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Equipment and Software / Re: 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 05, 2015, 03:15:20 PM »
I live for overkill

Equipment and Software / Re: 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 05, 2015, 12:34:10 PM »
No I do not remove it. Just couple it on and turn the pump on.

Love the manifold/valve setup!  I may have to have my pipefitter son in law weld one up out of stainless!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Purging Keg
« on: July 05, 2015, 12:31:16 PM »
You could also put a quick disconnect on the gas side and run some tubing into a small bucket of sanitizer.

With a closed off keg, how do you guys know when it's full? I've done only one push with CO2 to a keg, but I ended up taking the lid off so I could see when it was just above the 5 gallon line.

I do this in two ways.  Since I have a stainless steel fermenter I can't see the level in the keg or fermenter.  I try to cold crash the beer prior to kegging down to just above 32*.  Then because of the temperature difference between the beer and the outside air, condensation forms on the outside of the keg at the level the beer is at.  When the condensation hits the top the keg is full.

The other way, in cases where the temperature difference isn't sufficient, I use a bathroom scale.  A full keg weighs 50.5 pounds.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Purging Keg
« on: July 05, 2015, 07:46:22 AM »
Do large commercial breweries purge their kegs with CO2?  I'm fairly sure they purge bottles before filling.

Equipment and Software / Re: 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 05, 2015, 07:44:39 AM »
I am still using home rigged keg washer. It is using a pump to circulate cleaner and sanitizer.

Do you remove the spear, or if you don't, what do you have rigged to make it work?

The Pub / Re: Simplified BJCP Score Sheet
« on: July 04, 2015, 09:49:32 AM »
It was just an attempt at humor Ken.  One which I enjoyed!

Equipment and Software / Re: 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 04, 2015, 09:23:29 AM »
How does he clean them? Can you share?

As I recall he has adapted a sankey keg coupler to flush via the spear.  No spear removal.

I toured a nano brewery in Peoria a year or so ago.  They rigged a PVC CIP stand which they kept in a deep sink and inverted the kegs over that.  This did require removal of the spear.

I have had issues with losing a seal on a corny keg- more than twice, but less than 5 times I'd say.  That does not count all the times (countless it seems) where I do the Starsan spray/bubbling test and cussed the result, and had to remove and reseat posts or whatever.  The bottom line is that there are 6(!) places on a corny keg for a seal to go bad - only one on a sankey keg.

Equipment and Software / 1/6 Bbl kegs for homebrewing
« on: July 03, 2015, 09:45:37 AM »
A friend of mine here in Yakima swears by commercial 1/6 barrel Sankey kegs.  He says they are easy to clean and don't have the sealing problems that corny kegs do.  And they are roughly the same cost.  So I'm curious.  I'd love to simplify the kegging process as well as get rid of the 'is it going to stay sealed' issues.

Does anyone agree with my friend?  If so, what is the best way to get the kegs clean, purged with CO2 and refilled?

Ingredients / Re: Sugar vis. Bru'n water
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:51:20 PM »
That's what I was thinking.  Thanks.

Ingredients / Sugar vis. Bru'n water
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:38:49 PM »
I've not used sugar in a recipe for a long time.  Does it need to be entered in Bru'n water?

I've got a little heartburn with the commercial calibration lists.  It is about availability. Why list a beer and then put in parentheses 'not available in the U.S.?'  The more common occurrence though is that the examples are just not available in a given region.  I can understand that I can't get all of the examples in Yakima, but Seattle?!  Surely there are more commercial examples of the given beer styles that exist in a large market like Seattle that are not on the list but could be.

My solution would be to give permission to a small number of top-level BJCP judges to simply log on to a website so that when they try a given commercial beer and it is a good example they can add it to the list.  This list could even be 'unofficial' if there are issues I am not seeing with the process.

The bottom line: the commercial calibration lists need to be longer so that a person doesn't have to travel to another state, the opposite coast, or Europe to get an example of a given style.

General Homebrew Discussion / Get fitted for a bra fellas
« on: June 24, 2015, 09:13:35 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:16:09 AM »
Congrats! Noticed your club is BN Army. We need a club that is AHA Forum.

Hey, I'd join that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:31:43 PM »
That's great Jim, congrats!

Now when I share my Helles with you I'm going to have an excellent comparison!

Equipment and Software / Re: Jockey box company @ NHC?
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:38:16 PM »

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