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  1. llvllayhem

    The Arcaderator/ Kegarcaderator I haven't decided on a name

    This is really awesome! I want to build one of these as well. Did you have any fit issues with the mini frig? Is this a MAME setup?
  2. llvllayhem

    First attempt cider

    http://vimeo.com/48954331 This video helped me a lot with my first cider, which was a success. There is even a basic recipe on the website.
  3. llvllayhem

    I hate filling bottles from corny keg

    I use the picnic tap with a racking cane and a stopper, turned down to 5 psi with a cold keg. Except for the first bottle, I get minimal foam. I also have an air gun hooked up to my co2 to purge the bottles, and cap with o2 absorbing caps. I actually have a fairly efficient processes, which...
  4. llvllayhem

    What's your profession?

    In Air Force pilot training, which has seriously cut down my brew days.
  5. llvllayhem

    I believe I'm stuck

    There is absolutely no reason at this point for you to dump the beer. You already spent money and time to make this brew, why not just let it finish out and see what it becomes. It may very well be the best beer you have ever brewed, but by dumping it, you would never know. I have had...
  6. llvllayhem

    When should I shorten my boil to bottle time?

    Depends a great deal on the style and gravity of the beer. However, if you take gravity readings spaced out over a few days (3-5) and your gravity does not change and it is around your estimated final gravity, you should be safe to bottle.
  7. llvllayhem

    How long to clear

    If you have the equipment, cold crash it for a few days. You could also add gelatin, then cold crash it for better results. My beers usually start clearing with about two weeks in the keg.
  8. llvllayhem

    Movie name game

    Scream
  9. llvllayhem

    Movie name game

    Inception
  10. llvllayhem

    Successful Fermentation Chamber Heat Source

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XDTWN2/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20 These little heaters work great, kept my chest freezer in the garage at ale ferm temps with ease.
  11. llvllayhem

    Confused when beer is ready to bottle

    Three weeks in primary, and if you have the means, cold crash for a few days. Probably no need to secondary, just more of a chance to contaminate the brew and another vessel to clean.
  12. llvllayhem

    First Rack: Foamy Sanitizer... OK to leave some residual?

    Yes to both! Just in case you don't know, you CO2 tank will read approximately 600 psi once the bottle is chilled.
  13. llvllayhem

    Parti-gyle From a Double Stout

    I batch sparge as well, but I do see efficiency in the low 80s sometimes. My efficiency jumped when i started milling my own grain. The recipe looks good, I have done one parti-gyle with a barley wine. It came out okay, low gravity of course. What you can do is mash with a higher grain to...
  14. llvllayhem

    Burned rubber-bandy aftertaste due to Extract, 3 weeks on yeast, or contamination?

    I just bought a filter last week. The base model can be had for under twenty dollars. I think with fittings and filters, I probably spent around forty bucks. Yooper, I'm glad i can make you laugh so early in the morning! I'm just having my coffee now, which is probably the reason for my...
  15. llvllayhem

    Pre boil hydro reading

    Not sure if it's a waste of time, or a way to justify my refractometer purchase. I take four readings each brew day with it, first and second running of the mash (batch sparse), after completing the sparge I take a pre boil reading after mixing the wort well. The final reading is taken post...
  16. llvllayhem

    Burned rubber-bandy aftertaste due to Extract, 3 weeks on yeast, or contamination?

    I hate auto correct *boiling, I don't know what Hamlin is. :o
  17. llvllayhem

    Burned rubber-bandy aftertaste due to Extract, 3 weeks on yeast, or contamination?

    If you are going to use tap water to top up, I would go ahead and boil. There is no way of knowing what bugs may be in there. You can skip booking if you buy Hamlin jugs of RO water. I have not used campden tabs before, but was under the impression you only use them to treat the water...
  18. llvllayhem

    Morebeer Irish Red Extract FG

    I usually give beers at least three weeks, but if you are like i was when I first started out, impatient :o, take gravity readings for three to five days. If the gravity is steady, the beer is done.
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