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Pimp My System / Re: Finally Updated My Kegerator
« on: June 08, 2016, 09:17:26 AM »

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Pimp My System / Finished My Brew Stand
« on: June 08, 2016, 09:15:31 AM »
It took ~28 hours of work and a lot of 6160 aluminum, button head cap screws, lockwashers and nuts but I finished my new brew stand and took it on a test run last night. I had the natural gas line extended to the patio when we finished the basement. Goodbye propane.

Here is what I have been using for the past 11 years:




And here is the upgrade:







I didn't want to have to hassle with any pumps.  I've seen too many issues with pumps on others' systems - maybe I'm a jinx on them - so I decided, "No thanks". Sticking to gravity feed. It ain't the prettiest and still needs some tweaks.  I plan to add a couple of shelves and hooks to hang my mash paddle, spoon, hoses, etc. 

I cant wait to brew on it!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How do I start all grain brewing
« on: June 07, 2016, 07:27:10 AM »
I read the how to at http://www.dennybrew.com/ when I did my first AG batch in August of 2005!

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Pimp My System / Re: Finally Updated My Kegerator
« on: June 06, 2016, 12:56:30 PM »
Perfect. Right in the kitchen where it'll get the attention it deserves :)
It is actually in the basement.  We just had it finished and the main room has a beer-centric theme. It is a walk-out basement. The sink is large and deep for cleaning kegs and carboys. The drawers hold brewing equipment and the brewing will be done on the patio, right outside (to the right of where this pic was taken).
Cool and very creative.  It looks like you are using the same fridge with decorative cabinet doors in front.  Does the top just lift off for access?
Yes, it is the same chest freezer/kegerator in the "before" picture. The cabinet maker built a false front to hide the chest freezer, but left enough room for circulation. The false front slides out in case I need to pull out the entire kegerator. The "coffin" portion can be moved if I just want to take a peek in. The entire top comes off and can be slid onto the countertop next to it when I need to change kegs.

The side-by-side fridge/freezer is dedicated, too.  The fridge is full of commercial beer, packs of yeast, and my wife's cheesmaking stuff and the freezer is full of hops.

The brewstand is nearly complete. If I can finish it up tonight, I'll have pics tomorrow.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How to add coffee to a stout
« on: June 06, 2016, 12:22:58 PM »
This /\/\/\/\
I have done it three different ways and my hands-down personal favorite was cold-steeped overnight. Add the liquid at kegging. As others have stated, a dark roast is best. I do ~6 oz. for a five gal. batch.

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Pimp My System / Finally Updated My Kegerator
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:35:21 AM »
It took me seven years to get around to doing it, but I finally updated my kegerator. The old configuration suffered through five moves in six years and with every move I said, "I've got to convert this to an Irish coffin set up!" Now that we are in our forever house and have had the basement finished, the time had come.

Before:



After:




This weekend I start constructing my new 3-tier, gravity-fed brew stand.  No more saw horses, cinder blocks and plywood.  Oh - and it will all be natural gas fed on my covered patio! :)

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Ingredients / Re: (R) Hops
« on: April 11, 2016, 08:29:01 AM »
He recommended this for newer pros to keep from backing themselves into a corner when they can't score the hops the want.
Correct.  First time I had heard someone state that and now, this post.  Maybe the beginning of a movement? ;)

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Ingredients / Re: (R) Hops
« on: April 11, 2016, 08:05:19 AM »
I heard Jamil on a recent BN podcast advocate opting for commodity hops and avoiding the ® hops.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« on: March 23, 2016, 12:58:06 PM »
Good luck. Root beer is like pickle juice - damn hard to eradicate. That's why most poeple that serve root beer do it in a dedicated keg on a dedicated serving line & tap.

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: March 22, 2016, 09:21:40 AM »
Here's my water profile for Gainesville, GA (Lake Lanier area). It's a pretty "clean slate":

pH: 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm: 56
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm: 0.09
Cations / Anions, me/L: 0.8 / 0.7
ppm
Sodium, Na: 6
Potassium, K: 4
Calcium, Ca: 6
Magnesium, Mg: 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3: 19
Nitrate, NO3-N: 0.4 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S: 3
Chloride, Cl: 6
Carbonate, CO3: < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3: 19
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3: 16
Total Phosphorus, P: 0.14
Total Iron, Fe: < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

From a Ward Labs report. I've been told by the city that the profile doesn't change month to month or seasonally like some places do.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: New Aluminum Brew Pot
« on: March 02, 2016, 10:18:32 AM »
+1. My first pot was aluminum and I still use it as my HLT.  Been good to me for 11 years now. I filled it high as I could with water and heated it for a long while, just as Martin said. 

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Ingredients / Re: Cashmere
« on: March 02, 2016, 09:59:41 AM »
Am I the only one who now has Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" playing in their head?  Sorry. I got nothing to add.

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Wow.  Just... wow. For a moment I thought I had accidentally stumbled onto Homebrewtalk.com! ;)

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Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 26, 2016, 01:33:12 PM »
I saw the email last night and when I read the new name I thought "ugh" and made a face like that of an 8-year old who'd just been served a plate of liver & onions with brussel sprouts.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinions on Homebrewing Equipment
« on: December 21, 2015, 03:44:49 PM »
I have a lot of the same items Jim mentions.  For all the years I've been AG, my system has been a simple gravity fed one.  Aluminum pot HLT, cooler mash tun and beat up keggle, set up on saw horses and cinder blocks with a step ladder on the side and a home made ghetto immersion chiller.

I recently got some extra spending cash and "splurged" on an SS Brewtech 15 gal. boil kettle with false bottom and thermomoter and a JaDed brewing immersion chiller. I also bought a bunch of 6160 aluminum angle, hardware and casters to build a dedicated brewstand that I can pull out on brew day and wheel away after clean up. I'll be in for ~$850.00 when it's all done. But I think it will be money well spent. I thought about going single-tier and getting pumps, but every time I have been at a fellow homebrewer's session that had a pump, the pump was a PITA - there was always some issue. So no - I'm sticking to gravity fed.

My other hobby is model railroading.  I'll be starting a new train layout soon.  You want expensive?  Here's the hobby for you. $200 for one new HO locomotive is not uncommon these days.

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