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Kegging and Bottling / Re: What the?
« on: March 27, 2013, 07:19:31 AM »
I had the same no apparent leak....however, I think that my leak was when the gas was attached to the let gas in to a certain extent and then it slowly escaped.  I was able to carbonate it, so I think my issue was when I unhooked and rehooked it up at some later time.

Bingo! Swapped the c02 from the other keg and it did the trick. Seems like the one adapter is allowing gas into the keg, but like you say, it was either leaking out there or allowing only a small amout into the keg. Anyway, I rolled it on the floor for a cpl minutes, checked it this morning and its carbonated.

Thanks for your help, gentlemen

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What the?
« on: March 26, 2013, 12:58:18 PM »
small/slow gas leak on keg's seal or gas in post?  That would explain having pressure in keg (in testes), but not carbonating.  I have had an agrivating slow leak on a keg posts before, where I can't find it but the keg is always losing pressure over a day or so.

Checked lid seal and posts with soapy water the other day. No leaks, at least there

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What the?
« on: March 26, 2013, 12:19:16 PM »
Pint glass would be easier to drink out of than a ladle for sure  ;D

I've pulled a number of samples, so I think it would be low enough by now that headspace wouldn't be an issue.

I'm frustrated enough at this point I'll probably go home and crank it up to 50 pounds and shake the damn thing like it owes me money

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What the?
« on: March 26, 2013, 11:29:36 AM »
Hmmm, grasping at air, but have you made sure the valve on the manifold is on?

It's on. Dumped the PRV a few times to be sure it's getting gas. Plus the line from that manifold leads into a splitter which feeds both kegs. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What the?
« on: March 26, 2013, 08:48:55 AM »
head space is a big factor

Maybe an inch of freeboard in the keg, which is pretty full, admittedly. However the keg next to it was filled to the same level and its carbed up fine.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What the?
« on: March 26, 2013, 08:36:42 AM »
I have it printed at home somewhere. So, if solubility changes along with temp, this keg should be overcarbonated by quite a lot by now.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What the?
« on: March 26, 2013, 08:19:08 AM »
Here's something else I've been pondering: Does the solubility of C02 into solution change as the temp of the solution drops? As in, if i keg at 66 F, apply gas pressure at 12 psi and cool the keg at the same time. At 66 F with 12 psi I should theoretically achieve 1.6 volumes. So if the keg chills to 40 F over time do I then get 2.6 volumes with the same 12 psi or is the solubility of gas into solution somehow locked in at the original temp (65) that gas was applied at?

Kegging and Bottling / What the?
« on: March 26, 2013, 06:32:11 AM »
I have a 2 tap dorm fridge style kegerator.

My normal procedure to carbonate is to cold crash in the fermentor to 33 F, transfer to a keg, purge 02 and put c02 on it at 10-12 psi depending on what I'm shooting for. Typically in 5-7 days I'm where I want to be.

8 days ago I racked a brown porter to a keg. I had not cold crashed this beer. Put the keg in the kegerator without hooking it up to the gas to allow it to chill for 24 hrs. Hooked up the gas the following evening and let it sit for 4 days. Checked it. Nothing. Figured it must have been a temp issue and turned the gas up to 15. 2 days, no difference. took it to 20 psi, rocked the keg for 5 minutes. 2 days, no difference. Put another keg in at the same 20 psi (exact same procedure, racked warm, no gas for 24 hrs to chill) and that one is fully carbed in 3 days, porter still the same. Leak tested the keg with soapy water, no visable leaks. Pull the PRV, there's plenty of pressure in the keg.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlfloc and Fluffy Trub
« on: March 21, 2013, 09:18:01 AM »
So are you guys really worried about the clarity of your beer or what's the deal? I don't have clarity issues and I don't use whirlfloc or irish moss. I don't need every beer to be clear like a lager either. Enough cold time (a couple weeks) gives me a nice clear beer.
Or is there an actual flavor difference that using whirlfloc aids in improving? This all just seems like paranoia and OCD stuff to me.

I don't worry about the clarity of my beer, but I find a clear beer much more aesthetically pleasing. "You drink with your eyes first". So, I use whirlfloc and usually gelatin or biofine later in the keg. Just my preference.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Question
« on: March 19, 2013, 06:54:20 AM »
Get a nice Blichmann burner to go with that kettle. You wont be sorry. They are built like a brick sh!thouse and get an 8 gallon boil going PDQ

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlfloc and Fluffy Trub
« on: March 19, 2013, 06:51:27 AM »
Anybody else have really fluffy trub as a result of using Whirlfloc? I used a half tablet today in a 5-gallon batch of IPA and could only get a little over 4 gallons in my fermenter - the rest was trub - very fluffy trub!

I've always had issues with large amounts of cold break. Using one tablet whirlfloc at 15 minutes remaining in the boil. Even upped my boil size to 8 gallons in an effort to leave all the break behind in the kettle but i still end up with the last gallon of 5.5 into my fermenter being loaded with break material.  Not sure what else I can do about it. Whirlpooling doesn't form a cone either, I just get a solid 3 inch layer.

Lagunitas "Sucks".


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ever have one of those beers.....
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:23:34 AM »
That's the thing, Euge.  I never have a beer until I've pitched yeast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ever have one of those beers.....
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:32:19 PM »
The hot foot, and sometimes the hot arm. Dropped my thermometer in the mash a couple brews ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / Ever have one of those beers.....
« on: March 15, 2013, 09:07:09 AM »
...that seems to fight you every step of the way?

Brewed my standard over hopped 4.5% abv pale a couple 3 weeks back. Here are a few highlights:

Mashing in: Ball valve open. Unaware brewer in sock feet.

Boil: Out of propane at 30 minutes

End of boil hop additions: Fancy new El Dorado hops come out of bag in one cow pie-like brick. Brewer attempts to separate said brick with thumbs. Brick explodes. Fancy El Dorado hops all over kitchen floor.

Dry hop: Repeat above, only hops are all over bottom of ferment fridge.

Cold crash: Brewer forgets that a fridge outside behaves differently in winter than a fridge outside in the summer. Beer freezes.

Fining: Gelatin turns into gelatin before making it into beer.

Kegging: Normal routine, except lid gasket decides things look better at the bottom of 5 gallons of beer.

In spite of all that, the hydrometer sample tasted pretty good.

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