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Going Pro / First Festival
« on: November 15, 2011, 12:17:05 AM »
We just got done pouring at our first festival as a brewery, and even though it was a small festival, we were one of three breweries that attended, we flew through beer.  It was so amazing watching people come back again and again for more.  We brought 45 gallons with us of four styles, Stout 5g, IPA 10g, Pumpkin 15g, and IRA 15g, and poured 26g, and surprisingly went through the most of the one we thought people would think was too strong, IRA 8.9% 75 IBU.  They just couldn't get enough.  Did I also mention the festival was also only 3 hours long.  We've already been invited back next year, and are being featured on the front page of the paper.  Sounds like a good impression to me.  I want to hear about other peoples experiences pouring their first time.

Going Pro / Re: Scaling recipes
« on: November 15, 2011, 12:10:28 AM »
Your base grain will usually stay about the same, but your specialties, especially some of the bolder flavors (black malt, aromatic, special B), will usually get scaled back a bit.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mcmaster Carr Shipping Question
« on: November 14, 2011, 05:14:08 PM »
IMO I would just to your local steel supplier, they'll have exactly what you need and no shipping charges, especially if you're doing a rbew stand you'll need upwards of 50'

Going Pro / Re: Scaling recipes
« on: November 14, 2011, 05:09:14 PM »
Also in an example of scaling up, there are some things that will require less of, spices for example, what was fine at 10 gallons may be too much in a 3 bbl system.

Equipment and Software / Re: Quick kettle question
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:14:05 PM »
I'll add another vote to get the bigger pot. 

+1   Head space is a wonderful thing.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick, quick carbing question?
« on: November 06, 2011, 12:05:08 AM »
If I remember correctly 3/16 line has a resistance of 1.8 lbs per foot.  I typically run 12 psi serving pressure with a 6' line.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick, quick carbing question?
« on: November 05, 2011, 02:43:45 PM »
I also am going to have to quick carb a brew for a Beer For Boobs competition.  What's the best way to keep the right carbonation if you then transfer it into bottles?

Blichmann Beer Gun

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermwrap and fermentation control
« on: November 05, 2011, 02:42:12 PM »
I don't think you'd have a problem using one ranco to control both ferm wraps.  especially if you're doing 10 gallons split into 2 carboys then you're looking at the same og and same starting temp.  placed side by side you should have near identical temps.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Beer Gun
« on: November 03, 2011, 11:49:35 PM »
I had the tip pop off last night while I had it disassembled prior to use.  We bottled two different beers last night, and just like filling pigs when switching beer, just run some of the next batch through and it's fine.  Still amazed at how fast it is.  We got it dialed in meow.  We did three cases of 22's in an hour.  Love it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Beer Gun
« on: November 01, 2011, 05:48:58 PM »
The thing that surprised me is that they cost right about the same.  I picked mine up from my local HBS and it retailed for 79.99, the CPF that I picked up from them a few years back was 74.99.  The $5 is totally worth it.

Equipment and Software / Blichmann Beer Gun
« on: November 01, 2011, 05:36:13 PM »
I just got my beer gun from Blichmann Engineering today, and I love it.  I've been using a traditional counter-pressure filler for a while now, typically don't bottle but now that we're going pro kind of have too, and in the time it usually took me to bottle a case of 22's with the CPF, I bottled 2 1/2 cases with the beer gun.  It's easy to use with one hand, and no more having to worry about the stopper sticking in the mouth of the bottle or adjusting the filler for different size bottles.  I wanna hear what other people think.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you want Santa to bring you?!
« on: October 31, 2011, 07:22:28 PM »
Dear Santa,

I would like a complete 15bbl brewery and place to keep it.



Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick, quick carbing question?
« on: October 30, 2011, 01:57:25 PM »
You'd have to have a really high CO2 volume to do that.  Here is an example.  My serving pressure is about 12 psi so I use a 6' long 3/16 line.  My serving temp is 38 degrees F.  I usually carbonate to about 2.4 volumes.  Now at that temp if I wanted to Carbonate to 2.8 volumes, I'd be setting my pressure to 14.4 volumes.  I dont think that 2.4 psi is going to make too big of a difference.  If you can get your serving pressure into a general medium of carbonating pressures I think you'll be fine.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Storage temperature of Ales
« on: October 30, 2011, 10:50:18 AM »
Colder is better for the shelf life of the beer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick, quick carbing question?
« on: October 30, 2011, 10:38:36 AM »
It depends.  If you're using a picnic tap I assume you're either using 3/16 or 1/4 inch line.  3/16 line has a resistance of 2 lbs a foot.  To serve at your carbing pressure of 16 psi you would need 8 feet of 3/16 line.
But then every time I want to serve a beer at different carb levels I woud have to change the length of the beer line?
Not necessarily.  Carbonate your beer to the appropriate volumes for your serving temperature.  Serve at your appropriate pressure for your system.

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