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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    ...so I want to start kegging my homebrews. I already have a kegerator that fits a 15gal barrel so I am set there. Now I just need to find a couple of soda kegs and research how to get it all setup etc. The dude at a local shop laughed at me when I asked if he had any used ones so I guess I'll start my internet hunt. My Blind Pig clone I brewed in December is ready for bottling (2 weeks in primary and 3 weeks in secondary after dry hopping) so I guess I'll bottle it rather than waiting. I hate bottling. /rant
    Used corny kegs are getting fairly hard to find. I know my local shop "the brew shop" in BendOR normally has some. Most of the good ones were cherry picked long ago, not just locally, but all around the country. The soda industry still uses them for temporary setups so their not completely obsolete. Might check with your local cola distributor first.

    As far as setting up a keg system you will need a co2 bottle, regulator and the correct style fittings for your keg (pin or ball lock) then your down to some hose and plumbing fittings. Make sure you use Teflon tape on everything so it doesn't leak. It sucks to blow through Co2, not so much from an expense stand point more just a convince. If your looking to do t on the cheap genuine innovations makes a corny Co2 setup that works off the Co2 cartridges we are familiar with. It's a little hard to force carbonate with them but it can be done. Whatever you do DO NOT use the BB gun cartridges for beer, they contain oil to lube guns. You can either use a picnic faucet or put a proper tap handle/s in the door. Then you just have to convince your wife to let you put it in the house.

    I got lucky when I bought 6 kegs off ebay several years ago and they were all in pretty good shape. Then last summer I picked up another pair because they were cheap and almost new.

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    Yesterday morning I went over and helped Rack my first home brew into secondary.

    Here is a selfy of me sampling the brew out of the hydrometer tube:


    10.5% Imperial Stout.

    Check out that deep rich color:


    Siphoning one of the two Carboys:


    And here is a quick video of us using this cool brush thing attached to a drill to help clean our the yeast residue:
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    Going to let it sit for a week and bottle and keg this weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    Yesterday morning I went over and helped Rack my first home brew into secondary.

    Going to let it sit for a week and bottle and keg this weekend!
    Great job!
    What were your starting and current gravity readings, just out of curiosity?
    How does it taste?
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    What's your latest homebrew?

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    This is my Amarillo / Citra ipa. It's a little cloudy but oh well it has tons of hop character.

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    I make a honey cream ale that is our team's go-to beer for after rides. It was named after one of our team member's personal problem with collecting LED lights:
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    It's super refreshing, which is what we all seem to want right after a ride.

    Last night, I kegged a new batch of Pretator Porter. My 7 year old loves the movie Predator, so I had him draw a picture for the label. He spells it "pretator" and wrote out the sound it makes as "cnahcnah". Here's what the label looks like for this one:
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    I ordered the Light Fetish labels from Grogtag.com and they turned out awesome. However, since then I have been just making a picture and printing them out four to a page on the laser printer at Kinkos and then applying them to the bottle with milk. It works great, too, and is much much cheaper. I have thought about how much extra work it is for labels, but then again, it is a hobby so I might as well have fun with it.

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    Very nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFryauff View Post
    Great job!
    What were your starting and current gravity readings, just out of curiosity?
    How does it taste?
    Started at 1.086 and ended at 1.014 "I think" My buddy is helping me a ton with all the math stuff, but we basically figured out 10.5% abv.

    The flavor is really nice, I used another friends recipe for his Imperial Stout, and modified it slightly. We added 1lb of Honey near the end of boil to increase the amount of fermentable surgers, and also 12oz of Molasses to give it a slightly sweet finish(14gallon boil, 11 Gallons of finished product).

    I am very impressed with the flavor as it stands now, plenty of hop characteristics of an Imperial Stout, with a very slight sweetness on the aftertaste.

    We think the 12oz of Molasses could have an effect on the Hydrometer reading because of the extra sugar left over, have you ever added an adjunct that could throw off the final reading?
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    What's your latest homebrew?

    I'm getting 9.4% abv. OG - FG x 131 = abv.

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    Enjoyed a double brew-day this past Saturday.
    Started off with a 10 gallon batch of an all Citra and El Dorado DIPA.

    Hit mash temps perfectly, despite it having just snowed, and being colder than expected.



