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Kegging and Bottling / air compressor fittings/hose for co2
« on: March 16, 2011, 08:59:03 PM »
Is there any reason I can not use fittings and hose from an air compressor for my CO2?  I have quick disconnects, fittings and hoses rated to 300 psi sitting around collecting dust....and the threads fit my co2 regulator and my gas manifold too....

Is there any compelling (or dangerous) reason not to?

Kegging and Bottling / Perlicks
« on: March 02, 2011, 09:13:34 PM »
So, Austin Homebrew has a nice sale on stainless forward sealing Perlick faucets.  I am meticulous about cleaning anyway, so I am wondering if they are worth the cost...also the BA's draught quality manual says that the drawback of the forward sealers is more foaming....

so, wise brethren, are the Perlicks worth the cost, and do you experience additional foaming?  You see the Perlicks in all the fine establishments (ie breweries)...and that alone is pushing me towards them, but I only serve 1 beer or so a day, does stainless even matter?

Equipment and Software / faucet spacing
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:30:15 PM »
I have been mulling over adding taps to my keezer collar (currently 1 tap and 1 cobra), but want to know the various opinions on the optimum spacing between faucets.  I look at pics posted around, and the spacing seems to be minimum of 2", probably all the way up to 4 or more inches apart.

I was thinking of buying a fancy (read expensive) pre-drilled stainless backsplash and tray combo with the pre-drilled holes (which will answer my question as long as I buy it first), but even those are variably spaced based on the size tray and number of, is there any experience with too little or too much space between taps?

Kegging and Bottling / Going extinct?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:03:34 AM »

After reading many posts and other stuff on line about corny's going extinct, I wonder if it is true.  Recently a shop near my house that deals in volumes of kegs raised their prices to match all of the LHBS after getting a shipment, stating that they were going to get harder to find, but I see mountains of them at all of the LHBS, on line, and on craigslist.  And, if I lived in Seattle, I could get them from Tom for $25.....

I understand the beverage makers are not using them anymore, or retiring them, but shouldn't that just make them more available to the homebrew trade at nearly the scrap metal value?  Lastly, is it disingenuous to say that they are scarce when you can also buy them new (at 3 times the price, however)?  I posit that they someday might become scarce, but they are nowhere near at this point, and treating them as rare precious metal and the price inflations are just plain wrong.  I also understand that once upon a time, you could get them for practically nothing, requiring nothing more than a little elbow grease.

On another note, I was at a local craft brewer and noticed that they have elected to use plastic kegs (I don't know what types of plastic)....does this mean that stainless kegs will also go away altogether eventually?  I am not worried, as how many years would it take to replace the quadzillion kegs in circulation?

Also, as canning becomes more prevalent in craft beer, will the opinion of cans improve, and will that eventually mean the end of glass bottles?  I am surprised this hasn't happened already in BMC world (it would be so much cheaper to only deal with one packaging line).  They even have cans shaped like bottles.  Again, hard to worry about these would take years to make them rare.

Kind of like the gasoline powered automobile....if they stopped making them tomorrow (which they won't), how many years would it be before you couldn't find a gas station?  In fact, the reason alternative fuel vehicles are a hard sell is that there are a million gas stations that would need to convert, and they wouldn't convert until there is a majority of vehicles to serve, and there won't be a majority of vehicles to serve until there are reliable numbers (at reliable intervals) of places to fuel them.  Electric vehicles have the only real chance because you can charge them at home overnight breaking the status quo cycle somewhat.

Equipment and Software / making lemonade out of lemons
« on: February 17, 2011, 08:10:30 PM »
My daughter was diagnosed with asthma today.  :-[  Luckily, it seems to be mild and there are good drugs and equipment to deal with it.  :-\

After she got home from the doctors we unpacked a piece of equipment called a nebulizer, basically an air compressor that vaporizes medicine to inhale.  All of the medicine and vaporizing happens at a mouth piece.....remove that and all you have is a fish tank type air compressor with a sterile filter.....a FISH TANK TYPE AIR COMPRESSOR WITH A STERILE FILTER!!!!!

great googily moogily!  If the air is pure enough to medicate someone with, surely it is pure enough to aerate wort!

I guess just got a new piece of brewing equipment.  Now that is some lemonade!!!  :D

Which got me thinking....what would a used medical device like that go for on craigslist.....maybe a cheap piece of equipment to pick up?  Since I now have one (until she moves away in 15 years), I just thought I would share the idea.

Kegging and Bottling / Other uses for CO2
« on: February 13, 2011, 08:04:22 AM »
This is slightly outside of the kegging and bottling category, but a different post had a story about using CO2 to cool down the costumes at Disney World...which got me to thinking.....since I have this monster bottle of CO2 now, what else besides kegging and brewing can I use this for?  Oh, and nothing dangerous.

I just would think it a shame if I couldn't find another use for it.


Kegging and Bottling / Not Pretty, but mine
« on: January 24, 2011, 10:46:57 PM »
Finished my keezer this week.  It isn't all fancy like some on this forum, but it was cheap.  Many thanks to Breckenridge Brewery for supplying the 10% AHA Discount on the 1st keg.
I can't figure out how to post a photo here, but I guess you can see it on my blog at to plug my sorry assed blog here, but I am just pretty proud of my efforts.

