Congrats, Sean. You're livin' the dream, brother.
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Damn, I am jealous. I'm planning to purchase a chest freezer and Johnson controller this fall as well to start with fermentation temperature control. But free for the freezer! That's insane. I wish I could be so lucky...
It actually took me a few weeks of very intense searching, to find this one.
I called & emailed so many, I started to seriously confuse myself as to which ones were which.
I was just about to give up & buy one from Menard's, when I saw the ad for this one.
Persistence pays off.
I'm a big fan of filling bottles from the faucet: turn off gas to keg, bleed most of the pressure through the release valve, purge bottle with CO2 from extra outlet on manifold, fill at an angle straight from tap, and cap on foam.I have the same faucets, they're great. Sometimes I forget to take the spouts off after a few kegs in the rotation and they get kinda stuck on there, but I can get them off after a second. Need to remember to remove those more often to clean them.
I fill all my competition bottles this way, and it works very well. I usually don't lose more than an ounce or two of beer throughout the whole process.
I have perlick faucets with removable spouts, and I remove and sanitize them before bottling.
Same here, I'm terrible with money. It's like, as soon as I get paid I feel great. "Awesome! I've got money!" So then I spend it by going out to eat a bunch or buying CD's or beer stuff. I need to quit that and save a little each paycheck.Huh? I miss something?Nay...full time for 2 months and the corresponding 2 pay periods and the ability to dunk 2 house pymts...
seen by some to be a good thing.
paycheck to paycheck seems to be normal these days.
I use this:Hmmm that's not a bad idea either. I assume you turn down the gas on the regulator and bleed the keg also?
and it works pretty well. I squirt some CO2 into the bottle first using a picnic tap attached to an empty keg with some co2 in it, and then use this to fill it up.
http://www.freshops.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?search=action&category=HOPS&keywords=all&template=PDGCommTemplates/hops.htmlDamn it, I was just starting to get into Simcoe, too...argh. I don't understand why these are on such a shortage, fakkin' plant more! Is it really that difficult?
freshops has them right there - don't kow what you're looking at.
FWIW - Puterbaugh doesn't grow Simcoe, so you won't find them there. They had them once ('06 or '07 IIRC) when they traded with another grower, but its been years since that happened.
From what I hear from pros, it is unlikely we will see any Simcoe at the homebrew level from the '11 harvest.