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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 16, 2017, 02:44:08 PM »
Thanks Jeff

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 16, 2017, 01:26:40 PM »
You already got your feedback? How did they send it to you?

Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk

Came in the mail on Friday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:54:43 PM »
This is VERY exciting, my IPA advanced out of Milwaukee! My first time entering the NHC and I took a first in the first round!

I'm going to have to re-brew it as I had no thoughts of advancing and we drank it all. I have a question regarding the re-brew. Is it bad form to make minor recipe adjustments based on the first round judges feedback? Not planning on anything major, just maybe slight water profile adjustment and bumping the mash temp up a degree or two. Got a couple of comments that it could use a bit better balance.

It obviously is a decent beer so if it's not right to make recipe changes I'll be happy to brew it the same.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: torpedo kegs
« on: November 23, 2016, 05:04:21 PM »
That is weird that it does not hold 5 gallons. Have you tried weighing it empty and filled with water to determine this?
I filled it to the brim with StarSan from an extra Big Mouth Bubbler that has a valve I installed.  Assuming the gallon markers on the BMB are correct, the Slimline Torpedo keg holds 4-3/4 gallons.  And, really, about 4-1/2 gallons of beer.

But the weighing trick would be more accurate.  I'll try that next time it's empty.

I found about the same volumes. I used a keg to keg transfer and could not fit everything from an old keg into the slimline. I then verified that by using my Megapot with gallon graduations. 5 gallons from the Megapot would not fit in the slimline.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: torpedo kegs
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:22:49 PM »
Got (4) of the slim lines and like them. Only thing different is the volume. I'm used to getting 5.125 to 5.25 gallons into my old kegs, I can't even fit 5.00 in the new Slim Line torpedo.

Equipment and Software / Re: Lifespan of Digital temp controller
« on: November 02, 2016, 04:48:25 PM »
ASD is the Anti Short Cycle Delay. I've had this show up on mine once in a while but if left alone it cycles through and resumes functions.

Equipment and Software / Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
« on: October 19, 2016, 04:26:54 PM »
Shelves on wheels.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Turbulent flow out of one tap, not the other
« on: October 12, 2016, 01:13:57 PM »
I'd take the faucet apart, clean and inspect. Quite a few O-Rings inside.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How about setting up a second keg
« on: August 22, 2016, 08:02:58 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.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator frustrations
« on: July 20, 2016, 04:43:45 PM »
One keg poured foamy and the other didn't? Sounds like maybe an over carbed keg?

Equipment and Software / Re: Keggle hole too big
« on: July 18, 2016, 04:05:37 PM »

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.

Equipment and Software / Re: Flow meter
« on: July 14, 2016, 07:08:41 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.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 11, 2016, 07:35:25 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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny hits 500 today...
« on: June 06, 2016, 04:43:49 PM »
Batch 150 for me on May 28, Denny's BVIP.
Cheers Denny!

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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