New Brewery!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by levain, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. urbancowboy

    urbancowboy Vicious Cycler

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    as always, adv is a bad influence:

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    just bought the keg, 5lb CO2, regulator, etc.

    haven't cleaned the keg yet, but i know it will be a hell of a lot quicker to clean one keg than to wash and sanitize 50 bottles.

    hope to be drinking from the keg by the end of the week.

    milk stout is ready to move to the keg, only did a primary this time (lazy). i moved the bucket into racking location so it can settle overnight.

    anyone want to describe their method for carbonating? do you shake or not? how much pressure?
  2. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Congrats! Youll never bottle again!

    There are lots of ways to force carb. I like the simplest. I put the filled keg in the serving fridge. Hook it up to serving pressure, generally around 10-12 psi and forget about it for a week. It'll be carbonated perfectly, all the sediment will have dropped oit and after a pint or two you'll be drinking clear beer with minimal fuss.
  3. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    I set it to 20 psi for two days, release the gas, drop it down to about 9 or 10, and it's good to go.
  4. Nytelyte

    Nytelyte Somewhere about

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    's my exact procedure. After a few 'tuning' days at 9 - 10, I drop it to 6 or so for serving pressure, but that will depend on your line lengths.
  5. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    I prefer this method. It eliminates all the stupid from the equation such as over carbing, shaking (yeast in your beer), forgetting to adjust and fighting with your regulator. Set it and forget it. Plus, a week is great for clearing your beer.
  6. bergermeister

    bergermeister Long timer

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    I'd like to pick up a kit to start brewing, and would appreciate your thoughts. Hopefully under $1k? I can build my own steel rack like the one I've seen in this thread to keep the numbers down. Thinking of going all grain and 5 gal kegging.

    Thanks!
  7. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I brewed 5 gal. all grain batches with a 5 gal bucket with a false bottom, 2x ss pots (5gal&8gal), random hoses and a turkey fryer outside. Oh, and an immersion chiller.
    You can get going for $2-400. Don't get sucked into thinking you need an expensive setup. You don't. The SS pots are the only major expense.
  8. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    I've been going lower as well for serving - probably closer to 6-8 as I've had some really foamy batches as of late.
  9. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    shop Craigslist. People selling their brew stuff all the time as they upgrade or get bored of brewing (weird I know).

    making beer is very easy. making really good beer over and over again takes some trial and error. relax...have a homebrew :1drink
  10. bergermeister

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    thanks guys, those are good suggestions - and, in fact, I will be using my turkey fryer this Thursday!

    anyway, the parents and inlaws want some xmas gift ideas, so I can look at new rather than craigslist.
  11. tootal

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    Well I'm a shaker. You can look up a chart on the web and find out how many Volumes of CO2 is required for the style of beer your making. Look at the chart, know your beer temperature and see where you should set your pressure at. I like to get it about 33 degrees for a couple of days and settle out. Draw off the yeast and then set my CO2 pressure to what's required and start shaking it. I put an OUT connector on the CO2 and put the gas into the OUT post so it bubbles up through the beer. You shake until you don't hear it bubbling anymore. If you have the time to wait by all means do as mentioned above. But using the chart and shaking the keg will carbonate your beer in less than ten minutes and it will be right on. I have never over carbonated using this method. For an example, if you have a pilsner at 40 degress you can use 12 psi on the gauge and shake until there are no more bubbles. Done. Perfect.
  12. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    I set it at 50psi, leave it 24hrs.
    Or 30psi for 48hrs.

    I serve most beers at 10psi (38deg). Stout at 7ish psi for now. I want a stout faucet! :cool:

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  13. discochris

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    I also bottle a six-pack of each batch I keg, using the sugar drops, so I usually have 70-100 bottles sitting in the basement for when people come over, or when I want something different.

    About every fourth or fifth batch I brew, I do specifically to bottle, usually for something that I would not want to drink on a weekly basis. (plus, in order to get enough bottles, I get to buy a bunch of good beer - usually Boulevard or Sierra Nevada, since I like their stubby bottles the best). I usually do this with a porter or most recently an Irish Stout. I just tried the first couple bottles of the stout, bottled 10-1, tonight. It's very good, and since I have a Bass clone on tap right now, it makes an excellent Black and Tan. :freaky

    If I didn't keg, I'd probably have lost interest long ago. Bottling is messy and a pain IMO. As it is, I brew once a month or so.
  14. urbancowboy

    urbancowboy Vicious Cycler

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    i'm going to try this method.


    i can wait for 24 hrs. i can't wait for two weeks. i'm hoping to be trying this stout tomorrow night, and hopefully filling a few bottles to bring along for the weekend.

    good thing i don't keep food in the fridge:

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  15. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    Make sure you check the pressure rating on your corney. most are only rated to 35 PSI. that being said, I've gone over that before, but you should know before you take a risk. most likely it will just leak, YMMV
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    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    I didn't know that! I thought they were tested to 60.... :eek:

    I did a quick search. Wiki says they will hold 130psi. Northern brewer says they are stamped, but most are about 120psi.
  17. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    let me rephrase that. some kegs are rated at 35. you are correct. the older cornys that I have say do not exceed 35 psi on the side. The newer styles usually hold much more. again, YMMV. sorry for the misleading info. :eek1
  18. urbancowboy

    urbancowboy Vicious Cycler

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    you, sir, are a genius. this method worked just fine for me.

    the only question now is, once you have a 5 gallons of beer on tap, how do you avoid becoming an alcoholic? the bottles were easier to dose.:rofl

    i filled six bottles for traveling/gifts (using my picnic tap) and they were fine. later picked up a #2 stopper with a hole in it. will try that for the next batch of bottles.

    of course i'm willing to share/trade with anyone in the nyc area.
  19. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    This comes up a lot in homebrewing and it is a serious issue. I set a strict 2 pint a day limit. YMMV
  20. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    I give it away. by the growler full. beer is a lot of fun to share.