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The Pub / Re: Where are the experts?
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:45:19 PM »
Yes that tells you about it and how to link your account. I am linked, but where are the questions and answers posted?

The Pub / Where are the experts?
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:09:17 PM »
OK, I linked my AHA membership to this forum...... now looking for "Ask the experts" Can anyone point me in the right direction?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:17:15 AM »
I don't know the man or had his beer. Sigh. Will have to try some I guess.

The sacrifices we make......

The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:15:45 AM »
I'm still using an old VHS machine....

Got one one the shelf here..... need a backup? Sitting next to an 8 track player..... (NOT making this up.....)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lingering Cola smell...
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:12:49 AM »
I would think 5 gallons of bear would raise, see and beat a few ounces of liquid carcinogen......

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 question.
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:11:23 AM »
OK, some clarification.

1 I bench tested the system before installing in the fridge, taps and all, with EMTPY kegs. Powered up the CO2 then shut off the bottle with the valve. System held pressure for 49+ hours.

2 I then installed the system in the frige, with kegs full of water/sanitizer. Pressurized the whole thing, ran though my lines, and then closed the valve on the bottle. Pressure dropped to zero in a few hours. So either I have a leak, or the CO2 is getting absorbed. Since the bottles are full there is very little volume of CO2 in the head, and it can quickly and easily be absorbed, which is what I assume is happening. (Fizzy sanitizer)

3 I Disconnected and tested (as above) the two pressure lines again, no loss, and since there is no liquid dripping on the OUT section of the system, it HAS to follow that the pressure is dis appearing IN the keg.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Brew.....
« on: November 23, 2010, 02:20:13 AM »
You're at a very precarious point's going to be very difficult to stop starting at the bubbling airlock.  You may find yourself sitting in front of it for hours watching it.  I find it best to watch the airlock with a full beer in hand.  An empty beer is the only thing that gets me away from starting at it.  :)

WATCHING it? How about sitting there SNIFFING it....... :o ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: November 23, 2010, 02:16:48 AM »
Well, it isn't every day that beer is the star of the show, and I don't watch a lot of ugly box, I mean, I have things to DO....

But, I did find the family room and kicked back on the mega couch with a couple of Leffe's (first batch still fermenting) and fired up the big screen......

I liked it. Learned some stuff (when was the last time you learnt something from the the TUBE....?) and found the people pretty entertaining.....


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Brew.....
« on: November 22, 2010, 02:17:47 PM »
Well, it ain't brew yet, but it's happily bubbling away right next to me....... 8) Even the cat is impressed... sniffing the fermenter with enthusiasm. Wonder if he would like.... no, no, bad......bad. ;D

Now, the kit recipe doesn't call for a secondary, but as I intend to become a "serious" brewer I am contemplating just that. Shall I rack to a carboy in a few days? I'm planning to keg, so logic says let it go 'till it's done plus a day or so and then keg right away....

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 question.
« on: November 22, 2010, 01:31:56 PM »
0 this morning...... :(

Time to get the soapy water out.. Although I still think it's going into solution.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Operation Fermentation Step two....
« on: November 22, 2010, 02:08:45 AM »
The only addition that my insane mind is contemplating is a N2 bottle and stout tap.........

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 question.
« on: November 22, 2010, 01:53:17 AM »
Aahhhhh, good point. The cooling. Just to reiterate, the kegs are 90% full with water/B.E.S.T. sanitizer. But, validating your theory will be easy. Once everything is cooled down, I open the valve for a few seconds, bring it all back up to 5 psi and close the valve and observe. If it holds, you were right.

Kegging and Bottling / CO2 question.
« on: November 22, 2010, 12:16:08 AM »
New to all of this.....

Have a brand new setup in the keggerator. (See related threads). Bench tested the whole setup empty, held pressure 48+ hours. Now, they are installed in the fridge, filled with sanitizing solution. Set the pressure, leak tested, and shut off the CO2 bottle. The pressure is slowly going down, but there are no apparent leaks.

Am I correct to assume that the CO2 head is going into solution into the water? Fizzy sanitizer so to speak? If I were to leave the valve open (I'm not) the pressure would eventually equalize somewhere after needlessly using a lot of CO2?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Brew.....
« on: November 21, 2010, 11:42:28 PM »
Well, two hours later......( I know, patience Grashopper) bubbles, the little "hat" still sitting down on the tube..... so I tapped the airlock...... thought it was going to hit the ceiling..... we HAVE fermentation!!! I can see the water moving down, minutes away from the first beer fart..... this is COOL! Meanwhile the barn still smells like a brewery..... LOVE that smell.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Operation Fermentation Step two....
« on: November 21, 2010, 11:36:58 PM »
Brewed a batch today, fermenting as we speak..... (We HAVE bubbles.....) Meanwhile the boys are installed in their new home.... All I'm waiting for there is the UPS man with the drip tray.....

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