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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:07:40 PM »
I got my new posts today. I did the switch and I am still getting nothing but foam. I tried pulling the dip tube out and putting a second O ring on it to shim it up a bit in case it is too long. Still no luck. I just can't imagine what is wrong.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 13, 2015, 04:41:48 PM »
I can't get 3 in my kegerator when I use one of these instead of the chinese ones.

Thankyou for the link

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 13, 2015, 11:11:55 AM »
They told me they have only had this complaint one other time. My only complaints about this keg other than this is that it seems to be a larger diameter than my other kegs, the posts are not marked in or out, and the opening at the top isn't quite as big as the openings on my Chinese kegs. I can't reach my entire arm into clean it like I can on those. There is only one handle and the edges on it really need to be smoothed. On the upside it has some kind of certification and seems to be sturdier than my Chinese kegs.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 13, 2015, 10:18:26 AM »
I just got a response from Farmhouse. They said if I had contacted them before ordering new posts they would have sent me new ones. They said they would like to have the ones I take off of my kegs to show to their manufacturers. They said they would credit me the amount I spent on my new posts toward future purchases from them.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 12, 2015, 08:15:35 PM »
Email farmhouse. I have never dealt with them, but I hear they are a pretty stand-up company.

I have always had good luck with them in the past.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 12, 2015, 07:26:36 PM »
I think I have this figured out. The "in" disconnect does not click on like it should. I am ordering a new "in" post at midwest supplies for each of the new kegs I bought. It does not click on properly to the other keg that I hadn't taken out of the box yet either. If you order one of the $75 kegs from farmhousebrewingsupply.com you should go ahead and order new posts from either Northernbrewer or midwestsupplies at the same time.

Did they put "out" posts on accidentally?

If that happened it would be almost impossible to get the quick disconnect off. It is the "out" post they don't click onto properly I didn't get that right in my post. New posts were $11.99 each then another $11 for shipping. So the $75 kegs with $10 each shipping weren't the deal they appeared to be.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 12, 2015, 06:09:40 PM »
I think I have this figured out. The "in" disconnect does not click on like it should. I am ordering a new "in" post at midwest supplies for each of the new kegs I bought. It does not click on properly to the other keg that I hadn't taken out of the box yet either. If you order one of the $75 kegs from farmhousebrewingsupply.com you should go ahead and order new posts from either Northernbrewer or midwestsupplies at the same time.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 07, 2015, 05:58:07 PM »
I was wondering about that. This is a brand new keg I have never used before. It is one of the ones Farmhouse Brew Supply is selling for $75. It would be really hard to position it while it has beer in it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 07, 2015, 03:37:47 PM »
It isn't overcarbonated. I released all pressure, waited 8 hours, released it again, for 2 days after putting the keg back together. I did that until there was no pressure in the keg when I pulled on the relief valve. I have to assume the beer at that point was flat. As soon as I hooked the lines up I got foam again.

And yes when I had it apart I disassembled the locks, cleaned and sanitized the poppets and springs.

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Kegging and Bottling / Out of ideas
« on: July 07, 2015, 03:21:05 PM »
I have a keg of some of the best wheat beer I have ever tried, let alone brewed. When I first tapped it, it poured perfectly. Then I started getting nothing but foam. It is only a quarter of the way low. The first thing I did was disconnect the hoses and hook them to another keg. It worked fine so I know it isn't the hoses. Next I depressurized the keg and removed the dip tube to see if it was abstructed I cleaned the ball lock before putting it back together. Next I did the same with the inlet. Everything is fine. I tried it again, nothing but foam. What am I missing?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AU Summer hops in American Wheat?
« on: June 17, 2015, 03:42:24 AM »
I brewed this over the weekend and the brew day went smoothly, but I was disappointed that I ended up with an original gravity of 1.044.  Should have been around 1.052 according to my calculations.  I'm sure it will still be tasty, but definitely a session beer. 

I'm not sure if my process needs work, or if maybe I'm not getting a proper crush.  I mill my grain at my LHBS at their recommended mill settings.  I have to confess that I usually don't take gravity readings, so I don't know if this is an ongoing issue or a one-time aberration.  Time to step up the record-keeping to figure this out.  I'm going to start by running the grain through the mill multiple times for my next batch and see where it comes out.

What was your mash temperature? I find that if I mash at 150F or lower I need to mash for 75 to 90 minutes.

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You can reduce the carbonation by disconnecting the gas then releasing pressure, wait, release again, repeat. In a day or two it will be about right.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: the eye of the murky IPA beholder
« on: May 29, 2015, 04:52:52 PM »
Just to clarify, I thought it was I who is supposed to be drunk as quickly as possible, not the IPA. Am I missing something here?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just my saison kit
« on: May 26, 2015, 07:41:37 AM »
The fermentation process itself will raise the temperature up to 10F. I don't know what that translates to in Centigrade.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 26, 2015, 07:23:36 AM »
When I recently told a friend of mine that I started homebrewing last year the first question he asked was how long it took to get to the final product. I told him, "It depends. For an entry level homebrewer who is still bottling (me) and maybe waiting a bit longer for their beer to clean up in a fermentor because they don't have the most excellent temperature control (also me, still) - you're probably looking at a month to six weeks before you crack open that beer. For a more advanced brewer, brewing beer that should be consumed 'young' and throwing it in a keg - you could probably go grain to glass in as little as two weeks." He told me that there's no way he has the patience for either of those scenarios. Clearly not the hobby for everyone. Glad I didn't tell him about sours or brett beer.

I remember feeling that way when I first started. But now that I have a nice rotation going I always have a brew I am drinking while my new brew is fermenting.

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