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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash tun, all grain?s
« on: May 13, 2014, 08:39:15 PM »
Thanks Gents, love this forum. I will post up my Mash tun and 1st all grain brew soon. ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash tun, all grain?s
« on: May 13, 2014, 01:14:25 PM »
Thanks All, I just watched All-Grain brewing with John Palmer which was a great refresher. I read the book a few years ago so the vid was a nice reminder.

I do plan on using the Batch Sparge method for now for simplicity. If I get super serious or just want a nicer setup I will mess with the March pump and the fly sparge method later on.

All Grain Brewing / Mash tun, all grain?s
« on: May 12, 2014, 07:26:53 PM »
Guys I'm finally getting around to all grain. This is basically a two part question. For now I'd prefer to go the less complicated route just to get some all grain batches under my belt.

1st- to batch or fly spare? For a newbie to all grain would one method make more since over another?

2nd- the mash tun itself. I was thinking of a 10g blue igloo cylinder with a false bottom. However is a bazooka screen better or perhaps a rectangular cooler with screens or manifold.

I am aware of that I will get many opinions. At the moment I do not have a marsh pump but will be purchasing one eventually. Haven't decided on a 3 tier gravity system, or with marsh pump and then there the side by side which takes up less height.

Any opinions, advice, recommendations welcome.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg slush
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:38:24 AM »
Why are these beers freezing? Is it a malfunction of the freezer/temp controller? I'm switching from a fridge to a chest freezer and now I'm nervous my beer will freeze some random time...Maybe it's from the keg sitting against the freezer wall? The freezer walls get pretty cold, I could see them partially freezing a keg, maybe.

No Clue why they froze. Never happen before in my keezer. Hope it was just a fluke thing. Keezer is never below freezing.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg slush
« on: June 13, 2013, 10:12:59 AM »
Sounds good guys. I will wait and see what happens. Might be some damn good beer or not.

Kegging and Bottling / keg slush
« on: June 12, 2013, 07:05:08 PM »
Guys ive kegged many beers but this is a 1st. My pale ale and Wit are slush!. I've raised the temp in my keezer to 40 and they are slowly thawing. I also turned off the Co2 so at the moment they are not carbing up. Im hoping the beers will be ok. I opened one of the kegs making sure my hands were sanitized to check on the thawing. This really suck. Not sure why it happened. The keezer stays above freezing. Had to be a combo of the keezer and the cold Co2, but its never happened before.

Anyone ever have the happen and still have a good beer?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carb question...
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:06:33 PM »
My Keezer is set at 38°. I set my Co2 at 27psi based on some of the reading ive done.

I read that quite a few people force carb at a much higher PSI the 1st few days and then bring it down to the desired serving PSI. I did use this chart as reference

Ive entered my numbers in a few calculators and see that most recommend between 10-11 psi for my beers.

I went ahead and unplugged the gas lines also on BrewArks recommendation

Co2 will be back on line Sunday afternoon sometime..

Kegging and Bottling / Carb question...
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:40:38 AM »
Guys I kegged my Pale Ale and Agave Wit on June 3rd. Set the Co2 to 27 psi and left it at that.

Noticed yesterday my gauges were at 0. Ran out of C02. Anyhow the kegs have the C02 in them that was left. Is it a problem to leave them be until this Sunday. I do not have the time to go to any of the C02 suppliers until this weekend. Figured when I got back Sunday I could just hook it back up at 27psi and leave it for a couple of days and then lower it down to say 8psi or so and let it age for 3weeks.

See any problems with this...

Sunday I brewed a Pale Ale and a Agave Wit.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Back in the saddle
« on: March 06, 2013, 10:05:00 AM »
Theyve been heckling me that i bought a red one.... GET THE BLUE!

red= -27% efficiency - malt you've already purchased begins to disappear on its own

blue= 134% efficiency - after 10 brews, a bag of malt magically appears in your garage

Good to know, Around here coolers come in a variety of colors. Blue, red, orange, white, green, yellow. Ive seen them all.

A blue one it will be for me. If a bag of grain magically appears one day I will be a happy brewer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Back in the saddle
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:46:12 AM »
Thinking for now.

I am only going to use 2 of my converted Kegs. One for my HLT and the other for my Boil kettle. I am going to go ahead and convert a kooler into a Mash tun for ease.

This is what I would do.

Eventually, you can move up to some sort of HERMS or RIMS system, which IMO is one of the best ways to maintain temperature in a uninsulated pot. Cooler mash tuns work really well (If I don't remove the lid <2 degree drop over an hour).

Oh, but make sure it's blue  8)

Blue Cooler - Noted!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Back in the saddle
« on: March 05, 2013, 08:09:51 AM »
Thinking for now.

I am only going to use 2 of my converted Kegs. One for my HLT and the other for my Boil kettle. I am going to go ahead and convert a kooler into a Mash tun for ease.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Back in the saddle
« on: March 05, 2013, 07:59:46 AM »
Oh yea, the research has begun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Back in the saddle
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:08:49 PM »
Hi guys!

I am ready to get back into brewing. Life has a way of side tracking things and I have not brewed in at least a year now, actually longer. Time to break out my brew equipment thats been stored away.

Not sure if anyone remembers any of my post but i brew in converted 15.5 g kegs. I actually have three converted kegs. 1 for hot water, 1 mash tun and boil kettle. I also built a keezer which I do have a thread on here somewhere and keg my brew in 5g corny kegs.

Previously I was brewing only mini mash kits, but im ready to start back up and shoot straight to all grain. My goal is to finally build my 3 tier brew stand and make my mash tun soon.

What is the best way to make 1 of my converted kegs in to a mash tun. I do plan on insulating the outside of it for temp control. I feel like a novice all over again. I know I can go out and buy another simple mini mash kit, but i just do not want to do that again.

Any advice on making a keg mash tun, 3 tier gravity stand and all grain will be much appreciated. Ready to get these feet wet, hell ready to jump in head first all over again. Breaking out my books for a refresher.

Ray    8)

Well lets see

I just moved a 5g batch of a Citrus IPA to the keezer where it will sit for another week or so before I start force carbonating

I have a 5g batch of Lemon Grass Wheat in secondary fermentation, will be out in a couple of days and moved to the Keezer.
Both of these will be ready to drink around Turkey day/beginning of December.

Have a Dos XXs Lager clone that I brewed Sunday in its 1st fermentation cycle in the Keezer at 46F. Will be ready sometime in January, early Feburary. Just in time for my Birthday bash.

Putting my Corny Kegs and Keezer to use big time this Fall/Winter season.

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