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Kegging and Bottling / Re: air compressor fittings/hose for co2
« on: March 22, 2011, 06:44:15 PM »
I am using a quick disconnect, and that is the part I am watching for a leak.  My guess is that after a lot of use, it will start to leak....but, with teflon tape all connections seem to be holding.

Thanks for the input Oscar.


Equipment and Software / Re: Building a garage brewery
« on: March 18, 2011, 10:55:14 PM »
I hope you are not having girls.....they are tons of fun, but I am even more marginalized as the only dude in the house.  A real argument for man space out in the just won't get out there for a while.

Grinding off your own top is just takes time (depending on the equipment you have).  I bought a air compressor and grinder cheap from craigslist....but cheap meant it didn't have the capacity to do the job.  It took me over a hour of grinding to get a top off, but I use the compressor for so many different things (bicycle tires for kids...hint hint...if you make it about the kids, it is easier to get it past spouse), including cleaning my grain mill....well worth the purchase and the time.

good luck.  Post pictures and let us know about your experience of both your build as well as your brewing schedule with newborn twins (or not).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: air compressor fittings/hose for co2
« on: March 16, 2011, 09:54:24 PM »
Yeah, I thought of that, but my compressor is not one of those, and the fittings I have sitting are either never used, or lightly used (like once).

Thanks Tom.
ps, you and I are neighbors (so to speak).

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?

The Pub / Re: Japan quake
« on: March 15, 2011, 10:49:21 PM »
the problem with that 1. we like cheap and profitable, and 2. We don't like government telling us what to do.  Land of McDonald's and Walmart also likes Arrogant Bastard and has a puritanical rave about distribution and consumption of certain beverages....and has a obesity problem.

go figure.  I can't decide about America....and I was born here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another oopsie
« on: March 13, 2011, 02:24:38 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another oopsie
« on: March 13, 2011, 02:06:10 PM »
I think if you've ever had a bad batch, you get more stringent about sanitation.  Over time, some of that strictness wears off.  But both sides are right.  It is unlikely that you might have an infection from a short exposure to a relatively clean surface...but unlikely  isn't good enough for most (at least brewers)...
unlikely to get her pregnant.
unlikely to catch anything eating food from a restroom floor.
unlikely to get caught.

Or, just do the right thing and know you can "Relax, Not Worry, and have a clean uninfected Homebrew".

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Comp Entries Up?
« on: March 12, 2011, 07:58:54 PM »
I have been thinking about competitions lately....I have no real interest in entering them because while the feedback is nice, I don't brew to win, but rather to enjoy (making and crafted for and by me), but judging has my interest to grow my own knowledge of what is out I may take the exam this year.

I think that capping entries and making them more expensive would work....also, perhaps NHC needs qualifiers.  If you score minimum of 30 in a qualifying comp, you gain entry for 1 beer in nationals.  I like the idea of each brewer bringing what they think is their best beer, rather than the shotgun approach to winning medals.

Obviously, if it cost $100 to enter one beer, you would bring only your best of best, but that is not the spirit of inclusion that the AHA has always been about....hence the two rounds and regional judging at NHC.

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer gas
« on: March 08, 2011, 08:31:20 PM »
I too experience this, and after a night on a Belgian bender.....whoa!  I know that the yeast is working overtime with the bacteria in my intenstines....I can almost feel it.  I figure it is just industrial strength digestion.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Perlicks
« on: March 04, 2011, 07:24:42 PM »
Thank you all for your opinions.  I have been agonizing over the purchase of a few (since on sale).  I need to get at least one, huh?

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build
« on: March 02, 2011, 09:24:04 PM »
Bravo!  We (all 100,000 of us) will be over on Friday. :)

Equipment and Software / Re: faucet spacing
« on: March 02, 2011, 09:18:34 PM »

My faucet(s) (faucet and future faucets) are (will be) on the front as (attempted to) shown.  As I said, I was thinking of waiting to buy the backsplash/drip tray combo with pre drilled holes, and that would inform my spacing....but if I can't wait.....I thought I'd ask.

Edit: Hey, awesome!  I got a photo to post!

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 / Re: C02 tank and force carbonating
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:12:54 PM »
How does the gas escape the corny?

It isn't supposed to escape unless your tap is open and your glass is collecting beer.

I do have to also say, you are an industrious took me a couple of weeks to put all of my components together, even after taking a couple of months collecting the stuff on Craigslist....and then it still took me a couple more weeks to both brew and buy a commercial craft beer to try it out.

Got pics?

Oh, and last thing, I didn't use any teflon tape on my gas or beer leaks.  I kind of remember somewhere it saying it was unnecessary.  Perhaps I am heading for a leak.

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