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Kegging and Bottling / Non-Vinyl Draught Tubing
« on: June 07, 2016, 09:01:57 AM »
When I was replacing my draught tubing, I considered options other than standard vinyl tubing.  One obstacle I encountered was that I had difficulty in finding resistance values for other tubing (silicone or "silverized").

I eventually went with vinyl, but I was wondering if anyone else has had that difficulty?

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Live: Brewing Local with Stan Hieronymus
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:10:02 PM »
It worked fine for me. (on Opera)

Pimp My System / Re: Finally Updated My Kegerator
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:40:53 AM »
Can't wait to see the brewstand.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tubing Length
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:40:37 PM »
I upgraded to a two way regulator and put a four place manifold on one of the lines.  That way I can carb a new beer, or fill w/my beer gun while not affecting other beers on tap.

I like your plan the only recco is to make sure you have check valves for each line and quick connects throughout.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fridge for Keggerator
« on: March 21, 2016, 01:46:27 PM »
I put the taps on the side, rather than the door for convenience, with the CO2 under the drip tray.

Did you encounter anything in the side wall?  Did you need to make sure you didn't hit any lines of any sort?

I'm planning to bring my CO2 in through the side wall but haven't begun yet.  I was assuming I'd need to work carefully to make sure there's nothing in there that can be harmed.
I looked @ the bottom & it looked like all the coils were all there.  I drilled four holes two for CO2 lines and two for the shanks.  All I encountered was foam insulation.  Perhaps I was lucky, but it seems to me that walls of my fridge were too thin & have too little access to have any active parts in them.

I wouldn't say the same about the back.  I assume that the wires to the light switch, coldness controller, etc. have to go somewhere.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fridge for Keggerator
« on: March 21, 2016, 12:14:16 PM »
My decision was easy we bought a new fridge when we remodeled the kitchen.  My old fridge became my keggerator after building a floor with redwood to accommodate the slope in the floor over the compressor.

Mine is fairly small with the freezer on the top.  I put the taps on the side, rather than the door for convenience, with the CO2 under the drip tray.

Temperature is a consideration for the length of your liquid lines when you set up.  I would think that you can serve at lagering temps. without too much issue.  Serving at fermentation temps. can be problematic.

Equipment and Software / Re: New gun
« on: March 19, 2016, 11:50:58 AM »

Rather than a wye, I'm using a manifold and modified the gun to take a regular ball lock gas connector that can be on another keg most of the time, and doesn't have a straight valve that can leak out all my gas when I'm not paying attention.

Now, I need to get bottling!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starsan question... bear with me
« on: March 17, 2016, 02:52:17 PM »
My approach was RDWHAH, & go with making 1/2 a container's worth of sanitizer, & use the foam to sanitizes the walls of the container.  I'd go through the effort to swish it around 3-4 times while it was soaking just to make sure that the surfaces all stay wet, but that's about it.

Love it with the jockey box.  Sure beats carrying a 5# tank and full size regulator.

Equipment and Software / Re: Burner performance
« on: March 08, 2016, 09:28:50 AM »
It seems obvious, so I almost don't want to say it but, have you looked for scale around the ports?

I've had some in the spring before where the rust flakes and limits the gas flow.  I used a wire brush & banged the burner to shake loose material.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stupid keg transfer question
« on: March 01, 2016, 01:35:09 PM »
I'm sorry if I don't understand the question.
Won't the first thing you pull be the yeast off the bottom of your keg?  If that mixes with starsan do you care?  Won't you be discarding it anyway?

Beer Recipes / Re: pale honey lager
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:23:38 AM »
Either of Barry's whitehouse honey recipes are good.

Equipment and Software / Re: Higher End Glassware Cautionary Tale
« on: February 26, 2016, 09:40:20 AM »
What the hell has happened to us!???

haha! Here's where I come in and admit that the majority of my glasses all go in dishwasher, except opnes that are printed or gold rimmed. I usually give them an extra rinse before use and don't seem to have major problems with foaming issues.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Beer Camp Tropical IPA
« on: January 19, 2016, 07:07:40 PM »
Just got a case from the Costco for less than a buck a bottle.  Score!

Equipment and Software / Re: Choosing a brew kettle
« on: January 15, 2016, 01:51:56 PM »
For me it was after I got a pot w/a spigot that I realized how glad I was that I did.  Prior to that it didn't matter to me.  Now I'm really grateful for it.  I think that's up to your individual situation for the cost/benefit of each add on.

I will pass on my experience.  I started w/an old surplus navy stainless pot.  It served me well for a long time.  While I was using it, I stuck by the adage "If it's cheap, and stainless, buy it. - You'll find a use for it later."  Now I have a lot of stuff, and am still acquiring.  I continuously am trying to upgrade my system, and suspect I will never be finished.  Question yourself if this is the road you want to travel.

That said one recommendation I will strongly make to you is to get a pot big enough for the entire batch.  If you are doing 5 gallon batches, get an 8 gallon pot or bigger.

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