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Old 09-12-2012, 07:47 PM   #51
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Awesome, thanks jwitt for the background. Of the three kegs I got, the G. Heileman was the only one I didn't know the possible background on at first. I did some research and determined that the company was part of a consolidation towards the end of it's life, that also included a couple of big Northwest names, Rainier and Olympia. Both of these big boys of the northwest macro brew scene were bought out in the 80s/90s and consolidated. The brands are both still available in the northwest and retain some of their once huge cult following, but they are brewed in California.

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In 1977 the brewery was sold to G. Heileman Brewing Company, and passed through several more hands before finally winding up owned by Pabst, which closed it in 1999. The Rainier brand was sold to General Brewing Company, which moved production to the Olympia brewery in nearby Tumwater, Washington. The Olympia Brewing Company closed in 2003. Rainier Beer is now brewed under contract in Irwindale, California.
So my best guess is the last thing this keg contained, was a batch of Rainier beer. Even though it's not a locally made beer, it's still pretty popular in these parts. I'll admit I've sucked down a few cans of 'vitamin R' while playing softball or watching football. Of course, the beer I will make in this kettle will be much, much better.

Some nostalgia for any northwesterners. This commercial came out in the late 70s before I was born, but was so well known and liked in the area, it was occasionally used even into the 90s.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:56 PM   #52
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look'n great! I can see a happy brewing future, rock'n some killer lunch on your outdoor kitchen while making a tasty brew!

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Wow, like many others said, jealousy doesn't begin to describe the feeling that I feel right now. I'm only a 22 year old brewer and really hope to have something like this in my distant future. Great job!

Another couple things I was curious about, why didn't you use green board for the dry wall around the brewstand/sink? I guess it may be overkill since you have that metal sheet on the back, but I'd imagine things could get ugly if that did wet behind there.

Another thing, what are you using for dispensing? I'm hoping you've got one killer keezer in your future as well.

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Wow. I didn't know that Heileman extended its reach so far. I had a can of local Chicago schwill the last time I was up there, brewed by Heileman. They were big players in picking up regional brands back a couple decades ago. I must say that I can tell quality control isn't 100% - I've had some actually really crisp and refreshing Stag, and some that I really had to choke down (I can't take malty-sweet light beer!) My dad said modern Stag is a shadow of its former self, for what it's worth (I can't imagine it was exactly great back in the day).

After looking at your pictures, then seeing the commercial, I once again feel the need to head to the NW. A buddy is a winemaker and did some WOOFing at a winery in the Williamette. He's convinced he will someday relocate us all to WA/OR. Since I just got a job at the LHBS here (gonna have to get the shop on here as a sponsor!) I don't think I'll move for a while yet, but I do love forests, mountains, fly fishing, and cloudy weather with all my heart. Maybe in a few years once he finds a vineyard of his own up there (He just got back from NZ and checked on his demijohns of reserve, started malolactic, and added some raisins he made last season- I can't wait for a bottle of that stuff!)

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Another couple things I was curious about, why didn't you use green board for the dry wall around the brewstand/sink? I guess it may be overkill since you have that metal sheet on the back, but I'd imagine things could get ugly if that did wet behind there.

Another thing, what are you using for dispensing? I'm hoping you've got one killer keezer in your future as well.
Good question. We didn't use the green board because this wall (behind the stand) is 3ft from a property line and requires "Type X" fire resistant drywall to satisfy code. We could have used it around the sink, and that would have been a good idea. I just didn't think of it. I'll be adding some tile or other moisture proof backing on the wall/window sill there.
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Oh, and my current dispensing setup is a 2 tap kegerator (Frigidaire mini fridge conversion) in the basement. This is going to get built into a bar in our rec room and will serve the house. One of the motivations for building the garage was to empty out my 'shop room' down stairs in the house to turn it into a bar/tv room. I'll also be building 4 tap keezer in the garage this fall/winter, after the rest of the project is wrapped up. The plan (we'll see if I follow through on this part) is to have 3 taps indoors, and one tap through the wall, hiding in an insulated 'birdhouse' that will be just behind the outdoor kitchen area.

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No progress on the building or stand these last couple of days. Life.

I am happy to report that the first few beers brewed in the brewhouse (though not on the final brew setup, see above) are through the pipeline and very, very tasty. So far the garage has hosted a session of EdWort's Haus Pale Ale, Moose Drool Clone (my personal favorite batch ever), Bohemian Pilsner, and a Yooper's DFH 60 Minute IPA clone.

Pale ale vigorously fermenting in the chamber after the Moose Drool made way for it. The ambient temp in the basement is just about right for it to continue its fermentation.


Moose Drool in the glass - I even had the right glass for it. Seriously tasty stuff, especially after a long day of drywalling.


I'm planning for the first batch using the full capabilities of the stand this Sunday. I'm a little behind timing wise, but going for my own pumpkin ale recipe.

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What kind of fitting did you use at the top of the pilot for the flame?
I was also wondering how you secured the black pipe to the stand? Kinda looks like its just floating there.
Sorry, I missed your second question before. Your observation is astute, the manifold is just sitting there right now. I have some zinc plated 3/4" one hole conduit straps that I've dry fitted on there that work really well, but I haven't installed them yet because a local electrical supply store carries them in stainless steel.
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Looks great....Please tell me you are going to finish/paint the drywall!!!!

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Looks great....Please tell me you are going to finish/paint the drywall!!!!
What you don't like the raw drywall look? Heh, Definitely. I haven't been showing it off in here, but the other side of the garage (the shop side) is still without insulation and drywall as I had been dragging my feet about finishing some wiring over there.. exactly where do I want that welder, etc. I find that I go back and fourth between putting energy into the building, and energy into the brewing stuff and this last week or so it's been all about the stand.

I plan to get the rest of the insulating and drywall done next week, at which point we'll do another round of tape & mud all around and prep for painting. Oh great, that means I need to pickout another set of colors.
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