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Equipment and Software / Re: Propane plumbing
« on: September 15, 2016, 04:25:10 PM »
I don't want to hijack the thread but wanted to ask about the mash tun.  It looks like you have enough space for a cooler.  If that is what you are planning to use, make sure you have some protection from the heat from the boil kettle burner, or don't start your burner until all your sparging is done & you've removed the cooler.

Now back to our regularly scheduled thread...

Hop Growing / Re: Best source for hop rhizomes in Washington state
« on: September 13, 2016, 03:39:13 PM »
I love hopsdirect.  A couple years ago I was looking for Cluster rhizomes (Cluster? yeah I know, but they grow great here).  They were the only farm that was offering them.  They are also a great place to buy any hops that you are not growing yourself.

Hops direct from Yakima area sells rhizomes so can ship to Washington st.

Oh wow, that farm looks really awesome. I might have to make a trip out there and check out their farm!

Have you purchased from them before?

Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic hydrometer?
« on: September 11, 2016, 02:58:45 PM »
I've never understood why these weren't made from plastic before.  I've got an old one I got at work that cost a ton.  It works great.  This should be on everyone's wish list!

Equipment and Software / Re: Coleman 100 quart cooler for a mash tun?
« on: September 11, 2016, 02:49:26 PM »
I got a 70 qt when they went on special @ Amazon for something like $39.  It's all I ever need (and more than I usually need).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love it:)
« on: September 11, 2016, 02:47:29 PM »
I got only 7.04 lbs in my back yard.  About 100 ft2.

That makes me green.

There's no "h" in Pittsburg, CA.  That's the biggest difference between the two. :-)

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometer location on keggle
« on: July 05, 2016, 03:58:14 PM »
Mine is right above the drain.  Since the drain already interferes with stirring it makes sense to me to not have two items preventing me from stirring.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Corn Syrup
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:13:53 PM »
There are different grades of corn syrup.  Some more fermentable than others.  I was given some that was used as a modifier for sauces.  It was like wet cornstarch.  It had little sweetness, and didn't ferment much at all.  I stopped putting it in the boil and started adding it to mashes to use it up.

Kegging and Bottling / Non-Vinyl Draught Tubing
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:01:57 PM »
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 25, 2016, 03:10:02 AM »
It worked fine for me. (on Opera)

Pimp My System / Re: Finally Updated My Kegerator
« on: May 24, 2016, 03:40:53 PM »
Can't wait to see the brewstand.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tubing Length
« on: April 12, 2016, 09:40:37 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, 08:46:27 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, 07:14:16 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, 06:50:58 PM »

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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