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1981
Kegging and Bottling / Re: slow conditioning?
« on: February 09, 2011, 10:18:12 AM »
Yeah, you want the temp to be around 70 to carbonate.  Once carbonated, you can put them in an area with those temps to "condition" them.  So if you can find an area in the upper 60s or low 70s, you'd be in good shape.

1982
getting your bottles really cold first will also help. put them in the freezer for a bit before you start bottling.

This is  what I do.  Sanitize the bottles, cover the mouth with foil, put in the freezer for a bit, and bottle.  I do the el cheapo method with a bottle wand and picnic tap.  Just bleed the keg of the pressure, turn the PSI down to about 2 or 3, fill, and cap on foam.  I try to only leave about an inch of space in the bottle before capping to limit the amount of O2 that might be in there.  Seems to work pretty well.

1983
Kegging and Bottling / Re: Breakfast time bottling
« on: February 07, 2011, 07:17:25 AM »
Woke up not knowing where I was or who I was..... when I realized I was in the UK and that I had slept (minus a few old man pees) for about 16 hours and that it was 2pm locally I got up and went for a walk. Guinness for breakfast. Could be worse.

You on holiday or something?

1984
The Pub / Re: Found the cure for a cough
« on: January 23, 2011, 09:41:50 PM »
haha, nice.  It really works huh?  I'd be interested in trying this remedy...

1985
The Pub / Re: Sinbad: Where U Been
« on: January 23, 2011, 09:38:03 PM »
Bill Hicks is where it's at.  Followed by George Carlin, followed by Louis C.K.  Period.

1986
Equipment and Software / Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« on: January 17, 2011, 12:11:08 PM »
I always add the stir bar after I've chilled the wort.

NB recently started carring a pretty nice looking stir plate for $66: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/northern-brewer-stir-plate.html

Except that it's out of stock. Boo!

1987
The Pub / Re: Okay, 3D sucks
« on: January 11, 2011, 05:40:02 PM »
ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm  I don't get it?

1988
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« on: January 06, 2011, 12:18:36 PM »
That wort chiller sure is elaborate looking.  Nice work.

1989
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much did you brew in 2010?
« on: January 04, 2011, 11:26:30 AM »
I brewed 16 batches of beer and a few small batches of mead (about 6 gallons in total).  Which amounts to around 90 gallons.

1990
Equipment and Software / Re: Counter top brewery.
« on: December 30, 2010, 09:06:16 AM »
I started mashing 2 years ago in a two-gallon cooler with a SS braid. When I moved up to 5 gallons, I just unbolted the parts and moved it over to the new cooler; I could easily use the smaller cooler again if I felt like it. Parts list here, with illustrations. The only sketchy part is I still need fender washers to prevent a slight wobble. Ok, the second sketchy part is the coolers aren't blue. Life ain't perfect!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgs/sets/72157615665837325/

...Looks like my mash tun's Mini Me.


It does! My setup, which I actually use mostly for 3-gallon batches, has almost all those parts at this point, just to fit smaller brews, deck brewing, and a 6-foot bookcase in a city apartment (though the banjo burner fits under my printer table). Sort of like "The Borrowers Homebrew," if you remember that children's series.
Awesome dude!  That looks like a cool setup for small batches!  I used to do 3 gallon batches, thinking about going back to them, for kicks.  I started off with a 3 gallon cooler with a ball valve setup, then got a 5 gallon cooler and moved the ball valve over.  I boiled in a 5 gallon kettle on a gas stove.  I pushed the envelope sometimes getting 4 1/2 gallons in the kettle and managing not to boil over...it was precarious.  But it worked!  And I made some of the best beer of my brewing career with that little setup.  Bottle it up and get about 30 bottles of beer, pretty neat really.  If I move and have to live in an apartment, I will likely go back to doing this.

1991
The Pub / Re: Spinal Tap
« on: December 28, 2010, 03:12:48 PM »
"Smell the Glove!"

"You should've seen the cover they wanted to do!"

I have an india dark ale called "None More Black".  It's pure awesomeness.

1992
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:11:59 AM »
I plan on getting a select few recipes down.  I have 6 or 7 that I've brewed once or twice that I really like; so I'd like to concentrate on those, making small adjustments here and there.
I'd also like to get more in to water chemistry; maybe try building some water from RO.

1993
The Pub / Re: Avatar change
« on: December 22, 2010, 01:39:36 PM »
Denny's looking hot these days!   :D

That's David St. Hubbins to you, good sir!

1994
Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap Maintenance
« on: December 22, 2010, 01:34:30 PM »
A spray bottle of starsan works great for me too, but I do it after every pint, otherwise I'll forget at the end of the night.

Haha, ya lush!  I hardly ever, if ever, spray my faucets...maybe I should.  Never had any issues with sticking after a couple days.

1995
Equipment and Software / Re: fermentation chamber
« on: December 21, 2010, 12:00:54 PM »
I like the cooler idea too, that makes for a cheaper way to control fermentation temps. 

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