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Pimp My System / Re: My Keezer
« on: April 24, 2012, 01:32:30 AM »
Got them on ebay. I think they were $60 about a year ago.

Pimp My System / Re: My Keezer
« on: April 23, 2012, 01:53:57 AM »
Thanks for the kind words  8)

Pimp My System / Re: My Keezer
« on: April 22, 2012, 07:10:09 PM »
Thanks guys.

Mark, Ive been called many things...organized is not on of them :) Thanks

Pimp My System / My Keezer
« on: April 22, 2012, 06:07:22 PM »
I started brewing almost 2 years ago, and I found out very soon just how fast it can go from a hobby to a full blown obsession. The thing that flipped the obsession switch for me, was an article here about called

"The Amazing Transformation of Ross' Kegerator"

I had up until that point had the usual set up; you know, the 4 kegs in an upright fridge with picnic taps. In truth, my mind had begun to wonder about how to use a freezer, and then I stumbled on to Ross' Kegerator.

Suffice it to say I was blown away by what I saw, (I was thinking of putting S/S Towers on the lid of the freezer) They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I hope Ross feels that way.

While not as Aesthetically pleasing as Ross' is, yet. It is super functional and I'll work on the aesthetics in time.

Here's my version:

The victim was an all metal chest freezer that has to be as old as I am (I'm 42), made by BF Goodrich of all places

After putting some casters on the bottom, I decided to put a 10" collar around it. My logic was to increase the height of the taps, I thought that from that vantage point, it would be easier to see how your pour is going.

The casters are really great for wheeling it out of the garage for cookout's and the like

Here it is, with the collar and primer. Yes, I planned to put 7 taps on the thing.  ;D

Painting it, I'm a welder....not a painter. :)

Painted, and sort of looking ok.

This is the thermostat I used. I got it from the Chi Company, I think it cost $40 and works like a bomb

Running the lines, this was probably the most challenging part. Chest Freezers, apparently, aren't designed for people to crawl around it, let alone wield power tools.

I decided to use secondary regulators to run the ales, and initially I had 4 kegs up and running.

The label solution was a bit tough. Like Ross, I decided to use wooden legs from Lowes which once stained, worked really well. Ross used some picture frames to house his labels. I didn't really account for the width of those when I drilled the holes for the taps, that and I couldn't find any frames the right sizes anywhere. So instead, I got some sheet metal, cut them out to size, then printed the labels on magnetic print paper to fit. It works well.

Here's the final front end. Apologies that it's a little out of focus, but you can see all the pretty taps, including my personal favourite: the stout faucet, and on the far right, a tap that I plan to use for generic crap for the poor people who drink that stuff. I have a sanke connector on that tap, and a 1/6 keg which I can use for my stuff if I needed to.

Here's the final arrangement inside. I have a 10lb C02 tank to run the ale/lager/generic side, and the 5lb tank is fullled with beergas, to run the stout faucet.

Close up of the two tanks, with sanke connector.

This build took me a while, my work and family take up a lot of my time, but it was a lot of fun, and not to difficult. I've learned a lot of things along the way, and if I ever were to make another, there are a few things that I would do differently.

Hope everyone enjoys my musings. If anyone is planning on building something like this, I'd be happy to share my limited knowledge with them.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Naturally carbonating a stout in a keg
« on: November 17, 2011, 06:17:40 PM »
So a standard tap if carbing normally? pity, kinda like the look of a stout tap

The benefits of beergas vs natural carbing is what?

Kegging and Bottling / Naturally carbonating a stout in a keg
« on: November 17, 2011, 06:14:31 PM »
Is there anything different than mixing it with an appropriate amount of dme? like a standard tap vs a stout tap?

Classifieds / WTB: Entry Level Stout Faucet
« on: October 27, 2011, 01:30:38 PM »
Looking for a entry level stout faucet, doesn't have to be new, or SS. Just needs to be clean and useable. Shoot me a PM with what you have including shipping to 43420.


Ingredients / Re: Starter Store of grains
« on: October 27, 2011, 01:26:18 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback. You guys have given me some great info.

Ingredients / Re: Starter Store of grains
« on: October 24, 2011, 07:27:15 PM »
I live about 1 hour from the nearest lhbs. I don't brew that often, although I might increase that if I had grains and what not in hand. I don't really have a preference on style I like to brew, but I'm not into 'light' beers. Wheat ales, Lagers, Stouts, Belgian Tripels.....that sort of thing.

Ingredients / Starter Store of grains
« on: October 24, 2011, 05:56:47 PM »
Whats a good starting collection and amount of grains to have on hand?

Ingredients / Re: First crack and my own beer idea
« on: September 28, 2011, 02:22:34 PM »
Thanks guys.

Ehall, I've discovered that you're right, after carbing and chilling, I can't really taste the mango. But that is the joy of experimentation... :) I'm surprised at hoe pleasant the jalapeno is though. I wasn't expecting that. I will make it again, with more mango, once I've polished off the 5 gal I have and report back here once its done.

Than so much for your feedback.

Ingredients / Re: First crack and my own beer idea
« on: September 24, 2011, 09:43:35 PM »
Thanks euge. whats your opinion about the wit as a base. Do you think the orange peel and corriander would have been counter productive to the mango flavour?

Ingredients / First crack and my own beer idea
« on: September 24, 2011, 06:45:04 PM »
Ok, so I got an idea for a unique beer concept. Partly because I wanted to, partly because I want to enter it into a local beer competition once I'm happy with it, partly because my nieces asked me to make her a special beer for her 21st.

I remain a rank amateur at this who has progressed to partial mash kits, and have made 3 or 4 non kit recipes from scratch.

This beer of mine, is a Mango & Jalapeño Ale. I used a Belgian Wit extract kit as a base for ease of use and because it's a first draft. If it tasted awful, I wouldn't feel bad tossing it.

So, made the kit, let it run thru primary ferm, racked it onto 7 skinned and cubed mangos and one jalapeño for secondary, got a small secondary ferm lift off. Left it there for a week and a half. Went to rack it to a keg, and saw the Mango was a brown color not the bright orange when it went in, I took that as a good sign. I could smell citrus and the jalapeño, and after a night in the fridge, I tasted a small smaple.

I like what I tasted, a bit dry, a bit bitter with a slight jalapeño flavor and a very very little hint of heat, although there isn't much of the mango coming thru. I would've liked to have tasted more of the mango. So I was thinking of perhaps fortifying the beer with some mango vodka on my next attempt.

As always, I welcome any thoughts or opinions on this, or the whole concept.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator best practices.
« on: September 24, 2011, 02:15:15 PM »
Thank you, Narcout. Those are very cool.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator best practices.
« on: September 23, 2011, 06:14:35 PM »
I've been having a helluva time with these kegs, begining to wonder if it's the kegs themselves. Gonna try running pbw thru the lines at the end of each weekend, see if that makes a diffence, if not, I guess I'm gonna have to buy totally reconditioned kegs from sabco for $50 a crack.

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