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  1. rniles wrote: gdt12 wrote: I used almost all the same stuff. To save a tad more, if you have a harbor freight around, you can get the ball valve for 5.99: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=66231 Definitely. Lowes does have those but I didn't price it. I should have. I should have looked around more but did like the one I purchased. It came with the barbed hose connector. But I'm guessing that a barbed hose connector with yours still would have still saved some money. I ended up using the end to my home-made wort chiller. I cut the end off of the Wort chiller that had a hose fitting and use some other stuff I had. It works. If you are like me, you will find that you need a thermometer. Of course, those darn things cost almost as much as the mash tun. I like that I can just look at the thermometer to see if I'm in my target range. I also put one on my hot liquor pot (whatever the thing is called that heats the water for the mash). Now I just need to put one on my boiling kettle! One at a time. Here's a pic: [img size=400]http://www.cosenglish.org/Site/images/beer4.jpg
  2. crazybrody wrote: wow that cooler for you large buckets sounds like a cool contraption. We would all like to see pictures! BTW welcome to the Borg! There are a lot of people doing similar things. I'm thinking about doing one using a minifridge with a built insulated box. Here's one: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-fermentation-chamber-build-102846/ Here are some others: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/smaller-son-fermentation-chiller-79556/ http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-mother-fermentation-chiller-142442/ http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-fermentation-chiller-using-pic-16f877a-140137/ I saw somewhere that a guy built a chamber where he pumped antifreeze from a freezer into coils behind a fan (or fans) that blew into an insulated fermentation chamber. Looked cool and it could run without having to worry about ice. (I think he said there was some antifreeze evaporation though.)
  3. I used almost all the same stuff. To save a tad more, if you have a harbor freight around, you can get the ball valve for 5.99: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=66231
  4. Zobl wrote: Isn't "Rule of Thumbs" what Siskel and Ebert used to use? :laugh: Yes, they did! They were playing on the idiom since they gave thumbS up or thumbS down.
  5. D Rock wrote: So glad to hear that your version turned out so well. Other people brewing one of my recipes always makes me nervous! I can not imagine how Jamil feels... I have a batch of this cold conditioning, looking forward to getting into in about a week, ahem...causeIcannotforcecarbjealous... Congrats on the new kegging set up! I am honored that my recipe was the first tap! Cheers! I wouldn't feel nervous. I had tried a modified version of your Fat Tire Clone before this one. I went to the local Brew Store and they didn't have a few of the grains so he subbed a few of them. It turned out to be the best brew yet according to friends. (I agree.) In fact, they said it was better than the original Fat Tire. After that, I figured why not try this one. They both turned out great. I've got another of the Fat Tire Clones fermenting right now, in fact. (That first batch didn't stick around long enough.) Greg
  6. yankeedag wrote: gdt12 wrote: yankeedag wrote: Welcome to the corney club. Thanks! Might be a bad thing. It is way too easy to sneak a drink from! or top the glass off...um, multiple times... you know, the magic never empty glass thing. That's funny! I've had that even before joining the corney club. Wife: "How many beer's is that? Me: "My first one!" (No need wasting another glass!)
  7. yankeedag wrote: Welcome to the corney club. Thanks! Might be a bad thing. It is way too easy to sneak a drink from!
  8. This is what you need if you want to easily go back and forth: http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=152 I just cut it off, as I don't plan to use commercial brews/kegs. However, I could easily hook it back up with a coupler and a few clamps. This kit from Keg connections would make it much easier though. I have two cornies right now. I just ordered one more and a few picnic taps until I can afford one of these: http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=235
  9. Just cut the lines off of the Sankey beer tap and used clamps to put on the corny-type ball-lock connectors. This thing has room for three cornies. Eventually! [img size=500]http://www.cosenglish.org/Site/images/beer1.jpg [img size=500]http://www.cosenglish.org/Site/images/beer2.jpg [img size=500]http://www.cosenglish.org/Site/images/beer3.jpg
  10. D- Damn you! That is some good brew. Yes, I'm drinking it already. I just found a kegerator on Craig's list just when I was ready to bottle, so I took a trip to the LHBS and bought a couple of cornies and connectors. I force carbed it, and while it was only brewed about two and a half weeks ago, it is excellent. I thought it was going to be IPA-hoppy, but it is a really well balanced beer. If anything, it is only slightly hoppy. The problem is, it came in at around 6.5% abv, but it is too easy to drink lots!. Thanks for the recipe. I plan to brew it again. It's nice and handy at the Brewmaster.com for anyone interested.
  11. I've never done it, but I have shaken up the trub (accidentally) a time or two. Just let it sit and it will settle back out. I think if you stirred gently and then let it sit for awhile, you won't have any problems. The beer clears well when cold conditioning anyway.
  12. People do "no chill" brewing all the time, where they create the wort and then store it for an amount of time before they pitch the yeast for fermenting. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/exploring-no-chill-brewing-117111/
  13. SiriusDG wrote: I use about half a cup of water, and 7 Tbs of Dextrose. I put it all in a pyrex cup, and in the microwave for two minutes. It is usually boiling by then, but I am not concerned about zoomies, just trying to get it dissolved good. If it does not actually boil, oh well. I do this first, by the time I set up the keg, rinse the bottles, move stuff around, blah blah blah, it is cool enough, in it goes as the keg is siphoned. David That's about dead-on the way I do it. I use 7Tbs of Corn Sugar in a pyrex, 1/2 cup, nuke it about two. The only different is, I cover it with a star san soaked paper towel or foil and put it in a pan with ice an water for a short time and keep moving it around to cool it off some. Works well. . . . obviously.
  14. bsts94 wrote: oops two of the same photo. Here are the others: Hey is that a 20oz paint ball co2 canister? How long does that last you? Do you just have it filled at the local paintball shop?
  15. I don't have any more of them, but I wouldn't think they would cut very easy. They are like those hard lemon drops. Of course, I always had some powder and a few broken ones in the bags, so. . . . You can always add a bit of sugar to more precisely control carbonation. Greg
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