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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 01, 2012, 07:42:23 PM »
Dusseldorf Alt in a Free-the-Hops Glass.  Free the Hops is a grassroots effort promoting the legalization of homebrewing in Alabama:

Doppelbock in a German Stein:

Beer Recipes / Re: Need a Recipe for Mukgulli
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:27:14 AM »
Makgeoli, or Mukgulli, or whatever you want to call it is a rice beer. Its really not like sake at all, more like some wierd, slightly sour, fermented rice water. I found a korean website for making Makgeoli, and here is the google translate for it. Give me a few days, and I will give you a better translation that you can understand.

The website would be good enough.  I'll make my friend translate.

Beer Recipes / Need a Recipe for Mukgulli
« on: June 27, 2012, 02:43:19 PM »
I work with a Korean who I try to educate about beer.  He mentioned to me rice wine in Korea and it sounds intriguing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Plate Chiller or Whirlpool
« on: June 23, 2012, 07:46:51 PM »
Both have their benes and detractions.  I have both although my CFC is a Chillzilla.  For late addition hops the goal is to cool to below about 120F as soon as possible to preserve hop flavor/aroma.  A CFC does not provide bulk cooling like an IC does.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenters
« on: June 22, 2012, 09:20:08 AM »
One con is it will not fit in my chest freezer so I cannot make lagers with it.

My conical stands 5 foot tall, thus I do not have a fridge or cooler large enough for it to fit in.  I therefore built a 2' X 2' X 6' insulated surround for it.  I have evolved into having a 40' 1/2" OD copper coil centered in the conical.  I pump chilled water from a chest freezer through the coil to maintain lager temps.

My club, the Three Rivers Underground Brewers, puts on a benefit every year for Cystic Fibrosis (  We feature our homebrew with some commercial beers added.  We are fortunate one member is a lawyer who fully investigated the legality in Pennsylvania.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: one controller, two freezers
« on: June 05, 2012, 09:45:34 AM »
It would be interesting to use an indoor/outdoor temperature device in the second freezer, which would at least show you the temperature extremes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: one controller, two freezers
« on: June 05, 2012, 09:14:04 AM »
I'm just thinking out loud...  If you are only controlling one freezer, the second freezer will only come on when power is provided to the first.  So, if it warms faster for any reason, but only comes on for as long as the first freezer is running, it may not cool down enough.  Or maybe vise-verse is the case with it cooling faster than the first would.  Thus it may not be as controllable as the first.  It is worth a try.

Anyone use a Coolbot for their AC controller  ?  Seems pretty expensive.

Re-route the AC's temperature probe to outside the unit (instead of the air intake area).  It would then always read warmer than inside the chamber, hence your controller would then control the AC.

Hey Harbicide, what was the ambient temperature of the 25 gallons of lager?

Ambient in the room was 62F.  I could keep the beer with minimal freezer run-time at 57F.  Ten gallons of chill water would have helped.  The beer still turned out well and lager like (WLP 830 yeast).

I have been all over the spectrum of trying to cool a conical.  I have a 20 gallon conical that I first built an insulated surround for (2' X 2' X6').  My first attempt was using a room AC unit mounted in the wall of the surround.  This was controlled by an analog controller with the temp probe stuck on the opposite side of the conical.  I needed a fan blowing from the bottom up to keep the AC from freezing up.  This used a lot of electricity.

My next step was I bought a defunct home soda fountain in which I separated the chiller pad and evaporator.  I wrapped the chiller pad around a cornie which was filled with water.  I pumped the chilled water (about 2 gal worth) through a 50' coil of 3/8" copper that was immersed and centered within the conical.  A thermowell centered within the coil controlled both the chiller and the pump.  A 50' coil of copper is a PITA to work with so I upgraded to a 40' coil of 1/2" OD copper.

I now use a chest freezer (set at 28F) for my chill water reservoir (5 gal) and pump a solution of alcohol and water through the 40' coil.  I recently used this for 25 gallons of a lager and it had a hard time holding 50F.  It doesn't have any problems keeping 15 gals at 50F.  This was called 'Chill From Within' in the 5th Zymmurgy gadget issue.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and Temp Changes
« on: May 15, 2012, 07:22:01 PM »
Assuming that you don't plan on tapping it at the higher temperature, I'd just leave the keg pressure rise.  Then when it returns to the fridge it will again reduce in pressure (with a few days to equilibriate) and be ready to tap.

Equipment and Software / Re: Scored a tank of beer gas. Now what?
« on: April 24, 2012, 04:54:47 PM »
Why did you need a separate nitrogen regulator?  I bought a bottle of beer gas with a regulator on it.  Once the beer gas bottle was MT I got a bottle of CO2 and used the same regulator.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mixing Priming Sugar with CO2
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:01:57 AM »
I'm just wondering though... why bother with priming sugar when you can force carb it in the keg and then bottle it after it is already conditioned?
Just curious.

Right now I only have two open kegs.  Besides, IMO bottling carbed beer, even with a beer gun is a PITA to me.

Kegging and Bottling / Mixing Priming Sugar with CO2
« on: April 17, 2012, 09:28:23 AM »
I plan on bottling 5 of 15 gallons currently in my conical.  I am thinking of adding the priming solution to a keg and running 5 gallons into it.  Then, rather than putting on the lid and shaking, I'll bubble CO2 in through the beer out line.  I do not see any negatives to this process, but maybe I'm missing sumtin.

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