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Old 02-27-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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In brewing my very first batch of homebrew, I made several mistakes:
1. didn't swap out the slightly-upgraded macroswill-style ingredient kit that came with my equipment
2. transferred the beer from the carboy to the keg by pouring it in with a funnel rather than using the siphon I already have -- major alcohol-induced brain fart
3. transferred the beer from the carboy to the keg without adding corn sugar, so boiled it and added it after I had already pressurized the keg; repressurized the keg
4. could not find a mini fridge that would fit my keg, so broke down and bought a $300 wine cooler that only goes down to 46ºF, which would be fine for just about every beer I plan to brew except the one I made
5. let it sit in that temperature for a week before I bought a proper kegerator

Lo and behold, after cutting off the end of the spout hose (which was meant to screw in to a half-keg, despite the website claiming that it could fit 2 Corny kegs) and yanking the Corny keg connector from the hose that came with the keg followed by shoving it into the newly-cut hose from the kegerator, I pulled the tap and beer flowed forth! After having several glasses to zero in on the correct CO2 pressure, I have beer! Actual beer coming out of the kegerator, and I made it! It's rather flavorless, but pretty refreshing -- definitely better than BMC and even some "upgraded" versions like Asahi, for instance. Old Greg's Classic Beer Pong Ale is a success!

P.S. I'm returning the wine cooler tomorrow.

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Old 02-27-2009, 11:24 PM   #2
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sounds like success to me!

FWIW, if you're kegging and serving with CO2, you can skip the priming with corn sugar

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Old 02-28-2009, 02:46 AM   #3
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The instructions indicated to use less, but not to skip it altogether. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

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Old 02-28-2009, 03:14 AM   #4
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I wouldn't count #2 as a mistake... a lot of people transfer wort that way, it helps aerate it. Heck, my ingredient kit recommended pouring the wort back and forth a few times.

And now that I think about it, #1 was hardly a mistake either- if something really went wrong with it, you would only be out the free ingredients. It was like getting a good practice run!

Congrats on your first batch... mine is about ready to transfer, I can't wait to drink this thing.

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Old 02-28-2009, 10:57 AM   #5
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I wouldn't count #2 as a mistake... a lot of people transfer wort that way, it helps aerate it. Heck, my ingredient kit recommended pouring the wort back and forth a few times.

And now that I think about it, #1 was hardly a mistake either- if something really went wrong with it, you would only be out the free ingredients. It was like getting a good practice run!

Congrats on your first batch... mine is about ready to transfer, I can't wait to drink this thing.

Yeah, but it sounds like he was transferring the already fermented beer to the keg, not the wort to the carboy. Doh!
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:13 PM   #6
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^Yup.

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Keg #2: Old Greg's Chocolate Hazelnut Porter (brewed 2009.03.06 // kegged 2009.03.30)

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