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  1. eljefebrewing

    Replacement O-Rings for mini regulator

    Hi all, I got a cheap mini keg from Vevor.com. I think the mini regulator has a leak, because it eats up 16g threaded CO2 cartridges like crazy. Does anyone know where to get replacement O-Rings? I tried the Vevor support email already. They don't seem to understand. Thanks!
  2. eljefebrewing

    Tap-a-Draft Head

    I still use TAD for keeping kombucha on tap. Works great for that. Unfortunately, something inside the CO2 tube broke. I can't find them anywhere online. Anyone got one of the black flavor for 16g cartridges? Alternatively, can anyone suggest an alternative? I didn't want to spend a whole lot...
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    Fruit Vinegar?

    Hope this is the correct forum for this kind of post - it seemed like the best fit. I recently sampled a few fruit-based vinegars at a specialty oil and vinegar store. I was blown away at how fruity and delicious they were. I thought, "I've got to add this to my hobby of fermenting things!"...
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    Stevia and fruit flavors

    I saw this coconut rum flavored tea on Amazon, and it sounds pretty tasty. http://www.amazon.com/Zhenas-Gypsy-Tea-Coconut-Tropical/dp/B0021GUBJ6?ie=UTF8&keywords=coconut%20tea&qid=1463973584&ref_=sr_1_6_a_it&sr=8-6 The ingredients list stevia and natural pineapple and coconut flavors...
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    Diaper pail smell?

    I've been doing kombucha for a while now, and it usually turns out quite well. However, sometimes it ends up with a smell that can only be described as "diaper pail". Yuck! Anyone else had this experience? Is it the scoby? Infection from some nasty strain of bacteria? Age of scoby? Mine...
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    Carbonation Caps + Tap-a-Draft

    William's Brewing recently started selling these Carbonation Caps that fit Tap-a-Draft bottles. Normally, you naturally carb in the bottles, unless you want to go through a bunch (I would assume) of CO2 cartridges to force carb via the tap head. I was wondering if anyone has used these carb...
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    Suggestions for keeping BIAB bag off bottom?

    My kettle is approximately 16" inner diameter at the bottom. I have done a lot of searching on Amazon, restaurant supply sites, etc. for a round rack that would keep my brew bag off the bottom of the kettle. I haven't really found anything that looks like a good solution. Anybody have...
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    Bad advice?

    Hi, beer brewer straying from home territory here. :) I just bottled my second batch of EdWort's Apfelwein. My first batch was primed and bottled in 750ml cider bottles. I just used my capper for those. On this batch, I decided to try bottling some of it still. I had 8 wine bottles saved...
  9. eljefebrewing

    Wish I had known...

    Just bottled Batch #3 tonight -- El Jefe Weizen. I brewed it after I discovered that my local Albertson's carries Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, which I promptly fell in love with. It is freakin' good. As a bonus, the bottles are a different shape and hold 16 ounces instead of 12! I thought it would...
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    Top vs. Bottom

    Help me make the call on this hydrometer reading. It's at 60F, and I'm going to say 1.048. However, I can't get rid of all the bubbles at the top of the jar. I spun the hydrometer to get rid of any bubbles underneath it. Do the ones at the top interfere with your reading, or are they just a...
  11. eljefebrewing

    A couple quick questions

    I'll take it easy on you with my noobness by answering my own questions... just looking for some confirmation that I've got things figured correctly. :) Q1. Even after pouring my wort through a strainer, there's lots of stuff that gets through into the fermenter bucket. I know this won't...
  12. eljefebrewing

    A great 2nd brew weekend!

    First, started drinking my first batch - a brown ale recipe from the LHBS owner Then SWMBO and I brewed an APA for her birthday next month... still waiting for it to bubble, but being patient. It's only been 2 days. And finally, I mixed up my first batch of the ubiquitous EdWort's...
  13. eljefebrewing

    Check my math?

    Howdy, Got my first batch in the fermenter. Can't wait 'til it's ready to drink! Got a quick question for everybody. I've seen this explained several ways, so I want to make sure I understand what I'm shooting for. I measured an OG of 1.047 before I pitched my yeasties (WLP005). The...
  14. eljefebrewing

    Temp. Comp.

    Found this on the wiki: But what if the temp. was 68dF? Adjust +0.001 because it's closer to 70dF? I took a reading of 1.047. Also, does it matter that I got a bunch of "crumbs" (bits of the steeping grain that were small enough to escape the mesh bag) in the cylinder? They settled to...
  15. eljefebrewing

    P.O.'d :)

    I scrubbed out my friggin' 'uge 15-gallon kettle last night, filled it about 2/3 full with water, and cranked up the outdoor burner. It took about an hour to reach boiling. The strange thing is, I went to check it after about 45 minutes, and it wasn't boiling as much, even though the flames...
  16. eljefebrewing

    Brewing outside - What about airborne contaminants?

    Hi all, I continue to be impressed with the knowledge and quick response of all the helpful people on this site! Noobs everywhere appreciate it! :) In the "I hope there are no stupid questions" category... I have ordered my brewery kit from williamsbrewing.com (YAY!) and need to get...
  17. eljefebrewing

    Use of ice?

    Hi again, Got a lot of responses to my first post, and quickly! This is a great site! Here's another question: I am a fan of Alton Brown's show, "Good Eats," on the Food Network. He seems to have a very practical approach to everything he does. In the episode titled "Amber Waves," he...
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    Why no spigot on primary?

    Hi all, I'm looking for a starter kit to help me jump into the world of homebrewing. It seems like all the 2-bucket systems I have seen only have a spigot on the bottling bucket. Why is there no spigot on the primary fermenter? I have read "Homebrewing for Dummies" and the author...
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