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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Fridge
« on: January 24, 2011, 03:01:28 AM »
Wait, as usual am I over complicating things?  Should I just have a picnic tap on a hose and curl it up inside the fridge when I'm not using it?  This is in an unfinished basement so it doesn't have to be fancy, just effective.  I've been reading some of the other posts and I think I may be better with the tap left inside the fridge and go cheap with a picnic tap.

Kegging and Bottling / Keg Fridge
« on: January 24, 2011, 02:52:06 AM »
I've only been back into homebrewing for a couple of batches but I remember now one of the big reasons that I quit.  Bottling sucks. 

So, I'm going to put a hole in the fridge downstairs and set up a keg system.  I'd like some thoughts on where to drill a hole, what to do when I've drilled it etc.

I was thinking the side because I assume the door would be hard to open with the lines etc.  Is it safe to drill just anywhere? 

Also, I can get refurbished ball lock corny kegs for $85.  Is this a decent price?  I have a CO2 tank that needs to be re-certified but that shouldn't be a problem.  Assuming it's ok and I can get a regulator and lines, is it worth it or should I just get the 3 keg system with tank/regulator/lines etc?  Cost is $499. 

Let me know what you think because my bottling days are very soon going to be over!!!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Schematic
« on: January 20, 2011, 07:16:08 PM »
I've purchased my 52 L Coleman Extreme and the braided hose for the washing machine but I couldn't really find anything that would be a suitable fitting to connect the two and put a valve on the outside.  I know I read in another thread what someone did but I can't find it.  So, what parts do you recommend for putting it all together? 
Ideally, I'd like to find a piece of threaded tubing that I could put a gasket and washer on both sides and tighten it into the drain hole  but all I could find was regular black gas fittings or galvanized.  I'd prefer stainless or brass (thoughts?).  Pex fittings looked promising but expensive and I've never used the stuff.  Worse case, I solder some fittings onto a piece of copper tubing but I'm sure there is an easier way.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Canadian 2-Row
« on: January 20, 2011, 07:10:44 PM »

I exclusively use Prairie Malt from Biggar, SK, Canada.  If it is good enough for Sierra Nevada, it is good enough for me.

For some reason, I remember reading somewhere that you lived in Canada.  Are you sure that there isn't any patriotism at play? :)

But, since I also live in Canada, I'll openly admit that I'll pick Canadian malt first, all else being equal. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown
« on: January 20, 2011, 04:28:19 AM »
I picked this up the other day.  Wish I hadn't.

Very disappointing beer.  The "nut" taste was reminiscent of hazelnut but was over-powering and very unappealing to my tastes.  To be honest, I only drank half of the bottle and dumped the rest and I don't know when the last time was that I didn't finish a beer.  Just not pleasant.  The label mentions "with natural flavor" so I don't know if they've added some sort of extract to enhance the nuttiness but it was not good.  I drank it from the bottle so I can't comment on colour or lacing.

If you've tried this and you liked it, I know where you can get 11 of them real cheap...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Canadian 2-Row
« on: January 20, 2011, 04:14:04 AM »
Thanks.  My intent is to add some crystal to the mix for body and flavour.   I'll look for "pale malt" as recommended as well.  Once I get the grain bill figured out, I'll get you to double check my math etc. 

All Grain Brewing / Canadian 2-Row
« on: January 19, 2011, 04:32:51 AM »
I'm starting to put together a grain bill for my first all-grain batch.  I was checking out my normal on-line supplier for base grains and they list a Canadian 2-row malt.  The goal is an English style Pale Ale, nothing too overly-adventurous for this first attempt.  So my question is, does anyone know how this malt would compare to Marris Otter English 2-row?  Price of the Canadian is about 60% of the Marris Otter.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Schematic
« on: January 12, 2011, 04:41:10 PM »
Please explain "seasoning" aluminum.  I did my last couple in aluminum.  I have to buy a couple new pots and I'll buy stainless if I can afford it.  I know it's better but price is a factor.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Growing up an alien wild yeast from scratch
« on: January 06, 2011, 11:07:32 PM »
So if it's a new strain, do you get to name it?  B. V8ensis?

I have a particular F word I use when I find micro-organisms in my beer.  Not really appropriate for the forum.
Great posts.

Would it be worthwhile to make a completely neutral wort to see what base flavour characteristics this would impart?  Or maybe you covered that in the starter when you tasted it ( your mushroom flavours).

Anyway, fantastic idea.  You created a new beer style and discovered carbonated V8.  Just don't tell the V8 people or you'll end up paying a royalty or something.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blow off tube
« on: January 06, 2011, 02:14:56 AM »
Consider using a 6.5 gallon glass carboy as you primary fermentor.
I think I already do.  Mine is 23 L, which I think is bigger than 5 US gal.  I don't really know.  We went metric when I was in grade 2.  Probably why my OG etc doesn't line up with what people suggest it should be.
Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions.  I really appreciate it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Star San
« on: January 06, 2011, 02:11:36 AM »
Boiling water in it will do the same thing.

I thought about that but wasn't sure if it would get all the way to the top and I don't want to have to bring 6 gals to a boil.  I suppose if I put the lid on and put an inch or so in the bottom and let it steam for a few minutes it would be fine.  I'm probably over-thinking it.  Even thought of just passing the propane torch over it for a second.  Should do it too.


Equipment and Software / Re: Star San
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:14:38 PM »
Would Star Sa hurt an aluminum pot?  I have to bottle a batch of beer and I don't have a good 5 gal pail to put the sugar into and so I wondered if I could just clean my aluminum pot that I use to boil the wort and sterilize it.  Any thoughts about using Star San for this?  Will it react in any way?

My guess is no matter what it tasted like you'd be so critical in your judgement that you wouldn't have enjoyed it anyway.  Just knowing it wasn't what you wanted probably would have impacted your perception of the beer. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Blow off tube
« on: January 02, 2011, 05:45:01 PM »
Thanks, I'll go look for some 1 1/4 OD tubing (or what will fit the hole in my carboy).  I was thinking it would have to be more secure than this to avoid any air and potential bacteria but it appears not.

I used to use a blow-by like the one first mentioned although I cut off the bottom of an airlock and fitted a hose to it.  Worked fine until it got full of hops and blew beer everywhere when the cork let go.  That's why I was wondering what others did and the diameter.

So, what did you do?

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