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View Poll Results: What do you guys think about pressure fermentations? Time for a poll.
I've done it and I liked it just fine! 101 11.91%
I've done it, nothing wrong with it, but prefer normal fermentation techniques. 21 2.48%
I've done it, hate it, and never will do it again! 4 0.47%
I've never done it, but it is on my list! 635 74.88%
I've never done anything. I only brew beer in my mind. 87 10.26%
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:29 AM   #1101
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I successfully pressure fermented my 2nd batch in a corny. This time I filled it up to the welded seam, ~ 5 gal, and had the gauge pre-set to 12.5 psi the whole time. My gas line remained clear almost up to the end, and then I got a little something that came through. This is a Dead Guy clone with one packet of us-05 in it. Here is the direct link; 10/23/11 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I now have a dedicated 'Spartanburg' corny that my spunding valve rides on. I send the first little bit of yeast to this when I pressure transfer too. That way I only get clear beer in the serving keg, baby!
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:03 AM   #1102
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To cut the spear on a Sankey keg, or not to cut the spear. What is your choice, and why?
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:53 AM   #1103
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To cut the spear on a Sankey keg, or not to cut the spear. What is your choice, and why?
I plan to cut mine, maybe not the original 3/4", but at least some. I have 3 spears, so if uncut ends up working better I always have the option.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:29 PM   #1104
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Score! My LHBS gave me the spiral ring from a sanke they are in the process of converting... no waiting on an order... :-)
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:10 PM   #1105
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I have only made a few batches this way, but if I spring for another spunding valve I'll go with a fixed relief valve around 7-8psi.

I am still working in Corny's only, I don't own any Sanke kegs. But, I have pressure tested my cornies to 80psi.

The adjustable spunding valve I built when I lived in Texas (early 2008?) is a great brewhouse tool, but I don't need all that flexibility to make the pale ales I mostly brew. And it is hard to clean.

I have mostly been filling the primary fermenter Corny to about 4.5 Gallons, with a jump tube from the grey post on the primary to the black post on a second Corny with a bit of water in the bottom, perhaps a quart, and then putting the spunding valve on the grey post of the second Corny.

That's harvested yeast in Corny number two, at three generations I am happy. Once primary has settled down I tend to push the 4.5 gallons out of Corny number one onto a half gallon of water in Corny number three, no spunding valve, just let it build pressure as it finishes.

Once it is done, two-three weeks or so from pitch it is ready to chill, tap and enjoy.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:26 PM   #1106
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That's interesting about racking onto a half gallon of water. Never thought of that to get to a full corny. Do you bump your recipe up or is there no real noticeable difference?

 
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:15 PM   #1107
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That's interesting about racking onto a half gallon of water. Never thought of that to get to a full corny. Do you bump your recipe up or is there no real noticeable difference?
Try this wiki article out for size .
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:27 PM   #1108
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Brewed a 50 liter batch of stout yesterday, and put it into a sanitized Sankey, got the 3/4 inch cut off the spear, and put the spring original ring in place. Got that bad boy back home, sanitized the Sankey tap after removing that pea and retaining clip. Pitched the Yeast.

My pressure relief valve / pressure gauge has not yet arrived.

Will I wake up to a lot of wort / krausen / beer on the floor, or can I leave it with the tap on top and relax? ( Ran out of home brewed beer )

**** Answer Wort was Everywhere *** Pressure built up despite having both the gas and the liquid ports on the taps open.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:04 AM   #1109
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I successfully pressure fermented my 2nd batch in a corny. This time I filled it up to the welded seam, ~ 5 gal, and had the gauge pre-set to 12.5 psi the whole time. My gas line remained clear almost up to the end, and then I got a little something that came through. This is a Dead Guy clone with one packet of us-05 in it. Here is the direct link; 10/23/11 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I now have a dedicated 'Spartanburg' corny that my spunding valve rides on. I send the first little bit of yeast to this when I pressure transfer too. That way I only get clear beer in the serving keg, baby!
Did you shorten your dip tube in the corny?

 
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:27 PM   #1110
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Did you shorten your dip tube in the corny?
No I didn't. What I think is cool is to transfer that first little bit of yeast into my 'spartanburg' keg then move the transfer line to my serving keg, nothing but clear beer, baby! The blue handle keg is my dedicated 'spartanburg' keg that my spunding valve rides one.
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