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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lines and Disconnect Cleaning
« on: April 30, 2015, 02:25:14 PM »
I built one of these. http://www.brewgeeks.com/tap-line-cleaner.html

+1, greatest little tool I have built as well, makes cleaning and sanitizing a real breeze!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Life span of beer in a keg vs a bottle
« on: April 30, 2015, 02:23:15 PM »
I think the OP is asking about preservation and freshness of the beer, not the fact it may be consumed faster:)

I've had kegs kick in less than a week and some that take several months and haven't noticed any degradation of product in the kegs that seem to take forever to kick, they are kept cold and under gas. Bottles I try to store at cellar temperatures and they also last a long time properly stored. Some for years, But I think storing a keg to cellar a beer for months or years is poor use of the vessel.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: almost a lost year brewing
« on: April 30, 2015, 02:14:40 PM »
So glad to hear you are on the way to enjoying a beer!! Cheers!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg outflow problem
« on: April 30, 2015, 08:25:30 AM »
Sounds like the beer is freezing, as Amanda asked, where is the probe?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:17:39 PM »
That's just nasty, tasted bile...

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Robert Hand
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:14:14 PM »
Great bio, enjoyed reading it!

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Ladies Club
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:37:31 PM »
Very cool!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Belgian ale carbonation issues
« on: April 25, 2015, 12:15:17 PM »
At what temp are the bottles sitting? 70+ is ideal and a big beer like that will most likely take longer than the average 10-14 days.

I never used them but the Coopers drops have been known at times to not work so well I've heard.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:22:55 AM »
I just use cheap vodka in my airlocks, doesn't freeze:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:23:51 PM »
+2
2-3 days at 32 and keg

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Equipment and Software / Re: 6" or 12" kettle screen?
« on: April 24, 2015, 05:49:03 PM »
Yup, if you can fit the 12" go with that, more surface area to drain and less apt to get plugged up

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP001 fermented at lager temps?
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:22:57 PM »
I just added dry hops to my IPA that I ferment with 05, it sat at 60 and took 8 days to finish, no off flavors or fruit flavors at all, no diacetyl, very clean and finished where I wanted it, just slower than had it been a bit warmer. My only concern in your situation is the fluctuation of temps, that could cause issues.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Blowout
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:17:09 PM »
Thanks for the info. Think my biggest before this one was 1.057 at the same temps and yeast with no problem, didn't think a .01 change would be that big. Guess I'll look into a blowoff tube for big beers or find a bigger fermentation vessel.

Once is all it takes, just use a blow off tube every time and you no longer need to worry about it regardless of the size of the beer or yeast or any other factors, simple peace of mind:)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Stopped Working
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:13:18 PM »
So, it sounds like a number of things. You regulator is off and probably your lines are either not long enough or  the ID is too large diameter.

I have a few regulators whose gauges are wonky. All it takes is one tip over. Some have come from the manufacturer screwy. What ID is you line? How long a line are you using?

I was going to ask the same thing but also I didn't see if the OP checked the Qd's (Disconnects). I just went through something similar (air in line) and found a bad QD was the culprit, perhaps the disconnect is faulty or partially plugged up. It could also be that the small pin inside is damaged and not fully depressing the poppit.

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Nice job! Mine is on casters as well, it allows me to roll the whole unit outside for BBQs, etc as well as move around the house for cleaning.

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