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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How about setting up a second keg
« on: August 22, 2016, 01:02:58 PM »
I would set up the second fridge as a stand alone unit. Purchase a standard regulator and a 5# CO2 tank. The first kegerater I built fit 4 kegs, it wasn't long before I had to upgrade. If you plan on continuing in the hobby, you will need more room, the standard regulator/5# CO2 tank will grow with your needs.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator frustrations
« on: July 20, 2016, 09:43:45 AM »
One keg poured foamy and the other didn't? Sounds like maybe an over carbed keg?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keggle hole too big
« on: July 18, 2016, 09:05:37 AM »
Morning,

So I was working on installing some no weld thermometers into my keggle and I drilled the hole too large. So now the thermometer just slips through and is not a water tight seal, even with O-ring. I did a 1 inch hole when I think I should have done a 7/8 inch hole.  :o

Does anyone know of a product or trick that could shrink down the hole or provide a water tight seal? Or should I go out and buy another keg/keggle?

The only idea I had atm was to get a large washer with a 7/8 hole and weld it to the keggle over my 1 inch hole.

Thanks for any help.
Would a large SS washer with a silicon o-ring or thick silicon gasket do the trick?

I've done this with a stainless brew kettle. McMaster Carr carries some High Temp silicone washers as well as stainless washers.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Flow meter
« on: July 14, 2016, 12:08:41 PM »
I'll have to check out that project. Got a link or anything?

As for the overflow, I'll have a wet switch placed 3/4 up my kettles to kill the power to the solenoid. As a fail safe I will have a wet switch mounted 3/4 the up my kettle to kill the solenoid. And, for redundancy I will have a second one to kill the pump. And, for my third fail safe I'm going to invest in a good wet vac and mop.  ;D

Fail safe 2-1/2, add in a web cam to keep an eye on things as the fill progresses.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 11, 2016, 12:35:25 PM »
Bought my Barley Crusher back in 2011, just replaced the rollers a month ago. New rollers fixed all my crushing problems. I will not hesitate to replace them a lot sooner if/when it starts acting up. I fought issues for way longer than I should have.

I did not do it under the "warranty" as I figured that the rollers are technically a wear item. Eventually they will dull and it's not a manufacturing defect. I didn't feel right asking them to replace it for free. I figured a $50 investment over 5 years is more than reasonable.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny hits 500 today...
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:43:49 AM »
Batch 150 for me on May 28, Denny's BVIP.
Cheers Denny!

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The "Hop Whisperer" aka Eric B's House IPA. I've had a hit/miss - love/hate relationship with both Nelson and Citra hops. Time to give them another try since I have them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for ideas on a new garage setup
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:42:54 AM »
You can go electric for A LOT cheaper. Check out High Gravity Brewing. Brewing in the garage with propane will require some ventilation, electric eliminates the CO2 issue.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA App Survey
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:15:44 AM »
Done

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:57:50 AM »
I use type same cleaning process except I then use an air compressor to blow out all the lines. I installed QD's on either side of the pump to remove hoses and blow the pump out as well.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Northern Brewers Off the Topper Heady Clone
« on: October 09, 2015, 07:54:46 AM »
Did you brew the recipe verbatim or have any changes?

Brewed the eecipe as it was designed, no adjustments.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Northern Brewers Off the Topper Heady Clone
« on: October 09, 2015, 05:26:53 AM »
It is a solid recipe. I scored 39.3 and took second place Category 14 at the 2015 March Mashness competition.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roommate drinking all the beer :(
« on: September 22, 2015, 11:41:47 AM »

You crazy people with your magnets, I'm thinking "transparent aluminum" kegs. ;D
I replaced my fridge light bulb with a 200,000 candle power spot light bulb. So, transparent aluminum might skunk my beer.

Almost see through the stainless with that, no need for transparency.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roommate drinking all the beer :(
« on: September 22, 2015, 11:21:21 AM »
You crazy people with your magnets, I'm thinking "transparent aluminum" kegs. ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Winter/Garage Brewing
« on: September 17, 2015, 09:49:57 AM »
Fellow Minnesotan here. Finally got fed up with cold weather brewing, frozen hoses and the like and moved into the basement and went electric. I use this fan mounted to the ceiling and venting out the basement window with no moisture problem at all. The thing moves a ton of air. Takes my brew house humidity from 70% to 60% no problem. They also have a 12" version that may exhaust your larger space better.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200007224_200007224

Cheers

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