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Old 02-16-2013, 02:54 AM   #301
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I learned you apparently aren't supposed to mill Barley Flakes with the rest of your grains. Oops.

Hopefully my first Partial Mash comes out OK.

I also learned that it is possible to smack a "Smack Pack" too hard. The guy at the store said to slam it down on the counter, you can't break the seal on the outer package.


Guess I don't know my own strength.

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anti foam in the yeast starter and a bonus lesson, priming sugar needs more attention, over carbed sucks

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Old 02-16-2013, 03:03 AM   #303
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I learned that I can use my left over, stockpiled priming sugar to boost my ABV, and I learned that the term "dry out your brew" means to lower the gravity.

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I learned just how expensive it is to set up a 3-faucet keezer, especially if you buy the good stuff (like Perlick 525SS faucets and stainless shanks).
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I learned just how expensive it is to set up a 3-faucet keezer, especially if you buy the good stuff (like Perlick 525SS faucets and stainless shanks).
I'm in the process of building one myself, I got the same faucets/shanks.


The good news is I had budgeted for a brand new 7.2 CF chest freezer but scored one on Craigslist for $50. I am debating adding nitro as well.
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I'm in the process of building one myself, I got the same faucets/shanks.


The good news is I had budgeted for a brand new 7.2 CF chest freezer but scored one on Craigslist for $50. I am debating adding nitro as well.
Nice find. My upright freezer that i use for fermenting was a CL buy. The chest freezer (soon to be keezer) was already in the family and sitting unused. All I have to do is "re-purpose" it. I just added the collar (2x8 pine) today and will be working on the rest of the woodwork (in re-purposed oak) as time allows.

I ordered my regulator and other hardware from Birdman Brewing last Friday after talking with Brian, the owner. He's a super-nice guy who obviously loves home brewing. He's also an HBT vendor.

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I learned just how expensive it is to set up a 3-faucet keezer, especially if you buy the good stuff (like Perlick 525SS faucets and stainless shanks).
I know what you mean they are expensive just got mine on Monday and installed them in my upright fridge.. supper happy with these perlick that i ordered though http://www.williamsbrewing.com/PERLICK-FORWARD-SEAL-FAUCET-WITH-STAINLESS-SHANK-P2162C65.aspx
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I learned that holding the hydrometer too tightly while trying to dry it off can result in a exploding hydrometer. Thankfully I had turned away from the kettle before learning just how fragile those things are!

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I learned that employees will complain about "too much work", but they won't give you the data to do capacity management for fear of micromanagement. oops...wrong forum. I learned that the hardest thing I've ever done was to not drink the beer I brewed.

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I know what you mean they are expensive just got mine on Monday and installed them in my upright fridge.. supper happy with these perlick that i ordered though http://www.williamsbrewing.com/PERLICK-FORWARD-SEAL-FAUCET-WITH-STAINLESS-SHANK-P2162C65.aspx
Related, I learned that the flow control model, while still only available in chrome, allows you to have shorter line lengths and reduces the need for secondary regulators.
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