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I can honestly say most of the time the best brew I ever made is the last one I brewed.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anybody ever heard of Summit Kegerators?
« on: December 15, 2012, 05:28:55 PM »
No. Nearest costco is 70 miles from here.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anybody ever heard of Summit Kegerators?
« on: December 15, 2012, 05:26:16 PM »
I just need the single anyway. I cant find any reviews on this item. Would you say Danby is a good brand? I dont mind spending money but I hate spending it and being disappointed with what I bought.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anybody ever heard of Summit Kegerators?
« on: December 15, 2012, 04:46:42 PM »

This one comes with an electronic digital controller. And for $10 more I can get a duo faucet tower.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anybody ever heard of Summit Kegerators?
« on: December 15, 2012, 03:24:16 PM »
Are they any good? Would one be worth $200 more than a magic chef? Is the beverage factory a repudable dealer?

Kegging and Bottling / Anybody ever heard of Summit Kegerators?
« on: December 15, 2012, 01:54:29 PM »
Well? Have ya?

I remember hearing Charlie Bamforth tell a story from his Bass days. One of the Bass breweries was having problems with an off-flavor (maybe diacetyl), and they sent him up to "fix" it. After Charlie solved the problem, all of their vendors were sending back their Bass orders, because customers got used to, and demanded, the off-flavored beer.

If people really think the beer sucks, they should stop buying it. People vote with their wallets.

As CEO of a company, you have a legal obligation (fiduciary duty) to your stockholders. You're legally obligated to make your company more profitable. Some states allow corporations to voluntarily consider more factors (triple bottom line) in their governance, like how your decisions affect employees, vendors, suppliers, etc, but in most places, you have a legal duty to your stockholders, and no duty to anyone else.

All the more reason for me to stick with American owned smaller breweries. I won't buy anything from InBev or African Brewing Company.

According to this they did mess with the recipe, they messed with it on purpose, they messed with recipes of some of the smaller beer companies they own, and they don't care what the customers think. They intend to buy more beer companies and mess with those too. All in the name of pleasing the stock holders.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:12:26 AM »
I looked into buying a mini fridge and converting it. But by the time I buy the fridge

And the conversion kit

I am still going to have $400 in the thing, plus the time it takes to put it together, and still not have a drip pan and the rails. To me the extra $50 for convenience doesn't seem that out of hand. Is there something I am missing in my thinking on this one?

Truthfully I don't drink enough beer to warrant more than one keg. I can see having a second keg just so I don't have down time when I empty one.

I brew once a month and I have 215 beers in my basement. I don't know that I will be able to drink a keg before it spoils. I just thought it would be cool to have a house beer on tap.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:01:46 AM »
Mine will be in my basement where the temperature is a constant 68 degrees year round. I wonder if that will make it stay cool easier. Does yours run 100% of the time to stay at 40 degrees?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 12, 2012, 06:07:23 PM »
I dont think the one I am looking at is a danby. The C02 bottle mounts on the outside of it in the back.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:49:00 PM »
I havent bought the kegerator yet. This is the one I am currently looking at.

Kegging and Bottling / Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:05:28 PM »
I am going to set up a kegerator after the first of the year and I have a number of questions. First off I took advantage of a sale on midwestsupplies and ordered a reconditioned 5 gallon ball lock keg for $25. How do I clean it? Would oxyclean free and a bottle brush work? Then when I get my kegerator exactly how do I go about kegging? Rack from my fermenter, put it under 7 lbs of pressure for a week, then enjoy? Does anybody prime their beer before kegging it? If so does that cause more sediment to be cleaned out of the bottom of the keg?

I did do a search but couldn't find any definitive answers to these questions.

Beer Recipes / Milk Stout
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:39:58 AM »
I am working out a recipe for a milk stout. A friend of mine told me how much he likes Left Hand Milk Stout so I looked it up online and found the ingredients. I recently made a porter that I really like except it lacks the "toastieness" I like in a porter. I am going to sort of modify that recipe and I looked at how much roasted grain Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat uses. Here is what I have so far.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Milk Stout
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Sweet Stout
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.059 SG
Estimated Color: 54.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 37.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
5 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        44.4 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        17.8 %       
1 lbs                 Roasted Barley (Simpsons) (550.0 SRM)    Grain         3        8.9 %         
8.0 oz                Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)                 Grain         4        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)    Grain         5        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)               Grain         6        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)                   Grain         7        4.4 %         
4.0 oz                Black Malt - 2-Row (Briess) (500.0 SRM)  Grain         8        2.2 %         
1.00 oz               Fuggles [5.40 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           9        22.1 IBUs     
1 lbs                 Milk Sugar (Lactose) [Boil for 60 min](0 Sugar         10       8.9 %         
1.00 oz               Fuggles [5.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min         Hop           11       15.4 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         12       -             

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs 4.0 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 13.81 qt of water at 167.4 F        156.0 F       45 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (0.75gal, 2.97gal) of 168.0 F water

I have never used flaked grains before. Is 1lb of each too much? Do I crush em or just throw em in?

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