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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kegerator/Lager Fermentation Chamber?
« on: July 24, 2012, 08:36:27 PM »
Definitely sounds like the way to go.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kegerator/Lager Fermentation Chamber?
« on: July 23, 2012, 10:38:34 PM »
Sounds good.  Thanks!  I've grazed over temp controllers before, but have never looked into them too deeply.  Are they a pain in the a** to install? 

Yeast and Fermentation / Kegerator/Lager Fermentation Chamber?
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:02:08 PM »
So, I've been wanting to do a lager for some time, but the low fermentation temp has scared me away.  I've been experimenting with my kegerator fridge's temperatures.  I dropped the fridge down to the lowest (warmest) setting, but it was still running a bit too cold.  So, I dropped my freezer down to the lowest (warmest) setting, and now my fridge is consistently around 58-59 degrees.   Is there any reason why I shouldn't try and ferment a lager (1/2 barrel keg) in my kegerator fridge?


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Equipment and Software / Re: Half Barrel Brew Tower Design
« on: July 22, 2012, 01:23:30 AM »

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Subscription
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:48:22 PM »
This question has probably been asked already, but I'm getting the new Nexus 7 tablet (android).  Are you able to read the digital version from this device?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: YIKES-Frozen Keg!
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:45:52 PM »
Perhaps a way to make an Eisbock?

An Icehouse clone.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 12/16oz Bottle Taste Difference
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:42:21 PM »
I've never had a situation like this, although I generally always opt for bombers (less work!).  Are you filling the bottles in any specific sequence?  Maybe pulling more sediment into the bottles you're filling last?  I assume you're storing them all in the same place w/o light?

Equipment and Software / Re: Half Barrel Brew Tower Design
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:38:34 PM »
So I special ordered 2 banjo burners, 2 high pressure regulators, and a splitter from my local homebrew shop. I know it's probably a good idea to invest in a 100 lb propane tank too.  Is there anything else I may be missing?  Any recommendations on mounting, etc?  On another note, I just bought the steel for welding tomorrow!  I'll post pics when I can.  Thanks for all the help!

Equipment and Software / Re: Half Barrel Brew Tower Design
« on: July 19, 2012, 10:47:21 PM »
With a pump and a little mod to your design, you could do this.
HLT on bottom, mash tun on top, kettle on side.

I might have to do that down the road.  I think I could make an addition eventually to the existing design.  Also, if anyone is planning on building something like this, go to a steel shop/surplus.  It's 25% of the cost compared to Lowes or Home Depot.  Just an FYI.

Pimp My System / Re: Backwoods Brewery
« on: July 19, 2012, 04:07:51 AM »
This brewery brought tears to my eyes.  Awesome.

Equipment and Software / Re: Half Barrel Brew Tower Design
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:17:28 PM »
I think your 2-tier system will meet your objectives, setting aside construction issues that I'm not qualified to evaluate. 

I'm thinking though you could build a 3-tier system that would operate entirely by gravity and do away with lifting and pouring of wort into the boil kettle.  The 3-tier design would probably be a little taller than your current milk-crate system.  You could save some height by converting a cooler into your mash tun.

Buy a pump.

Filling the HLT, recirculating MT (for step mashes or vorlauf), transfer to kettle, recirc kettle, transfer to fermenter.

Its worth it.

I'll have to do that!  Should I mount the pump to the tower?  Also, do you just have hoses w/ clamps to connect to the barbed fittings?  Just like all of my other projects, this one is getting expensive quickly!  I'm long overdue for a brewery update anyway (justifying it in my brain).


Equipment and Software / Re: Half Barrel Brew Tower Design
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:17:28 AM »
I've updated my design a bit (thanks to your feedback).  Additional thoughts?

Equipment and Software / Re: Half Barrel Brew Tower Design
« on: July 17, 2012, 05:27:05 PM »
Thanks for the input!  I'll definitely opt for the BG14 although I currently own an SQ14.  I usually brew 14.5 gallon batches, the the extra juice will help a lot.  That's also why I'm building the stand.  I've found myself brewing solo a few times and lifting 14.5 gallons of boiling wort to a higher elevation by my self has gotten a bit sketchy.  I'm using a two tier system.  Mash tun on the lower level.  The upper level is multi-use.  Sparge water and boiling the wort.  While the top sparges into the mash on the lower level, I collect the wort in 5 gallon buckets on the ground.  Once the sparge is done, I dump the collected buckets back into the top level.  After the boil, it's already at the height i need for gravity cooling into my fermenter.  I will have access from all 4 sides, and I'm thinking of turning a few of the levels into shelves.

Currently, my burner is always on the ground.  Here is how I usually do it (although my goofy brother is usually not there):

Thanks again!

Equipment and Software / Half Barrel Brew Tower Design
« on: July 17, 2012, 04:58:52 AM »
Hey!  I've decided that I can make a brew tower at a higher quality for a cheaper price (considering the quality).  Plus, I can customize it to my specific needs and brewing style.  I've taken into consideration all of the specs (5 gallon buckets are around 15" tall (on the ground for catching wort), half barrels are around 24" tall, and my Bayou Classic SQ14 burners are 16"X16" which I'll be welding flush w/ the two platforms).  I'll be welding the entire structure.  I brew all grain using half barrels.  Any thoughts you may have about my design would be great!


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