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  1. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Kegco K309

    Just wanted to check in with a long term update. I did pull the trigger and bought this kegerator a little over a year ago. I've been very happy with it. No problems whatsoever. I never felt the need to modify the fan because I never had a foaming problem. The first pour after a few days may...
  2. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Kegco K309

    I'm currently researching Kegerators and I'm considering this one: http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/kegerators/dualkegerator/Kegco_K309B-2_dual_faucet_kegerator.html I've looked all over for some reviews on this unit but came up with zilch. This unit looks very similar to the Kegco...
  3. LibertyTrailBrewing

    How much priming sugar for a Scottish 80?

    That is a helpful calculator. It seems to be basing the levels on bottling. The other calculators appear to be basing it on draught levels. When I plug the numbers into the Northern Brewer calculator, I get 2.88 oz. (this is based on a fermentation temp. of 63 degrees). That makes a lot more...
  4. LibertyTrailBrewing

    How much priming sugar for a Scottish 80?

    I tried a couple of the calculators. According to the charts I've viewed, Scottish ales should have .75 to 1.3 volumes of CO2. When I plug the numbers in to achieve 1.3 volumes, I get .97 oz. of priming sugar for 5 gallons. Seems really low to me.
  5. LibertyTrailBrewing

    How much priming sugar for a Scottish 80?

    I've got a Scottish ale in the fermenter. I am planning to bottle when finished. I know that Scottish ales are typically lower carbed beers. I am hoping someone with some experience with this style can tell me how much priming sugar I should use for a 5 gallon batch. Obviously its not the...
  6. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Coleman Xtreme 52 Qt. Cooler on sale at Kmart

    The bottom is flat on the 52 Qt. No wheels.
  7. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Coleman Xtreme 52 Qt. Cooler on sale at Kmart

    I know this has become a popular cooler for mash tun conversion. They are usually pretty pricey at $55, but Kmart has them for $32 right now.... so I pulled the trigger and picked one up. Just a heads-up for anyone thinking of pulling the trigger on one of these :mug:
  8. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Help with new all grain setup

    So I think I've decided which cooler to go with for an MLT. I'll experiment with both the braid and a CPVC manifold since they both seem relatively cheap and easy to make. Only one more thing to decide.... Should I purchase a second cooler to convert to a HLT or go with a second BK to...
  9. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Help with new all grain setup

    That is a good plan. I may actually stick with 5 gallon batches and never go to ten. However, I'm sure lots of guys start out with that kind of thinking... the next thing you know, you want to make ten gallon batches. So, I just want to be prepared. It seems like the consensus on the threads is...
  10. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Help with new all grain setup

    Jim: Thanks for the reply. I can see how a second kettle would make the process more efficient. If I do decide to buy another kettle, I would probably considering going to a 15 - 20 gallon to have room for ten gallon batches in the future. However, I'm wondering if I could accomplish the same...
  11. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Help with new all grain setup

    I've only done two successful extract/specialty grain brews, but I'm already looking to jump into all grain. I've been researching the all grain process quite a bit... maybe too much..... on the threads and in books. Now I feel like I'm on overload with the info and I'm having trouble making a...
  12. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Full boil?

    These are good questions. I'm fairly new to brewing, so some may be able to answer this question better. I'll take a stab anyway. I started my full extract boil with 6.5 gallons. After my one hour boil, I still had over 5.5 gallons. I had to boil aproximately another 15 minutes to get it...
  13. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Full boil?

    Yes..... get one. My water is so cold right now that my immersion chiller cooled my wort to pitching temps in about 10 minutes. I stirred the wort with a sanitzed spoon to get the temp down quicker. They work great for 5 gallon full boils!
  14. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Full boil?

    I just made a kit with a full five gallon boil. I steeped the grains as the directions suggest, then just added water to get to 6.5 gallons and brought it to a full boil. I added the hops that came with the kit as the directions suggested. The beer came out great. So, yes, you can add the water...
  15. LibertyTrailBrewing

    My First Label - Irish Stout

    I agree.... love the brewery name, but I think just the hand holding up the card would be better.
  16. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Another First Label Thread.. Feedback Please

    Wow.... that's pretty neat looking. The one thing I would be concerned with is the text on the neck label. All of the text flows to one side. I'm just wondering if it would look a little off once its wrapped around the bottle.
  17. LibertyTrailBrewing

    first time label feedback...

    Great use of color in that design. Nice job.
  18. LibertyTrailBrewing

    LTB First Label

    After taking a look at some bottles I had laying around, I did a little revising. I left some room on the sides so that I can add text about the contents of the bottle. I may even write a little something about the tavern pictured on the label. I tried putting a barcode on the left side flap...
  19. LibertyTrailBrewing

    Logo is finished!

    That looks great! That's a nice looking pack of dogs too.
  20. LibertyTrailBrewing

    LTB First Label

    Hey guys/gals: I just finished bottling my very first batch. This past week I've been teaching myself to use Inkscape to create a logo and some labels. I don't have any design experience, so this took me quite a while to put together. I kept the design simple and kind of old school...
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