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Kegging and Bottling / Balancing beer line
« on: March 25, 2017, 01:58:34 PM »
hey all

using this equation:

L = (keg_pressure – 1 – (Height/2)) / Resistance

assuming most beers at 12psi, and 1.5 height change, i only need about 3.4 feet of 3/16" tubing (3# resistance).  but I can't actually use less than 6.5 feet.

if i use 1/4" tubing, i'd need 12' of tubing, which with a bunch of taps is kind of a lot.

what would you do?

General Homebrew Discussion / Mounting Draft Tower onto a Granite Top
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:13:05 PM »
Trying to mount a 4" column T Tower onto a granite countertop.

Granite guy is not happy about my request to drill the 4 holes around the 4" for the draft lines to secure the base of the column to the granite.

Is there another solution?  I was thinking I could have him cut a slightly bigger hole, enough to meet the holes in the base and put plywood underneath the counter and secure it to that?


Beer Travel / Boston South Bay
« on: March 06, 2017, 03:56:14 PM »
Going to be in Boston, staying in the South Bay area (right near Boston Common).  Any breweries or bar recs?

Disappointed to see that the Trillium right near there does not have a taproom.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Ayinger/Sierra Nevada
« on: February 09, 2017, 08:44:30 PM »
Who else can't wait for the collab of Ayinger and SN in the upcoming BeerCamp pack?  I know this guy can't!  Fullers and Duvel collabs also intriguing!

Equipment and Software / Bar Build: Draft Tower - Chest Freezer?
« on: January 11, 2017, 04:38:46 PM »
Am building a new bar in my house.  Still working on the design of the overall bar, but am of course focused on the most important part.  Started pricing out some kegerators with more capacity and OMG, they are expensive.  Not ruling them out, but want to see if I can’t come up with something a bit more economical yet still be stylish.

My dream would have been to have a 4-6 tap tower coming out of the bartop, but I can’t seem to think of a way to do that without running lines an extended length, which would necessitate using glycol to keep the beer cold, and then you start having to adjust CO2 due to longer resistance, etc.  Just seems like a whole host of problems that KISS would prevent.

Do people install Towers on top of chest Freezers?  I could see building collar and then putting a nice topper on the freezer with a T-tower on top, but then again, how would you open the top to be able to switch out kegs?

I could always resort to running taps out the front of the collar, but that wasn’t the look I was hoping for – but if that’s the best bet, so be it.

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions?

Equipment and Software / Inline Aeration Setup Questions/Concerns
« on: December 19, 2016, 04:37:21 PM »
Looking at this: 

Thoughts on an inline aeration stone?  I currently use a stone/wand combination, but the coolness factor of inline is intriguing to me.  My biggest concerns would be that I recirculate through my chillers (2 ganged SS CFC) during the last 20-30 min to sanitize the chillers -

1). if I don't have the oxygen hooked up, isn't the wort flowing through going to leak out the valve connect to the stone

2). is the stone going to get clogged rather quickly with the proteins and hop matter circulating through?

I imagine that inline aeration is probably more effective/efficient that a wand, but these two concerns have me thinking I should stick with simple?

Equipment and Software / More User Friendly pH Meter
« on: September 06, 2016, 06:49:34 PM »
Is there a more user friendly (i.e. moron proof) pH meter out there?  I seem to not be that good at calibrating and getting good readings.

Currently use a MW102.

General Homebrew Discussion / My New Brewery
« on: September 02, 2016, 01:50:18 PM »
It's getting there...

Sneak peek of the sink/prep station.

Beer Recipes / Alesmith Nut Brown Ale
« on: August 05, 2016, 03:29:13 PM »
I'm pretty smitten with the malt flavor and aroma on this one.  anyone have any insight?  my tries with google are not yielding anything worthwhile.

General Homebrew Discussion / Location of Grain Storage
« on: August 04, 2016, 01:56:17 PM »
Hello all - been a while - been busy with work and getting ready to move to a different house.

In the new house, I'm fortunate enough to have a workshop room dedicated to brewing, ie an in house brewery.  demo is all done, and am now remodeling.

Anyhow, my question is about grain storage.  my vision would be to have my buckets and vittles vaults of grain on a rack in the brewery, but I seem to recall a rule of thumb that you shouldn't store your grain where you brew and ferment or something like that? I would certainly crush my grain elsewhere like in the garage, but I'm talking about storage.

I *could* put the grain in a closet elsewhere in my house, but it kind of defeats the purpose in a way.


Yeast and Fermentation / Lager Yeast Longest Lag experience
« on: June 03, 2016, 03:23:13 PM »
As many of you know, I brew a lot of lagers, but this one has befuddled me.

Been running 835 German Lager X currently.  Previous 2 pitches (dortmunder and pilsner) were extremely healthy, fast (<8 days) and flocculent, and sampling has been so great that I am hoping that 835 is made a year round.

Third pitch into an Oktoberfest (600ml Slurry/27 days since previous pitch so calced as 2 weeks 'old', 12 gal 1.058 wort) 2 minutes pure O2.  72 hours in nothing.  at 84 hours, I gave in and pitched another 200mL. at 96 hours started to see airlock movement and krausen development.  it is now pounding away, dropping about 1 plato per day.

I'm not sure what I've done wrong here.   I'm extremely pissed as the brewday went otherwise perfectly.  I am already tentatively scheduling a rebrew in late June or early July, growing some 835 from the 1st fermentation that I saved, in anticipation that this one being completely FUBAR.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Scotch Ale - Cloudy?
« on: April 05, 2016, 08:42:49 PM »
In your experience, are Scotch Ales normally cloudy?  Recently made one, and its murky -pH was ~5.35, golden promise base, skotrat's boil down first runnings procedure.  A bit of a google search and it looks like a lot of commercial examples are cloudy also.  what say you?

Beer Travel / Denver
« on: March 28, 2016, 05:53:20 PM »
I'm headed to Denver in mid May, and need some advice.  Will be there for around 5 days, definitely staying in Denver for 2 days (girlfriend has a conference) but was curious if we should stay for the remainder in Denver or venture out to Boulder, Longmont, Vail etc for the other days?

priorities would be good restaurants and hiking - will make it a point to hit good breweries no matter where we stay - Avery, O'Dells and maybe Lefthand are on the wish list.

suggestions/thoughts welcome

General Homebrew Discussion / How long for a pH reading?
« on: March 05, 2016, 02:36:47 PM »
How long do you keep the probe in solution to get a reading?  Seems that it always moves even after being in solution for a LONG time.

I used to let it sit for about a minute and then call it good. 

What do you guys do?

Beer Recipes / California Common idea
« on: February 19, 2016, 03:46:54 PM »
1.056/40ibus/12 gallon batch

93% Golden Promise
7% Crystal 40L or caramunich

Magnum for bittering
4oz Cascade at 10
4oz Cascade whirlpool at 180df for 30 min

California Lager yeast

I know these are not traditional ingredients - was trying to use the Golden Promise leftover from a recent wee heavy brew in a way that would highlight that malt (rather than cover it up like in an IPA or Porter or Stout).  Never really cared for the Northern Brewer hop in isolation. 


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