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I'll try that;  it's currently just below the rubber on the kegs.


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Probe is generally pinched between two kegs.  I have a damprid container in there.  Beer comes out within a degree or two of what the Rancho temp says too.


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I seem to develop ice buildup in my converted chest freezer kegerator rather quickly, as compared to my exact same model chest freezer (for conditioning) albeit without a collar.

The kegerator has a 2x6' collar built on top, caulked on two separate occasions to ensure gaps were filled, then I put a cut to collar foam insulation strip around, caulked that and filled any large gaps with spray foam insulation.

The lid seats well on top of the collar. I do have a fan inside to push cold air to the tap box.

My conditioning fridge sits outside in the garage, same temp control.  Living in florida, my expectation would be that this conditioning fridge in the garage would have much more frequent ice buildup.  yet exactly the opposite happens.

What gives?  Should I buy weather stripping for the lid?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:52:30 PM »
At my club's recent O'fest party, one of my Master judge friends with at least a half dozen trips to Germany said that the beer was too bitter for style. I think it 'might' be a little bit too bitter, but not enough to knock it from style. I still say its a fine beer.

it is indeed bitter, but its a damned fine beer.  I bought some Weihenstephaner Festbier and Paulaner Marzen and Wiesn.  those are all different animals than the SN, and of course, excellent examples of their respective styles.  I enjoy the hell out of the SN one though, styles be damned, variety be celebrated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:22:58 PM »
Man I'm thirsty.  Beautiful beers fellas.  That amber Ale is exceptional.


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Ingredients / Re: Hops Glut?
« on: September 26, 2017, 11:59:57 AM »
was wondering about this being inevitable not only due to flattening in the industry growth but with so many varieties that continue to pop up. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:07:00 PM »
Thanks fellas.  We were blessed and had no damage due to Irma.  Stress yes, but that is behind us now...


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:38:32 PM »
American Amber...simple, elegant and perfect on a Friday afternoon




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The Pub / Re: Avery Brewing
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:55:35 AM »
Yeah, we had lunch there; the food was great.

I saw when I pulled up your response, that you did mention that in the OP.  I only saw the pics originally. my bad.

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The Pub / Re: Avery Brewing
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:27:02 AM »
it is a beautiful facility.  fresh avery IPA on tap is otherworldly.  did you get a chance to eat there? I thought the restaurant was outstanding too!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: post hurricane advice
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:49:48 AM »
Hey All,

Hurricane Irma came through my town and although not too much damage to house, we are still out of power. Unfortunately, I had two 5gals fermenting at 68. Since the hurricane, they have been in 82 degree range. Any chance these will be any good or should I go ahead and trash them?

Thx

Z

how long were they fermenting before you lost power?

One was just a week and other was two weeks at the time, so now 2 weeks and 3 weeks

primary fermentation was most likely fully complete on both then;  I wouldn't worry at all - they should be just fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: post hurricane advice
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:53:17 AM »
Hey All,

Hurricane Irma came through my town and although not too much damage to house, we are still out of power. Unfortunately, I had two 5gals fermenting at 68. Since the hurricane, they have been in 82 degree range. Any chance these will be any good or should I go ahead and trash them?

Thx

Z

how long were they fermenting before you lost power?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:24:35 AM »
brewing a festbier likely tomorrow;  will be nice to try to get back to normal after all the Irma stress.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:34:47 PM »
Going there tomorrow woohoo!


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I haven't pulled the trigger on anything, but someone recommended going to this website:

http://www.buckeyehydro.com/premium-ro-systems/

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=30123.msg395273#msg395273

I'm thinking about grabbing one with an inline TDS meter, but at $175 I'd break even after about 25 batches. That'd probably take about 1.5 years of brewing, may not be worth it. Let me know if you find something else you like!

Happy that you ran the numbers.  Also consider the install fee if you are not handy, waste water costs, and replacement filters later on.  I want one, don't get me wrong, but the numbers just don't jive.  Now, if getting RO water (I use distilled) was truly difficult/far away that could change things. 

Zman, unfortunately an RO system isn't that easy to just throw on the end of hose and go.  It's slow.  Even the nice systems with tanks will require filling containers and storing.  Personally, I'd just get into the habit of picking up a few gallons each trip to the store and next thing you know you have nice stash ready to go.

yeah - i've really wanted one - but I've done the same analysis as you; it'd take me a full day to gather enough water for a batch versus going down the street - $6 and 20 min later, I'm ready to go.

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