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Equipment and Software / keezer help
« on: February 23, 2011, 08:57:21 PM »
Ive been wanting a kegerator long before I even thought of brewing.

Tonight I went out and bought a chest freezer to convert into my keezer. I really like the way a tower looks over having to build a collar and running the taps out the front. Is there really a benefit over one or the other (tower or out the colar)?

Im not going to buy this kit, but is this really all I need besides the ball lock 5g Corney? I want to run 4taps to start.

Any recommendations on a temp control for the freezer and if I have to have the C02 tank on the outside what is the best way to run the gas line into the freezer?

Am I missing anything?

Sorry for the newbie questions, but id rather get it right the 1st time.

General Homebrew Discussion / beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:00:29 AM »
To those die-hard home brewing fanatics

What is the must have book for great home brewing knowledge. Looking for some light reading before bed, cant hurt to learn at the same time.

Would love to add a couple of beer books to my library.

Kegging and Bottling / Kegging Newbie
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:32:31 AM »
My 1st batch of beer is ready to be bottled or kegged.

Ive decided for convience that I want to keg my homebrews, plus I like new toys (kegs, gas tanks, gauges etc..)

I want to buy something thats good quality and going to last a long time. Can easily be converted to use with my chest freezer kegarator once I build it. A C02 gas tank that can run several 5g corneys.

Any recommendations on a setup to buy would be great appreciated. Theres a lot to choose from out there and I want to be sure im spending my $$ wisely.

Another question.

I should have had this already, but thought I would be bottling. Is it cool that the beer stays in the fermenter another week untill what ever I buy arrives? Beer began fermenting on Feb 10 it is now done. From my understanding it will just continue to age in the fermenter so do not think there is a issue leaving it for another week. Sorry for the newbie questions.

Classifieds / Items Wanted in Texas
« on: February 09, 2011, 10:25:08 AM »
Any South/Central Texans have anything beer brewing and Kegerator related for sale. Im in SA,TX and am just getting started. Let me know what you have, thanks.


Homebrewer Bios / Ray Allen
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:38:45 PM »
Im new to the Board so I figured this would be a good place for my 1st post.

My name is Ray Allen and live in San Antonio, TX. Will be 27yrs old on Feb 1st. Married going on 7 years in April.

My beautiful wife Nikki and I enjoy beer a lot. Not the cheap bud light, millers, coors etc.. We prefer a good quality beer and do not mind spending a little extra to have it. Some of my beers of choice Hoegaarden, Blvd Wheat, Smithwicks, Newcastle, Alien Ale just to name a few. My wife prefers IPAs, as of lately Dogfish head.

My wife and I travel a lot and there is always a emphasis on finding new unique beers and brew houses while away.

I have been wanting to brew beer for sometime now. This Christmas my wife surprised me with a Brew kit from Brewers Best out of Flagstaff, AZ which if you havn't been is a great place. She bought the kit and it came with the basics needed and a copy of Zymurgy An Introduction to Homebrewing, I read the entire magazine last night in bed. A great read and so easy to understand. Im 100% positive I could brew a beer right now; maybe not a good beer, but a beer none the less. Im a sucker for Wheats/Weizens and Nikki bought that for my 1st brew.

Im fairly decent at water chemistry from years of being in the saltwater reef aquarium hobby, so I know way around using a hydrometer which is going to come in handy. Im also a fairly good cook if I say so myself and have a decent palate.

I have not purchased any bottles yet, but will be doing that this week. Really excited about brewing my 1st beer and hope to start no later than this weekend.

Thanks for reading and hope to be posting a lot more hear in the very near future.

Ray Allen

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