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  1. ArtVandelay

    Nitrogen tank dip tube

    First off, let me say there is very little information on home nitrogen set ups in general and I hear many conflicting stories. I purchased a nitro tap (nice SS one at stainlessbrewing), also a nitrogen regulator and a 5lb nitrogen tank. I've heard you can use a C02 tank for beer gas as well...
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    LOVE TSS2 repair

    I've got a LOVE TSS2 that has a broken out2 relay (not sure how but it is broken) and I'd like to use it for a fermentation chamber. I'd prefer to not drop another $70 plus arbitrarily high amount they charge for shipping for a new one. Dwyer told me that it was not cost effective to fix and a...
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    Bamboo flooring countertops

    I'm in the process of finishing our basement with a wet bar and through wall taps. I've considered nearly every countertop option out there but many are much more expensive than im hoping for. Current idea: Bamboo laminate floor used as a countertop over plywood. Anyone see any issues with...
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    109 qt patio cooler

    I managed to get one of these patio coolers with casters for free. 109qt! It holds an entire half barrel and is insulated. I originally thought before I saw dimensions that I'd be able to put about 3 kegs in it, put some taps on it and have an awesome deck kegerator. Turns out its height is a...
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    Alcohol purchase waiver?

    Anyone ever have to sign one of these? Really weird situation happened to me. To start off, I'm 26 and was dressed in business attire and was shopping at Sendiks in an affluent neighborhood. I look at sendiks beer selection as always because it's pretty decent and see a bottle of new...
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    Too efficient. To water down or not?

    This my 3rd or 4th AG batch but first time I've really tried to dial in my system. I brewed 10.25 gallons of Orfys Mild and based on the recipe in Beersmith OG calculated with 70-75% efficiency was 1.037 to 1.040. Everything went well, hit volumes perfectly and was spot on 158F target mash...
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    Big Beers Belgians and Barley Wines

    Anyone headed/been to the Big Beers Beligans and Barley Wine event this weekend in Vail, CO? Nothing <7% abv. I'm heading out this afternoon for a weekend of Snowboarding and good beer. The participating brewery list for the commercial tasting looks incredible. Alaskan, Allagash...
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    Body and gravity

    I brewed up a extract batch of a milk stout about 3 months ago. Kegged, carbed, and ready to drink. Used 1lb lactose which helped get the gravity to 1.024 which is on the high side for the style but its on the low end in terms of body/mouthfeel and head retention. It makes sense that a higher...
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    Stone Distribution

    I heard some talk last night at the Bomb Shelter in Milwaukee about Stone. The owner was saying that Stone is going to pull distribution from Wisconsin because of their increased focus on the Euro brewing venture. He didn't expand much further but apparently was hearing this from the...
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    Dirty beer lines at bars

    How many of you guys run into beers infected by dirty beer lines at bars? I feel like I've recently run into a high percentage of infected tap beer at bars and its getting annoying. I don't always know exactly what the off flavor is I'm often a bit buzzed but I know its off and sometimes can't...
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    love controller help

    I can't get this figured out for the life of me so I'm asking for help. Hoping someone has a trouble shooting idea. Short story, I have a LOVE Tss2-2100 controller with two temperature probes that I want to control two cooling areas. probe one is controlling the freezer compressor no...
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    Side by side fridge Kegerator

    I’m going to throw this out there in the hopes that someone has an idea of I overlooked something. I’ll put up some pics later as it may be difficult to visualize. I’m in the process of converting a side by side fridge/freezer into a kegerator on the freezer side with 2 taps through the...
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    Amerigas/HD tank exchange

    I'm tired of getting short changed on the amount of propane I'm getting on LP exchanges through home depot's amerigas tank exchange. I have a couple of my own tanks now that I get filled up at the truvalue down the street (get every 4th tank free). I went to HD to return their tank back...
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    Side by side fridge/freezer as kegerator

    I've done very little research on this idea, so bear with me. This idea just came to me. Anybody ever try to convert an old side by side fridge/freezer to a kegerator and fridge/fermentation chamber? We're remodeling our kitchen this summer so soon I will have a free fridge to work with...
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    Where to find Pliny the elder in LA

    I'll be in the Newport Beach area of L.A. this weekend and my number one goal is to find some Pliny the Elder. I've never seen it here in WI. I know there was a thread about places to go near L.A. but does anyone have any suggestions for places to go that would have this on tap near New Port...
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    Maximum bitterness

    what is the maximum bitterness that can be attained in a beer? Just thinking of this since I had a DFH 120 tonight and although they claim 100+ IBU, I think it could definately use more bitterness to balance the 1 ton grain bill. As a side note, I think DFH 120 is really more of a barely...
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    Dry hopping vs. adding at flame out

    Last night I did a partial boil extract and got a bit drunk while doing it. Because of my drunkness I accidentally added all my LME at the start of the boil instead of doing a late addition. Doing this messed with my IBU I had calculated perfectly. Right after I realized my mistake I...
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    Another is my beer stuck thread

    First off, don't worry, I'm having a home brew. I brewed an imperial stout (Northern Brewer extract kit) around 2.5 weeks ago, partial boil all extract. Measured OG was 1.090 with a kit target of 1.086. Fermentation peaked at 74F and eventually reached 58F and after about 2 weeks I was at...
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    Aquarium heater

    I'm trying to get a little more fermentation temp control so I'm working on a swamp cooler/heater. I got a 17 gallon bucket and looking for an aquarium heater, however most of the heaters I've seen are a little high on the temperature side (68F+). Does any body have any heaters recomendations...
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    blow off loss and secondary fermentation

    I started a imperial stout on Saturday and within 8 hours it was going nuts. Yeast starter ftw. I'm doing primary in a 6 gallon better bottle and from what I can tell, I've probably lost .5-.75 gallons from blow off. I'm planning on transfering to a 5 gallon secondary but a little concerned...
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