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Pimp My System / Bar Top and Tower for Kegerator
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:26:48 PM »
I posted this in the kegging sub, but maybe it belongs here instead. The blog post has some details and more pictures from the build.

Kegging and Bottling / A Sneak Peek
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:11:56 AM »

Equipment and Software / Any hope for a dying chest freezer?
« on: August 20, 2017, 05:00:50 PM »
Over the past few weeks my kegerator chest freezer has started running more and more, and the past few days it's gotten worse, to the point that the compressor is running about 3/4 time just to hold it at 7°C. There's also ice forming over the coils in the corner furthest from the compressor. I'm assuming that means it's low on coolant, but these are sealed systems, so that means a leak, right? So even if I can find it I don't have the equipment to recharge it with coolant. Any other potential solutions?

I've had it about 11 years so I'll probably just end up taking Lowe's up on their free delivery and haul-away, but I figured I'd ask if there's anything worth trying in the meantime.

Equipment and Software / Patching a pinhole in a stainless kettle
« on: May 13, 2017, 10:08:24 PM »
Anyone have suggestions for a temporary fix? Asking for a friend, definitely not because I'm standing here with a tun full of wort and a leaky kettle.

The Pub / Just to preserve some perspective...
« on: December 08, 2015, 09:35:58 PM »
I know we all like to quibble over various esoteric brewing parameters; it's part of the fun of the hobby (for me at least). I also sometimes lose sight of how far "we" have come*. I just stopped in to my local watering hole (4 drafts, 2 craft) and they've had Sam Adams Winter Lager on tap for two days, labeled as Rebel IPA. I went back and lifted the keg - about 80% empty. I was the first person to notice.

I'm not sure what this says, other than that it's a dive bar in a small town. But when we vigorously debate how to achieve "it", it's probably worth bearing in mind.

*I say this as a young'un in the industry.

Ingredients / Replacement for CaraVienna?
« on: October 29, 2015, 04:43:24 PM »
Stocking up on some specialty malts and apparently Weyermann is no longer making their ~20 SRM CaraVienna malt. Anyone know if CaraRed is the same stuff rebranded, or at least something comparable? Any other thoughts on a replacement? I'll update if Weyermann gets back to me.

Ingredients / Smoking Malt on a Grill?
« on: August 08, 2015, 09:44:12 PM »
Bit of a wild hair here, but I'm wondering if anyone's smoked base malt using a charcoal (or gas, I suppose) grill. It seems to me that I could just wrap the wet wood in some aluminum foil, throw it on a the lit coals (probably once the grill has started to cool down), and put the grain up top on a baking sheet for a few hours. I also saw a reference somewhere to a cast-iron skillet. Thoughts?

Seriously, Colorado's pretty great. Much better than elbowing your way around a fart-filled convention center.

Ingredients / Anyone brewed with their NHC hops?
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:17:00 PM »
I got an ounce of Azacca that I'd like to try out, but they were stored warm in the swag bag and who knows how long beforehand, and they're nowhere near vacuum-sealed (though maybe they'd look better at sea level). I'll give them the sniff test on brew day and call an audible if needed, but I figured I'd throw the question out there first.

Classifieds / Good Deal on Kegs
« on: July 02, 2015, 03:47:23 PM »!

No affiliation, I just figured we aren't likely to see used cornies this cheap again. I may pick up a few even though I don't know what I need them for.

The Pub / A Weird Kind of Anniversary
« on: June 23, 2015, 05:31:47 AM »
A year ago, give or take an hour, a surgeon told me that with a C1/C5/C6 fracture, I had a 90% chance of paralysis. Today I ran 5k, played 18 holes, came home, started some charcoal, and poured a homebrew.

So I got that going for me, which is nice.

… I may have followed up that homebrew with a martini.

Events / Pre-NHC San Diego Beer Crawl(s?)
« on: June 02, 2015, 12:20:16 AM »
I'm flying into SD a couple days early, next Tuesday 6/9. My hotel for those first two nights is within (Colorado, meaning a mile or so) walking distance of the airport, Stone's Liberty Station pub, Old Town San Diego, etc. Hence my not renting a car and planning on stumbling to/from the breweries in that general area.

Anyone else going to be in town? I have no set plans yet but will probably try to check out a couple local breweries each afternoon/evening Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ingredients / Briess Bonlander Munich?
« on: January 15, 2015, 04:45:26 PM »
Anyone have experience with it? All I can really gather from their description is that it's 2-row and kilned closer to something like a dark Munich. At about half the price of Weyermann Munich II, I'm thinking about trying it in a doppelbock.

Going Pro / Possibly stupid question about natural gas
« on: September 26, 2014, 06:20:38 PM »
This seems like a straightforward question but google is failing me.

Our natural gas supply line is 3/4" steel at 0.5 psi (14" WC). Looking at the code tables, that's ~200 cfh, or ~200,000 BTU/hr given a 30 foot pipe run. Only about half of what we want/need.

But all the burners and appliances specify a 6" or 7" WC. Would the 3/4" pipe be able to supply ~400 cfh at the lower pressure (give or take, assuming an ideal gas)? Could it be as simple as teeing off the line, or would we have to put in a 0.25 psi regulator, or two?

Edit: Got my stupid backward non-metric units mixed up.

Beer Travel / Houston
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:48:17 PM »
Headed down for a wedding and I'll have a couple days free. One of those will probably be a beach day around Galveston and/or Surfside, the other I'm thinking about Austin but that may not be realistic driving time. Any beery recommendations? We'll be staying near the Galleria on the west side of town.

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