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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Review of new keg from India
« on: June 19, 2014, 02:31:14 PM »
Interesting about your thoughts on universal poppets. I replaced my non-removable poppets with universals and have been very happy. I think new kegs have longer posts which the universal poppets work perfectly on. But these Indian kegs must be different. The AEB kegs coupled with universal poppets = awesome. But I only replaced them on the liquid side. There isn't much of a need to remove the gas poppets.

I've seen universals with two different lengths of spring.  Maybe some kegs need a shorter spring.

I've been very happy with the universals I've used, but they are sometimes harder to compress.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Need help clarifying beer
« on: June 19, 2014, 11:41:43 AM »
Biofine clear (silicic acid). Not sure why more homebrewers aren't using this over gelatin. Works faster and better.

Gelatin is so cheap it's almost free.

FWIW, Biofine is a little more $ than gelatin, but still cheap :

http://morebeer.com/products/biofine-clear-clarifier-1-oz.html

In that case, I don't know why more people aren't using it!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Need help clarifying beer
« on: June 19, 2014, 11:35:35 AM »
Biofine clear (silicic acid). Not sure why more homebrewers aren't using this over gelatin. Works faster and better.

Gelatin is so cheap it's almost free.

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I've had good luck getting fresh cider at farmer's markets.  Particularly the Evanston farmer's market.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg pressure problems
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:29:15 PM »
How do you pull beer into the regulator when the gas is on?  If you're shaking, and the beer absorbs gas, more gas flows in...

I just don't see beer flowing out.

I shake with the gas hooked up regularly.  I have clear gas lines and have never seen beer come back up.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg pressure problems
« on: June 12, 2014, 01:24:27 PM »
It's pretty easy to overcarb by shaking, also.  But you'll figure out what works for you with experience.

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The Pub / Re: Movie Quote Game
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:55:43 AM »
Big Trouble in Little China.

"So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas."

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and Carbonating - 1st time brew
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:39:56 AM »
Purging with CO2 is important.  I do it before filling and then again after filling to clear out as much oxygen from the head space as possible.

Once the keg is full, I give it some CO2 and then release the PRV.  I do this maybe three times or so to push out the oxygen.

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Equipment and Software / Re: window AC for cold room
« on: June 06, 2014, 02:36:37 PM »
I've over-ridden it, but in a way that I can easily restore the AC to it's intended use.

I just hadn't seen that second therm on the coils before.  Could be that it was there and I missed it and that's why my last AC didn't cool as well as I would have liked, but I think it was undersized anyway.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 02:16:37 PM »
I wish I had a bigger house with a backyard and an off-house man cave with a workshop. THen I could do it right. ... one day.   :P

Then you'd need a fully automated brew sculpture and a conical with a glycol jacket.  Brewing equipment is like Great Stuff.  It expands to fill the available space.

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Equipment and Software / Re: window AC for cold room
« on: June 06, 2014, 02:02:39 PM »
You should be able to set the AC as cold as it can be set and attach it to a Johnson/Ranco controller.  The controller will then get it as cold as it can i believe.  Otherwise you can set it to the temp you are looking for via the controller.

Yes, but this will only get to 60 which is the lower limit set on the internal AC controls.

The hurdle is apparently the sensor on the coils.  I pulled that and stuck both sensors in the can.  As long as I keep the coils from freezing it seems like it will get as cold as I want it to.

I've got the A/C plugged into a timer, so it only runs 15 minutes at a time to avoid icing the coils.  I have no idea how much it is actually running, but it doesn't seem like much.  The room is mid-50s at the floor, 60 at the ceiling.  I'll see if I can take the whole room down to 50 but I don't think I need to go any lower.

This is my ghetto coolbot.  A can to keep the sensors warm, a timer to keep the coils defrosted.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 01:03:52 PM »
I was strangely impressed to see Skotrat post here every now and then.  I was like "that's the dude with the recipes!"

I'm chalking it up to nostalgia and telling myself I'm not creepy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:19:07 PM »
looking at the pics I would say it was not done fermenting so the smell is just continued fermentation.

I concur with your diagnosis, doctor.

And, yeah, I wouldn't recommend stacking the burner and kettle like that.  Worked once.  But all you need is for it to fail once.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:06:42 PM »
I wish this forum had been around when I started - there's always somebody here to help.

I know there were Bulletin Boards (BBS for us old people) but I don't recall even using e-mail back then.

Maybe on America On-line.  But I don't remember too much about that service.  Dial-up, baby.  You were hot if you had a 1200 baud modem.

I used the rec.crafts.brewing Usenet group when I started brewing in 98.  "Met" Mike Dixon there.

Good Gawd, Denny.  I've been brewing for longer than you.  Now I feel... about as old as I already felt.

However, the first on-line recipe source I ever used was Skotrats.  The Rat Cellar or something like that.

Prior to that it was all Papazian's books and BYO.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeasty Smell?
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:39:15 AM »
I wish this forum had been around when I started - there's always somebody here to help.

I know there were Bulletin Boards (BBS for us old people) but I don't recall even using e-mail back then.

Maybe on America On-line.  But I don't remember too much about that service.  Dial-up, baby.  You were hot if you had a 1200 baud modem.

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