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The Pub / Re: I hate shoveling snow!
« on: February 03, 2011, 08:15:46 PM »
It wasn't so much the 8" of standing snow (I can drive over that) as much as the 2'+ drift blocking the garage... (Central OK for anyone interested).


The Pub / Re: I have joined the very exclusive group of brewers.
« on: February 01, 2011, 09:00:58 PM »
Oatmeal stout all over the laundry ceiling. And the laundry. And under the washer. And...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« on: January 21, 2011, 09:31:20 PM »
... buckets with hoses going into a bucket of water..... bath tub farts, big ones, and about 20-30 per minute....

I couldnt have worded it better myself.  I love when it builds up to a big release, its like plop, plop, plop, loooooong silent pause, then faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Where to start
« on: January 17, 2011, 12:09:47 PM »
I run at 14psi, with 9' of 3/16" ID beer line, holding everything at 38 +/- 2F, with an 8" rise from the top of the kegs to the taps (perlicks).  Assuming clean lines and faucets, its a perfect pour every time.  Apologies to the purists, but I don't mess with different volumes for different styles.  Its a lot easier that way, and I like it just fine as is.

Just cut out the bad part and solder it back together with a union.


Been around the plumbing industry a while is all... ;)

Ha, I knew a union always involved someone/thing getting screwed...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keggometers......
« on: January 06, 2011, 09:07:13 AM »
The only alternative I can think of is weighing the keggies

What about a fish scale? A full cornie is 5 gallons so thats 40lbs plus tare, so its perceivable you could simply hook up the fish scale and lift.  No disconnecting...

The Pub / Re: On the road again
« on: January 05, 2011, 11:49:18 PM »
Generally I trust to luck to finding something local and crafty when I'm travelling.  The number of times I've had to clean my teeth with the bath faucet because the sink is full of ice and beer is quite disturbing.  Almost as disturbing as the image of a sink of beer is to housekeeping I expect.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:12:56 AM »
1) All Grain
3) Enter more contests

Kegging and Bottling / Re: priming a keg and pushing with air
« on: January 04, 2011, 04:32:16 PM »
I can't find a picture of one right now, but if you borrow a couple of 5 gallon kegs and prime the beer with sugar, you can get a little CO2 adapter that fits onto the gas in fitting.  One small charge should push all the beer in a keg.  Minimal expense and you would only need a cobra tap and the kegs.

<edit> here's a link

Those are great to push kegs once they are carbed.  I HIGHLY recommend adding this in the middle though, to control your serving pressure.  The first time I used the little charger I was foaming and having a hard time keeping a good pressure, but put this in the middle and then you can simply add little pulses of CO2 as needed to keep your kegs at a steady pressure and enjoy nice pours

Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: January 04, 2011, 03:24:46 PM »
My six-banger.  I'm probably ~$1500 in on this one with 10 kegs. Its a 15.4 cu ft with a 2"x8" collar.

More pics here

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 11:17:34 AM »

If we wanted to limit drunks on the roads we could take a page from some of the EU countries, but that'll never happen.

In the UK, its the same 0.08 BAC limit.  Its the same in that officers cannot pull you over simply to check your licence.  They require probable cause or suspicion of intoxication.  But, get convicted, and its automatic loss of licence for 12 months, jail time and fines.  After that you have to re-sit your driving test (extended, harder test) and good luck finding an insurance company that will take you on.  Its also much less socially accepted, and people will not hesitate to take the keys from someone who's been drinking.
Over here it's "who's the most sober" at the end of the night.  Its no public transport to get home.  It's get convicted, then appeal for a restricted license since you need the car for work etc...  I think a large part is not just the police side of things, its the judicial punishment and social acceptance that we need to address.

Equipment and Software / Re: Soda Stream to carbonate beer???
« on: December 15, 2010, 06:46:33 PM »
I think its awesome SodaStream is coming back.  I remember that 20 years ago back in the UK, making crappy cola and orangeade, and pouring in double the syrup when my mum wasn't looking.

Seriously though, I second the carb cap for a regular soda bottle.  It hooks up to a ball lock disconnect no problem.

Pimp My System / Re: My kegerator - keezer
« on: December 12, 2010, 12:34:44 PM »
Wanted to resurrect this to show off the updates.  I added another tap (its a 6 banger now) and reworked the lines to tidy them up.  There's 7 full kegs in there in preparation for the big Christmas party next weekend.

I know the last image has nothing to do with the kegerator, but a dart board is a must in any self respecting beer garage... :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« on: December 10, 2010, 08:14:08 AM »
I've read before that a bottling wand fits snugly into a cobra tap, and I think I've seen it mentioned where you can vent the keg until there's just enough pressure to push the beer out into cold bottles without much loss of carbonation.  I've got a BW on tap, and its taking far too long to finish, using up valuable faucet space...

Thanks denny / hokerer, I figured as much but its nice to hear it from someone with more experience.

Although apparently I'm just lucky too  ;D

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