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Pimp My System / Re: 3 tier gas/electric indoor 10 gallon brewery
« on: February 09, 2011, 08:00:40 AM »
Very nice. I'm in the process of planning a basement brewery and am trying to decide on whether to use natural gas or electric. 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...

... the bubbling is one of my favorite parts!

You get over that eventually.  ;)
Yep, as soon as you starting drinking them...

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Cheap 5 gal kegs
« on: February 08, 2011, 04:19:04 PM »
Just keep checking craigslist. They're still out there at reasonable prices. I picked up 4 for $60 a couple months ago. They were very clean, I just replaced the o-rings, and they function perfectly. The trick is to stop looking after you have enough  ;) . Those last 4 were 4 more than fit in my kegerator, but two are sitting full waiting for a spot to open up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Charlie P.
« on: February 08, 2011, 03:56:21 PM »
Northern Brewer and Brewmasters Warehouse also carry it, for anyone else interested.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cold conditioning vs priming sugar calculations
« on: February 08, 2011, 03:51:27 PM »
I'd calculate it based on 68F. After you drop the temp, the yeast are no longer producing carbon dioxide. So you're not really introducing much more into the beer, other than dissolving in from the surrounding air, and that would happen very slowly since it's not in a pressurized vessel.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Charlie P.
« on: February 08, 2011, 12:14:47 PM »
That's great to hear. I will pull that Zymurgy back out and reread the story, then get my hands on some Clarity-Ferm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Charlie P.
« on: February 08, 2011, 11:44:29 AM »
I'm looking forward to hearing the results, not just on the gluten levels, but also on any flavor impact.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Homebrew
« on: February 07, 2011, 12:46:00 PM »
So where do you think they set up the propane burner?

Equipment and Software / Re: Going All Grain & Have Equipment Questions...
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:08:19 AM »
You definitely want the biggest boil kettle you can afford. The extra space never hurts. I use a 10-gallon for 6-gallon batches and it's just right. You can probably use that 5-gallon pot for your hot liquor tank. A bigger cooler is also probably in order. Here's a couple sites you should check out: and

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Pitch Temperature
« on: February 06, 2011, 07:33:31 AM »
I like to pitch lagers in the low 40's and slowly raise the temp during the fermentation, typically finishing in the low 50's.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop mess.....
« on: February 06, 2011, 07:10:38 AM »
OK, did I mention I use pellets, and would the bags work for those?

Next question..... I have a pickup tube with a 90 that gets all of the wort out of my BK, including the hot break... I am now starting to read that that is not good. Some people have just the drain valve on the side of the kettle, and whirlpool the wort to keep all the trub from getting out. Don't worry about the 1/2 gallon or so you may leave behind, just figure it into the grain/water bill.....?????
That's basically what I do. I have all my recipes scaled to 6 gallons. Usually half a gallon or so stays behind in the BK with most of the hops/break. Then I lose another quart or so to the yeast cake at the bottom of the fermenter. Then I always end up with just over 5 gallons into the keg.

The Pub / Re: Busy Day
« on: February 05, 2011, 04:39:21 PM »
Just finished working on my basement. Moved a bunch of HVAC ductwork and continued framing. The bar is framed in  ;D ... But not the kids play area. Time for some homebrew!

The Pub / Re: I simply ask for a raised pint for Thomas D.
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:38:01 AM »
Cheers Thomas. I will raise one this evening.

The Pub / Re: I hate shoveling snow!
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:37:14 AM »
The storm that hit us this week took me about 4 hours to clear my driveway. And that was with a snowblower. The drifts were chest-deep. I couldn't see my 5-year old behind them. It's kind of funny around here... The first couple snowfalls of the year, I enjoy breaking out the snowblower even when it's only a couple inches. Then once we hit January and February, unless it's over 3-4 inches of snow, nobody bothers anymore. "Eh, the cars will compact it enough and it will melt eventually.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/4 Edition
« on: February 03, 2011, 07:18:02 AM »
No brewing... Kegging a Cal Common and an Amber Ale though.

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