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Old 12-09-2011, 06:14 PM   #21
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That is a very cool project. Nice job!

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Old 12-09-2011, 06:23 PM   #22
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Great job! Most spectacular kegerator ever

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Old 03-28-2012, 04:07 AM   #23
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Great job on an amazing build. I'd like to build something similar and I was wondering if you thing you'd be able to fit two cornies in there. Also do u know the size of the barrel?

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Old 03-28-2012, 12:04 PM   #24
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That would look great in my living room. Nice work!!!

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:48 PM   #25
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That is a great build! The final product is amazing. Thanks for taking us through the steps!

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:55 PM   #26
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Cheers to your creativity. I bet you could make money selling those suckers. Nice work.

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Old 03-28-2012, 03:57 PM   #27
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I can't believe I didn't see this earlier. Too freakin cool! Does that fan get pretty loud?

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Old 03-28-2012, 11:11 PM   #28
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You did a fantastic build. You could make a fortune selling those on Craigslist. I built one before I realized that the barrel could be used for fermenting Barley Wine. I used wine barrels instead of Whiskey Barrels but I have heard many use Bourbon barrel for the unique and flavorable taste it gives upon aging for a couple of years. Many of the craft brewers are re-discovering oak barrels from a century ago. Legend has it that the orginal India Pale Ales were hopped up for the long journey from England to India. By the time the ale got to India, the oak had mellowed out the bitter taste of heavy hop's and made for a unique beer. The orginal Bass No. 1 brewed in the 1800's was fermented in Oak barrels. I think there is something about heavy beers with a gravity of 1.100 that kills the bacteria. I know we are told never to stir with a wooden spoon, but the best beer I have ever tasted in my life was aged for over a year in a Wooden Oak barrel. Next barrel you get, consider aging some Barley Wine or Imperial Stout in it. It will make a train take a dirt road to get some more....

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Brewers log: This years Barley Wine Fermented violently. At one point, we had to lash down the Fermenter and flood the containment area around its base to prevent melt down or damage to the superstructure. My wife says the "Papers are in the mail". Thinking about brewing some Pepsi Cola or root beer this year.

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Old 03-28-2012, 11:17 PM   #29
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One other quick comment, the staves will dry out without any fluid in them. The hoops will losen up and fall down. You can dry out a barrel for up to 2 years then apply a ring hoop stretcher with 120 lbs of torgue and re-attach. Or you can simply drill holes in the hoop and put wood screws in to hold the hoops in place.

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Old 04-12-2012, 03:04 AM   #30
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Thanks for all the kind responses! It's still running strong and has had 6 kegs successfully through it so far. The wood did loosen up a bit but not to the point where the barrel is structurally compromised.

Ill try and answer a few of the questions:

I believe the barrel is 52 gallons and two cornies would be a stretch to fit inside.

The fan is actually really quiet. I was very pleased with the speed. The adapter I used sort of under powers the fan so its not running very fast ever.


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