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Old 11-26-2012, 02:44 PM   #41
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Thanks! I thought I might have a problem with sealing the drum and the gaskets holding aromas and flavors. When I was testing last year, i used an open top plastic drum, and it did not seal. This was Hop Haze III, and it came out oxidized. I can't say for sure it was because it didn't seal, but started using closed heads anyways.

The soaking with the lye seems to be cleaning well, if a little slow. The solution is about 1.2% (6.9 lb lye with 55 ish gallons). After fermentation, I may have a little trouble removing the krausen ring but I got that hole in the top and I can stick my arm in there if I need to.

The thing I'm most worried about is that bad seam on two of the fermenters. I ground it down, and sanded it with 80 grit, gonna work my way up to wet sand it and polish it. I know one person used the old glacier tank water storage barrel as a fermenter and had a few infections.

So, IMHO if you were going to use the open head, i would say go for it. Just be careful of the seam. 3 of the drums I got had that bad seam, the other 5 did not. I will post pictures on how you can tell the difference a little later.

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:30 PM   #42
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Great post thanks for all the pics good luck to you.

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:32 PM   #43
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Thanks! Working on a clogged plate chiller, and debating on putting it in the oven on a cleaning cycle.... Here are some pics of the first brew day. I had my buddy Thomas come out on Saturday to mill and help out. Sunday I brewed.

My family was a little busy with other things.


So I called on Thomas my friend of 30 years to help out.


Pumping lye through the chiller


Thomas milling


Boulder CO uses chlorine, so I boil the day prior and let it stand over night.


Simcoe!


Sanitizing a fermenter for the yeast starter. Made two, one for Hop Haze, one for Chocolate Milk Stout


Mashing. Using the funnel to distribute the water so I wont get too much channeling.


I lauterd into a bucket, then dumped it back. Here's the mash runoff, started the kettle about half way full.


Came to boil in about an hour. Talking with the landlord about increasing the gas pressure to 11" wc. Were at 7 now.


Hops I got out of the kettle, what was left. My ss scrubbie got clogged, so, I just removed it and ran everything through the plate chiller. That was a terrible idea btw. Looking back I should have ran home and used my keggle as a grant, or got my hop spider and pumped everything into that, then run it through the chiller. Hop spider pumping idea I got from bmbigda's post after the fact.


Only two boilover events. First one was when I thought, "eh, were good" and started shoveling out the MT. Unwatched pot always boils over? Second time, I dumped in the 60 min hops, bam! malt explosion!


The starter worked great, was fermenting the next morning just fine. Going to make some more starters tonight.


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Old 12-06-2012, 09:13 PM   #44
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Wow, everything looks perfect. Good luck to you!

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:02 AM   #45
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how are you filtering?

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:11 PM   #46
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I cut the dip tube on the Cornelius kegs by 1/4 inch or so. It goes pretty clear into the kegs, and clarifies a bit more in the cooler. If something needs to be fined, i would use gelatin. I have not had to use it yet.

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Here is a pic of Hop Haze, I-IPA and Chocolate Milk Stout.


Hop Haze is cloudy because of the 5lb's of late hopping.

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everything is looking good! I'll have to check you after you open up when I'm in the area.

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i'm so jealous. ive been following you on facebook and on hbt. thanks for taking the time to share your experience. another question for you. how do clean all your corny kegs? i'm guessing you have dozens of them. any special tricks for cleaning that many? thanks

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Old 02-13-2013, 07:28 PM   #50
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I clean them by hand using hd caustic and acid no 6 with a big brush. I clean the outside with a ss scrubbie or a brilo pad. Ill take some pics today and post them of my procedure.

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