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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-17-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Derick_Z
I'd cold crash it asap. Either rack into the keg...

I'd cold crash it asap. Either rack into the keg or just drop the secondary into the kegerator if there's room. You may get a little oxidation if you don't have CO2 yet, but everything seems to go...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-11-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 189
Posted By Derick_Z
According to this...

According to this (http://www.brewersfriend.com/brewhouse-efficiency/) calculator, if I was correct with my measurement of 8 gallons in the kettle and 1.050 specific gravity (averaged between one...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-11-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 189
Posted By Derick_Z
I should have been clearer: I actually wanted...

I should have been clearer: I actually wanted (very) little body, not (a) little body. I did not use a hop bag or anything but I think I will in the future. I was also not really sure what to expect...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-11-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 189
Posted By Derick_Z
First AG: Efficiency and Trub Question

I have done a few BIAB in the past, but yesterday was my first official *true* AG with a cooler to mash in and everything. It was very exciting and easier than I thought. I did a super simple IPA...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-20-2014, 12:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 923
Posted By Derick_Z
That's really interesting. Maybe I'll try that!...

That's really interesting. Maybe I'll try that! How much water do you usually lose to grain absorption? I used to have a calculator bookmarked but lost it.
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-17-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 923
Posted By Derick_Z
I'm only stuck here for another 3ish months, and...

I'm only stuck here for another 3ish months, and one of the main requirements for my next place is enough room to brew! I think I'm going to try to BIAB mash in the bigger pot then split for the boil...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 02-07-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 923
Posted By Derick_Z
Apartment Woes: Pot Too Small?

I have an all grain kit of ingredients ready to go, but for the forseeable future I'm stuck without my propane burner and big pot. It's only 10.25 pounds of grain, but the only pots I have available...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-07-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
Sorry for the long delay, I've been away from the...

Sorry for the long delay, I've been away from the forums for a while.

At the moment I only have 4 kegs, but I ran the numbers and I should be able to fit at least 8, possibly 10 if I stagger them...
Forum: Brew Science 02-07-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 16,681
Posted By Derick_Z
Oh man, I've been away for a while and this...

Oh man, I've been away for a while and this thread has really been going! To assuage any fears, I'm still here will all my limbs intact. I decided not to try this because it just seemed like too much...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-14-2013, 12:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
Sorry for the extended delay, but I had a series...

Sorry for the extended delay, but I had a series of problems with temperature control that ended in me breaking down and buying a commercial external controller rather than fiddling with the internal...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-07-2013, 09:34 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 236,554
Posted By Derick_Z
I've been having a difficult time here.. I built...

I've been having a difficult time here.. I built my keezer and adjusted the screw up to get the temperature where I want it, but it's been maddeningly inconsistent. Without touching the thermostat...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-28-2013, 01:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
Just glued in two layers of r=3 insulation foam...

Just glued in two layers of r=3 insulation foam to the collar! When I glued the collar down I put a thick bead all along the edge and smushed it down, then put a decent bead all around on the inside...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-26-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
I don't have the tools or the skills for that...

I don't have the tools or the skills for that kind of cut :D
Forum: DIY Projects 07-26-2013, 01:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
Yeah I had thought about adding a handle that I...

Yeah I had thought about adding a handle that I can lift by and use as a towel bar right in the middle. Thought it might look cool and prevent me from having to lift the collar by the glue.
Forum: DIY Projects 07-25-2013, 11:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
After three coats of stain and four coats of...

After three coats of stain and four coats of clear polyurethane, I just glued the collar to the lid! The tube says allow to set for 48 hours before removing mechanical fasteners and it'll fully cure...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-25-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By Derick_Z
Sorry, I put it on the curb and some magical...

Sorry, I put it on the curb and some magical neighborhood fairies snatched it up within 10 minutes. How do you fix em?
Forum: DIY Projects 07-25-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By Derick_Z
That would be me! I only went with 1x4...

That would be me!

I only went with 1x4 because the lip of my freezer was too small to support 2x without extra modification that I didn't feel prepared to tackle, but I'll be sure to report back...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-24-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
After moving stuff around some and staggering the...

After moving stuff around some and staggering the kegs, I realized I'll eventually be able to fit 8 kegs in this puppy! It'll be trivial to fit all the taps as I've only drilled two so far, meaning...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-24-2013, 12:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
While the freezer is big enough to support 7 kegs...

While the freezer is big enough to support 7 kegs eventually, I am currently limited to the 2 that I already had, so I've only drilled two tap holes. I planned ahead however and marked out where the...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-23-2013, 09:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
Well, me being the impatient man I am, decided to...

Well, me being the impatient man I am, decided to run to the store more or less immediately after posting my previous post. I ended up getting poplar (at the insistence of SWMBO because the grain...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-23-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
I just popped out all the pins and got the gasket...

I just popped out all the pins and got the gasket off then put them back in to hold the plastic covering in place over the fiberglass insulation. Found some scrap lumber laying around the shed and...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-23-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
What do you mean by make it work? What if I used...

What do you mean by make it work? What if I used 1x6 board for the collar with 2x4 on the inside as extra support? The step down to a smaller width would take it out of the way of the sloping plastic...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-23-2013, 01:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
How did you attach the collar to the lid? I was...

How did you attach the collar to the lid? I was debating using Liquid Nails or something like that, but I really have no idea. Here's a quick shot of the hinges:

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Also, I just noticed...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-23-2013, 01:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
I just tried that, and it worked fantastically!...

I just tried that, and it worked fantastically! Thanks! I just stumbled across http://billybrew.com/kegerator-collar this site and he didn't even attach his collar I don't think. He just rests it...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-23-2013, 12:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,040
Posted By Derick_Z
New Keezer Help - Kenmore 253.19531990

My old dorm fridge 2-keg kegerator died not long ago so I hit Craigslist looking for deals and came across a 14.8 cu ft chest freezer for $65 so I immediately jumped on it. It looks to be in great...
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