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My Wife and I are having a baby
Congratulations :)

Thanks, last couple of weeks here so I am jumping everytime the phone rings.
Brew as much as you can now, you'll be really busy soon :)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 01:01:48 PM »
I fill mine at the welder's supply by work. Used to go the a fire extinguisher shop. I avoid places like Matheson Tri-gas that require me to leave the tank overnight since the others will do it in a couple minutes while I wait and for cheaper.  ;)
You have places that will fill why you wait?  All of the places near me send them off to one of their other facilities to have them filled, so the wait is generally more than one day.   :-\

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: refrigerator versus chest freezer
« on: November 05, 2010, 12:59:51 PM »
Always remember the flip side is that we are using the chest freezer as either an ferm chamber or fridge chamber. It was not designed for that and eventually it will break. At what rate I haven't a clue. I've had my 14 CF chest freezer for 13 years and it still works. I bought a 22CF Kenmore freezer back in '04 and the compressor died in '06. Go figure!
If you're using a chest freezer at ridge temps, that should extend rather than shorten the life span of the unit.  You are stressing the mechanical components less than if you were trying to freeze it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 12:54:53 PM »
Careful, we don't want this to go to his head.
Too late  ;D

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:38:11 AM »
The reason I prefer to swap is it's just faster.  I don't want to have to go back to the place twice, their hours suck around here.  8-4:30 monday to friday is typical.  AFAIK, the price is similar at drop off places as where I swap.

How much does the hydrostatic testing run?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:04:14 AM »
After you have everything you need, time is what you're really saving more than money.  I've never run the numbers, my time is worth it.  But . . .

Kegging: CO2, o-rings, and occasional replacement parts.
Bottling: caps, priming sugar, replacement bottles.

I think bottling will be cheaper, especially if you're recycling commercial bottles for homebrew.

Thanks, as of right now I have lots of time and not as much money :P  I guess I'll be bottling for a while.  Kegging is definitely an avenue I want visit in the future.
If money is tight, bottle.  The cost of entry for kegging is much higher than for bottling.

Build your kegging system slowly - look for deals on craiglist or ebay for CO2 bottles and regulators.  Check with local gas suppliers on the cost of a deposit on a 5 or 20 lb CO2 tank, and then don't pay more than that for a tank.  If you plan to swap your tanks, don't pay for one that looks nice.  Don't pay for a dual gauge regulator, the high-pressure gauge is more or less useless.  If you can find kegs locally for less than $40, get two or more.  Prices are likely to go up.  Once you have those pieces you can worry about faucets and hose and such.  If you have room, you can probably get a kegging fridge for cheap or free on craigslist, but it will probable suck power so will cost more in the long run.

HTH

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Growing up an alien wild yeast from scratch
« on: November 05, 2010, 09:01:18 AM »
That looks great.  I can't wait to hear how the batch turns out.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 08:59:27 AM »
Awesome thanks :)

As far as money/cheapness goes.  After all the major parts are bought in the long run, is kegging or bottling more cost efficient?
After you have everything you need, time is what you're really saving more than money.  I've never run the numbers, my time is worth it.  But . . .

Kegging: CO2, o-rings, and occasional replacement parts.
Bottling: caps, priming sugar, replacement bottles.

I think bottling will be cheaper, especially if you're recycling commercial bottles for homebrew.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Root beer and kegs
« on: November 05, 2010, 08:54:34 AM »
The big difference is the rubber seals inside the keg.  The rubber holds the flavor and smell just about forever.

Glass does not. 

Stainless is easily cleaned. 

Rubber needs to be replaced.
Exactly - you need a dedicated set of o-rings for soda, the stainless keg will not retain flavors if you clean it well.  You might even want two sets of seals for soda, one for root beer and one for everything else, unless you like a root beer flavor in your ginger ale.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whey in Beer
« on: November 05, 2010, 08:45:44 AM »
I think I will chicken out this time because I'm low and will hold off until I get my kegs filled back up and can afford a dumper ;D

I was just going to say, it sounds like a cool experiment, but I'd only do it if you can afford to dump the batch if it turns out horrible.
I suspect tubercle can figure out something to do with a batch would otherwise be a dumper.   ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Root BEER
« on: November 05, 2010, 08:41:58 AM »
Cool beans Tom.  I'll be there. 
I made the first one when my wife was ~7 months pregnant with twins, that wasn't her favorite beer event ever.   ;D  We haven't been back since.  :(

Have you ever managed to score on the Wookie?

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My Wife and I are having a baby
Congratulations :)

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The Pub / Re: homebrew gifts
« on: November 05, 2010, 12:36:40 AM »
thanks for your answers  :)
I couldn't describe his set up but he has quite a bit! Maybe not a refractometer though...
A customised or decorated keg or kettle could be nice too. Where can I get those?
Otherwise I was thinking about a nice old fashioned bar stool, and a home depot gift card to make a nice bar in his homebrewing cave, or does that sounds lame?
That would be awesome.

These guys sponsored the last big competition my club ran - they do custom mash paddles and brewery signs.
http://www.mashpaddle.com/

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The Pub / Re: Beer drinking and brewing music
« on: November 05, 2010, 12:33:14 AM »
I usually watch this at least once during a brew day . . .

Generally not safe for work (profanity), unless you work from home.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7yfISlGLNU

 ;D

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All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: November 05, 2010, 12:19:14 AM »
Phir?  Always sounded like "fuh" to me.
I used to work with a Vietnamese woman.  She definitely pronounced it "fuh".  How is "phir" different from "fur" anyway?   ;D

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