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Jun
23
comment Formulating a recipe
I know homebrewers who have used peanut butter powder to add flavor. It is basically peanut butter with all of the oil removed. IDK if it went into the boil or secondary.
May
29
comment Carboy versus 2nd Bucket
Carboys are easy to clean properly: brush the heaviest krausen off with a carboy brush, then add add 50ml of household bleach and fill with water. Let sit for 24 hours and the rest of the krausen disappears. Empty, rinse, and it is ready to go.
Apr
27
answered Have I ruined my brew before I even begin?
Apr
27
answered Other fruit cider BJCP question
Apr
8
comment Keeping the keg lines and fittings clean
I have had kegs tapped for up to 6 months without cleaning the lines, and never had a problem. They are refrigerated at all times, though.
Apr
8
comment Why less priming sugar in a mini keg?
Agreed, but bear in mind that the mini-kegs are relatively fragile. If you pressurize them too much, they will distend the bottom or top of the keg, leaving them permanently misshapen. (Source: personal experience). So experiment on the cautious side.
Mar
9
comment 5 gallon batch in 16 gallon kettle?
Are you using this as a mash tun, or a boil kettle?
Feb
26
comment Why do people purge kegs before force carbonating?
Traditionally casks allowed O2 to enter as beer was drawn out, but these were served in pubs where the cask would empty within a day or so. Unless you are going through your homebrew that quickly, you will want CO2 replacing the beer.
Feb
9
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Feb
6
comment I ran out of CO2
I have over-carbonated cold beer in less than 5 minutes.
Feb
3
comment I ran out of CO2
Do NOT shake the keg for half an hour: Start with a minute or two, and then test by pouring some been after reducing the pressure in the keg to serving pressure. Shaking for 30 minutes at 20-30psi will surely overcarbonate the beer to the point where you will get nothing but foam.
Nov
11
comment PB2 PORTER - BETTER TASTE?
Congrats on the book... the preview on Amazon looks interesting and I'll be ordering it soon.
Nov
7
comment Is it possible to do pressurized fermentation in a mini keg?
If you are referring to the minikegs that Heinekin uses, I would advise against it. I used to use them years ago for serving, and they will buckle with just a bit too much pressure. They are also difficult to clean and tend to rust.
Nov
3
comment Tips on making a no-chill IPA
@jards - East Kent Goldings
Oct
27
comment International flight kill my yeast?
It depends on how old the smack pack was. I have seen packs that are a few months old take more than 12 hours to begin to expand and > 24 hours to fully expand. So I think that OP jumped the gun in pitching and I agree with your advice to pitch in the dry yeast.
Oct
8
comment No pressure in secondary
If this is a serving keg you are using, why not just force carbonate it? I never prime my kegs.
Sep
26
comment Can I reuse a failed starter?
For future reference, it is not unusual for smack packs that are more than a couple of months old to take a couple of days or more to swell. Four hours is enough only for very fresh packs (mfg < 2 weeks ago).
Aug
21
comment DIY BrewBug based offerings?
No, the BeerBug has a weight suspended by fishing line that is submerged in the wort. At the start of a batch, it must be tared, preferably by measuring the starting gravity with a standard hydrometer.
Aug
20
comment How do I extend my kegerator beer line run properly?
The fan guard is inside the kegerator in my unit, on the back wall near the top. It is just held in place with 4 phillips head screws. It's very easy to remove. I was planning to replace it with the wire guards I have seen on computer power supplies, but never got around to it.
Aug
19
comment How do I extend my kegerator beer line run properly?
Before you go to extreme measures... I bought a Bev-air commercial kegerator with a 3 tap tower and was very unhappy with the amount of compressor and fan noise. I called for service, and the first thing the tech did was to remove the fan guard. The noise instantly dropped to an acceptable level. I left it off and all is well. I am just very careful when moving kegs around to avoid the fan.