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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Corny Keg Hardware
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:13:12 PM »
I use 1/4" and 5/16" gas lines indiscriminately. I don't think it matters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Corny Keg Hardware
« on: July 24, 2013, 04:52:49 PM »
My kegs are ball lock. I would like to eventually have 4 taps and have all of the kegs pressured independently. So, any suggestions on a regulator?

This is the regulator I just got. I love it. I have a 2-way manifold which I have converted to 3-way by taking off the end cap and installing a cutoff valve. You could save money and get a 3-way and convert to 4-way, but remember one is going to stick out of the end.

You'll need to make sure you have some swivel nuts for your gas and liquid hoses since you want to use the threaded disconnects.

Get some extra o-rings for the poppits and dip tube. Also an extra for the lid may come in handy. I'll probably think of something more later.

Pimp My System / Re: Gravity Fed Strut stand
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:17:26 AM »
FYI if you use lock nuts for the burner mounting bolts, the plastic piece inside will melt.   :o  I'd suggest spring nuts stripped of the spring, which is probably what you did Justin.
I would have used lock washers, what are spring nuts?

The spring nuts are specialty hardware for the unistrut.  Here's what they look like.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Choice for Imperial Porter?
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:43:35 AM »
WLP005 or 007, depending on what you mean by "good attenuating".  005 may leave you more of the maltiness you are looking for.

Pimp My System / Re: Gravity Fed Strut stand
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:38:06 AM »
How did you attach the burners?

For the Blichmann I removed the legs and simply predrilled and screwed to mount the burner with the windscreen.  The interior width of the stand was almost perfect for that burner.

For the HLT burner, basically the same scenario, but I had to cut the legs off with my grinder, and mounted just about the same way.

FYI if you use lock nuts for the burner mounting bolts, the plastic piece inside will melt.   :o  I'd suggest spring nuts stripped of the spring, which is probably what you did Justin.

Pimp My System / Re: Office Keezer
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:36:00 AM »
Are you hiring?  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Blocker/Stopper Mesh Size
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:34:25 AM »
That will clog.  Even a bazooka screen clogs pretty easily in a kettle unless you get a strong whirlpool.

Get this mesh from McMaster. I skipped the step where they sewed the edges with ss thread.  It's a PITA and crimping it twice works just as well.

I definitely like that post.  I agree about the SS wire stitching, since all you can really get is $20 worth of SS wire at a time.  So when you do the edge folds for crimping do you just fold it a couple of times and smash down with a pair of pliers or hammer to crimp it?  Is this the same one you have posted pics of before that you use?

Equipment and Software / Re: Keggle not kegel
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:21:06 AM »
Nothing with 80 lbs of liquid is easy or safe to move when full. The better solution is to make changes so you don't have to move it.
With boiling hot liquid, more so.

To address the original question, use a tiered stand and gravity to transfer the liquid. The more costly solution is a pump(s) to move the liquid on a single level set up.


Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Blocker/Stopper Mesh Size
« on: July 23, 2013, 06:12:26 AM »
These things ARE tiny and would just quickly clog at the start of runoff. And they're made of plastic ('polyporpylene', per the website  :-\).

You can add some weight to your spider in the form of a stainless bolt or fitting to keep it submerged, but it wont keep out hop break.

A lot of folks like the hop stopper. Lots of good DIY options when you Google it.

Whirlfloc combined with a good whirlpool (and rest afterwards) gives me pretty clear beer into the fermentor, especially if I pull the first quart out of the valve. Especially if you get rid of hop matter via spider. This is working for me in the mean time until installing a hop back. A few more brewery improvements on the list first.  ;D

Yeah, after I posted I realized those are for spray nozzles, so they are tiny.  I probably will use the SS bolt/nut idea this week until I get something else worked out.  I do use Whirifloc, but it's hard to get a good whirlpool when you're adding hops at KO and you've got this hop spider mess in the way. 

What if I just got a piece of 12" x 12" SS 200 mesh wire cloth like this?  Then I could fold/wrap it around the dip tube, or even at that price get two of them with one on top of the other around the dip tube.  I think what I'm trying to establish is the right mesh size where it won't get clogged and it won't let too much material through.  The link above is 316 SS and 325 mesh.

Equipment and Software / Hop Blocker/Stopper Mesh Size
« on: July 23, 2013, 05:27:38 AM »
I brewed last week with my Blichmann plate chiller for the first time.  I used a homemade hop spider which consisted of a PVC coupling, 5-gal paint strainer bag, and hose clamp.  It worked okay I guess, but it is hard to keep from floating to the top.  So this week I'd like to try something more solid, like a stainless mesh wrapped around the dip tube.  I've seen them made before and before I drop another $60-$75 on a pre-fab one, I'd like to see what I can do that will suffice.  So my questions is, what mesh size is sufficient for keeping pellet hop particles and hot break material out?  I found these, which are cheap and I thought I might be able to modify them a bit to make it fit my dip tube by cutting the mesh out of the filter.  The 100 mesh looks like it may work.  Thoughts?

Edit:  Or are these things tiny??

Other Fermentables / Re: Cider done?
« on: July 23, 2013, 03:42:42 AM »
Tastes good.

Other Fermentables / Cider done?
« on: July 22, 2013, 06:14:25 PM »
I made a hard apple cider on May 20th. The current SG is 1.000 but it's still very bubbly. Is it still fermenting or can I move it along to crash cold then keg?

Beer Recipes / Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« on: July 22, 2013, 06:08:17 PM »
Cherry porter? Cherry pale ale? Cherry wheat?

Cherry stout sounds really good. Hope it goes well.

Equipment and Software / Re: First brew day on unistrut
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:44:28 PM »
Thanks.  Turned out great.  No huge problems other than running out of O2.  Must've gotten a bad bottle or something.  Hit 75% efficiency and chilled from 200* to 72* in a snap.  Cleaned everything up and rolled this monster back in the garage no problem!  Very excited to use it again this week.

Equipment and Software / Re: Looking for large Cleanup sink
« on: July 20, 2013, 07:20:13 PM »
I bought mine from Lowes. Works great for cleanup and yesterday I spliced into the line after the filter to hook in an RV hose for our brewing water. I think I dropped $100 on the sink. Well worth it!

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