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Kegging and Bottling / Re: I hope I'm not screwed
« on: January 04, 2015, 12:29:21 PM »
Huh. I have few kegs I just never got around to taking back. Nobody ever calls asking for my keg back.

Edit: I'm also thinking that if rent a keg out, I'd hold more than $10 if I really wanted it back. Probably Also include some language in sale that says unreturned kegs after 90 days may include recovery fee. I just don't see an expectation of getting back with out the protectors.
I'm not trying to be snarky but if you don't return the kegs you've stolen them, your rent wasn't a purchase of anything other than the beer inside-return the kegs.....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 5 gallon carboy for lager primary?
« on: January 03, 2015, 06:15:39 PM »
Either way would be fine, just keep in mind most people shoot for 5.25-5.5 gallons o get 5 finished gallons of beer. That won't work in a 5 gal carboy so however you chose to gain some headspace is up o you

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 5 gallon carboy for lager primary?
« on: January 03, 2015, 04:22:14 PM »
I have a few 5 gallon carboys laying around collecting dust...I wonder if it is a bad idea to use them for a primary lager ferment?

Too little head space even for a lager?
Perhaps I should scale down the recipe to 4 or 4.5 gallons?
no fermcap or other foam control on hand

using wyeast 2206  and s-189

Any experience?  Most of my lager fermentation experience has displayed pretty tame ferments...but I don't have many under my belt.  Thanks.

agreed krausen on properly fermented lager temp results in little krausen. however, you are going to have to short your batch to a bit. if thats ok with you then go for it.
+1, you'll still want a bit of head space

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bucket lid problems
« on: January 03, 2015, 04:21:11 PM »
It happens....
The co2 pushing out during fermentation prevents anything from getting in. The co2 blanket will protect the beer after assuming you are not always opening the lid to check on the beer. If you do extended primary you can always remove the lid and seal with plastic wrap or rack to a carboy/keg.

If you typically just let the beer drop clear and then package IMHO you've got nothing to worry about:)

Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: January 01, 2015, 11:08:12 AM »
Thanks Dave, that makes sense and a nifty solution to an potential problem


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using lactobacillus
« on: December 30, 2014, 12:55:29 PM »
For my Gose I do the following:
Traditional mash, collect preboil volume and boil 15 minutes, chill to 90, pitch a pack a lacto and hold at 90oF for 3-5 days to sour.

Bring to boil and add hops / salt per schedule, chill as normal and pitch starter of wy1007 and ferment at 60oF.

The final product is great and the process is pretty straight forward

Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:58:37 PM »
Super nice build! One question, why is the burner on the left much lower than the other two?

Equipment and Software / Re: Equipment Configuration
« on: December 27, 2014, 09:46:11 AM »
Use he spike for the HLT, easier to gravity drain. If you upgrade to a plate chiller or CFC then you can use it for the boil.

Equipment and Software / Re: Share your brew stands!
« on: December 27, 2014, 09:32:57 AM »
Nice. And I like the Jerry picture behind the bar !
Thanks, that's an original print from Jerry's run on Broadway! Was at 11 of those shows, miss that guy a lot!

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Do you strain your wort?
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:59:27 AM »
I use a hop spider as well and have a bazooka screen in the kettle since I use a CFC to chill, works well and prevents clogs

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BVIP
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:54:27 AM »
Definitely a winner, I brew it every year for the winter months, doesn't last very long....

Equipment and Software / Re: Share your brew stands!
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:43:45 AM »
pretty basic set up, 10gallon MT and 10gallon kettle, separate kettle for strike /spargewater is used  and while I'm at it, here's the new kegerator I recently finished

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dedicated home-brew store in your neighborhood?
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:18:09 AM »
I have two to choose from. The main one is about 40 minutes away, the second about 15-20.

I generally use the further one, the owner is a friend, very knowledgeable staff, huge supply and variety of everything needed from hardware to ingredients and you self serve all your ingredients which I like.

The second is smaller, knowledgeable staff as well but much less variety. They do operate a club but haven't had the chance to check it out.

Beer Recipes / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: December 25, 2014, 10:01:26 AM »
Nice find, thanks for sharing!

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer for Fermentation
« on: December 20, 2014, 04:52:08 PM »
If you're handy Google stc-1000, I just built one for $31 compete, its dual stage which you don't need but its reliable, easy to build and cheap!

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