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I am doing a clone recipe of New Glarus Belgian Red. The recipe calls for primary fermentation for 4 weeks followed by the addition of 1 gallon of cherry juice into secondary then ferment to completion. The original has a very sweet (almost wine like) character to it from the cherries. My question is, to reproduce that sweet cherry flavor, I would assume I would not want to continue fermentation after the cherry juice is added into secondary? My initial thought was to cold crash at time of transfer to kill fermentation and then add cherry juice and lager it. However, this is not what the recipe calls for (and the recipe was highlighted in the July 2007 Zymurgy). Or would I be better off just transferring it to secondary, adding cherry juice, and letting it ferment to completion?

I have not done a fruit beer like this before so any input is appreciated!

Pimp My System / New basement bar
« on: October 16, 2016, 05:08:44 PM »
I just finished off part of my basement with a new bar that has 4 taps, one with a stout faucet on Nitro and the other 3 on CO2. The drip tray drains into the main sewer line for the house behind the wall. The drip tray also has a glass rinser with water supply. The keggerator behind the wall is a converted chest freezer that can hold 4 5 gallon kegs. There are 3 recirculating fans to keep an even temp throughout. 2 of the fans also recirculate cold air in the insulated PVC pipes that keep the beer lines cold going to the taps.

My old and smaller keggerator was converted into a fermentation chamber with a 2 stage temp controller that controls the keggerator and ferm wrap on the carboy. I installed 2 CO2 lines as well so I can cold condition kegs when not fermentation and carbonate at the same time so the next keg is ready when another one kicks.

Kegging and Bottling / Blichman beer gun or Last Straw
« on: October 11, 2016, 09:03:12 PM »
I am looking to get a counter pressure bottle filler an am looking at the Blichman Beer Gun vs. Last Straw. Any suggestions?

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling from keg
« on: September 16, 2016, 08:06:32 PM »
I need to bottle some beer from a keg. Can I just dispense beer into the bottle from the keg and cap it? Any tips or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

Equipment and Software / Perlick faucets tap handle angles
« on: August 04, 2016, 02:33:17 AM »
I recently installed 3 perlick faucets on my bar. I was really excited about them until I realized the angles the tap handles sit on the faucets cause the handles to hit the back splash when I close the tap. I'm hoping to learn of some way to adjust the angle the tap handles sit on the faucets so that they sit more forward in the closed position and don't hit the back wall but am gearing I may have to go back to the standard faucet to correct this.

Kegging and Bottling / Kegging and dispensing with nitrogen
« on: July 07, 2016, 06:54:15 PM »
I'm brewing a Left Hand Milk Stout clone right now and want to put it on nitro. I have never used nitro before but do have a nitro tank/regulator and stout faucet. I'm looking for advice on proper way to carbonate and dispense. I am planning on using beer gas 75%N/25%CO2. Thanks!

Equipment and Software / rinser drip tray
« on: April 22, 2016, 07:48:13 PM »
I am going to be installing a bar with 4 taps in my basement soon and am looking to find a 24 inch stainless steel rinser drip tray. Does anyone know of somewhere I could find one of these? I haven't been able to find much online so far.

Equipment and Software / Insulated beer lines
« on: March 31, 2016, 04:09:42 PM »
I have a keggerator that I made out of a chest freezer that, as of right now, has the taps coming out of the collar of the keggerator. I am doing a basement remodel and am going to have 4 taps coming out of the wall with my keggerator backing up to the back side of the wall. The beer lines will come out of the keggerator and through the wall to the taps. Do I need insulated beer lines for that? If so, what would work best?

Equipment and Software / label making software
« on: November 23, 2015, 08:36:25 PM »
Anyone have any good suggestions for beer bottle label making software/hardware?


All Grain Brewing / pH control
« on: November 23, 2015, 06:32:24 PM »
So far, I have done nothing as far as pH control. Mostly because I don't know much about how to go about it. I am looking for suggestions/advice on pH testing equipment and processes along with general tips related to pH. Thanks!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Stopped Working
« on: May 04, 2015, 07:07:09 PM »
What temperature do you keep the keggerator at? Where is the temp probe? I recently had no flow in all of my taps and couldn't figure out why. Everything seemed to be set up properly. I had my Johnson temp controller set at 39 degrees with a diff of 2 degrees so I thought for sure freezing wasn't the issue. But it was. I went to grab the kegs and they were both frozen solid. After further investigation, I realized that my temp probe was near the top of the keggerator which was about 12 degrees warmer than the bottom, which was at around 25 degrees. What I did to fix that was put a fan into the keggerator for better airflow and less temp differential. I attached the temp probe to a glass of water and put it near the bottom. I thawed the kegs out and now everything works great!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg outflow problem
« on: May 04, 2015, 06:56:39 PM »
Beer is now thawed and flows great from the taps....and still tastes good too!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Transition from primary to secondary
« on: May 01, 2015, 12:11:42 PM »
Let it be at this point. Most Belgian yeasts are pretty hardy and also tend to stick around in suspension so you should be fine, but as you have surmised it's not a good idea ever to rack before fermentation is finished.
If you let fermentation complete in the primary and do not plan to add anything more to the beer, is there any point to rack in a secondary fermenter?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg outflow problem
« on: April 30, 2015, 04:33:59 PM »
Great suggestions thanks! Does it matter where the fan is mounted or where it is pointed?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg outflow problem
« on: April 30, 2015, 04:09:27 PM »
Sounds like the beer is freezing, as Amanda asked, where is the probe?
Well it looks like that was exactly the problem . I moved the probe closer to the bottom of the keggerator and the temp dropped over 10 degrees to the mid 20s. Hopefully the freezing won't affect taste now....

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