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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Jockey Box Plate Chiller Vs Coil for CO2
« on: July 13, 2013, 04:02:40 PM »
Depends on temperature and draft line lengths.  If the kegs will be sitting at ambient temperatures and/or if you have long draft lines that can warm up, the gas will want to come out of solution resulting in foamy pours.  In this case dial up the pressure, even if it means a faster pour.  My plate chiller setup needs anywhere from 25-30psi to serve a keg that is sitting out in ambient temps.  If you can keep the kegs chilled, you will likely get away with a serving pressure that is just slightly higher than you use in your fridge.

More times than not, when I see foamy pours from a jocky box, the user has the pressure set too low.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg lube
« on: February 05, 2013, 12:16:54 AM »
I have also found it beneficial to seat the seals by giving it an initial burst of high pressure. 

Equipment and Software / has anyone dissected their plate chiller?
« on: January 30, 2013, 12:42:41 AM »
I would love to see if anyone has every cross sectioned their plate chiller after many uses.  We all know the only reservation brewers have on these is their inability to know if it is really clean.

I pledge $2 to whoever will dissect their plate chiller.  99 more people on board and we should have a show...

Equipment and Software / Re: All things jockey box
« on: January 29, 2013, 08:11:23 PM »
Also worth noting... be sure to tap the keg and fill the lines before adding your ice.  I did the reverse and the line froze up.

Pimp My System / Re: grain mill
« on: January 29, 2013, 06:54:03 PM »
I apologize.  My comment was inappropriate and provided no constructive information to the original question.  I should have responded.. Yes, it is a Crankandstein.

You may notice that Monster Mills look very similar to Crankandstien.

Equipment and Software / Re: All things jockey box
« on: January 29, 2013, 06:50:07 PM »
I have built both flavors... I have a double tap ss coil version, and a 5 tap plate chiller version.

As others have stated, you can only get about two coils in one cooler.  The ss coil can hold more volume of beer.  This is advantageous if you are serving a lot of beer frequently.  It works best if the ice and water remain in contact with the coils.

The plate chiller would be my choice only if you wanted more than two taps on your box.  These work best with constant ice contact.  Keep the drain open and occasionally knock the ice around the plate to get it to fall down on the plate.

As far as keg pressure goes, it depends on the temp of your kegs.  Remember, to keep gas in solution, you must increase pressure as the temperature is increased.  This tends to go against your instinct to keep lowering the pressure because of foamy pours.  Generally, my experience, with warm kegs that I need to serve at 22-27 PSI on my setups to keep foaming down.

Equipment and Software / Re: Going Electric
« on: January 29, 2013, 02:20:48 AM »
I used to run on natural gas.  Since I have moved I ONLY have electric service.  I went with 5500W elements in my kettle and HLT.  I installed a 50A GFI breaker to service the heating elements.  I enclosed the elements with an aluminum project box I bought of DigiKey.  Very compact and tidy IMO. 

Equipment and Software / Re: chilling a 30-gal batch
« on: January 29, 2013, 02:04:29 AM »
dean, do you have any clogging issue recirculating through the therminator when sanitizing?  how do you manage hops going through the plate chiller?

Pimp My System / Re: grain mill
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:24:59 AM »
Nice build.  Is that a crankandstein mill?

Yep... before the fallout.

Pimp My System / grain mill
« on: January 28, 2013, 09:54:48 PM »
I thought I would share some pics of my grain mill.  The mill is by no means new, built it about 4 years ago.  However, I recently moved from so cal to the pacific northwest... and go figure, the frame quickly rusted over.  I have always been meaning to powdercoat it and this was a good excuse to finally get it done.

Classifieds / Re: For sale: natural gas burners and ASCO valves
« on: January 28, 2013, 08:52:03 PM »
One more valve left.  It didn't sell.  I lowered the price.

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