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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg Coming....Now What?
« on: Today at 06:01:30 AM »
I know I'll need a couple of quick disconnects, and some lines as well. Why are there so many options here?

Do you also need some sort of clips or clamps for the gas/ beer lines?

I'm considering non-PVC tubing. I see they sell stuff like this

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg Coming....Now What?
« on: Today at 05:56:50 AM »
I would spring for the thumb adjust out pressure rather than the flat screwdriver/hex nut style

Yeah, had planned that.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg Coming....Now What?
« on: Today at 03:13:59 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Cold Crashing
« on: April 24, 2015, 07:26:39 PM »
I'm guessing there isn't a consensus here, but how cold do you do it and for how long? I have a chest freezer and a temp. controller FWIW.

Equipment and Software / Keg Coming....Now What?
« on: April 24, 2015, 06:59:52 PM »
OK, got a keg and CO2 tank coming shortly. I need some guidance on the preferred type of regulator, dual or single gauge? Secondly, for now, I plan on just using a picnic faucet assembly. Is there anything else I'll need at this point?

I am going to be using my existing chest freezer as a dual use chamber at this point. When the fermentation is over, I'll be throwing the keg in there.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 24, 2015, 06:26:45 PM »
There is absolutely no room to get technical in homebrewing!  ;D


'Twas a joke. I'll be here all week, try the prime rib.

Equipment and Software / Ball Valve Cleaning
« on: April 24, 2015, 01:03:29 PM »
I know it's not a necessity but I wanted to take apart the ball valve on my Rubbermaid mash tun and re-Teflon tape it before my next batch.

Soap and water work? PBW?

Equipment and Software / Kegerator Thoughts
« on: April 24, 2015, 06:14:16 AM »
Does anyone use a ready made kegerator? I was considering one for the compact size vs using my existing chest freezer. Any disadvantages to this setup?
This way I could still ferment and have a keg ready at the same time.

« on: April 23, 2015, 06:14:14 PM »
Holy crap, 1983 Celebration?

The Pub / Re: Blood Iron Surplus - Anyone?
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:32:03 PM »
Didn't the MD elaborate on this or give you some possible causation?

Homebrew Competitions / Category Question
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:08:50 PM »
I'm entering in an APA which is 15% rye. Just to confirm this should still be listed under category 10A correct? From what I've read of the BJCP styles, I can't see anything else it fits under.

I noticed this comment "Specialty grains may add character and complexity, but generally make up a relatively small portion of the grist" and didn't want to get points off for having a grist bill with that amount of rye.

The Pub / Re: Blood Iron Surplus - Anyone?
« on: April 23, 2015, 03:25:09 PM »
Are you taking a daily vitamin with iron by accident?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator/ Fermentation Chamber
« on: April 22, 2015, 06:36:42 PM »
Yup, one at a time for now....until I can sneak another chest freezer into the garage.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Low OG, First brew
« on: April 22, 2015, 04:10:35 PM »
You've got a lot of explaining to do!  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stupid fermentation time question
« on: April 22, 2015, 02:36:12 PM »
If your software or recipe stated 1.018, keep that in mind but don't rely on that. Most of my beers (pale ales, IPAs) finish the bulk of fermentation in 72 hours. That being said I have made the mistake too many times of not waiting longer and have been disappointed with taste and bottle gushers. Wait a week, take a reading. Wait a few days and if you have the same reading again you are good.

Are you controlling the temperature? Less yeast won't equal better beer. You should check this out, interesting article on starter vs. no starter.

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