Is the date stamped on the bottle the expiration date or the test date?  I have a 20lb steel bottle with a bunch of dates on it dating back to the 1970's, the latest date on it is 08/03 (assuming August, 2003).  Inbetween the 08 and the 03 are little tiny numbers 08 and 13.  Does this mean the certification was done in August 2003 and that it expires in August 2013?

Kegging and Bottling / Where to start
« on: January 16, 2011, 09:53:25 PM »
Am just about ready to commission my keezer, but need advice on where to start to balance the system.  It sounds as if calculations don't quite work and trial and error shortening the beer line works better.  So were should I start.  I assume wanting to start with 2.5 volumes, 40 degrees (F)....but what pressure and how long of beer lines for the set and forget method?

And as I have been reading here, how should I set up my system to operate both a commercial keg and homebrew.  I only have a splitter, not separate regulators.

Is getting this system tuned just right something I will be messing with for the rest of my life, or does it really work out eventually?

Equipment and Software / Homebrewing not at Home
« on: December 31, 2010, 02:26:20 PM »
I have been thinking of this for a while.....has anyone ever thought about renting space to brew in?  I would figure finding some small warehouse nearby and renting 100 or less square feet of it (for a couple bucks a foot per year) if it had water and electricity and a roll up door....

I have a small house, and it would be worth a couple hundred bucks a year and a few hundred bucks to wall it off so I don't have to pack it all up everytime I want to brew.

Has anyone ever done this?

Kegging and Bottling / cleaning? How often?
« on: December 30, 2010, 02:28:21 PM »
As I set up my first keggerator, how often should I be doing routine cleaning, how often do I strip it down to soak and clean, and how often should I replace my tubing?...or a better question would be, how often do YOU do these things.

Any tips, tricks, or pitfalls would be sincerely appreciated.

Kegging and Bottling / Shoot first, now asking questions
« on: December 23, 2010, 08:55:39 PM »
I found an old kegerator on Craigslist for $100 and I leapt before I looked.  Now, I need to ask a million questions about it.

The set up included an old school (1940's or earlier) Fridge (it works), an empty but beat to hell keg (1/2bbl B,M, or C) (dented bottom and side), a 20# co2 tank with 500# pressure in it still, a two gauge regulator, a chrome plated faucet (assume it is the cheapest), a sankey tap, old hoses, and a stainless steel drip tray.

To me it looks just like the deluxe fridge conversion kit from Northern Brewer for $263, but the tank is 20# instead of 5# with a little co2, the hoses will be replaced, and I got a beat up but working fridge.  First off, do you think I got a deal?

Second, how do I rehab this?  I figure toss and replace the hoses, and I intend to soak the tap and faucet in PBW and scrub....but what else do I need to do?

Also, it occurs to me that I will need to refill the co2 tank, but how long will a 20# tank last with 500# psi left in it last?  When I go to refill, how will I know if I need to get it tested?  What does testing cost?  Does anyone know where I can get testing and fill in Denver area?  Should I wait until it is empty until I do this or just get the refill now (since I have no beer for it right now)?  what besides homebrew corny kegs (with washers, etc), ball locks for kegs, and new hoses do I need to convert to homebrew use?

And in light of all of this, was this still a deal?  I figure that compared to the $263 for new, plus I have a working fridge and a little co2 to boot, it would seem like a deal....but if testing costs more than a new tank.....perhaps not.

Oh, and the beat to hell keg.....can I trade it in when I purchase a new keg of beer?


Equipment and Software / dehumidifying a keezer
« on: December 18, 2010, 08:35:36 PM »
This unit looks nifty for inside a chest freezer kegerator.  Has anyone ever tried it?  If it works, it seems like it would be better than damprid.

Kegging and Bottling / Kegs: New vs. Used
« on: December 17, 2010, 07:39:50 AM »
After being satisfied to bottle for hundreds of batches over the last 15 years, I woke in the middle of the night convinced to start Kegging next year.

Nowadays, I have more money than sense (or time), but not a whole bunch of each.  I am interested to hear experiences with new vs. used kegs and kegging equipment.  I like the idea of new, but hate the price.  My heartburn is that anything my beer touches I keep spotless...and I am skeptical unless I have kept it clean for its entire life.

Replacement parts, things breaking unexpectedly, what can I expect from used vs. new?  How often do you guys replace gaskets and parts?

Also, my thoughts were that I would keg condition (carbonate) in the thinking is that secondary fermentation will allow yeast to clean up after themselves.  I don't filter, never will....a few turbid pints wouldn't bother me either.  What are pros/cons of force vs. conditioning for carbonation?

General Homebrew Discussion / Lost: valuable asset
« on: October 12, 2010, 06:43:19 AM »
So, it has been a few months, and I have been missing Techtalk, so much so that I decided to look for it.  Did any 2.0 version ever get started, has anyone seen it?  Of course, I wouldn't know as this has been the first time in months that I have come to this forum (and how else would I know).  I wonder what Gary Glass is doing these days?

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