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#1 jimdkc

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:33 PM

But, after I got everything ready... I couldn't find my bottle caps! 

 

I know I have some around here somewhere!

 

Checked the nearest Homebrew shop to see if I can get some tomorrow... he only has 29mm Belgian caps in stock!

 

Checked Amazon, soonest delivery is middle of the week (ordered them anyway!)

 

Ended up doing this: 

 

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That's a 5L stainless steel growler/keg. I primed it to naturally carb, and I have a picnic tap and a little CO2 cartridge setup to push it out.


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:37 PM

Sounds like a much better solution than bottling!
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Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:42 PM

I actually enjoy bottling! (I know... weird!)

 

OG was 1.0667

FG was 1.014

6.9% ABV

Nice color. Clear.

 

Non-carbonated sample tasted pretty good!


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:12 PM

Numbers look good. Can't wait to see a picture all carbonated up!
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Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:12 PM

I did learn that my local homebrew shop now has a taproom and while the store is closed, they do have curbside pickup. I'll have to order some beer from them!


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 11:34 PM

I actually enjoy bottling! (I know... weird!)
 
OG was 1.0667
FG was 1.014
6.9% ABV
Nice color. Clear.
 
Non-carbonated sample tasted pretty good!


I bottled. 5 gallons yesterday.

The bottling is not such an arduous chore, the prepping is a pain. Some day I am going to remember to prep my priming sugar the night before.
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Posted 30 March 2020 - 04:11 AM

Sounds like a much better solution than bottling!

 

have to agree.


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#8 Poptop

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 05:11 AM

Keg pr0n, nice :)


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#9 jimdkc

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 08:21 AM

PicoBrew comes with 5L "Serving Kegs". The same type that you used to be able to buy Heineken in (Heineken now comes in aluminum mini kegs).

 

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I started down that path before. Those things are fiddly, leaky, unreliable, and hard to clean. They're not even stainless steel... essentially just a big tin can with a plastic liner where you don't know if it will fail after 30 uses or 3 uses.

 

When I saw those stainless steel growler/kegs and the ball lock tops for them at pretty reasonable prices, I decided to try them. I also have some 2.5 and 3.0 Gallon pin lock kegs that I've converted to ball lock.


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