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Going Pro / Going going gone . . .
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:04:32 AM »
oh yeah, as far as the march pump goes I think you could limp along for now but you need to start looking for a higher GPM pump pretty soon. The co2 will help force the solution into the keg - think pressure washer.

Going Pro / Re: Going going gone . . .
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:02:17 AM »
Tom, it's not as difficult as it looks. Leos has a picture of a similar set up he built that is smaller and easier to figure out. Perhaps he'll post it. Otherwise I can come up with a diagram this weekend and show you how to rig everything up with a single head. SHouldn't cost too much and you could get most parts at Home depot.

Going Pro / Going going gone . . .
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:57:18 AM »
Well, I didn't like how everytime I loaded the forum on safari on my iPad it logged me off and prompted me to buy Tapatalk - which I finally did because it was so annoying being prompted and kicked off so there is a major strike against it.

Going Pro / Going going gone . . .
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:44:26 AM »
Thanks! Not used to working in Tapaptalk. I got it fixed right after you did! I f'ing hate tapatalk!

Going Pro / Going going gone . . .
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:39:10 AM »
Here's a frontal veiw. You can see the rinche line coming from my HWH on bottom right, hot caustic recirc on middle right, and sani recirc on top right. Also you can see where the o2 and co2 come in. on the bottom you can see the levers that control exaust flush, caustic recirc and sani recirc.


Here you can see the bucket with sani behind rig and caustic hot CiP tank connected to pump and how most of the hoses recirc.

Going Pro / Going going gone . . .
« on: November 16, 2012, 08:04:58 AM »
Keg cleaning is a fairly steep curve from the jump of homebrewing. You will want an air compressor for blowing out rinse and caustic/acid/cleaning. If you are using new kegs you will want to passivate them first with acid. Of course with plastic kegs you wouldn't need passivation.

Pulling spears is a ridiculous waste of time. You should be cleaning kegs upside down with a keg filler/cleaning head. You probably won't get enough pump pressure with a submersible pump (if I understand you correctly) for caustic, though I do use one for  sanitation.

Basically you need a set up that you can have the o2 (AC) and the Co2 plumbed into a line with the rinse water, caustic, and sani. You rinse first, blowing it out with compressed air, run caustic, blowing it out with compressed air, run rinse again, blowing out with comp. air, then sani and blow out with co2, then charge keg to 10-12 psi after purge. You should leave the air and co2 on to imcrtease pressure and effectiveness during all stages.

I will take a picture of our keg cleaner (home made 3 head) and show you how it is set up later today.

I always use a hydrometer for the FG. I can never get a correct reading even with the correction on my refracto. In fact, I've gone back to using my hydrometer full time again. I was starting to get high readings every time I used my refracto, and it was calibrated correctly.

Yeast and Fermentation / Accidental Sour
« on: November 15, 2012, 07:05:09 PM »
Just as an aside, I'm surprised that you are getting heavy strawberry flavor with just 4 lbs of berries per 5 gallons. General rule of thumb is 1-2 lbs of fruit per gallon, and with strawberries I've always heard you need even more. YMMV.

Going Pro / What have I done?
« on: November 15, 2012, 03:40:53 PM »
dude ... you are totally screwed....

Going Pro / Going going gone . . .
« on: November 12, 2012, 04:06:47 PM »
Looks fun man! I'm sure the beer is as good as the ice cream.

Going Pro / Going going gone . . .
« on: November 12, 2012, 09:34:35 AM »
Pics or it never happened.

The Pub / Winter 2012
« on: November 09, 2012, 08:10:44 PM »
+1. We had the warmest winter I ever experienced last year. Year before we had several snow falls including a White Christmas. bugs were terrible this summer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Is this a good problem?
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:06:17 AM »
I'd tell him he's welcome to buy all the ingredients and sit through a brew session and then help him bottle up the beer and split it with him. This will give him an idea 1) how expensive it is and 2) how much work it is for such a small amount of beer.

Going Pro / Is this a good deal?
« on: November 09, 2012, 07:26:12 AM »
we got quotes on automated Meheen that started at 52K for 4 head filler. That includes training at the facility (but you gotta pay to fly out there). Bottler, not canner, but there you go.

General Homebrew Discussion / Is this a good problem?
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:53:54 PM »
just gonna say, I'm gonna try to drop by soon and plan on drinking the keg dry. Then I might hit on your daughter. :P

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