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Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:17:36 AM »
Attaching the collar to the lid means when you open it, the shanks and whatever hardware you have attached to the collar lift away. The downside is that you need more clearance behind the freezer for the lid to swing open. I've also seen some where there are hinges on both the lid and the freezer, so you can either open just the lid, or open the lid and collar. Mine has the collar attached to the freezer, just because it was the easiest way to build it. I can't say either way is better...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Price for Rogue Ales
« on: February 18, 2011, 11:59:24 PM »
Here in Illinois, Rogue products fall in line with the average price of craft beer, about 8-10 bucks a six-pack. Some of the local ones, like Goose Island and Two Brothers, can be had for cheaper if you know where to shop.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bitter aftertaste
« on: February 18, 2011, 04:34:35 PM »
I find that California Commons improve significantly with some lagering time. I don't know if it will help this situation, but it's worth a shot. Throw some of the bottles in the fridge for 3-4 weeks and see if the beer improves.

Ingredients / Re: Advanced Software for Brewing Water Analysis
« on: February 18, 2011, 04:18:46 PM »
Wow, very well done Martin. This looks amazing. I'm looking forward to giving it a run.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanitize CO2 line & connecter?
« on: February 17, 2011, 09:33:23 PM »
I spray Star-San on the post and the disconnect, but don't bother with the inside of the gas line. I push Star-San out of the keg with that gas line about to go into service. So I figure any nasties in the dust sitting in the line are going to get blown into a keg of Star-San anyway.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer line length.....
« on: February 17, 2011, 12:50:50 AM »
Reading the subject title, I thought you guys were talking about the concession stand at the ballgame.   :-[
Which is usually proportional to the line at the urinals.

Brewing a 10-gallon batch of APA and splitting it between US-05 and WLP007. It's the continuation of my APA yeast experiment.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Too warm to have added yeast?
« on: February 16, 2011, 11:22:11 PM »

70f in winter - wife freezing, "please turn the heat on"!

70f in summer - wife dying a slow death, "please turn the air on"!
So you've met my wife it sounds like...

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 16, 2011, 03:21:29 PM »
Nice.  You'll really like the 70 qt xtreme.  You'll still leave some wort behind though.  Not as much but there's still room beneath the drain.  It helps if you prop up the back end of the cooler before you start the vorlauf.  I use a little ceramic flower pot that used to belong to my wife.  She was going to reclaim it until I told her it was now part of my brewing system.  I'll leave it to your imagination the look I got for that one.

You've probably already seen it but this is the site I followed when I converted mine:

And it is really nice to have all that room in the mash tun for the bigguns.
I just got my order from Amazon ($40 with free shipping!) and put it together tonight!  Leak testing it now, everything looks great!  Can't wait to use it for a Begian Quadrupel this weekend.  Getting the 20 pounds of grain into and out of this should be a lot easier than the round rubbermaid.  I think the hosebraid should help me get a much better runoff than the bazzooka screen I've been using too.

Best of all....Its a blue one  ::)
Since you got the blue one, make sure you adjust your recipe to compensate for the 110% efficiency you're going to get. The blue goes up to 11!  ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: My first yeast starter - questions!
« on: February 16, 2011, 03:12:41 PM »
The Propagator packs contain only 25 billion cells, while the Activator packs have 100 billion cells. The Mr. Malty calculator works under the assumption that you're starting with Activator packs. And good purchase on the gallon jug. Those are perfect.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: my Brewery on youtube
« on: February 16, 2011, 02:58:28 PM »
Very well planned out and constructed. Quite impressive.

Pimp My System / Re: Single Tier Semi-Automated, Lowell Brewing
« on: February 15, 2011, 08:50:00 PM »
Impressive. I'm jealous. I keep telling myself, "one of these days."

Pimp My System / Re: 3 tier gas/electric indoor 10 gallon brewery
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:35:21 PM »
You don't run into any carbon monoxide issues with the propane? Does the exhaust fan have enough oomph to pull it all out? Do you also have a fresh air intake somewhere? Just curious as I start to plan...

I use a CO monitor just to be safe but it has never gone off.  CO isn't really the big danger with propane.  The combustion gases need to be vented, so a exhaust hood and fan is a must, especially with a turkey fryer burner Btu capacity.  If you put inan exhaust fan, CO should not be a problem.  It also helps get the beer smell out of the house.  I rather like the smell of brewery but the other members of my household don't share my view on this. 

The real danger with propane is if the flame goes out and you don't notice and propane gets released in the room, or your tank leaks.  If this happens, the propane will settle on the floor because it is heavier than air.  If enough propane leaked out, it could get deep enough that the pilot on your hot water heater could ignite it.  Having propane in the house is not the best solution.  While I have done it myself, it is a temporary solution and I would not recomend others do it.  Maxieboy's comment was dead on.  Using propane turkey fryers indoors should make you nervious.  If you do use propane in doors, you need to understand the hazards and act accordingly.  I never leave the room when the burners are on.  I never run the burners without the exhaust fan on and CO monitor plugged in.  I never store the propane tanks in the basement when I am not brewing.  Natural gas is a much better solution.  It is lighter than air and if it leaks, it will not settle on the floor. Plus, it is way more convenient and cheaper.  No tanks to run out and have to refill.  The only down side is that converting propane burners to natural gas will reduce their Btu capacity.

As for a frech air intake, I do not have one.  I originally thought I would need one and planed to put one in.  My house apparently has enough air leaks though so it isn't a problem.  If you have a fairly air tight house, it could be an issue.  I still plan on adding a fresh air source just so I don't suck in cold air through windows and doors and make my furnace run harder than it needs to.

Thanks for the info! Good stuff!

No brewing, but I will be doing some bottling for a competition.

The Pub / Re: The other "pork soda"
« on: February 10, 2011, 06:53:00 PM »
Primus sucks! And I love 'em. I hear a new album is in the works.

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