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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

+1

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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!

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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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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Co2 tank/line quick disconnect?
« on: December 23, 2015, 05:35:59 PM »
I NEED one of those!

Does the ball lock post attach directly to the MFL, or is there some adaptation?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Nutrient
« on: December 22, 2015, 10:07:22 AM »
Definitely need it for Mead Day. (& a week after that, & a week after that)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oxygen cleaners
« on: November 15, 2015, 10:17:57 AM »
This paper:

http://www.umich.edu/~chemstu/content_weeks/F_06_Week11/pics_notes/Bracken_JCE_2005_p762_oxyclean.pdf

indicates that the powerhouse has about half the percarbonate of other oxygen cleaners.
(in 2005)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New modular kegs from Northern Brewer
« on: November 13, 2015, 01:16:51 PM »
You're better off waiting for someone like AiH to run a sale on new kegs and buy multiple kegs in the $80 or less price range.

Like they have going on right now.  I just picked up four 2.5 gallon ones.
Must.... not.... buy.... more.... kegs....

+1

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Equipment and Software / Re: Any US source for peracetic acid?
« on: November 02, 2015, 09:07:34 AM »
Has anyone found a US source for small quantities of peracetic acid, about one liter size or so?
It is available to commercial breweries in 4.5 gallon size ($$).
I have found it in several non US homebrew shops easily.
I've not seen any, but ask "why?" - the stuff is nasty smelling.  I'd rather use iodine or even bleach.

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