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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel bucket fermenter
« on: December 03, 2010, 09:47:52 AM »
Maybe you could find a stainless industrial pressure cooker?

The Pub / The Wall
« on: November 30, 2010, 10:01:38 PM »
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is currently on tour performing The Wall in its entirety. I was fortunate enough to catch him in LA last night - totally blew me away.

These were taken by someone else on a different night of the tour, but it's pretty much the same as what I saw...

Ingredients / Re: New bulk grain supplier
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:56:23 PM »

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 25, 2010, 11:39:03 PM »
"Insert the peel into the hollow center, and coat the entire apple with Kramp easy-lube brand vegetable shortening."

Kegging and Bottling / Re: relief valve problem!
« on: November 25, 2010, 11:32:42 PM »
Have you tried tightening the valve?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Commercial Kegerator Cycling
« on: November 24, 2010, 02:23:03 PM »
The smaller unit usually kicks on every half hour or so. I think I have that one set at 6.

Yeah, I've got the smaller one. It holds 3 cornies and a 10 lb. tank. Sounds like maybe it isn't cycling more often than it's supposed to.

I might try calling customer service just to verify.  If they say otherwise, I'm sure a little extra insulation on the probe would take care of it. 

Kegging and Bottling / Commercial Kegerator Cycling
« on: November 23, 2010, 07:50:03 PM »
For those that have experience with commercial kegerators, how often is too often for them to cycle?

I've had a Beverage-Air kegerator for a little over two years now, and it cycles pretty frequently.  Maybe once every 45 minutes to an hour.  I'm using the unit's internal temperature control which I have set at 6 (9 is the coldest, 5 is the factory default).

The temperature probe is bracketed onto the back wall and insulated in clear tubing. I'm wondering if I should try to insulate it a little more.

The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: November 22, 2010, 10:59:56 AM »
I didn't realize it was going to be a reality show about DFH, but there was some interesting information presented. I like learning about the commercial brewing process; I'll keep watching.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the mock rap video. Did anyone notice the scene where Sam and the head brewer were taking a jacuzzi in the mash tun from their brewpub system?

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Immersion Chiller
« on: November 20, 2010, 10:00:53 AM »
Could internal (therefore not easily detectable) verdigris be a concern?

Doesn't the beer stay on the exterior of the coil? Unless you are returning the coolant to something you are consuming I wouldn't see this as a problem.

Yeah, that's the case when using an immersion chiller, but I was referring to the statements above about HERMS coils.

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Immersion Chiller
« on: November 19, 2010, 04:28:09 PM »
And if you ever want to go the HERMS route, the SS would be preferable.

Why is that, Tom?

I'll second that. I can't figure out for the life of me why it would make a better HERMS.

Could internal (therefore not easily detectable) verdigris be a concern?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Johnson A419 digital temp conroller question
« on: November 19, 2010, 04:17:05 PM »
You could use a thermowell or insulate the probe with some plastic sheeting or bubble wrap and tape it to the side of the fermentor (or serving keg).

Here are some more thermowell options:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Comment on proposed keg cleaning procedure
« on: November 19, 2010, 04:12:51 PM »
All you really need to do is rinse a few times with hot water, let dry, and store. Before the next use, rinse with hot water again, sanitize, and purge with CO2. I've never used PBW or oxyclean on any of my serving kegs (fermenting kegs are a different story).

I do think it is a good idea to break kegs down completely after each use though (remove posts, poppets, and dip tubes - rinse them all thoroughly with hot water and utilize a dip tube brush if necessary). 

Tapping a keg of dry hopped IPA, kegging a batch of NB's Irish Heavy, brewing a best bitter (the Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale recipe from Clone Brews).  

Equipment and Software / Re: Therminator Pellet Hops
« on: November 15, 2010, 10:52:09 PM »
Have you checked out these Duda Diesel plate chillers? They are significantly less expensive than the therminator.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: refrigerator versus chest freezer
« on: November 06, 2010, 11:11:27 AM »
I've been using a 1 degree differential for about 2 years now without issue. I work form home a lot, and the freezer doesn't cycle very often at all.

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