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The place I get mine filled sells them, along with all kinds of kegging equipment, including new kegs.
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Do you need it now? AiH runs sales on new 2.5 gallon kegs a few times a year, and they tend to run about $70-80 apiece. I just waited for a sale and pieced my system together. I started out with 4 new kegs, a new aluminum CO2 tank, cobra tap, fittings, an extra set of O-rings, plus a portable CO2 charger and extra set of CO2 canisters for it. I got it for just over $470 (including shipping). Plus I got another $20 worth of reward points, which I put towards the next keg sale they ran.
Needless to say, if you aren't in a huge rush, the subscribe to AiH's newsletter and jump when they run their next sale. You can score a much better deal there.
Do like me. Simply forget to add the sugar during the boil. You'll be glad to be able to add it during fermentation.
I add everything in the boil. I haven't noted a significant difference between this and when I have added sugar to the secondary.
Same here. I have found no advantages to adding it later.
Well, I have found you can get beers 3 - 5 points lower by feeding sugar after fermentation has started. And it has been my condensed after several batches of tripel. I am flabbergasted that others haven't shared this experience.
1.080 tripel sugar added to boil 148 mash temp 1.5 hours and I have gotten 1.009 normally.
By adding sugar after most if primary is finished have adult gotten 1.004-1.006 every time I have tried it.
OK, let me rephrase: there's no real conclusion to this thread.
Back on topic. Apart from US-05, S-04 and Nottingham, I notice very little enthusiasm for dry yeasts. It's cheap and handy, especially when brewing small batches, yes, but not much more. This kind of confirms my ideas. Thanks for your feedback!
The other aspect of an inexpensive regulator is quality. I recently had to replace my regulator because it was leaking. I bought a no-name one from the LHBS to save $20. It is now in the trash and I went back to the one I know works well: http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/regulators-pid-642-2.html
And it has been working well ever since.
I've brewed a clone of Third Coast Old Ale. I think BYO had printed the recipe. I can dig it out if you like.
When I hit it, it's great. When I miss, it's still good.
I just want to say that Bells calls it their Barleywine. BJCP has it as an American Barleywine. It is one of my favorites.
If I wanted to be able to drink it straight and I used a white whiskey then I'd use a heck of a lot less oak and dilute with water so it is closer to the proof of a bourbon.