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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CO2 absorption cider vs beer
« on: January 27, 2015, 05:05:29 AM »
I usually have a keg of common cider in the beer fridge on gas and, like the OP, it doesn't seem to be as carbed as a keg of beer. No way to measure carbonation, just going on perception.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making progress with SWMBO
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:06:00 AM »
My wife is strictly a Corona drinker. In the past I would make a beer that she thought that she'd like only to find that she really didn't. Then I was stuck with 5 gal of a beer I didn't like. So I stopped brewing for her. I make a batch of common cider once a year and she does like that.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:36:54 AM »
My mash tun cooler gets rinsed with water, sides wiped down with Starsan to remove any debris from the mash (I used Starsan since I always have some Starsan mixed up while brewing, probably just plain water would be fine.) then wiped dry, stored with the lid off until completely dry.

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:32:31 AM »
from the Full Pint

He forgot the word "pissah"...friggin' retahd!
As a fellow northern New Englander (Palermo, Me), we are probably the only two people in this thread that get your reference!

All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 25, 2014, 04:22:58 AM »
Paul, thanks!
Brewinhard, I just emailed Randy at Barley Crusher, told him the problem and he told me to return it for repair/replacement. No original paperwork needed.
Merry Christmas!

All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 24, 2014, 05:35:25 AM »
Paul, do you remember how long it took to get your mill back from BC?

All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 23, 2014, 05:20:17 AM »
No need to remove the rubber O ring, if its like mine it'll break after milling two or three batches of grain.
Just sent mine back to the manuf for some repair/replacement work. I've had it 5-6 years and it has stopped pulling the grain through the rollers. I appears that the knurling on the rollers has worn down and won't grab the grain to pull it through.

Equipment and Software / Re: Small Refrigerator
« on: December 21, 2014, 02:14:40 PM »
I should have provided some more detail.
I have a 'fridge as a keggerator and another 'fridge that I use as a fermenter.
I'm thinking about getting something small as I described to use when I make lagers.
I'm looking for a way to avoid tying up the fridge I use as a fermenter for 3 weeks while the lager batch ferments and then several weeks while it lagers.
I think a small fridge that could fit a carboy could be dedicated to lagers, fermenting and lagering.
I'm looking for something small due to space considerations.
Thanks for all the suggestions.

Equipment and Software / Small Refrigerator
« on: December 21, 2014, 07:23:54 AM »
What's the smallest 'fridge that will hold a 6 gallon carboy (approx. 25" tall, including the airlock, and 12" diameter)?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing yeast
« on: December 14, 2014, 05:08:52 AM »
I've been reusing my yeast for several years now.
My two normal yeasts are WLP001 and WLP002.
I've found that I can get 10-12 repitches from the 001 before I notice any change.
However, the 002 starts to change around pitch number 6 or 7.
While it does save some $, I do it because it gives me a ready supply of yeast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Long do You Dry Hop in a Keg?
« on: December 09, 2014, 04:27:08 AM »
I use a mesh bag and tie it off to the keg lid.
The string is short so the bag is in the beer for the first half of the keg.
That might be a week or two.
I've not tasted any off flavors as a result.

The Pub / Re: Goodbye Tom Magliozzi
« on: November 04, 2014, 05:04:07 AM »
I always listened to the Car Talk show on Saturday AM's when I was brewing.
Saturday mornings won't be the same.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Drill through Freezer / Fridge
« on: November 04, 2014, 04:54:39 AM »
I converted a fairly new refrigerator to a keggarator a few years ago.
As noted earlier, get a diagram showing the location of wires and coolant lines.
If the 'fridge has a wire grill with coolant lines on the back, then there probably aren't coolant lines attached to the outside skin of the 'fridge.
I chose to put the faucets on the side of the fridge since I didn't want to deal with beer lines attached to the door everytime I opened the fridge.
Once you have the diagram, use a hole saw to drill from the inside of the fridge through the plastic inside skin. Then take a small screw driver to push the insulation aside and determine if there are any wires/coolant lines in that spot.
If not, drill the rest of the way through the outside skin.
Repeat this process for however many holes you need to make.
Best to be cautious since cutting a coolant line turns the fridge into a storage cabinent.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Tank Size
« on: October 06, 2014, 03:24:38 AM »
I have two 5# AL tanks, one as a spare. They last an average of 6 mos. This is carbing/serving 5 kegs, pushing cleaner/sanitizer through kegs and beer lines, etc. While the refill cost/pound is cheaper on the 20#, I just like the size and weight of the 5#.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fruit flies in airlock
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:23:22 AM »
I sometimes get the flys in the airlock. Never had an infected batch yet.
Biggest problem for me is they like to hang out in the beer faucets.
So, the first pour of the day usually has me picking them out of my pint of beer.

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