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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Draught Beer Quality Manual
« on: November 04, 2009, 05:45:56 PM »
I use a CO2 filter from Micromatic.  In two years of use, it still works great.  The filter is rated at one year use for commercial applications but I figure I can get quite a lot longer use as a homebrewer.  When the change in my beer was immediate after I hooked up the filter, I knew I had found the fix for my problem.  It was a difficult and frustrating issue to find.  I kept hearing "CO2 is CO2" even when I was sure that was the source of my problem.
BTW, the Draught Manual is great. 
Gail

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Draught Beer Quality Manual
« on: November 04, 2009, 05:29:08 PM »
I started using a CO2 filter after I had a number of bad beers that all tasted suspiciously like machine oil smells.  I finally noticed an oily residue in the gas line right before the keg fittings.  I own my CO2 tank, don't trade it, and wait while they fill it at a very reputable welding shop.  Since I've had the filter (and replaced all the lines and fittings between the filter and keg), I've had absolutely no problems and again have consistently good beer on tap.  Definitely not an expense for everyone, but one I found necessary by experience.
Gail

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast and Zip Lock baggies
« on: November 04, 2009, 04:41:09 PM »
ZipLock baggies do work great.  I generally double bag the yeast ever since I had one leak all over my frig.  I haven't had any trouble with the baggies blowing up as long as you keep the yeast pretty cold; regular frig temp has worked well for me.  Lager yeast does require a little monitoring, however, since sometimes mine has still been active at pretty low frig temperatures.  Those times, I just open the baggie a little bit, allow the built-up CO2 to escape, then reseal it.  No problems and no worries.
One word of caution:  don't use the baggies with the "zip tab" plastic thingy.  I've found that it doesn't seal tightly enough and your yeast will get infected or leak badly.
Gail

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