    Sparging out and dividing up the 1.9 lbs of hops for this brew.



    Second batch was a Berlinerweiss, which is sitting warmly on some Lactobacillus until souring reaches my liking, and will then be further fermented with Saccharomyces.



    Finishing up, and toasting another long, but enjoyable brew-day.

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    Soaking some bottles in Oxi-Clean to remove the labels so I can fill them up with my first home brew this evening.

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    Love the posts! I just finished my last bottle of a Honey Porter brewed by the White House kitchen. Recipe kits are available from Northern Brewer, maybe from some other places, too. I highly recommend it: very smooth and mild, very drinkable even for folks who don't like dark beers. The honey makes it more mellow than sweet.

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    I had to make a quick stop to pick up a few items before our bottling of the beer last night.



    I had a quick sample of the Dorado DIPA while there....


    Transferring from the Carboy to the bottling bucket, the DME has already been mixed with water and boiled and cooled:



    Check out that deep rich color:


    I have had the name of this beer and the picture for the label in mind for a very long time, Here it is:





    This is a picture I took a few years ago of my buddy Caleb hitting a section of the trail called "Flow" at Mammoth Resort, this section of Flow is technically a Double Black Diamond, but I am saving the "Double" name for when I do a barrel aged version of this beer.

    Next on the list is an Irish/Imperial Red.
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    Nice work!
    That color looks amazing, super rich and dark.
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    Good looking brews. The White House Honey Porter recipe really gets better after about 6 weeks. Try to let it age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFryauff View Post
    Nice work!
    That color looks amazing, super rich and dark.
    Thanks! I was hoping to get a super dark rich color. This recipe still has a nice hop character considering it had such a huge grain bill. It tasted really good right out of the carboy, I cannot wait to try it with some carbonation.
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    Brewed for my second time yesterday! We made a dark IPA. Our Gravity was 1.066, so we are hoping for about 7.5% abv on the finished product. Here are a few pics:

    First we had something to fuel the process:


    My friend has a grain mill, and my other friend has a hook up with one of the local breweries, so we got a killer deal on a 55lb bag of two row. Milling up all our grains right before we start.


    My artsy shot of the Hot Liquor tank warming up as the sun begins to set:


    And just before boil to give you a good idea of the coloring:


    Combination of Mt. Hood, Magnum, Nelson and Simcoe with a dry hop of the Nelson as well.
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    Nice work!
    Someone needs to smooth out the rim of that kettle before they lose a finger!
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    Busy weekend in the brewhouse.
    Racked our American IPA into secondary, with it's first of two dry-hopping schedules.
    Also racked the Berliner into secondary with pineapple juice/pulp, and toasted coconut.
    Both have hit final gravity, and will see kegs in about two weeks for conditioning.

    Brewed 10 gallons of our collaborative Belgian-style Saison as well.





    Indulged a bit in some fine beers during the process as well



    A last but not least, whipped up some homemade beer brats for a post brewday dinner.

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    Looking tasty. Last week I kind of last minute decided to make something for St Patrick's Day so I made up a 1G batch of an ESB style. I'm sure it'll still be a little green for SPD, but we'll suffer through. I also made a 1G batch of a burnt style mead. I boiled the honey until it got pretty dark and then added some water, a couple of vanilla beans, and a cinnamon stick. I'll bottle it and age for our team Christmas party.

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    Nice pics Klurejr & JF! I'm still a lazy MF and still have my latest IPA in secondary. I am sure the hops are fading but I just hate bottling that much. Maybe I'll throw some more hops in and bottle it this weekend.

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    WOW Brewing and bikes. cool. I just kegged up an IPA with chinook and centennial. 1.070.

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    I just half kegged and half bottled a Bourbon Breakfast Stout, haven't tried it yet.
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    I just bottled my Dogfish Indian Brown Clone on Sunday and I'm headed to the store this afternoon to grab some ingredients for my 3rd batch. Headed for an IPA either a Stone IPA or Dale's Pale Ale Clone.

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    What recipe do you use the Indian Brown and how close is it to the beer straight out of tap? It sure is tasty...

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    Re: What's your latest homebrew?

    Finally! Brewed my first batch in about 5 years yesterday and I can't believe. I've been out of it this long. Brewed a Pale Ale and I'll be brewing the WH Honey Porter next week along with a steam beer... Can't freakin wait!

