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  1. GratefulBear

    Think O2 cleaner damaged laminate counters

    Good to know about the StarSan. I was definitely more careful with PBW than the StarSan. Vinegar with a lightly abrasive sponge didn't do anything. I'll try some car wax and report back. If I stick with this brewing thing, I may have to look into stainless countertops
  2. GratefulBear

    Think O2 cleaner damaged laminate counters

    Anyone else have this happen? After ever brew session, I wipe down counters with the express idea of removing any oxygen cleaner. However, I may have missed some spots because the laminate surface is pitted now in spots. It looks white/hazy unless the counters are wet, then the spots...
  3. GratefulBear

    Advice on large keezer, and manual vs auto defrost

    This is the tallest 15 cu ft chest freezer I could find so far. It seems like height is the biggest issues with chest freezers if you're not adding a collar. However I can't find the internal dimensions. Anyone use this one? Amana 14.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White-AZC31T15DW - The Home Depot
  4. GratefulBear

    Advice on large keezer, and manual vs auto defrost

    Ok, thanks. I didn't know if the defrost function helps with moisture in some way too. Also, my old kegerator supposedly was set above freezing but still built up frost on the cooling panel.
  5. GratefulBear

    Advice on large keezer, and manual vs auto defrost

    Greetings, Does anyone know a good model of chest freezer that could fit 7 corny kegs, 5lb CO2 tank, regulator and CO2 manifold without adding a collar? Also, what is preferred for a keezer, manual or automatic defrost? Thanks
  6. GratefulBear

    Same chest freezer/temp for fermenting and serving?

    Thanks for the info, guys! I have some things to think about with my keezer build. Probably make sure there's enough room to secondary or age a few kegs.
  7. GratefulBear

    Same chest freezer/temp for fermenting and serving?

    Thanks, Rick. I broke open Claude Jolicoeur's book and he uses cooler temps, but not sure what yeast he uses (haven't got that far yet). From what I've read on the web, cooler temps yield juicy ciders and I might not want overly juicy ciders every time. I usually ferment to fully dry and...
  8. GratefulBear

    Same chest freezer/temp for fermenting and serving?

    Greetings gang, My kegerator crapped out a while back and I'm thinking about my next setup. My main goal right now is reducing the hangover inducing properties of my cider. Unless I'm mistaken, public enemy #1 is fermentation temperatures when it comes to fusel alcohols. What are your...
  9. GratefulBear

    Kegerator stopped cooling! :-( Relay or freon leak?

    Thank you. I'm tempted to have an appliance repairman take a look at it. While I could take the 4-tap draft tower off of it and buy a chest freezer, this model fits nicely in the space and it's easy to slide kegs in and out instead of lifting them up and over into a keezer. It also fits 4...
  10. GratefulBear

    Kegerator stopped cooling! :-( Relay or freon leak?

    I tried cleaning the condenser and it's already away from the wall, but not cooling. I can hear what sounds like dripping noise inside the kegerator. It has a cold plate and I can hear fluid moving through it. The line running to the cold plate is cold to the touch whereas the line connected...
  11. GratefulBear

    Kegerator stopped cooling! :-( Relay or freon leak?

    Thanks, guys! I'll try the things brewdude88 mentioned. I did read about sometimes relays will get stuck in "start" mode where the compressor is running but it's running continuously in "start mode" instead of in "run mode". Is that a thing with kegerators or just normal refrigerators?
  12. GratefulBear

    Kegerator stopped cooling! :-( Relay or freon leak?

    By cold plate, do you mean this component at the back? (pic attached)
  13. GratefulBear

    Kegerator stopped cooling! :-( Relay or freon leak?

    As if 2020 wasn't bad enough, my CL kegerator that's worked great for about a year has completely stopped cooling. It's an older Summit kegerator. I was starting to have issues with foam (a month or so ago) and never figured out if it was the CO2 pressure or if the kegerator was having trouble...
  14. GratefulBear

    Does early racking stress the yeast?

    Claude Jolicoeur's "The New Cider Maker's Handbook" states that one of the benefits of an early first racking is that it separates the cider from sediment/nitrogen and slows the fermentation down so that you can end up with some sweetness in the final cider. Does the reduction in nutrients also...
  15. GratefulBear

    Cleaning brewing equip easier with Cider?

    I have gone through my first few kegs of homebrew Cider and noticed that everything was easier to clean compared to my beer tap (from local microbrew). Is that the case with beer vs cider in general (that cider stuff is easier to clean)? All the cider lines were crystal clear after finishing...
  16. GratefulBear

    Aging in WF gallon jugs w/out preservatives?

    The pressure rating for a 1 gallon jug made for apple juice must be much lower than a beer bottle. I'm very hesitant to try it the more I think about it and after you reminded of all the factors involved in the psi. If I could cap them all with something that would hold pressure but break...
  17. GratefulBear

    How are breweries doing during the pandemic?

    I know my local craft brewery is still in business but they've taken some big hits. Haven't heard of any going out of business around me in MA. I know that their in-house services are down but people tend to drink plenty during times like these.. How are breweries faring in your parts of the...
  18. GratefulBear

    Aging in WF gallon jugs w/out preservatives?

    I've been using a lot of Whole Foods apple juice (comes out really well). I often ferment as dry as possible using champagne yeast. Now I have a bunch of 1 gallon glass jugs that I would like to take advantage of somehow. I'm thinking about doing a long secondary fermentation (6 months) in...
  19. GratefulBear

    Remove all seals on corny to clean/lube? Or is it damaging?

    Thanks guys, seems like it's 3-1 against removing poppet o-rings unless replacing. I like that too because it's easier :)
  20. GratefulBear

    Remove all seals on corny to clean/lube? Or is it damaging?

    Do you guys use a dental tool or similar to remove and clean/lube all the seals on your corny kegs? The ones on the post are a little tough to get off and I feel like I damage them a little when I remove them (I've been using a butter knife but maybe use a dental tool next time). Should I just...
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