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Kegging and Bottling / Operation Fermentation Step two....
« on: November 19, 2010, 05:47:10 PM »
Fridgie being comfortably installed in his new digs it was now time to get the plumbing going. Went to the brew store today and gave my left nut for a bunch of goodies.... 2 Cornies, CO2 bottle, regulator, hoses and barbs, and  a pair of through the door taps. Two more trips to the store (one for a bad poppet, one for a bad thread on the tap tail piece) and the whole thing is assembled and being bench tested....... (10 psi, valve off, overnight.) So far so good.

QUESTION.....

I forgot to ask at the store, is that a 5lb CO2 bottle? And, how many 5 gallon kegs can one expect to push with that?



Next is installing the whole lot on fridgie......

Meanwhile I have bought the goodies for the actual brewing process.....(step three) An American pale ale, partial extract kit.....

Sunday is brew day.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Lagering temps.....
« on: November 17, 2010, 07:53:25 PM »
Excuse the newbie...... But what is the range for lagering temps. Is it per the recipe? Or is there a standard range, specifically, what is the lower end......is 40ºF OK?

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Kegging and Bottling / Smallest fridge that will hold a carboy.....
« on: November 16, 2010, 08:31:54 PM »
There be lagering in the grand plan, but..... Controlled. So a small fridge that will hold a carboy. Problem is, all those cute little (cheap) fridges have a hump in the back of the bottom floor where the mechanics hide.....

Sooooo, what is the smallest cheapest thing that will hold a carboy?

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Kegging and Bottling / Step one.......
« on: October 30, 2010, 07:03:40 PM »
I be a newbie. In fact, I've never brewed beer. Drank a lot of it, for sure, but never brewed. Been doing a lot of reading though.

Today I took the first step. I bought a fridge.I know, first thing you need to do is buy a kit, but I figured I need a place to put that beer and from what I've been reading, bottling is a royal rectal discomfort, and I ain't doin' it. Straight to kegs, yessir. So, today I Craigslisted my way into a $50 Sears fridge. It's an up/down with the freezer down. The upstairs measures 18D, 28W, 33H and according to my calculations that should fit 3 on tap, two backups and a CO2 bottle quite comfortably. The downstairs looks like it'll hold 50 lbs of ice for the jockey box.

It'l sit right off the kitchen in the mud room with three taps on the door. A little further down the road there's room for another one next to it as a lagering fridge. SF1 and LF1......lol.

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Kegging and Bottling / Mini Kegs
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:33:26 PM »
I know they are labeled "non reusable"...... But the table top cooler/dispensers are SEXY...... One could easily divide a batch into 4 5 liter mini kegs. Serve them one at a time. Anyone done this?

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