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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 23, 2014, 03:23:50 AM »
When I read that we're in for potentially weeks of bitter cold weather in NY all I could think was..."man I can brew a lot of lagers now."

Beer Recipes / Re: Munich ESB
« on: January 20, 2014, 07:13:49 PM »
Being a malthead, I am salivating.

Let us know how it goes.

I have made IPAs that tasted the best to me when they dropped bright, right before the keg blows!

I absolutely agree. I don't know if it's just perception or what.

If it's something I've never brewed before I'm too anxious to try and let everything drop. If it's a tried and true recipe I won't turn the gas on for a few weeks. Then the first pint is gunk. The rest are crisp, bright, and delicious.

Equipment and Software / Re: auto siphon
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:07:29 AM »
I take the bulb off a turkey baster, sanitize, put it in the tubing and inhale. No mess.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 14, 2014, 06:39:48 PM »
I have no issues with just a Brew Hauler. Although I'm so paranoid it will unclip I quadruple-check the fasteners before lifing.

I'm way too much of a nervous Nelly to use a pulley system.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: regular beer line up
« on: January 07, 2014, 06:53:14 PM »
I have a 4-tap keg fridge, and this year I really took the time to plan out my seasonal rotations.  I try to keep four main categories on tap:  Light, Amber, Dark, and Hoppy.  I'm also brewing "specialty" beers once or twice a year, typically strong beers for bottling and extended aging.

I like this approach and it's similar to what I do. My main rotation is Cream Ale (light), California Common (Amber), and Foreign Extra Stout (dark). I substitute in different beers depending on my mood (e.g. CAP for Cream Ale).

Pimp My System / Re: Simple Keezer
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:56:57 PM »
A hole saw to be more specific.

Pimp My System / Re: Simple Keezer
« on: January 04, 2014, 03:06:07 PM »
7/8 drill bit.

There's a little wiggle room, but once you put the nut on they're secure.

Pimp My System / Re: Simple Keezer
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:19:39 AM »
Thanks! Yes. I'm sure a few will be knocking on the door come Super Bowl time.

Pimp My System / Simple Keezer
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:07:53 AM »
Just finished building my keezer. With all the awesome projects on this forum and others it was easy to figure how to do this. I used 2 x 6 pine for the insider collar and 1 x 8 maple for the outside. Here's a picture after the first coat of stain. I used Minwax Polyshades (stain and polyurethane combo) "Golden Oak."

After the second coat dried I applied weatherstripping, checked out the fit, and waited for the other faucets to arrive. The fit is very snug.

I drilled the hole for the CO2 line and installed the manifold and gas lines.

Faucets came in the mail today. Woohoo!

Another shot of the guts. As you can see I still need to find myself a third corny keg.

Well that's it. Thanks for all the inspiration!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stouts - grain to glass
« on: December 30, 2013, 12:30:04 AM »
I brew foreign extra stout a lot and I also get a slightly harsh dark chocolate note when the beer is young. After 4 or 5 weeks in the bottle it goes away and tastes great.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keezer CO2 Management - Manifold Only
« on: December 24, 2013, 01:34:03 AM »
Thanks guys!

Kegging and Bottling / Keezer CO2 Management - Manifold Only
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:59:07 PM »
I am usually a practical (cough, lazy) homebrewer who doesn't enjoy construction projects. I have been happy with using picnic taps in my keezer. However, you are all pressuring (pun intended) me, with your beautiful keezer build photos, to build a collar/multi-faucet setup.

I plan to use a 3 way manifold and will not have multiple regulators to start. For serving, I will just pick a CO2 volume range that will work well with a broad range of styles. But how should I carbonate a new keg when the others are already fully carbonated?

Set it and forget it obviously works, but I usually use the 30 psi for 48 hours method. Could I just cease dispensing beer for 48 hours and send 30 psi to one keg, and shut off the valves for the other two? As long as I'm not pouring beer and there are no leaks, the kegs shouldn't bleed pressure. Right?

My other idea was just to buy a 5 lb tank for charging the kegs. What methods do you all use?

Beer Recipes / Classic American Pilsener
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:45:12 AM »
Wow. This style is phenomenal. I just poured a pint from the keezer. It could be my new house beer - at least in the winter when it's easier to chill to pitching temperatures. WLP800 takes forever, but it's worth the wait.

I used Jamil's recipe and personally think it needs no adjustments. Does anyone else brew this regularly?

Happy brewing!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 002 Starter Looks Funny
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:59:44 AM »
You're good. That strain just looks like cottage cheese.

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