built and the PVC glued into it's final location. It's a tight fit with the air duct up top, but it'll do. I added some weather stripping but still need to make the box airtight. Crappy cell phone picture (promise I'll take proper pictures at the end, uploading from the phone via Tapatalk is just too easy):

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:38:23 PM »
I have a True GDM-12 (upright fridge, not kegerator) and I love it. I use it for fermenting larger batches, but I would recommend anything that True makes. Real workhorses.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:11:52 PM »

I know that basement.

Yep! :D

Made a ton of progress in the past few days. Cliff notes:

Roughed in the PVC piping for the beer lines and cooling air.

We also got all of the new flooring laid and the cabinets are here! Doors are being stained now and will be installed soon. I need to pick out a top and get the taps installed, but they hinge off of the top being picked out. Tomorrow, maybe.

We've gotten far enough to be able to move the laundry back into its proper home. Woo laundry!! Haha.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weekend Brewing 4/11/14
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:57:24 AM »
Saison... dry zesting with lemons & white pepper

I've been thinking the same thing for one of our wedding beers, but with black pepper. I have some small test batches planned over the next few months. Have you considered meyer lemons?

Heh, funny - this is a test batch for our wedding too. I have considered Meyer lemons, but they are hard to find at the grocery stores here. I could go to whole foods or something, but that's another trip I gotta make. So I'll probably stick with the regular lemons.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weekend Brewing 4/11/14
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:21:08 AM »
Brewing a total of 15 gallons this weekend, housewarming party drinkers and wedding test batches.

10 gallons Saison - split between dry hopping with Amarillo and dry zesting with lemons & white pepper
5 gallons Dry Stout - noms

I'm hoping to brew sequentially on Saturday, since I can theoretically start mashing another beer while I'm boiling the first one.

Equipment and Software / Re: Heating elements for fermentation
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:47:40 AM »
I have a couple of ferm wraps for my Better Bottles, but I use a low wattage ceramic heater for the 15g conical.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:06:48 AM »
I like club night when the clubs aren't beer dumping. If they only have five great beers, then serve five. No need to bring 20 when 15 are less than stellar. IMO I should not have to dump a club night beer because it has major flaws. YMMV.
We're meeting the week before to taste all of the beers.  Everyone knows those that blow won't be served at Club Night.  Unfortunately we won't know the fate of the cask conditioned brews until they are tapped at Club Night.   8)

GREAT idea.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:02:19 PM »
Cabinets are here!! :D

Started staining them tonight. This is going to be a long process...

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:15:35 PM »
Wow.  This looks so awesome.  But what are you going to do with all your time when this is done?


I'd like to think that I'll brew more and drink while sitting in lawn chairs more... but those will probably be famous last words if I commit to that! Like the title of the thread, "there's always a project".  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:15:11 AM »
  However, as one can clearly see, a beer that had no major flaws and was "not too far off the mark" only received a score of 31.

Check out the bottom left of the score sheet. 31 falls into "Very Good: Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws." While sparse, his notes seem to indicate exactly that.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:44:43 PM »
One more thing for (potential) future reference. The tap cross section I mentioned earlier. This is probably the 4th or 5th design and will be the final design.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:38:12 PM »
Oh hey Tim! Good to see you on here! Hoosier, some of my favorite places to drink involve standing in a basement, around a floor drain, and in front of the kegerator. :D

And no, I cannot build another... I am so worn out with my own project! :) But after living for years in apartments with a brewery, it's pretty clear that this has been stewing for a while! Haha.

Progress tonight: ripped out toilet, moved the washer and dryer out of the bathroom/laundry room, continued sanding on my sad attempt at mudding and taping drywall, built a bit more of the remote tap box, and drilled the first five holes in the wall for taps.


Superstructure of remote tap box. Basically 2x4s and polycarbonate. Still need to buy the all thread studs (have 1' rods, but it is impossible to cut with hand tools) and weatherstripping.

Love me a hole saw... Taps as shown on the previous drawing.

Toilet and laundry gone. Half painted. Have a new toilet on order and still need to pick out a vanity. I have a sneaking suspicion that the part I'm attempting to mud/tape over will need a beer tin over top of it. ;)

I have half of the main room painted. Once it is all painted, then the floors go in. Then the cabinets.

Speaking of, cabinets will be here tomorrow. Staining will start on Thursday. I cannot say enough good things about my great friend who is making them, Michael Crane. He's awesome. Just awesome. He's totally the reason I'm even motivated to tackle this project.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:07:12 AM »
I threw together a schedule over lunch so I know exactly what my critical path is for the project. Substantial completion is on target for 4/18.

I also mocked up the final tap spacing. It'll work out to be 5 taps initially, 3 on one side and 2 on the other. Then add a 6th tap for nitro.

If we ever get a wild hair and want 4 more taps (10 total), then there is spacing to do that without moving any existing taps - just by sliding the future taps down 2" and centered between existing taps.

I'll post the cross section view of the taps if I remember when I get home.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to pull yeast out of a conical
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:49:36 AM »
Careful with homebrew conicals. Many of them have 1/2" ports and if you are not careful you will get the yeast plugged up so bad you will not be able to get any movement.

I knew there was a reason I went with the 1.5" butterfly dump valve. :D

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