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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging
« on: March 08, 2013, 09:19:51 PM »
So i havent gotten into kegging yet but its probably going to be coming soon, so its time to research.

Does anyone have a good introduction to the hardware aspect of kegging via some article or thread i dont know about?  Id like to know about equipment needed, difference in type of kegs etc, and typical costs when it comes down to buying said equipment.


Morebeer has a couple of great articles for the beginning kegger on what equipment you need and how to use it. I used the first one (pdf file) to get myself going. Once you decide to build a kegerator/keezer don't forget to check out the pimp my system section of this forum for some great ideas and pictures.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Need to clean bathtub...
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:10:39 PM »
I use soft scrub.  I now put an old towel down in the tub and keep the kegs on that to avoid the scuffs completely.

Just brewed a nice hoppy pale ale yesterday. Will be doing a Strong Scotch Ale on Friday, and an ESB either Friday or Sunday. Will try to squeeze a Bock in there but it will likely have to wait until next weekend. Gotta get the kegerator refilled after my wedding!!

Equipment and Software / Re: Boil kettle
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:03:56 AM »
I can't answer your main question, as I still rack my beer off of the break material. However, my suggestion for you would be to skip the 30qt turkey fryer and get at least a 10 or 15 gal pot.  You will need a 10gal pot if you plan on doing all grain 5-6 gal batches.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing Hobby Survey
« on: November 01, 2012, 09:36:08 PM »
Interesting survey. Megan, I forwarded the link on to my coworkers. Hopefully a few of them will help you out.

Events / Re: Need suggestions for improving County Fair booth
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:13:04 PM »
I really appreciate everyone's input. I agree that fixing the judging is the most important part of improving the participation. However, that is much easier said than done. I don't think using the BJCP scoresheets will be a big deal, but the group who judges have been doing it for a long time and I get the impression they think it is their right to do it regardless of how good or bad they are. My biggest challenge will be getting some of them to step aside for the greater good. Even though we have two clubs, we don't have any certified judges. One club is basically an older crowd that basically just uses it as a social club (all of the judges come from this club). The other club was formed last year after a few of us got fed up with the other club not doing anything. Several of us want to get certified but just haven't had the time yet.

I really like the idea of a party for the winners. I could probably get our local microbrewery to host an event (we already hold our club meetings there).

Events / Need suggestions for improving County Fair booth
« on: October 17, 2012, 10:21:19 PM »
Our county fair hosts a homebrew competition each year and has a booth during the fair which displays the winning beers and ribbons. It's an okay display but boring, with nothing but bottles of beer and ribbons. Additionally, this year saw a record low number of entries (24) and I have heard a lot of grumblings from local club members about the poor quality of judging and overall lame-ness of the booth. I don't want to see the competition removed from the fair, so I approached the Homebrew competition superintendant and discussed the problem. I made a few suggestions and was promptly made vice-superintendant for next year, in charge of making the booth better.  ;D

I'm actually pretty excited about the opportunity and am looking for suggestions to improve our display and increase participation in the comp. My goals for the display are to promote homebrewing to the community and advertise the two local clubs. I hope to improve the judging as well, as the current judges don't provide much if any feedback and the score sheets they use are terrible. Any ideas would be appreciated. Keep in mind that our booth is 16' x 8', of which half is taken up with the winners display. Here are a few things I am thinking about:

1. Use BCJP score sheets instead of crappy score sheet currently used, and encourage/require judges to provide feedback of some kind (though we don't have any certified judges).
2. Have a display with beer equipment and supplies (grains, hops, etc).
3. Staff the display to answer questions and sign up new members.
4. Possibly have a brewing demonstration one evening.
5. Display board with pictures of our club brewing and/or of the brewing process.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning lines
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:11:13 PM »
I would replace them with new beer and gas lines.  Then you can just clean the connectors.  Trying to get what ever 10 year gunk is dried in them cleaned is more work than it's worth.  Plastic tubing is cheaper than cleaning solvents. 

I would replace all the o-rings too, if it were me. 

Congratulations on getting the kegs!!


+1 to everything Paul metions.  If they look dirty, they probably are, and that does matter. As with everything else, sanitation is so important.   Also, lines that old may be brittle and prone to cracking once under pressure.

