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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Question
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:12:24 AM »
OK, I grabbed a C02 cartridge and slapped it onto my keg - before reading the "not for human consumption" warning :-[.  Is my beer ruined? :(  I popped it off, and sampled a glass - didn't notice any off flavors.  Will hit the homebrew store on Friday to pick up the "human-safe" ones...

That's because CO2 isn't safe for human consumption!  It doesn't have any meaning in relation to the contents of the cartridge other than that.

That's a good point.  However, the Crossman cartridges are stamped stating that they contain oil.  I assumed that's what he was referring to.  Way back in the day (mid-90s) I used one or two of those to dispense a mini-keg (or several) to no ill effect.  The quantity of oil that might actually wind up in the beer has got to be minimal, especially in a 5 gallon keg.  Nonetheless, there are better options and I don't recommend using the wrong type of cartridges.

You ought to be able to get good cartridges at any kitchenware place that sells whipped cream dispenser or soda water chargers.  You could also use the nitrogen cartridges to dispense, but they tend to be shorter IIRC.

The Pub / Re: the best bombers you can get?
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:04:09 AM »
Dragon's Milk.  Got one in the fridge, but it scares me...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison per Wyeast
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:56:44 AM »
Cool.  I need to give it a try.  Hard to find time in the summer, though.  Weekends get booked quickly.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison per Wyeast
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:36:12 AM »
Per the Wyeast recommendation, I pitched @ 90F, and maintained it there using a Rubbermaid tub filled with 90F water and an aquarium heater. Wrapped everything in a warm comforter to hold in the heat. Peak temp got to ~ 93F @ high krausen. Worked really well.

What size heater are you using?  I've been thinking of doing this to finish my bigger Belgians at higher than the ambient 72/74 temp they're at now.  Since it's warm out, the fish doesn't need his heater but it's a tiny one for a 2.5 gallon tank.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Rust inside kegs
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:23:32 AM »
I was thinking of opening an empty keg last night to see just how far I could jam my arm in.  But I thought better of it.  Typically, I use a (dedicated) toilet brush for cleaning kegs so I know I can't get my arm all the way to the bottom.  Or, if I could I would be stuck.

Pimp My System / Re: Office Keezer
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:53:30 PM »
My garage is full of lumber and junk. Honestly.  I have old cans of motor oil and crap like that.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Question
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:52:17 PM » my beer ruined? :'(

I doubt it.  And the oil won't kill you, but I wouldn't make a habit of it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Rust inside kegs
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:22:42 PM »
I've got kids.  But I guess their arms aren't that long.


Kegging and Bottling / Rust inside kegs
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:12:44 PM »
I just saw that one of the on-line retailers had a deal (sold out) on kegs with some rust spots on the inside.  Their listing said "unsuitable for food uses" or something of that sort.

It was my understanding that you could clean off the rust with something like a green scrubby and then let it repassivate.

Any reason this wouldn't work on an old keg?  Not that I need more kegs, but the prices were much lower...  And I always need more kegs.

Pimp My System / Re: Office Keezer
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:19:25 AM »
I like the muffler bearing reference on your web site.  One of my all time favorites.

Whenever my MIL takes her car to the dealer I ask her if they told her the muffler bearings were shot.  She does not understand...

Pimp My System / Re: Office Keezer
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:15:37 AM »
I'm coming by for lunch...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Spartanburg SC Beer-Out Plastic Piece
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:48:25 AM »
I'm the goof that just noticed he's talking about beer-out and my problem was gas-in...

Reading comprehension.


The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:26:48 AM »
Tile is a great topic.

My advice on tile is let the wife pick whatever she wants.  We've got small glass tiles and I paid for the installation rather than attempt it myself.  Regardless, a tile backsplash gives a much more finished look than just paint.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 23, 2013, 07:28:25 AM »
Also we're pretty much 100% decided on doing a concrete countertop. We are going to get this book: Which is supposed to make everything very clear. Even if I screw up somehow, it will still be orders of magnitude cheaper to have done countertops ourselves than to have bought even a less expensive granite top.

If you're going to do concrete countertops, Cheng is the guy.  From my research, they seem like they can be a fair bit of work particularly if you're going to grind it and finish it for a kitchen.  I still may do one for an outdoor grill table, but a wood top looks increasingly more attractive due to the ease factor.

Our granite was not a budget buster, and it was nice to come home and have it there without having had to do any additional work.  Plus, you pay them to measure and get it right.  If it's wrong, that's their problem not yours.  Mis-pour or mis-measure and you'll be doing two concrete tops.

Beer Recipes / Re: What do ya think? Belgian Stout recipe
« on: July 23, 2013, 07:16:50 AM »
There are other ways to get orange flavor.  Coriander will give orange flavors, though I can't say I've ever used it in a stout.  You could try orange zest.  Orange rind is more likely to add bittering than citrus flavors.

Or you could try a more neutral spirit like vodka and try to infuse it with orange.

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