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Equipment and Software / Kegerator question
« on: July 31, 2016, 09:34:28 AM »
I own 2 side by side refrigerators. Both have a coil of water line in the fridge section. See below pic.



My guess is this coil is very long to allow lots of cold water to be stored in the fridge and dispensed at a single serving.

If I wanted to serve beer from the water dispenser I would cut the line already in the fridge and connect to a liquid quick disconnect which then connects to the keg out. I would keep the total length of water line to 10-12' max (much less than the length of the coil in the back of the fridge). 

I am not sure of the inner diameter of the water line, but, if it is not what you need I am sure you could buy an adapter. This may be another issue if the line has large diameter. In this case you could use a longer length or place a stir stick in the dip tube to try and decrease foam.

As some of the line may run outside of the cold provided from the fridge you may end up with foaming problems.

I like my taps better.  I say save the water dispenser for water for when you need it in the brewery.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and dispensing with nitrogen
« on: July 31, 2016, 07:54:26 AM »
Beergas was originally designed for long runs of serving lines in bars. The ideas is the nitro doesn't dissolve in the beer and therefore higher pressure can be used to push the beer through the long serving line without over carbonating the beer.

I am definitely no expert. From what I have read you should carbonate with pure co2 and then switch to the beergas for serving only.

Here is a thread on the topic.
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1398

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The Pub / Re: I'm back...
« on: July 27, 2016, 04:10:23 PM »
Welcome back. Better to find that out in the first 6 weeks than the last. Good luck on the job hunt.

Try cybersecurity.  There are currently 200,000+ open positions in the US.

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Bad news. Sorry about that.

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Ingredients / Re: Lake Water
« on: July 26, 2016, 01:17:38 PM »
I would like to brew with water from the chain o'lakes where my family has a house and vacations. It is a spring fed crystal clear chain of lakes. What would be the best way to collect and filter the water for brewing?
What are you trying to filter? Boiling will kill any unwelcome life forms. But you might also have petroleum fumes, fertilizer runoff,  and such...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:44:36 PM »
Name: Dvanáct grádů No.6
Style: Czech Premium Pale Lager
OG: 11.9° Plato

BrewMaster Lager or s*** Happens  :-\

Brew Log (in Czech only)


That one is funny.

Can you describe your process for the other photos? Do you arrange special lighting, etc? They are great shots.

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Cargill's German Saltzgitter pilsner malt for the 1.005 vs. Bestmalz pils for the 1.012.
I bet that contributed some. I get different efficiencies from different malts. So, stands to reason there would be differences in fermentability also.

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Does Picobrew run its pump for the entire boil?  That beer comes out fine.

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Equipment and Software / pH meter ?
« on: July 25, 2016, 11:44:13 AM »
Thermoworks has 15% off site wide right now. I just bought a 8689 meter and solutions.
How do you like your meter?


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I like it. It seems to work fine. I bought it because others on the board have spoken positively of it and I wanted an inexpensive pen type meter with replaceable probe.

Pluses: I like that it has a little screw on cap to hold the storage solution.

Minuses: the buttons on the faceplate are a bit awkward to press especially when the probe is in the liquid.
Cool, curious if you use any water software to calculate your PH? And if so how accurate is it when compared to your readings?

I use brunwater but do not have a meter, still deciding if it's necessary and worth the cost and maintenance


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I can't answer that yet. I have used for 2 batches with my house tap water but I don't know the exact makeup of that water. I plan to go back to RO water for my next batch. Then I will have some insight.

My first batch with the meter was with RO water but the RO water had TDS of 70ppm and I think I messed up the calibration. That result was off from Brunwater but I have no idea what made up the 70 ppm of TDS.

PS. without a meter I did think just using Brunwater with RO water was helping my beer. But, I could never measure my pH. I wanted to know exactly where I was so I can try to correlate to what I am tasting with my lagers.

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Equipment and Software / pH meter ?
« on: July 25, 2016, 04:57:34 AM »
Thermoworks has 15% off site wide right now. I just bought a 8689 meter and solutions.
How do you like your meter?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I like it. It seems to work fine. I bought it because others on the board have spoken positively of it and I wanted an inexpensive pen type meter with replaceable probe.

Pluses: I like that it has a little screw on cap to hold the storage solution.

Minuses: the buttons on the faceplate are a bit awkward to press especially when the probe is in the liquid.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: July 24, 2016, 08:39:26 AM »
Helles-2

3G; 1047 OG; 1008 FG
79% Weyermann Pils
21% Kolsch Malt
16.6 IBU Libery @ 60
WLP830

Used tap water today. Eager to see how it comes out. Majorvices makes a Kolsch at his brewery with tap water which should be the same as the water at my house.

5.19 pH. Little lower than I targeted.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Not hitting final gravity goal
« on: July 19, 2016, 08:59:45 PM »
Day 52? That's patience.

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The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 19, 2016, 06:01:25 AM »
checked baggage safe.
I didn't know that. I can bring home beer. Nice.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 19, 2016, 05:55:01 AM »
I have had a few experiences in which US05 beers wouldn't clear. I have had the same experience with other yeasts so I can't say it's US05's fault.

PS. That being said, I have become a fan of liquid yeast over dry. It seems to start fermentation faster and I believe (maybe confirmation bias) I have less problems with off flavors.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 18, 2016, 12:01:59 PM »
Vader's Morning Brew

A coconut-coffee-vanilla imperial stout. It came out a bit strong, so I cut it with a recently brewed IPA. It is so smooth and creamy, I love it. Running at about 8.5% abv, it's all you need to relax in the evening (warning! The caffeine levels may actually keep you awake at night). My favorite beer by far.



Looks great. But, I think I would need to wait until it's a lot cooler outside to drink a big beer like that.

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