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General Homebrew Discussion / FWH
« on: May 03, 2015, 05:37:25 PM »
Who here utilizes the First Wort Hop technique? It seems easy enough. How many IBU's (%) do you typically aim for using this technique as part of your overall hop schedule?

Kegging and Bottling / Keg Carbonation
« on: May 03, 2015, 04:16:38 AM »
Do you force carbonate or let your beer sit for a couple of weeks. Why? I can't imagine using 25-30 PSI uses 3x more gas than 10 PSI at 2 weeks.

Secondly, what is the optimum temperature for carbonating? I was surprised that colder temps equaled a faster carbonation. Somewhat counter intuitive coming from the bottling world.

Kegging and Bottling / Lines and Disconnect Cleaning
« on: April 30, 2015, 10:21:27 AM »
Can anyone share best practices on cleaning (initial and ongoing) beer/gas lines, and disconnects?

Kegging and Bottling / Kegerator Location
« on: April 29, 2015, 04:01:54 PM »
For the kegerator owners out there, where do is your kegerator located and why?

Kegging and Bottling / Keg Headspace
« on: April 28, 2015, 07:05:35 AM »
How much total volume do 5 gallon corny kegs typically have?

Is there any issue kegging say 3 gallons in a 5 gallon keg?

Equipment and Software / Chest Freezer Cleaning
« on: April 27, 2015, 12:26:10 PM »
I'm curious to know how often and how you clean your chest freezer. I'm using this as a fermentation chamber and don't really expect any visible beer to be in the freezer. Never the less, is there any cleaning recommended between use? I do plan on shutting off and keeping the door open between beers (until I start kegging).

Kegging and Bottling / Picnic Faucet Alternatives
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:09:28 AM »
I'm curious if something like this would be better for home-serving instead of a planned picnic style faucet. Thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Prop. 65?
« on: April 26, 2015, 05:30:06 PM »
Looking online for some various kegging bits and I've noticed that almost everything involved has this prop. 65 warning involved with the various parts below.  I am somewhat familiar with that, but can a Californian explain to a non- Californian what the heck is going on?

Kegging and Bottling / Length and diameter of beer/gas lines
« on: April 26, 2015, 04:15:21 PM »
From what I'm reading, beer line length and diameter can have a dramatic impact on kegged beer. I'll really only need a very short distance of beer line as I'm running a picnic faucet setup that is staying inside my freezer. Do I want to go longer for any reason? What about diameter?

Secondly, does the gas line length or diameter matter?

Equipment and Software / Stir Plate
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:36:14 AM »
I've never used one and my starters have always been great. What am I missing?

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.

Kegging and Bottling / 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 / 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.

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.

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