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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tips to keep refrigerator from running constantly
« on: September 05, 2013, 04:07:12 PM »
I had to use my air compressor to blow the dust off the coils on my fridge.

I also rigged up a airlock and a hose on the end of the shop vac to get way under and into the coils.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tips to keep refrigerator from running constantly
« on: September 05, 2013, 03:04:30 PM »
I don't think it should run continuously.  That sounds like something is wrong.

Are the coils clean?  I'd start there.  If the coils are not clean it will not be running efficiently.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation temp control
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:44:23 PM »
I bought the Johnson controller.  Wish I had gone in for the two stage controller.

Having to buy two eliminates any perceived savings from the initial purchase.

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The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: September 05, 2013, 09:54:13 AM »
Woo hoo!

I'll be in my chair at 7:30 tonight hoping my children enjoy it as much as I do.

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Get the legging set up now. Kegs have been going up in price as the supply dries up. Then go all grain.

I agree.  You can always find a cheap cooler.  Cheap kegs are much harder to locate.

All-grain will be a change in your process and may make the brew day longer.

Kegging will be a change in your packaging that arguably saves significant amounts of time.  Which you can devote to researching all-grain options.
+1.  It'll simplify your brewing process, and the time savings can go toward reading up on all-grain processes.  +1 that there are plenty of cheap coolers, but kegs are getting more expensive.

In the meantime, instead of steeping your grains do a partial mash.  You can start learning about infusion mashing, BIAB, conversion, etc. and it won't be that big of a shift in your process since you're already steeping grains in a bag.

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Get the legging set up now. Kegs have been going up in price as the supply dries up. Then go all grain.

I agree.  You can always find a cheap cooler.  Cheap kegs are much harder to locate.

All-grain will be a change in your process and may make the brew day longer.

Kegging will be a change in your packaging that arguably saves significant amounts of time.  Which you can devote to researching all-grain options.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Using Sanke Kegs
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:10:48 AM »
I think you need a keg washer of some sort.  A contraption/machine, not a person.

As for leaking poppets, I'm making the move to the newish universal poppet.  I have one or two kegs where a poppet leaks so I'm going to give this a try.

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You just get a consensus and theory becomes fact!

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Perfect Pumpkin Beer
« on: September 03, 2013, 11:30:24 AM »
Anybody ever try mashing with some roasted spiced pumpkin?

You mean using a pie pumpkin and chopping it up and roasting it?  No.

I did mash once with the Libby spiced pumpkin pie mix and it was one of the tastiest pumpkin beers I ever made.  I did not roast it, though.

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All Things Food / Re: pig roast
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:03:19 AM »
My cousins pig was done in about 7 hours, but it was buried and not done above ground.  Other than that, you've described it perfectly.  Banana leaves, chicken wire, burlap, etc.  The pig was awesome.

I'll have to see if I have photos I can post.  I didn't get to document the whole thing like I was hoping.

Phil - the only way to know if he hole will fill up with water is to dig it.  I don't know what sort of water table you'll have with a river.  Here in Chicago, you've got to dig pretty deep before you hit the water table.  3 feet or so would be no problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will bitterness round out in keg?
« on: September 03, 2013, 07:17:13 AM »
It's a hefeweizen, Denny.  I would think you would want the yeast in suspension.  Depending on the yeast strain and the fermentation temperature, the flavor should be clove-y and banana-y.  If it was fermented at too high a temperature, that could certainly make for some harshness.

Sure, you want some yeast in suspension but not to the point where it's detrimental to the flavor.

I definitely get bitter/harsh flavors when there's too much yeast still in suspension.  Sometimes, it just tastes "yeasty."  I've tasted enough beer to be able to tell if the harsh flavors are from the yeast and if they are, I know the flavor will improve when the beer clears.

As to the timing, I can't recall the last time I kegged after two weeks.  I would be patient, give it another week or so and see if it improves before kegging.

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All Things Food / Re: pig roast
« on: September 03, 2013, 07:07:52 AM »
+2 to the Imu.  My cousin did a pig like this in early August.  It was awesome.

If you have room to dig the hole, go for it.

If not, the spit could be a nice spectacle at the party.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Perfect Pumpkin Beer
« on: September 03, 2013, 06:35:42 AM »
Just promised the wife a pumpkin beer (*grumble*)

Going to brew 5-10 gallons of either Bock, ESB, or porter, then pull 1 gallon and dose with pumpkin pie spice tincture.

I'm thinking Bock would be a nice pair for the pumpkin. Anyone ever tried it?

I just made the same promise.  Haven't brewed one in about three years.  I've never done a pumpkin Bock, but I could see it with a ESB or porter definitely.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First RIS - not quite done
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:34:09 AM »
With that much LME you may be done.  Some extracts have lots of unfermentables in them.

I use the lightest possible DME (Breiss Pilsen) and have found it to be highly fermentable, but all extracts are different.

What sort of extract did you use?  Was it light or dark?

Regardless, your probably done.  I did a big beer like that with tons of extract once and it finished high, even with the Pilsen DME.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: How to insert images?
« on: August 30, 2013, 09:26:35 AM »
You need to use an outside hosting source for the photo.  Images aren't hosted on the AHA website.

I use photobucket and insert a link to the image.

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