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Going Pro / Re: Cans
« on: January 30, 2013, 09:49:33 AM »
The fully-automated line looks like a smaller/slower version of what I've worked on at Coke/Pepsi. VERY cool stuff, but probably unnecessary unless you're the size of Oskar Blues!

The Wild Goose line is great for many breweries, but is far too small for Oskar Blues. The Wild Goose line fills between 36-40 cans a minute. Oskar Blues uses a KHS line that fills 280 12 oz cans a minute or 210 16 oz cans a minute.

Oskar Blues canning line

Ingredients / Re: 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: October 19, 2012, 05:35:13 PM »

Farmhouse Brewing has 2012 Simcoe pellets in stock. They do offer pounds for $19.00.

They also have the very rare 2012 Nelson Sauvin pellets at an almost reasonable $23.00 a pound.

I ordered both today

Farmhouse Brewing Supply hops by the pound

Zymurgy / Re: The Hop Squasher
« on: January 25, 2012, 07:05:29 PM »

Perhaps you just need to go to your local Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick up a French Press coffee maker. I did this past weekend. The wife has masses of 20% off and $10.00 of one item coupons. I spent $20.00 for a 34 oz model with glass container. Far cheaper than a Randall or Hop Rocket. Pellets or leaf hops can be used.

I just picked up some Ruthless Rye. I'll try some in the Hop Squasher. Any suggestions as to what variety to use? I have q very good selection of pellets but only some home grown Cascase leaf.

Zymurgy / Re: The Hop Squasher
« on: January 24, 2012, 12:16:35 PM »

This was written earlier in the thread
You do lose a little carb so its almost like a dry hopped cask ale once it hits the glass. A little more carbed than that.....What you get is great hop aroma and flavor.

I picked up a French Press this past weekend to try it out. I added about a teaspoon of Centennial pellets to 24 oz of O'Dells IPA of 5 min. It added quite a bit more aroma and flavor. I also picked up a small amount of diacetyl that I did not find in the nonSquashed beer. In the Westword article, there is a comment that someone who tried the B&B infused beer also found a bit of diacetyl.

Crazy Mountain Brewing has been serving fresh hop infused beers for the past couple of years. Here are some shots from the 2011 and 2012 Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail, CO

Zymurgy / Re: The Hop Squasher
« on: January 24, 2012, 09:40:50 AM »
A brewpub in Denver has just started using a French Press to offer fresh hop infused beers

Equipment and Software / Re: "Sparge arm" with "flex" tubing?
« on: July 29, 2011, 06:59:09 AM »
You might want to look at the loc-line systems.

They have quite a few items that would work for a sparge arm.

I use the 50813 kit in my mash tun. It is great for recirculation and adjusting the water flow to keep it above the grain bed.

Here is a photo of the way one brewer uses it

The 51837 could also be used for a sparge ring

Very reasonable prices and quick shipping.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygenerator
« on: July 29, 2011, 06:47:14 AM »
The PVC sight glass will melt with higher temps. I tried keeping it in line while I was using my CFC to cool while whirlpooling in my kettle. I now have a new one and a spare.

It serves it's purpose well to monitor the wort flow from my CFC chiller to my fermenter and to give me an idea about the flow of 02 entering the line.

All in all, well worth the money.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygenerator
« on: July 28, 2011, 08:10:30 PM »
I purchased most of the parts from bargain

The sight glass is plastic

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygenerator
« on: July 28, 2011, 07:23:10 AM »

Here is a picture of mine on my rig.

A bit more of a close up.

For more information, check out this thread

Pimp My System / Re: Single tier brewframe with diverter panel
« on: May 08, 2010, 06:50:39 PM »
The whirlpool fitting was purchased from Bargain Fittings

Wayne was a great help. He bent the stainless tube to fit the curvature of my keggle. He also put together all the fittings I needed for my oxygenation system.

Beer Travel / Re: BreweryBrew/Pub near Denver Airport or Aurora?
« on: April 04, 2010, 04:59:58 PM »
The only brewery I am aware of in Aurora is Dry Dock Brewing

Pimp My System / Re: Single tier brewframe with diverter panel
« on: March 31, 2010, 09:03:25 AM »
That rocks! It looks like a diverter/control panel on a Specific Mechanical system.  8)

Exactly!! That was what I based the design on. The first pub system I brewed on was a Specific. So was the last one.

In between I did brew on more automated systems but I feel I made my best beer on the simpler gear.

Pimp My System / Re: Single tier brewframe with diverter panel
« on: March 28, 2010, 05:56:17 PM »
Looks great! Thanks for the camlock link . .

You are welcome. I found the folks there to be very helpful.

that's pretty killer wayne

what are you using as a pickup tube?

I'm not quite sure what you mean. The kettle outlet is an elbow pointing down with a close nipple screwed into it.

Here is a picture of the kettle with a small trub pile after brewing a Blond Ale

Very nice indeed!

How do you clean the system after brewing?

The grain in the MLT is dumped then the MLT is rinsed and mechanically scrubbed out with PBW and a ScotchBrite scrubbie.

The kettle gets the same treatment. Every other brew I use some Five Star Acid 5 in the kettle to remove beer stone build up.

The CFC gets warm PBW pumped through it in a recirculation loop until the liquid changes color. I dump the darker liquid and recirculate a bit more. I them rinse the CFC in both directions. I sanitize my fermenter, pump and hoses by recirculating Sani-Clean through them during the time it takes to mash.

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