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All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB water
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:29:22 PM »
I guess I lied.  I do use the 5.2 mash stabilizer in my mash...

I'd like to buy a carbon filter of some sort to prepare water.  Maybe I'll buy some water for my next brew and see if I can detect any variations.

This is what I use for filtering water,

All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB grain bill question
« on: October 09, 2014, 07:41:44 PM »
I crush the grains fine for biab and get efficiency in upper 70s, which i believe is about normal for all grain. But as mentioned it is a good idea to have some extra DME on hand if your pre-boil gravity isn't where you want it to be. FYI in beersmith I set the mash profile to 1 step temperature mash instead of biab, on the mash tab I adjust Saccharification to 1.5 qt / lb. Then on the volume tab, the sparge volume is what I use to rinse the grains in after the mash (in a separate container), give it 15 minute rinse, the rinse helps with efficiency too. Then just add mash wort & rinse wort and start boil.

Equipment and Software / Re: Refrigerator selection help
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:59:54 PM »
+1 chest freezer. There are plenty of them around. I spent a good deal of time searching for the right sized mini fridge to build into my bar, I needed the door on the front, not the top. I had to settle for a fridge that I could barely squeeze two 5 gallon kegs into after cutting off the door paneling. It works, but I wish I could have done a chest freezer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Keggarator
« on: October 07, 2014, 02:55:25 PM »
I have seen this on a wall at a new brewery in town, but didn't know it was something I could buy at the store until I just looked it up now. THanks!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: how to keep beer lines cold in a keg tower
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:09:49 PM »
When I put the 2nd keg into my 4.4 mini fridge, I realized I don't have any room try to fit copper pipes in there. Everybody here said that the cold air pump with hose running to top of tower works good, and that is what I will be installing this weekend. Thanks for all the advice.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: how to keep beer lines cold in a keg tower
« on: September 12, 2014, 07:26:57 PM »
Since I have decided I want to fix this, I am going to run the copper tubes over the beer lines, maybe this weekend if I have time. If it's still not good enough, then I will build/buy a fan, something like HoosierBrew suggested. I'll post result of copper rod experiment.
THanks all!

Kegging and Bottling / how to keep beer lines cold in a keg tower
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:11:11 PM »
I built a fridge into my new bar & drilled holes in tops to run beer lines. The top of the fridge is about 6" below the bar top, and I have the beer lines above the fridge wrapped in heavy aluminum tape surrounding a couple inches of spray foam insulation, and insulation in the tower as well. Today I saw an idea of encasing each beer line in 1/2" copper tubing that runs from the top of the tower and extends 12" into the fridge. I am looking to get a colder start on my pours to reduce foam. Do you think this copper idea would work? I don't mind doing the extra work of cutting out the foam insulation I sprayed if this will work. Or any other ideas? I have seen installing a small fan and could do that if it's better, but I like this copper idea.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Too Much Carb?
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:29:45 PM »
are some of them undercarbed?

I think a slow continuous foam over is an indication of infection but I could be mis-remembering.

This, or incomplete fermentation (happened on my first batch)  and/or too much priming sugar. Did you measure and reach final gravity? Do you weigh the sugar, or just go by measurements?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: fridge wont stay cold ?
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:10:00 PM »
that's better than my first thought which is that you drilled through the chiller lines.
Could be worse. I attempted to "defrost" a freezer using a hammer and a screwdriver once. Nothing quite like getting blasted in the face by Freon.
Thanks for helping me feel better.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: fridge wont stay cold ?
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:02:35 PM »
that's better than my first thought which is that you drilled through the chiller lines.

Sunday morning I moved the fridge outside to work on it, &, you got it right. I managed to drill the 1 1/4" holes on both the top and the side through the wiring harness for the light & temp control. The light switch was taped down after I removed the door moulding but before drilling the holes so I didn't notice there was no light. So the fridge was probably running at lowest setting. The holes were so neat through the fridge walls and insulation that I had to look really close to see the wires. Nothing like spending a few extra hours cutting inside the fridge to expose the wires enough to splice back together. WHat a fun Sunday, I was supposed to just watch football and drink beer (from my new bar). Grrrrrrrrr. Thanks for letting me vent.........

Kegging and Bottling / Re: first try at keg co2 connect ?
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:52:40 PM »
Ya it's probably a bit too full. I spent a few hours yesterday fixing the fridge that I messed up. Later today I'll take the co2 tank & keg to the garage to get it hooked up, since it's my first time. I'm sure it will be fine, or maybe I'll get a beer bath. THanks!

Kegging and Bottling / first try at keg co2 connect ?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:06:12 AM »
I got a keg filled at local brewery. Ball lock. When i connect the coupler to the in line on keg it started spitting beer. So i pulled it off cuz i dont want beer all over girlfriends carpet. My first try at kegging. Is this normal? Or is maybe keg too full or they put the posts backwards? It is the in line with the sprocket.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: fridge wont stay cold ?
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:55:55 AM »
Never mind i figured it out. The spray insulation i used ob the hole in the side spread around to the coolant lines at the back. Guess it dont like that. Now i gotta take fridge apart.

Kegging and Bottling / fridge wont stay cold ?
« on: September 06, 2014, 11:43:14 PM »
I bought a new danby 4.4 fridge for kegerator (tower). Drilled hole in top for beer lines and in side for co2. Sealed them pretty good. Now the fridge wont go below 55. It worked fine for a couple weeks before i put holes in it. Do u think there is something wrong with the fridge? Or can it be some sorta pressure problem if i didnt seal holes good enough? All coolant lines are at the back.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« on: May 15, 2014, 01:20:01 PM »
I had 2 of 4 packages mysteriously 'disappear' last winter. Thinking that they got confiscated by customs as you are not supposed to ship alcohol across the border, I am trying to come up with a different packaging. Root beer sounds good.

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