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So I pulled the trigger on an old chest freezer I found on craigslist. 100 dollars and it works perfect. My plan as of now is to convert it into a temperature controlled chest (and eventually acquire kegerator parts and make a kegerator) . I feel that this is one of the biggest steps towards me making more consistent beers. I've been looking at the options for temperature control units. I have very little electrical knowledge (surprisingly, an economics degree has very little mechanical training), so I am considering using a plug-in system like this:
 
http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/kegerator-conversion-kits-pid-E26.html
or this
http://www.amazon.com/RANCO-ETC-111000-Digital-Temperature-Control/dp/B0015NV5BE

My question(s) is:
Is this going to be a good set up? I've read various forum posts supporting these while others say I will burn out the motor.
Will something like a plug in temperature control work out in the long run for a kegging system down the road?

I'm looking for some knowledgeable opinions to help guide my next step.

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Pimp My System / Kegerator Showcase
« on: August 31, 2010, 12:29:42 PM »
So I'm starting to look into the possibility that maybe I will someday be able to get a Kegerator in my possession. In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone would like to share a couple of pictures of their Kegerator with me and the world. I'm looking into all the options and wanted to see what style/set-ups are popular. I'm not great with power tools and handy manning but any input would be appreciated.


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I have a bunch (probably 8-10 pounds) of dry wheat extract sitting at my house and I have no idea what to do with it. I have made the switch to all grain brewing and I haven't worked with extracts in a while. Would I be able to brew some crazy wheat wine? Could I easily make a fruity wheat that would taste alright? I'm looking up some recipes now but this forum is too damn convenient...

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I just moved into a new place without a dishwasher and I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to store and clean my bottles. I would usually just clean them out with hot water and when bottling day came I would throw them in the dishwasher with a little sanitizer and make sure to heat dry them. Is there a better way to store the bottles so that they will be ready/clean on bottling? I'm not sure if I can just throw the bottles in a bucket with some sanitizer for weeks at a time and pull them out when I need them. Any thoughts?

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The Pub / What is the worst beer you have ever tasted?
« on: August 12, 2010, 01:13:47 PM »
When thinking about the wide world of beer, there are so many delicious beers available but there are also so many that I would rather use to water plants with. So, what is the worst beer (commercial or homebrew) you have ever had the displeasure of tasting?

If we count malt liquor, the worst "beer" I have ever tasted is Evil Eye. I believe I had to chase it with a swig of cheap vodka.

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Last April or so (right around finals for me) my friend and I brewed an HG dopplebock. We forgot about it due to finals, drinking after finals, and getting employed after drinking after finals. It was uncovered last week, the airlock still had water and the beer had fermented (a good layer of sediment). We transfered it to a carboy to make room for another beer. My question is : Now what? Will bottling it with a bit of priming sugar rekindle the yeast? Is Aeration needed? Pitch More yeast?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Over-spiced beer
« on: July 20, 2010, 02:00:23 PM »
So I attempted to brew a nice holiday beer spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg to bring cheer and merriment to all. Well now its July and its sitting in my kitchen because it tastes like cinnamon-- only cinnamon. I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas to use this beer for something more productive. Anything baking, pest control, prank ideas... I'm trying to find something else to do with it besides spice up my kitchen drain.

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Beer Recipes / Need a recipe for an Oktoberfest AG
« on: July 16, 2010, 02:41:54 PM »
I'm thinking about brewing an Oktoberfest (it's almost that wonderful time of the year). I have the set up for an all grain, 5 gallon batch. I was wondering if anyone wanted to share their maltiest creation with me. Thanks

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