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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 www.onbeer.blogspot.com....sorry to plug my sorry assed blog here, but I am just pretty proud of my efforts.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Fridge
« on: January 24, 2011, 05:58:08 AM »
$85 is only a good price if they are brand new kegs.  You can buy them refurbished from any of the national hbs and have them shipped to your house and back for less than that amount.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer for fermentation chamber
« on: January 21, 2011, 06:56:46 PM »
If an upright, a frost free fridge would beat an upright freezer in my opinion.  Then you wouldn't have to deal with the moisture build up by using damp rid, a fan, or a dehumidifier.  Me, I have a chest freezer, and moisture is a problem unless actively mitigating.

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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?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Where to start
« on: January 17, 2011, 07:49:06 PM »
I think we'd like each other's beer.

regards.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denver Folks
« on: January 17, 2011, 01:29:48 PM »
Sorry, you have to come downtown for anything good.

Two blocks east of the Cheeky Monk, there is a little liquor store named Argonaut....perhaps some of you have heard of it? ;D

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Where to start
« on: January 17, 2011, 12:14:04 PM »
Oscarvan wrote:
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Never messed with Sanke's. For the Cornies, assuming they are carbonated I would set the pressure at 10 PSI and start with 6 foot lines...... If properly carbonated but not enough pressure at the tap cut a foot off...

Mine ended up at 4 feet.

Thanks Guys!

Oscarvan: I know you have previous posts on this, but what temp are you serving at for the info above?

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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?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hydrostatic Test on CO2 Bottles
« on: January 16, 2011, 09:39:43 PM »
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, 2008).  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?


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging Beer...
« on: January 09, 2011, 11:42:40 AM »
All aging means is that you are not drinking it :)...when you age in bottles with co2 it is okay....so, my guess is there is no difference....

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Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: January 06, 2011, 07:45:33 AM »
I am in the middle of my build:
Temp controller: $75
7 cf freezer: $100 on craigslist
Keggorator setup: $50 on craigslist (20# co2 tank, regulator, sanke coupler, cheapo tap faucet.
New hoses, fittings for keggorator (with 3 keg co2 splitter): $100 from LHBS
New 5 gal keg: $40 LHBS (I have since found a local supplier for $35 on craigslist, more to come)
New 5 gallon keg full from Brekenridge brewery ($36 with AHA discount) plus $50 for deposit on their keg.
Wood: found a wooden bed frame in alley for intended use: $0

I will have to spend a little on insulation and weatherstripping, but not likely more than $20 more....so for about $450-$500

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Equipment and Software / Re: Homebrewing not at Home
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:04:18 PM »
yeah, I hear you....I just need space...otherwise I am outdoors (which is a wet area, and a cold area...no drain needed) and have to spend extra time and effort during set up and tear down.  I barely have the space to store my brewstuff, let alone run it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Homebrewing not at Home
« on: January 05, 2011, 07:36:56 PM »
I am not proposing selling any, just not homebrewing at "home".  I just want to have some space to work that is clean and warm.  ManCave removed from the premises.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Gear for New Brewer, Kettle Question
« on: January 02, 2011, 09:59:19 PM »
Hindsight is 20/20....knowing what I know now, I would have purchased equipment that would help me go all grain sooner....but there is something to be said about getting the minimum and just going for it.  Just get brewing....

but...
If you can find a decommissioned keg and cut the top off of it, that would be way cheaper.....and then buy a step bit $17 and a weldless bulkhead and valve and you have an indestructable 15 gallon stainless steel kettle for almost nothing.....that would have been cheaper than my 5 gallon pot when I started.  A keggle (as we call a converted keg to kettle) can later be retrofited with a false bottom and be used as a mash tun, too.  In my opinion, this is the way to go.

Get the 7 gallon carboy, skip the secondary (or any 5 gallon capacity), or go with a better bottle.....or find a decommissioned keg and cut the top off of it (note the theme here)....I open ferment in a cut open keg (without any other fittings in it)....had I been smart, I would have skipped the plastic bucket years and then 12 years using carboys....I do use my 5 gallon pot's lid to cover the hole in the keg....so that kettle wasn't a total waste.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Homebrewing not at Home
« on: December 31, 2010, 07:17:30 PM »
I hadn't thought about the fermentation thing.....is the law that we can brew for personal consumption, or that we can brew at home for personal consumption?  I would figure it wouldn't matter where you fermented if you didn't sell any.

How do home brew clubs and home brew stores brew at a different location than a home?

I am not a nano brewery, I am a homebrewer....I just want to brew someplace other than at my house. 

Anyway, a self storage wouldn't work because they don't supply water and some maybe not electricity....and they overcharge for their space.  Commercial warehouse space rents anywhere from 50 cents to 5 bucks a square foot (triple net per year)....if I would be looking to find 100 square foot that some company wasn't using.

There was an article either in zymurgy or All About Beer on Nano breweries like what I was proposing...but I have no intention on doing any serious volume....just regular old homebrewer volume.  I was just wondering if anyone was thinking of doing the same?

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