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Equipment and Software / Chest Freezer Brands
« on: November 17, 2013, 08:26:29 PM »
So im looking for a recommendation on chest freezer brands.  im in the market for a chest freezer to make into a conditioning fridge.  Currently i see a kenmore 14.8 cubic foot chest freezer for about 300 dollars but are they still a good brand?  Id rather not deal with service plans.  if anyone has any experience of opinion on a good brand of chest freezers that would be great.

Ingredients / Hop Extract
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:56:37 PM »
I want to purchase some Hop extract to play with but i dont know how well it holds.  Does anyone have any advice on this subject?  i will obviously keep it in my hop freezer but how long will it keep without losing to much AA etc would be great! 


Going Pro / Sourcing Glassware
« on: November 07, 2013, 05:12:20 PM »
So my Best Friend and I have talked about owning a brewery since we started brewing, and while we have a few years of testing and procedure to explore id like to make some glassware.  We are currently working out branding etc while waiting for our space and system to come together. Do any of your guys have a recommended company for good 1color glassware in the 50-150 piece area?


Kegging and Bottling / Co2 Tank inside freezer is freezing?!?!
« on: October 30, 2013, 06:42:04 PM »
So i work at a LHBS atm and a customer came in today and told me his Regulator was freezing while being inside his keezer.  I looked at it and it was a taprite duel regulator that was fairly new.  He said when the regulator was inside the psi Gauge would show as empty. but we tested it at room tempt and it showed 2-400 psi.  He also said his kegs wernt carbing and nothing seemed to be happening.

I can only assume there was some sort of moisture inside of his regulator but has anyone had this happen to them?  What was your solution other then keeping the tank+reg outside of the fridge?


Equipment and Software / Cleaning Old Used Kegging Equipment
« on: October 20, 2013, 04:12:12 PM »
So my Brewbuddy and i where gifted a 5-8yr old Keg Fridge with all the hardware and taps.  Ive tossed all the old hoses and all the fittings have been disassembled and are soaking in PBW.  My problem is what to do about the regulator.  Its kind of crusty and has some verdigris on some of the brass.  Is there anything i can/should do to this thing before i start using it?  Id rather not have a failure that can cause issues when we arnt around.


Equipment and Software / How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: October 09, 2013, 06:27:29 PM »
In the near future id like to add a Motor to my MM3 Mill.  Does anyone have any advice on what kind of motor i should look for and any other items id need for the task?

Kegging and Bottling / Co2 and Liquid Lines
« on: October 05, 2013, 09:15:27 AM »
Hi there,

So my friend and i are going to start kegging now that hes settles in with his new baby girl.  My question is thus.  Morebeer suggest 3/16 ID Beer line and 5/16 ID Gas line, Is this correct according to all you kegging vets? Also, Is normal Vinyl/PVC line ok for the gas side?  Is High Heat Silicone Line ok for the Beer side?

Any advice would be great!

Kegging and Bottling / what to do if i have bottle bombs
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:39:44 PM »

For the first time ever we had a beer explode.  the odd thing is the cap didnt come off, it acctaully broke the bottle.  Is this because the bottle was defective or because its supposed to happen that way?  Looking for some feedback on what to do when bottle bombs could be happening in quantity soon!


Kegging and Bottling / GOt my frist batch of kegs
« on: June 14, 2013, 01:07:14 PM »
SO i just got my first batch of kegs in the mail and i had some questions.

Should they have been shipped to me under pressure?
anyone have a suggested clean regime? inside and outside!
can i get the posts off of them without having a pinlock socket?


Equipment and Software / Fridges vs Custom Made Coolers
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:55:32 AM »
So im currently in the process of redoing my garage and trying to plan out the electrical.  Money is a factor so im wondering if a custom made fridge(essentially a frame with insulation and ac) is as viable as a fridge?  Does anyone who has used both have some sort of opinion or technical advice to weigh in?  I dont have any specs or plans for the custom yet but i know its possible, ive seen others talking about it.


Hop Growing / Bine Culling
« on: May 13, 2013, 12:11:11 PM »
SO this is my first year growing hops.  is it advisable to pick a few(if so how many) solid bines on one plant or should i just let it go hog wild with as many as it can throw up?


Kegging and Bottling / Pin lock VS Ball Lock
« on: May 10, 2013, 02:14:15 PM »
So im starting to do research on kegging equipment.  The first real choice i seem to come across is pin lock vs ball lock.  Does anyone have an opinion to voice on this matter.  Id like to start with a few 2.5-3 Gallon kegs.

i have read but am looking for people experiences.


Equipment and Software / pH Meter
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:01:38 AM »
Im on the market for a decent pH Meter.  Does anyone have any suggestions for a decent pH Meter or what to look for in a pH Meter?


General Homebrew Discussion / An impuslive experiment
« on: May 03, 2013, 10:07:43 AM »
So in a fit of randomness i just drove down to my LHBS and bought the following
4 1 gallon clear jugs with caps and 3pc airlocks
10 lbs of maris otter
2 oz cascade pellets
2 oz willemetta pellets
3 oz simcoe leaf hops
2 oz citra pellets
1 packet of US-05
Plan: To make 4 1 gallon SMASH beers at a time using the same base malt and yeast, with 4 different hops.

Has anyone ever done anything like this in such a small scale?  Im hoping by doing this it will help me shore up my recipes, pallet and brewing science techniques.

Equipment and Software / March Pump Heads
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:47:45 AM »
I was wondering which Style of Pump Head i should be getting and why.  There seem to be multiple types.  I have been looking at a pump with the inlet being centermounted and the outlet being on the top.  I have also seen outlefts on the left and inlets ont he right of the head orientation.  Is one prefered over the other, and why is it prefered?

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