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Old 12-06-2009, 11:45 AM   #151
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Phase 2 of the Ghetto Brewpub complete!

well, almost! Thanks to Craigslist, I have a new circa 1973 bar. Now to get serious about cleaning up my corner of the basement. Temps. down there are in the mid/high 50's, so, I finally am able to have two cask beers on at one time!!!!!!!!!!!

I currently have an APA, a Porter and two different cask conditioned best bitters on tap!

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Old 01-09-2010, 09:47 AM   #152
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Lookin' good!

A guy normally doesn't see one of those bars with a beer engine on it! And two, count 'em, TWO best bitters?

Nice.

Ive been so busy with my biz that I haven't brewed in.....never mind. I gotta get things moving again.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:46 AM   #153
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Lookin' good!

A guy normally doesn't see one of those bars with a beer engine on it! And two, count 'em, TWO best bitters?

Nice.

Ive been so busy with my biz that I haven't brewed in.....never mind. I gotta get things moving again.
Thanks!
It's a fun hobby and real ale is definitely my passion. Were starting to see more cask beer popping up in the states but it's never done right. Never low alcohol session beer that works best in that format.

If you're ever in the area stop by for a couple pints!
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:51 AM   #154
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Agreed. I like drinking mostly bitters and pales; I like hops but I'm not really into the hop-contest that West Coast beers have become.

We have a few local breweries and at least one of 'em is a standout, but nobody's doing cask-conditioned stuff.

Anyway, I'll hopefully be able to post up some brewing news of my own.....one of these days.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:51 PM   #155
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Moved my setup to the other part of my basement. My daughter likes the christmas lights

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Old 04-06-2010, 11:55 AM   #156
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edit: Brewed an ALT bier this weekend, and used an immersion cooler to chill the wort. Cost me ~$25 for material and cut the cooling time to practically nuthin'! Surprised I hadn't done it before now.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:16 PM   #157
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Immersion coolers are better than the counterflow types, I think. Simple and very effective.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:21 AM   #158
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Immersion coolers are better than the counterflow types, I think. Simple and very effective.
add a pump to it for a whirlpool and they're even more effective! I switched to that a year ago and won't ever go back.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:21 AM   #159
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I'd forgotten about this thread.



The imperial stout didn't last long ..... It's all gone and now I'm trying to figure out what to brew next.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:57 AM   #160
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Immersion coolers are better than the counterflow types, I think. Simple and very effective.
I got all excited and bought a counterflow. I could cool from turning off of the boil to pitching temp in the amount of time it took to just drain out through the cooler.

But I always fought that fucking thing. Hard to keep it clean, I'd run boiling water through it etc, but I always suspected that thing affected my beer, I don't think I had one batch through it that didn't have some kind of problem.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:31 AM   #161
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add a pump to it for a whirlpool and they're even more effective! I switched to that a year ago and won't ever go back.
I googled that and wound-up on a page I've seen before. still too complex for me, but...
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:01 AM   #162
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I googled that and wound-up on a page I've seen before. still too complex for me, but...
yep. that's where I got the idea. The hardest part is bending the copper tube just right. Well worth it.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:44 AM   #163
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I got all excited and bought a counterflow. I could cool from turning off of the boil to pitching temp in the amount of time it took to just drain out through the cooler.

But I always fought that fucking thing. Hard to keep it clean, I'd run boiling water through it etc, but I always suspected that thing affected my beer, I don't think I had one batch through it that didn't have some kind of problem.
Exactly. Immersion works, and the cleaning regimen is right up the alley of a lazy man like me. And no worries about any nasties that might be hiding in there, waiting to spoil my precious brew.

I saw that whirlpool that Jamil made and it looks really cool. I may make one one of these days, in my spare time. Heh.
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I saw that whirlpool that Jamil made and it looks really cool. I may make one one of these days, in my spare time. Heh.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:13 AM   #165
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Just tapped a Saison that I brewed 8mos. ago. Holy shit, this is a good beer! I drank 5 gal. 6mos ago, and set this aside innoculated with some brett. Really, it needs to sit another year or so to get the Brett affect, but the character is definitely there, esp in the aroma.

Dry. Spicy. Slightly funky. Fruity. Won't be around long!

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