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Forum: DIY Projects 05-29-2013, 10:08 PM
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Posted By bannonb
My neighbor has 6 kegs in his kegerator (upright...

My neighbor has 6 kegs in his kegerator (upright fridge with top freezer). So space is not an issue in those.

I think you should convert a chest freezer. The sixth barrels are larger than...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-29-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,146
Posted By bannonb
I have a Magic Chef 7 cu ft freezer and it fits 4...

I have a Magic Chef 7 cu ft freezer and it fits 4 ball lock cornies in the deep floor. Then where the motor is the floor is higher and that's where I keep my 5lb co2.

You need a Johnson controls...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-10-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 507
Posted By bannonb
It'll be interesting. Probably the number...

It'll be interesting.

Probably the number 1 taste component in a Hefe is the yeast. The cleaner 1056 yeast will make it clear like a Crystal Hefe.

This will give you a good feel for...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-07-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 966
Posted By bannonb
I have never broken one, but fear it greatly. ...

I have never broken one, but fear it greatly. Spend a little extra and get a Beer Hauler. Set of straps with handles that allows you to move the 50lb carboys with finesse...even on concrete floors!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-21-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,351
Posted By bannonb
I've been doing starters for years and found it...

I've been doing starters for years and found it rare to see krausen.

One visual way to tell if it is working is to turn off the stirplate and view the white layer at the bottom of the flask. Is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-21-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 271
Posted By bannonb
Buy brewing software to solve for exact volumes...

Buy brewing software to solve for exact volumes needed. I use Beersmith, others are out there.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-17-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 805
Posted By bannonb
I tend to use decoctions for old/ancient recipes....

I tend to use decoctions for old/ancient recipes. It makes me feel like an oldtime brewmaster :-)

I will say that although it may not be needed, there are obvious changes that occur which make me...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-17-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,356
Posted By bannonb
If your water is like mine and has a high PH (7.2...

If your water is like mine and has a high PH (7.2 or so in my case) then you may be experiencing this problem like me.

I now add 1/4 lb of acidulated malt to all my brews to reduce the PH of the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-17-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,308
Posted By bannonb
I'm interested too and am ready to try this maybe...

I'm interested too and am ready to try this maybe this weekend.

I converted to allgrain and was searching to see if others have done it. Each clone recipe I saw had a full oz of big hops (Warrior...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-09-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,768
Posted By bannonb
I am sorry that I can't give you advice on how...

I am sorry that I can't give you advice on how much to put in...

Just be careful and do as others suggest--soak in water and taste.

The only Ghost pepper beer I tried was only suitable for...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-09-2012, 08:52 PM
Replies: 0
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Posted By bannonb
2 tickets for Great American Beer Fest Members Only session

I have two tickets to the Great American Beer Fest Saturday Members Only session 12:00-4:00

......sold....
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-04-2012, 02:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,353
Posted By bannonb
I can fit 4 kegs and CO2 inside and shut the lid....

I can fit 4 kegs and CO2 inside and shut the lid. The collar is required.

You might find that for any chest freezer as they need to be short enough to bend over and get stuff out for the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-20-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
Posted By bannonb
I actually did a few brews on each of my first...

I actually did a few brews on each of my first couple of rigs and estimated that brewhouse efficiency number. After using Beersmith for a while and brewing several times, I settled on 73%.

It is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-02-2011, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,147
Posted By bannonb
Not familiar with the Braumiester but have a...

Not familiar with the Braumiester but have a comment or two.

item 4. cooled wort is always at risk of infection. Use Starsan or bleachwater to sanitize anything that touches cooled wort.

item...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-02-2011, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,638
Posted By bannonb
I prefer a starter, but you probably already made...

I prefer a starter, but you probably already made more yeast with your early stages of fermentation.

I'm with Zen...raise the temp a couple of degrees (I like 68 for 1056) and roust the yeast by...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-02-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By bannonb
Too much sugar in my estimation. I used...

Too much sugar in my estimation.

I used Beersmith to show one of my former Red Ales.

At 68 degrees, to attain 2.4 volumes of CO2, I added 4.12 Oz. of corn sugar to 5 full gallons of beer.

If...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-07-2011, 09:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By bannonb
Agree with the other responses. Just be sure...

Agree with the other responses.

Just be sure your oil holes are pointed up. If you mount the pump upside down, you won't be able to oil every several months (per the mfr instructions).

I've...
Forum: General Techniques 07-12-2011, 10:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,133
Posted By bannonb
I am not sure what carmelized malt is, so I can't...

I am not sure what carmelized malt is, so I can't be sure.

If you mean Caramel malt (Crystal), then I would say there is a difference. Caramel malts are baked longer by the maltster for darker...
Forum: General Techniques 07-12-2011, 10:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By bannonb
Gregory Noonan "New Brewing Lager Beer" says that...

Gregory Noonan "New Brewing Lager Beer" says that lagering is to mellow harsh flavors by the combined effects of the falling rate of yeast metabolism, increasted acidity and low temps. Yeast cells...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-12-2011, 10:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 638
Posted By bannonb
Use a brewing software to do this for you... ...

Use a brewing software to do this for you...

I use Beersmith and a 5.5 gallon fermenter full of beer starts me out with about 9.5 gallons (for single infusion 1.3 qts per gal batch sparge and 60...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-12-2011, 10:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 890
Posted By bannonb
can you get a consistent reading on water with...

can you get a consistent reading on water with your hydrometer? it should be 0. Every hydrometer I've used is off by 2-4 points...meaning water is .996, so I always have to add .004 for accuracy...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-12-2011, 10:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 797
Posted By bannonb
Agreed with Horndog above :-) about fermentation...

Agreed with Horndog above :-) about fermentation temps (Wyeast 2633 Octoberfest lager blend has a sweet spot at about 54 degrees).

I made a double large starter for mine...meaning a 1.5L starter...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-12-2011, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 990
Posted By bannonb
Beware all the dark color you are adding to the...

Beware all the dark color you are adding to the predetermined kit. It will change the overall brew color (many stouts aren't really black).

Additionally all that roast will add lots of flavor,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-11-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By bannonb
+1 on Designing great beers. You will see a...

+1 on Designing great beers. You will see a preponderance of evidence on how various styles are concocted...then you put some creativity and artistry in it to make it your own recipe (not a clone)....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-11-2011, 10:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,905
Posted By bannonb
don't add tap water, just live with smaller...

don't add tap water, just live with smaller volume.

There's enough alcohol to kill bacteria probably, but why dilute your brew that you worked to hit gravities and hop bittering values?

My 2...
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