After many years with my blue igloo cube, I decided it was time to freshen up my equipment. This time I went all out, false bottom, stainless ball valve, you name it. I have about $105 wrapped up into it so it was actually a lot more reasonable than I anticipated. Plus [...]
As I mentioned in a previous post, Santa came early for me. In early December my wife had me pick up my 8.8 cubic foot Frigidaire chest freezer from Olum’s. This got me started on my quest to build a proper kegerator, something I’ve been dreaming about for a while now.
One thing to note is that [...]
This weekend was my first brew session with my “pump in a box” in full effect and things went well. There were a few problems that were caused mostly by my inexperience with priming the pump, but once I got over that hump, things went very smoothly.
For anyone that does not have experience in priming [...]
Over the past few weeks I have been working on following the “Pumped up Toolbox” project from BYO where author Ryan Locakard (follow him on Twitter @Ryan_PA) makes his pump a convenient carrying case for brewing odds and ends while also making it more mobile. I found this project after I had been thinking about [...]
Well yesterday was a brew day. We brewed up 20 gallons of the California Common we’ve done a few times in the past. Unfortunately, I purchased a new thermometer with a wire connected probe from Kmart on my way home Friday. I had been looking at digital thermometers for a while, but after a lot [...]
So after this weekend’s fight with my tap setup over getting to my sump pump, I decided to make some changes. Initially I was concerned about making this move. I was worried that I would get into it and realize that it was a bad idea, or that it was not possible, or that [...]
While my tap and box system has served me well for the past year, this past weekend it became a problem. You see, one of the staples of my box and tap system I concocted (thanks to Ben), was that I would be using space near my sum pump that was otherwise useless.
Now the problem [...]
While my brewing has been a little sparse this summer, the hops have been continuing to grow and in only their second year, look to be doing pretty well!
This is the cascade and fuggles vines. The fuggles on the right is not producing anything, but the cascade is looking great!!!
There are quite [...]
This time around, Nick wanted to do this “right” so we were going to do this in two phases so as to avoid some of the cobjobbery of the past. The plan here was simple; replace the plug that came with the cooler with a 1/2in ball lock valve and attach that to a [...]
Last week the brown mini fridge that cooled my kegerator finally died. This little warrior went through many years of college and then to my cold plate cooler, and finally was the engine to my kegerator. Now it’s gone. God’s speed little Buddy.
On to the future. My father had a mini fridge that he was [...]