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WBC 06-24-2007 07:03 AM

Brewing since 1972
 
Hello everyone,
I am new to your board so let me say that first I am an older brewer and have been in 2 brewing clubs and have been retired for a couple of years and so now have the time to brew like I always wanted to. I only had a few items from a few years ago and needed to buy a lot of stuff to get back into brewing. After 1000 dollars I have a fairly nice setup with 1 upright freezer and 1 refrigerator, tapping equipment and 2 beer faucets, corny kegs, 6.5 gallon carboys for fermenting. I brew 10 gallon batches (14 gallon SS boiler with drain) that have been all grain amber ales so far. I use a 1/2 inch 50 foot copper coil to cool wort. I use Ranco controllers now which I really like to control fermentation temps. I used to make up my own controllers using old air conditioning controllers but the ranco controllers are much better and offer much closer control of freezer or refrigerator temperatures. I always dry hop in the primary after fermentation subsides for around 7 to 9 days which gives very good taste and aroma. I always use a starter yeast which I make before brew day or pitch from another previous brew. Using yeast starters makes fermentation start within hours. Sanitation is always first. I have been using Starsan. Warning: do not use Starsan on serving lines or tapping parts as it will attack some plastics and inpart chemical flavors. I learned this the hard way! You have to throw away all lines, washers, etc that become tainted as this can not be washed off. I wrote Starsan about this and they knew about it. Use beer line cleaner for serving lines only.

My next fermenters will be conical because that makes brewing much easier. I will build a small cold storage in my garage and cool it using used refrigerator parts. The inside will have melimine sheets. I do not have enough room in the refrigerators at this time.

Short Drive 06-24-2007 12:37 PM

Great to have someone of you knowledge join up. There are a lot of good people here. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Where are you from?

Catfish 06-24-2007 12:48 PM

As Short Drive said, Welcome Aboard! and I would add, Cheers!

McCall St. Brewer 06-24-2007 01:48 PM

Wow, 1972, eh? It wasn't even legal for me to drink yet that year. It sounds like you have quite a setup now, but how hard was it to get homebrewing gear/supplies back then?

ajf 06-24-2007 02:19 PM

Welcome to the forum.
I've been brewing since 1975, and I don't have anything like your equipment.
Things have changed quite a bit since then (for the better) haven't they.

-a.

Sea 06-24-2007 02:24 PM

Legal to drink? I wasn't even born! The coolest brewer I ever met had been doing it so long that his son was now juging homebrew comps, and his brewing setup was like an extra appendage. It's great to have more experienced people!

david_42 06-24-2007 02:53 PM

We can always use another refrigeration expert here.

You'll have to post some pictures while you build your cold storage unit.

WBC 06-24-2007 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McCall St. Brewer
Wow, 1972, eh? It wasn't even legal for me to drink yet that year. It sounds like you have quite a setup now, but how hard was it to get homebrewing gear/supplies back then?

It was always hard to get supplies. It still is now. I have no stores near me at this time. If I want supplies I have to go from Covina, ca to Riverside, Ca. I get good service from the internet but hate to pay shipping.

WBC 06-24-2007 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Short Drive
Great to have someone of you knowledge join up. There are a lot of good people here. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Where are you from?

Thanks, I am from Covina, Ca. USA

WBC 06-24-2007 06:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by david_42
We can always use another refrigeration expert here.

You'll have to post some pictures while you build your cold storage unit.

I would be glad to send any pictures and info. It says I may not post attachments at the bottom of this page?


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