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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What equipment for Co2 Purging
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:12:03 AM »
Steve, I wouldn’t recommend pressuring glass carboys, at all. Ideally, you’d use some stainless vessel - like a conical, Ss brewtec brew bucket, or even a corny or snake keg. For a cheaper approach, you could use a racking cane, carboy cap, and a better bottle. You could fill the better bottle up with starsan, and then push it all out with CO2. Then you just keep it closed, remove the gas in to the carboy cap and rack back down the cane.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Whirlfloc in NEIPA?
« on: May 19, 2018, 06:16:19 PM »
Brewing my first NE IPA today.  Do I want to use whirl-floc or will that affect the haze? Thanks!

Why, bother. Don’t waste the Whirlfloc.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Star San suck back
« on: February 16, 2018, 04:41:27 PM »
Sorry. But I’m another nay-sayer. Homebrewers like me like gadgets, but something like this is really superfluous.

Blow off tubes only need to go under the surface of the water/starsan/vodka etc that they are placed in. By assuring that there is only enough volume of water to fill the tube 2/3 of the way up to the top, the vacuum will always be broken before the liquid gets sucked all he way back into the beer.

But, if it makes you happy to fiddle and deal with more gear in your fridge, then go nuts!

I (fortunately) don’t have to deal with this issue, anymore. Anytime I cool my conical, I put on a lb or two of CO2.


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Pimp My System / Re: Long timer lerker keezer build
« on: August 30, 2017, 11:02:37 PM »
Looks really nice. I wish you the best with it - however, I think your design will (at best) be less efficient, and (at worst) result in a shortened lifespan for you chest freezer.

Traditional fridges/freezers have a compact condenser coil with a fan to shed the heat. Modern chest freezer design did away with the condenser coil, and instead has a network of high pressure tubing in the side walls that is in contact with the outside skin of the freezer. It uses the outside skin to radiate and shed the heat from compressing the freon. There are no high pressure tubes to shed heat from the bottom. The compressor does generate a little heat, and does need to be vented - but not nearly as much as the skin.

Wood is a great insulator. By boxing in the 2/3s of all the walls (back is open), you have significantly reduced it's capability to shed heat. The unit is designed so that by the time the high pressure gas gets to the inside coils, the freon has condensed to liquid. It then goes through a tiny opening, into the much larger return lines. The pressure drop results in cooling. In your case, there will be much less liquid at that transition point - and much less cooling capacity. Your compressor will run more frequently - even at "fridge" temps.

Other wood clad keezer designs I have seen have incorporated a fan to blow air between the wood and the skin of the freezer. The best designs ensure that the air circulates completely around the unit. You might want to consider retrofitting something like that in your build. Otherwise, my money is on that unit crapping out in 2 yrs or less.


Classifieds / Full Banquet Ticket and VIP BN ticket
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:55:43 AM »
Price drop. $300 for the set.

Classifieds / Full Banquet Ticket and VIP BN ticket
« on: June 16, 2013, 08:29:19 PM »
I have both available. Would love to sell as a set, but will break up if necessary. Face value. $200 for conf, $150 for BN VIP anniversary, including a sit down Paxton dinner. $350 for the set.

PM me if interested.


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