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Sitting in the freezer.  You can see where the PVC ends.


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Kegging and Bottling / Finally! An Easy Way to Put a Keglove on a Corny!
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:34:59 AM »
OK, I'm exaggerating slightly when I say "Finally!".  I've only used a Keglove once, but it was such a huge PITA to put over a 5 gallon corny, it feels like finally.

The solution to getting the Keglove and the internal ice-pack sleeve onto a keg more easily is to first put it on another cylinder of similar diameter.  It's SO much easier to manipulate than a full keg.  Once it's on that cylinder, and the internal sleeve is all tucked in where it's supposed to be, it's easy to then slide it off onto the keg itself.  There are a couple of advantages to this besides the reduced swearing.  One, you're not working with a 45+ lb keg and jostling the beer inside.  Two, you're not warming up the keg and ice sleeve while you try to get it on there.

The question however, is what do you use for that cylinder?  It's gotta be both wide enough and strong enough to handle the "pressure" the Keglove will put on it, especially when your arms will be alongside it moving the ice sleeve into place.

The answer is simple, and possibly free.  A typical corny keg is about 8.5" in diameter.  A piece of 8" PVC pipe is 8.625" in diameter (8" ID, 8⅝" OD).  It's wide enough and plenty strong enough, and very easy to work with while you get the Keglove on it.  The pay option is to buy a piece online, but expect to pay $40+ for a short section when you include shipping.  I found an 8" endcap for $33 shipped, but it would have only been about 5" long, probably not enough to do much good. 

The possibly free solution is to call around to local plumbing supply businesses or industrial plumbing installers and see if they have any scrap sections that they'd be willing to sell.  PVC that size is rarely used in a residential setting, so you're not likely to find it in a big box store.  I live in a fairly small town, but both places I called said they could help me.  One said they'd have some in about a week when they finished a job, but the other had a 5' piece sitting there, so I went over and sawed off a 15" section at lunch one day (not an easy task, BTW).  It's long enough, but if you have the option, get one closer to 18".  The top 3"-4" of my Keglove are not on the cylinder, but that's not a problem since I'm starting on the other end anyway.  Make sure you draw a line around the PVC before cutting it.

They might charge you for it, but it should be much cheaper than buying online.  The guy who helped me said it would be about $5, but after telling them what it it was for, they gave it to me for free.  I returned about a week later with a couple of bottles of homebrew (I hadn't tapped a new batch yet when I got it).

When you get the PVC home, you'll want to clean it up a bit.  Besides physically washing it, I rounded off the edges with a file so nothing would snag on the neoprene.  I also took a piece of fine sandpaper and smoothed out any nicks and cuts along the outside, again to avoid snags.  You'll still have gouges, but they won't be rough.  My Keglove is in my freezer wrapped around the PVC, ready to be dropped over my cold keg for a beer fest next weekend (no pics, don't know how to post them).

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Question
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:56:50 AM »
Oil is only an issue in two circumstances. 

The first is when you buy cartridges that are not food-grade.  They may or may not have residual oils in them.  The solution, as others have said, is to buy food grade cartridges. 

The second, and this is pretty rare, is when you're using a paintball tank that has been used frequently for actual paintball.  It's possible that when your tank runs out of C02, negative pressure may cause some oils from the gun to get sucked back into the tank.  The solution, to me at least, is to buy a new paintball tank dedicated to dispensing beer.  They're only about $20.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Rust inside kegs
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:25:42 AM »
You could try a diluted mixture of water and CLR, followed by a PBW bath.  We have relatively soft water up here, so I don't have much use for the CL in CLR, but it's very handy for rust removal.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Racer 5 anyone
« on: July 04, 2013, 02:11:05 PM »
The BYO recipe uses the wrong grains and the wrong hops.  Bear Republic's own site says it uses pale and crystal malts, and the 4 C's.  The Amarillo is too fruity, and there's not enough emphasis on Centennial.  And what's with the wheat malt?

http://bearrepublic.com/beer/racer-5-ipa/

I'd keep the grain bill simple.  14½-15 lbs total grains, with at least 13 being basic 2-row, and no more than 1 lb of Crystal 30.  You could throw in some Carapils too.  That will get you an SG of 1.065-1.068, i.e. 7% ABV.  But don't overdo the Crystal or you'll lose the color profile.  Racer 5 is golden, not amber.

For hops, using Beersmith, I came up with this.

60: 0.5oz Columbus (first wort)
45: 0.5oz Cascade
45: 0.5oz Chinook
30: 0.5oz Cascade
30: 0.5oz Centennial
10: 0.5oz Centennial

That's just about the necessary 75 IBUs.  First worting the Columbus will smooth it out a bit.  You could back off this schedule a little bit too.  I've never thought Racer 5 had that much bitterness.

For aroma and dry hopping, I'd use Centennial for sure, along with Cascade.  But don't dry hop too much.  Racer 5 has a good aroma, but it's not overpowering.  I wouldn't dry hop more than an ounce total.  You're not making a double IPA.

I haven't brewed this particular recipe.  Racer 5 and Bell's Two Hearted Ale are my favorite commercial IPAs.  I can get Bell's anytime (I live in MI), but we can't always get Racer 5, so I've been thinking about it for awhile.

Any and all suggestions or tweaks are welcomed.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 04, 2013, 01:25:24 PM »
Sorry, a little late to this party.

I use this.  I got it on sale for $119.  Plenty big for any 5 gallon batch.  It might be pricey, but I didn't want to go through the hassle of building my own.

http://www.homebrewing.org/10-Gallon-Converted-Igloo-Cooler-Mash-Tun-With-False-Bottom_p_1006.html

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Can't log on
« on: June 27, 2012, 08:30:25 PM »
I'm having the same problem.  It gives me the login screen, but after typing in my info, it just sends me back to the homepage without actually logging me in.  I've reset my password twice, but it's the same issue.  In fact, you can't get the login screen to come back up unless you close your browser.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founders All Day IPA
« on: February 27, 2012, 08:24:23 PM »
My sister just left me a 5-pack at my back door.  :)  She didn't like it, but she's not that much of a hop-head.  Haven't tried it yet, but will sometime this week.  Been drinking my own and some Hopslam.

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