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Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-05-2013, 12:10 PM
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Posted By ronstar55
Thanks for the tips! Looks like I'll be ok if i...

Thanks for the tips! Looks like I'll be ok if i cold crash and then bring to room temp. But I forgot that my garage is around 40 during Dec, Jan, Feb. I could throw some kegs out there with just a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-04-2013, 09:10 PM
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Views: 795
Posted By ronstar55
I know what you're saying, but I have been cold...

I know what you're saying, but I have been cold crashing to get the dry hop matter to the bottom of the carboy, and then I rack to the keg.

I do it the way you describe for all beers that I do not...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-04-2013, 08:53 PM
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Views: 795
Posted By ronstar55
Cold crash then keg condition warm?

i'm starting to get a stockpile of beer ready for the winter, but I'm running into a situation where I cant go directly from cold crash into the kegerator.
The kegerator will be full of kegs when...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 07-23-2013, 12:41 PM
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Posted By ronstar55
Thanks roastquake. protein rest it is.

Thanks roastquake. protein rest it is.
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 07-21-2013, 01:27 PM
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Posted By ronstar55
I have some fresh wheat from the farm. Can I use...

I have some fresh wheat from the farm. Can I use this instead of flaked wheat? If so, any changes in the mash instructions?
Forum: DIY Projects 04-07-2013, 03:26 AM
Replies: 62
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Posted By ronstar55
Here's mine. I just put my 3rd braid replacement...

Here's mine. I just put my 3rd braid replacement in - this time over a ss spring to prevent braid collapse. The upper "sparge arm" sags a little so I use bread wrappers to anchor it so that the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-17-2012, 11:52 AM
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Views: 425
Posted By ronstar55
Porter w/Jack Daniels - no carbonation

I brewed 2- 5 gallon batches of Porter. One on 10/5, the other on 10/26. Both have vanilla beans soaked in Jack Daniels (along with some Jack) added to the secondary.

I bottled the first batch...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-09-2012, 01:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 934
Posted By ronstar55
For me, the top level is too high to be able to...

For me, the top level is too high to be able to look into the kettles. Otherwise looks good.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-04-2012, 02:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,425
Posted By ronstar55
Thanks for the spring info! I can't wait to get...

Thanks for the spring info! I can't wait to get one. Then I won't have to hold back as much when I'm stirring close to the bottom.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-03-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,425
Posted By ronstar55
I'm getting ready to replace my braid for the 2nd...

I'm getting ready to replace my braid for the 2nd time due to crushing problems. Where did you get the ss spring?
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 03-22-2012, 03:49 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,688
Posted By ronstar55
2 Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale 1 Sierra...

2 Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale
1 Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-24-2012, 11:33 AM
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Views: 401
Posted By ronstar55
Bottling / keg conditioning options?

I have a porter sitting in a primary for 3 weeks and a kegerator that won't have an opening for 2 more weeks. I'm going to keg the porter and bottle a few bottles. I have extra cornies and an extra...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-13-2012, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,724
Posted By ronstar55
My shelves were a single molded piece of plastic...

My shelves were a single molded piece of plastic that was screwed to the door around the the outside edge of the panel. The rubber door gasket covered the screws. I was able to slightly move the...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-12-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,724
Posted By ronstar55
Fridge door shelves removed

I started cold crashing a few batches ago. I don't have room to cold crash in our fridges, so I cold crash either outside or in the garage. But when spring comes, these options are gone.

My bar...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-23-2012, 12:42 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 7,496
Posted By ronstar55
4 ball locks. I'm getting 2 more this week from...

4 ball locks. I'm getting 2 more this week from my brother in law.
Forum: General Techniques 01-22-2012, 03:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,125
Posted By ronstar55
I had the same problem with a blonde in the...

I had the same problem with a blonde in the summer and a brown ale in the fall. Both with Nottingham yeast. Both fermented around 70 degrees. Both with the same off-flavors. I talked it over with a...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-16-2012, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2,763
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Posted By ronstar55
I just got the cpvc to replace my braid. Did you...

I just got the cpvc to replace my braid. Did you sand off (or somehow take off) the black labeling on the cpvc?
Forum: DIY Projects 01-05-2012, 05:25 AM
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Posted By ronstar55
I like the spring idea!

I like the spring idea!
Forum: DIY Projects 01-05-2012, 05:04 AM
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Views: 997,645
Posted By ronstar55
My braid is beat up from stirring after 20-25...

My braid is beat up from stirring after 20-25 batches. Time for a new braid after a couple of stuck sparges. I'm going to go with a tee and a hoop design this time. Seems like the hoop may stay more...
Forum: Specialty Beer 12-02-2011, 09:33 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 43,128
Posted By ronstar55
I brewed this on 10/21. I put honey in the boil,...

I brewed this on 10/21. I put honey in the boil, but not cinnamon or ginger.

Moved to secondary 11/4, added cinnamon sticks and ginger and wanted to add some more honey. But the honey I had left...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-25-2011, 05:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,114
Posted By ronstar55
I got the 2 keg kegerator, ball lock cornies with...

I got the 2 keg kegerator, ball lock cornies with the double stainless faucet from keg connection about a year ago. Very happy with it.
Forum: DIY Projects 11-02-2011, 04:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,007
Posted By ronstar55
Yes that is my beer box in BYO. They're really...

Yes that is my beer box in BYO. They're really fun to make, but dock cleats are tough to get this time of year in the Midwest. I gave them to my friends and relatives also. I may try wooden beer...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-24-2011, 02:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By ronstar55
On each keg - I purged by putting 20 lbs in and...

On each keg - I purged by putting 20 lbs in and then venting - 3 times
Then put each on 15 lbs overnight.
Then put each on 8 lbs, waiting a week to tap one or the other.
No priming sugar in either...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-22-2011, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By ronstar55
Yes - 2 taps. So I will be able to taste test...

Yes - 2 taps. So I will be able to taste test each one. Just wondering if the volume of beer in relation to volume of keg has any effect on conditioning.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-22-2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By ronstar55
Which keg should I drink first?

I brewed 2 batches of pale ale (same recipe) on the same day.

Keg1 - 2 weeks bucket primary to corny secondary, dry hopped and left 4 days, then cold crashed 3 days under 3lbs co2, then...
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