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  1. I was told that this is not really intended to do anything but improve mouthfeel and add a little flavor. It is not going to add to ABV. But I am new at this so don't take my word for that. I used instant once and regular once and I couldn't really tell the difference.
  2. Finished the new cooler Looks like it is good for 20 degrees below ambient
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    From the album: Cooler Hacking

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    From the album: Cooler Hacking

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    From the album: Cooler Hacking

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    From the album: Cooler Hacking

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    Cooler Project

    From the album: Cooler Hacking

    For about $70 I made this cooler with Thermoelectric Cooling. I have tested it to 20 degrees below ambient so far, which got it to 45 degrees. Planning on making some Lagers.
  8. I used Quaker Oats, seemed to work.
  9. California Dreamin is, so far, the only recipe I have made repeatedly. Third batch in the LBK right now in fact. I like it.
  10. Thanks Slym2none, that sounds promising. Would you use the 1 packet of yeast that comes with the American Lager?
  11. I got another LBK on the Veterans day deal so I'm going to put TEC's in this cooler.
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    Cooler Project

    From the album: Bhob's Stuff

    Hacking a cooler with a TEC
  13. I was thinking about the tap,, but yes, I guess the cleaning solutions would take care of any goop that got stuck in there.
  14. Price has gone up a tad, Here are the bits from ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/121314210967?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-12V-DC-20A-Regulated-Switching-Power-Supply-Driver-For-The-LED-Strip-/151536427717?hash=item23484662c5:g:12wAAOSwQiRUpLys http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Thermoelectric-Peltier-Refrigeration-Cooling-System-Kit-Cooler-A/111803630955?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3Dd31aa0be3dfb431aad59edf260453003%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D261792872834
  15. They cost $25. $50 get you the TEC, power supply, and temp controller with thermocouple. You could hack it into a styrofoam cooler and call it a day for $60 They are also a lot quieter than any fridge I have ever owned.
  16. I've made three batches now. During the Summer it had a hard time keeping below 68F, fermenting kegs were about 72F. That is with one TEC per chamber. The cheap-ass fans that came with it (China) were pretty noisy. I replaced them with 90mm computer fans from Noctua (NF-B9) and you can hardly hear them now. I am going to upgrade to two TEC's per chamber before next summer. I haven't tried to run it real cold yet, but I will see if I can get a cold crash out of it next week.
  17. Answer: It got REALLY Carbonated. Now I am reading all the other posts on carbonation. luckily I didn't pop any bottles, but now I know what more sugar does.
  18. Thanks Josh, I was thinking of making the Wild Wheat using the Safbrew WB-06 Dry Wheat Yeast but I don't know how the amounts compare to the std stuff under the lid. Should I use 1 or two of the WB-06?
  19. What happens if you put in too much yeast?
  20. So far my experience is I have less chance of hitting the keg with this than with a hand wisk. Probably RickBeers suggestion of a plastic wisk is best. But with this I just stick it in the middle of the hole and it swirls so much I don't even move it. With my hand wisk I had a much harder time. And now having said that, I am going to inspect my keg when this batch is done.
  21. The California Dreaming recipe uses oats and starts with 6 cups
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