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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 26, 2015, 10:46:36 PM »
Sticking your face in the fermenting bucket isn't a good idea either, a good wiff of co2 will knock you on your a$$, literally takes your breath away:)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Evaporation Rate
« on: March 25, 2015, 12:05:54 AM »
I've a got a shorter, wider kettle and boil off 1.75 gallons with a good rolling boil, I know its a lot but I'm not ready to invest in a new kettle with better dimensions.

My propane company says that the most that they can let me drive home with is 60 lbs total.  I don't know if it is a law or regulation or their own safety standard but I have made 2 trips before....hence the need to rotate the supply correctly!
Never heard of that but I suppose it could be a law, I simply swap tanks at Lowes and very rarely am I doing all 6 at the same time, usually 3-4 at a time.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 11:58:48 PM »
I like to have a valve between the regulator and the keg so that if it appears overcarbed I can shut off supply and just use the existing carbonation to push until it settles down. Meanwhile I might monkey with the pressure. You probably have something similar.

At this point it does seem like a carbonation issue. Or something in the diptube. Have you pulled that out yet?

This keg does run off a manifold so I could shut the gas off to this one keg, I might just do that and yes, the first thing I did was pull the tubes and poppits to make sure nothing was plugged or impeding flow.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 09:05:15 PM »
Maybe the valve in the QD is giving the trouble. Try that line on a "good" keg.
That's a good idea Steve! Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 08:35:46 PM »
So I did the line swap and the beer poured fine out of another tap, so I took apart the affected tap, the QD and bled the line again, cleaned with hot water, everything and put it back together again and wouldn't ya know, same spitting with co2 bubbles coming into the line again after reassembly. Weird.

The only thing I can think is perhaps the old regulator I used is off a bit and the beer is in fact over carbonated even though I had it set at the same 10psi. It's not that bad so I don't think I'm going to go through the hassle of degassing it and starting over.

Any other thoughts I might be missing?

I've got 6 20's, if I run out I'm an idiot:)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Schedule
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:39:01 PM »
I too pitch cold and allow to rise to desired temp and hold until fermentation slows, then I'll ramp up a degree or two each day until I reach final. Of course this is dependent on the strain being used

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:34:00 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll try the line swap when I get home and see what happens. Otherwise I'll try and deal with the possibility of over carbonation but I'm not convinced that's it since it spits but it could be I guess.

Wow, that is a really amazing space you created, I am envious and drooling!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 04:09:33 PM »
I don't think the over carbonation would be causing that, and it's only a little over carbonated. My guess would be a clog or restriction of some type on the beverage sided. I have had hop bits stuck in the poppet that knocked CO2 out of solution.

That was my thought at first as well so I disconnected everything, pulled the dip tube and popits, checked the O-rings,  flushed the lines and re-assembled, gave it a couple days to get equalized again and same thing happens. Besides, there was no dry hop or anything and the beer is crystal clear. The foam settles pretty quick so I'm not wasting beer, it just takes a bit to get a full pint, confused.....

Kegging and Bottling / Tap spits foam
« on: March 24, 2015, 04:00:51 PM »
Got an issue I need help figuring out. Recently tapped a Pilsner that that was lagering for about 4 weeks on co2 at 33oF. Each time I pull a pint I get s spitting tap with a foamy pour for a few pints. I have noticed there appears to be co2 out of solution in the lines. My kegerator is set at 38oF, I have 10' 3/16" Bev lines. It is a 4 tap set up, 3 of which on are a manifold tied to it's own regulator set at 10psi. All other kegs pour perfectly fine and this keg has held beer and been tapped before with no issues and I have no leaks anywhere in the system.

This is the first lagered beer on co2 I have ever tapped though. It was on co2 at the same 10 psi as the kegerator is set to. My thought is my issue has to do with the temperature difference from lagering to going in the kegerator and the amount of co2 absorbed at the lower temp of lagering vs the temp of the kegerator, perhaps slightly over carbonated and now the co2 is coming out of suspension?

Am I on the right track and if so what is the best way to alleviate the issue or just live with it and learn for the next time?

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 23, 2015, 12:35:42 PM »

Woke up to 25 degrees and this, happy spring!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Beer is Flat
« on: March 21, 2015, 10:32:24 PM »
Needs more time, be sure the bottles are kept at 70 degrees or warmer and they will carbonate fine, just be patient;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 37 years
« on: March 21, 2015, 03:40:09 PM »
That's just too cool, 37 years ago I remember my family got a VCR:)

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