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Going Pro / Re: new keg product
« on: July 10, 2014, 01:38:08 PM »
I got them yesterday.  Very strange looking product.  My Amber will be ready to keg on Sunday, so we will try one at that time. 

And I understand about the spears.  Seems like it'll be easier to clean than the corny kegs we are distributing in now.  But, time will tell. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Torrified wheat substitute
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:31:12 PM »
Langunitas uses this in the Little Sumpin'  We're gonna try the clone from CYBI soon. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:29:35 PM »
We vitiated New Glarus during our NHC road trip.  Picked up a case of the Belgian Red.  It never made it out of Grand Rapids, so we had to buy more as we headed back to catch our flight in MPLS.  (don't ask)

But, $25 on Alaska Air is dirt cheap for shipping. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:26:09 PM »
It was a mess.  Thank goodness for PBW!!!!!

(although I am trying a different product from Craft Meister)

Equipment and Software / Re: drilled into wrong spot on fridge
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:23:50 PM »
So I was moving my CO2 tank outside of the fridge and drilling a hole for the gas hose into the the side of the fridge toward the back and about a foot from the bottom. I drilled a small hole to start and immediately noticed air coming out. It wasn't incredibly high pressured but definitely considerable. I was able to seal the holes on the inside and the outside sides and have it back up and running. As far as I can tell, it is not cooling although the compressor is running and the holes are sealed.

Did I damage the fridge beyond repair by letting freon out? I was hoping that sealing the holes would have resolved the problem but I know very little about fridges...

Wow dude, that sucks.  My guess is the answer to your question is yes, you damaged it beyond repair. But, that's only a guess.  I have no direct experience on this.   

Going Pro / Re: new keg product
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:36:51 PM »
Well, we came to an agreement on pricing, and three kegs and 15 liners will be here next Thursday.  Unit cost is a bit much as we are only buying three, but I want to try them before buying a whole pallet.  But still about a 20% discount on stated prices.  The killer is shipping.  But for a trail run, what the heck.

Equipment and Software / Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:35:15 AM »
I say go for it!  JUst make sure if you are brewing inside to vent correctly.  Also, keep in mind that with 25G pots it will probably be a little finicky brewing 20G.  Good luck in the planning and building of the new brewhouse!


+1, we brew 30 gallon batches in a 55 gallon boilermaker.  And I have had boil overs when not watching things carefully. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 02, 2014, 09:04:15 AM »
Thanks, Kyle.  I may end up wiring them myself since that's about $100 more than I can get them at Amazon.

Another question...where do you set the freezer thermostat?  As cold as it will go, then let the controller take it from there?

When I was using one of our chest freezers for fermentation, I actually set the freezer dial to the highest setting.  Don't know if it's true or not, but why have that compressor work any harder than it needs to.  Less off and on cycling was my theory.  But who knows.  Now I have them all turned down to 40 degrees for full keg storage.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barrel Aging & Space Filler
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:17:40 AM »
I would brew more but I dont have enough equipment to do so.
So ya I would have to blow the balloons in the barrel, was thinking put a rock in balloon, wrap, then put all but end in the bunghole, then blow up, tie and drop in.

You could brew a batch every day for five days.  It doesn't all have to be brewed in on batch.

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 01, 2014, 02:10:12 PM »
I have three, A johnson, a ranco, and this one:

(and if I wired it Denny, I know you can)

I have no preference in any of them.  They have all worked great, without problems. 

Going Pro / Re: new keg product
« on: July 01, 2014, 02:04:16 PM »
They were up front to the far left by the bathrooms... I thought it was a pretty cool product...but seemed too expensive... Just the bags alone would be $5 each they were saying.  I forget the price of the kegs but it was going to be >$100.. I dunno... I don't see many homebrewers spending $5 extra per batch for the bag on top of a keg that is that expensive.

The sales guy I'm working with is giving numbers about 20% less than that.  It's promotional pricing right now.  And they are going to let me test a few for two months, and still order more at the promotional rate. 

Going Pro / Re: new keg product
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:36:12 PM »
I talked to the guy at the NHC this year and demonstrated how it worked.  Really interesting and cool product. He also indicated they are in the process of creating ball lock products for homebrewers.

Hmmm.  I didn't seem them in GR.  Bummer.  Oh well, we're gonna give it a go. 

Going Pro / new keg product
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:18:19 PM »

We're gonna order a few of these.  I don't know how well they will work, but no cleaning is worth $4 a keg to me. 

Wood/Casks / Re: Bourbon Barrel Aging
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:32:11 AM »
OK, our imp stout is about to reach FG.  We started at 1.084, two days ago it was down to 1.014.  If it's at 1.014 today, we're gonna fill up the barrel.  This is the Big Brew Recipe.  As you can see we didn't come close to the 1.100, but all three times we've brewed it, it's been within .004 of each other.  And we got it down well below the 1.025 on the recipe sheet.

This should prove interesting.  We plan to taste through a vinnie port each month until we like it.  And brewed enough to make up for the angels share/brewers share.

Classifieds / Re: NHC glass
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:00:29 AM »
Thanks Dude, email sent.

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