All Things Food / Re: Best Mexican and Indian cookbooks?
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:02:40 PM »
My favorite Indian cookbook is Curried Favors by Maya Kaimal Macmillan. Lots of fantastic recipies from all over India (though the focus is Southern India) and very easy to understand. I love Indian food, cook it at least once a week, and this is my go-to cookbook.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rookie Needs A Lil Help
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:50:07 PM »
Yep, you definitely killed your yeast by adding it with your almost boiling wort.  A few other things, too. Without more details about your process I might be off here, so ignore the following if you are already doing this.......I wouldn't recommend using ice in the wort as it can contain bacteria. Using it in the water bath to cool your container is okay, but don't put it in the wort.  Also, be careful about pouring hot wort into a cold glass carboy (even with cold water in it). The temperature change can shatter the carboy.  Better to cool it down in your brew kettle then rack it into the cold water (or put cold water into wort, then transfer to carboy).  Anyway, we all make mistakes. Don't worry and keep at it, you will be brewing good beer soon!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 04:21:54 PM »
Do not use your hose water to make beer!! A couple of guys in my homebrew club did this when they made their first batch (10 gallons) last year, and the beer had an overpowering hose flavor to it.  They were pretty good sports about all the jokes at their expense, but it was a good lesson for all of us.  The hose flavor did dissipate over the next 6 months or so, but man that stuff was terrible.

Oh, and the only dumb question is the one not asked!

All Things Food / The Boss Bacon Burger
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:59:11 PM »
Weaze, this is for you:

1 burger
500 strips of bacon
109,000 calories  :o

Watch them make this burger on the imbedded YouTube video. 
I think I had a heart attack just watching it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Consensus on racking out of primary?
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:40:41 PM »
Here's part of what John Palmer said in the Ask the Experts section of the AHa website...(full text at if you're a member)

"Therefore I, and Jamil and White Labs and Wyeast Labs, do not recommend racking to a secondary fermenter for ANY ale, except when conducting an actual second fermentation, such as adding fruit or souring. Racking to prevent autolysis is not necessary, and therefore the risk of oxidation is completely avoidable. Even lagers do not require racking to a second fermenter before lagering"

I almost never use a secondary.  I decide on a batch by batch basis if I need it and I alost never do.  I have found no negative impact on beer quality by not using a secondary and it's a heck of a lot easier!  Since you have a conical and can dump yeast and trub, I can't see why you'd even consider it.

What about dry hopping?  Can you do that in primary or is that a qualifier for secondary?

I don't rack to secondary just to dry hop.  If I decide to use a secondary, I dry hop there.  Otherwise, I dry hop in primary after the fermentation ends, or dry hop in the keg.
I dry hop in a secondary if I plan on harvesting the yeast from the primary. This avoids having hop debris to worry about.  Other than that, no secondary for me

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer vs Fridge for Making Lagers
« on: March 29, 2012, 11:53:05 PM »
Well, since I have both, I figure I'll chime in.  I use a 12cf chest freezer as a kegerator and my old 19cf refrigerator (w/bottom freezer) as a fermenter.  For me, the chest freezer works better as a kegerator since I can put more kegs in it, while using the fridge as a fermenter since I won't be lagering/cold crashing more than 1-2 carboys/kegs at a time. 

IMO the pros of a chest freezer are:  cheaper to purchase new, use less electricity, more sturdy floor/shelf space, better use of space (i.e. holds a lot more carboys, kegs, bottles, etc).

Pros of an upright fridge/freezer: cheaper to purchase used, much easier to get carboy's kegs in and out of, takes up less floor space. 

Only you can decide what will work best for your setup. Take into account things you might want to do in the long-term as well, such as expanding your production, moving to kegging, etc. The best solution right now might not be the best solution for you next year.

You just acid-washed your alveoli.

LOL...I must have some clean alveoli.

Done that one too many times drying up water condensation inside because I didnt have any damp-rid.

Another +1.  After doing that a few too many times I finally ordered some damp-rid, which just arrived  this morning. Woo-hooo no more acid-washed alveoli!!

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