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    Awesome! Do you plan to bottle or Keg your beer?

    We are bottling and kegging our Black IPA this evening.
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    brewed an ipa (that will later sit on some apricot puree).

    kegged a rye red ale.

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    Re: What's your latest homebrew?

    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    Awesome! Do you plan to bottle or Keg your beer?

    We are bottling and kegging our Black IPA this evening.
    I'm stuck on bottling as of ow... I plan getting into kegging once I finish the basement.

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    Just put a batch of Skeeter Pee in the primary. Getting ready for summer.

    I'm going to bottle it with a mint leaf in each bottle for a mojito type drink. The chicks should love it.

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    Russian Imperial Stock in fermenter 1, French saison in fermenter 2, and ESB on deck.

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    Re: What's your latest homebrew?

    I just bottled my American Hefe yesterday and am now playing the waiting game lol. :-)
    I need to figure out what to brew next!

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    Just Bottled a Blackberry Mead yesterday and racking a Cinnamon Pear Mead this afternoon.

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    Re: What's your latest homebrew?

    I have an IPA and vanilla porter on tap and nothing fermenting. I just can't drink the beer fast enough so I don't brew as often as I used to.

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    Dan's Imperial Bender. Surly (brewing, not bikes) had a special version of their bender (porter) called Moe's Bender for a limited time last year and I've been wanting it real bad. Brewed an imperial porter. Soaked toasted oak and vanilla in bourbon for 2 weeks, then added the bourbon to the secondary fermenter along with some cocoa nibs. It's got a smoky, bourbon-y taste with notes of vanilla and chocolate. A little sweet but not bad I say.

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    What's your latest homebrew?

    Bottling my New Zealand Rye IPA soon, getting some stockpiled for summer evenings after a nice hard ride!

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    Brewed my first saison last wknd using the new Belle Saison dry yeast from Danstar. More of a table version of saison (OG 1.054). Hopefully she'll finish below 1.005.

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    Wow, I haven't experienced Black IPA, they said that was great!

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    I just bottled a cream stout, and transferred an Octoberfest brew to lager for a few months. Up next is my own spin on a SNPA clone.
    Time to order more grain.

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    Finally cracked open one of these, they just finished bottle conditioning. The Aroma's from the Nelson Dry Hop are beautiful.
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    I just found this thread. I just racked my Dechutes Obsidian Stout clone yesterday. Conditioning I have a Stone IPA Clone. In my fridge I have a DogFish Head Indian Brown.

    So far I've only done 4 mini-mash kits. Trying to dial in my technique before I get crazy and start trying to make my own recipes.

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout tomorrow...

    this will be my second attempt at it, I'll be doubling the PB2 to 2 lbs and adding extract at kegging (if needed)

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    Quote Originally Posted by square View Post
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout tomorrow...

    this will be my second attempt at it, I'll be doubling the PB2 to 2 lbs and adding extract at kegging (if needed)
    How did the first batch turn out? Sounds tasty!

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    Just finished up my first couple of AG brews a week ago. a Fat Tire clone and SNPA clone. Still getting my equipment constants lined out. Only hit 60% eff on the Fat Tire but 75% on the SNPA with some stirring during the mash
    think i will need to get the LHBS to double crush next time as these two were pretty coarse.

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    Cold-crashing an American pale-wheat, which uses: wheat, Pilsen, and Marris Otter; along with a healthy hopping of Columbus, Chinook, and Citra.

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    Always got an IPA and DoppleBock on tap!





    Cheers!

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    Anyone been brewing? I have been lazy myself and more into my big green egg/food... until now. My buddy wants to learn how to brew and picked up an ingredients kit so I am going to show him the ropes using my equip.

    Here is what he got in a sideways pic, Mirror Pond clone.(partial mash):

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    Always got something brewing....I got two IPA's and two cider's bubbling now.

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    ^ Nice! I need to get a freezer/keezer setup.

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    Yep its the best part of my setup. I can keep temps + or - 1 degree of what I set it at...and then I can cold crash/condition my beer. This was a free-be freezer that I just put a ceramic heat emitter on the lid. The pc fans are to keep the colder air from settling at the bottom.

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