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LSUBoo
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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Anyone here go straight to all grain brewing and skip past extract all together?


Not I.

Don't know what my next beer is going to be... probably will get something brewing this weekend at some point though.


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LSUGrad00
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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Anyone here go straight to all grain brewing and skip past extract all together?


Nope, I brewed two extract batches before switching to all grain.


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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
I did 1 extract and switched but had a little bit of experience with the process before I actually started homebrewing. Extract is not a bad thing to get started with, however


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BeerMoney
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
I did. Years later I use a good bit of extract to make up for efficiency woes and to brew 10 gallon batches that won't fit in my mash tun.


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LoneStarTiger
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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go straight to all grain brewing and skip past extract


not me, and if I had it to do all over, I would start with extract again.


do any of you have advice on how much ginger to use in a beer?
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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do any of you have advice on how much ginger to use in a beer?


None.

You're welcome.


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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
I brewed a ginger saison a month ago and used .75 oz of fresh minced ginger at 5 minutes. Perfect amount for what I was going with. It's similar ginger levels to a good ginger ale.


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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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None. You're welcome.




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I brewed a ginger saison a month ago and used .75 oz of fresh minced ginger at 5 minutes. Perfect amount for what I was going with. It's similar ginger levels to a good ginger ale.


Perfect, thanks!


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LSUGrad00
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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do any of you have advice on how much ginger to use in a beer?


None.



Can we add this to the FAQ in the first post?


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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
You people are crazy. Ginger is great!


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BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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Anyone here go straight to all grain brewing and skip past extract all together?


No. I did about 7 batches (2 were dumps) before i went all grain. I will say. When buying equipment, buy your brewpot with the plan to go all grain, so aim for a 10 gallon brewpot.


LSUGrad00
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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When buying equipment, buy your brewpot with the plan to go all grain, so aim for a 10 gallon brewpot.


This is good advice...

When I first started I purchased a 6G brew pot because the extract recipes were 3G boils. After the first two batches I had to turn around and buy a large pot for full boils.


BeerMoney
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
15 gallon pot. 10 gallon is good for nothing but 5 gallon batches. With the 15 gallon pot you can do 5 gallons or the occasional 10 for not much difference in cost.


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BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
So i'll be doing my first testing of my sour i brewed about 7 weeks ago. Will be testing ph, gravity, and taste to see what is going on with it. Whenever i first pitched everything i got a good head of krausen. Curious to see how the beer is coming along.


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BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Also, an equipment question.

I have this setup on my kegerator system

Image: http://www.beveragefactory.com/images/tn375_large_tf_T1672ST081810100642.jpg


I will be looking to add a 3rd keg to my fridge, thus i need either a 3rd regulator or one of these

Image: http://www.beveragefactory.com/images/1741S052015103415.jpg


How do i connect either a 3rd regulator or this air distributor to my already existing 2 tap regulator system? Is there additional hardware i need to purchase?

When it comes time to buy, i'll probably just call up keg connections, just wondering if anyone has experience adding a line to their keg system.


LSUGrad00
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
The cheap way is to plug something like this into one of the secondary regulators..

Image: https://morebeer-web-8-pavinthewaysoftw.netdna-ssl.com/product_image/morebeer/500x500/5647.jpg


The more expensive way would be to purchase a single secondary regulator and add it to the end of your existing bank of secondary regulators.


ETA: When I expanded; I added a manifold like is pictured above.

I have the manifold attached to one of the secondary regulators and all of my serving kegs are
attached to it.

The second regulator I use for force carbonation, bottling, CO2 purge, and a few other things.
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BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
I'm more wondering about installation. Do i need to take the barb off the regulators to add a 3rd regualator or an air distributor?

Also, i'm liking the idea of using the distributor. I can carbonate to whatever level i want with one regulator, then set the other regulator with the distributor to a standard carb level or to serving pressure.
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LSUGrad00
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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I'm more wondering about installation. Do i need to take the barb off the regulators to add a 3rd regualator or an air distributor?


If you are using a gas manifold like in the picture I attached you just run a length of gas tubing from the bottom of one of your regulators to the barb on the side of the gas manifold.

If you are adding a third secondary regulator, you will need the new secondary regulator and a nipple. Remove the plug nut from the end of your secondary bank, add nipple, add new regulator, add plug nut to the opposite side of new regulator.

Image: http://www.micromatic.com/sites/5/images/content/263958.png

Nipple

Image: http://www.beveragefactory.com/images/tn375_large_new665n070909211920.jpg

Plug Nut


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Fratastic423
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
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'm more wondering about installation. Do i need to take the barb off the regulators to add a 3rd regualator or an air distributor?


If you are going to add a new regulator onto your 2 regulator system there should be a nut on the end of your regulator currently that will come out (maybe with some force). and then you can buy a middle piece to connect the new regulator to your current bank.


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LSUBoo
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Unless you're planning on serving beers at three different pressures or carbonating multiple kegs while you also have some set up to serve, why add another regulator? Would probably be much cheaper to just connect one of your current ones to a 2-port manifold, and then you can use those two lines to serve beer and if you need to carbonate you can use your stand-alone regulator/line for that purpose.

I do all my serving/carbonating with a single regulator and a 4-port manifold, just close off the valves to already carbonated kegs and bump up the pressure, then drop it back down to serve. Admittedly I do have a backup CO2 tank & regulator so if I really needed to separate pressures I could.


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