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      04-12-2009 02:40 PM #26
      where do you guys get the barrels from? steal from a party/behind a bar?

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      04-12-2009 03:33 PM #27
      Any brewery will usually have damaged kegs that no longer hold pressure. They will let them go for like $10. Sometimes they'll give them away if they know you're using them to make kettles. Every pro brewer started as a home brewer...
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      I fix Pete's car to keep cold, cheap beer flowing for the club at shows.

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      04-12-2009 05:11 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by SmithersSP »
      Every pro brewer started as a home brewer...

      Almost....Unless you work for one of the big three.
      Nice set-up SmithersSP! I see you are in NC, you wouldn't happen to know a brewer name Jim Yeager that moved to Mo about 5 years ago? I bought new house and moving in two weeks, so a new basement electric system is in the works. I'm still gonna have a gas fired system for the garage though. Once I start the build, I'll post pics.
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      04-12-2009 11:23 PM #29
      Good point regarding the BMC brewers.
      The name Jim doesn't sound familiar. I have a great webpage if you want plans for a great electric system.
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    5. 04-13-2009 09:02 AM #30
      Are those used kegs lined with SS or something?
      I'm really not familiar with kegs or kegging... only draining them.
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      04-13-2009 09:06 AM #31
      Cool. IM me those plans or post a link. Thanks! I've got a bunch of builds bookmarked and lots of ideas, just gotta pull it together.
      Not sure if you were on the Homebrew Adventures GreenBoad before it crashed. Jim was a mod over there and i think they sold a couple of kits based on his recipes. Anyways...

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      04-13-2009 10:05 AM #32
      Quote, originally posted by Moe Sizlack »
      Are those used kegs lined with SS or something?
      I'm really not familiar with kegs or kegging... only draining them.

      The kegs are made entirely of 304 SS.
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      04-13-2009 10:08 AM #33
      The green board is actually owned by my local home brew shop. HBA is based out of Charlotte. I was talking with Jess the owner on Friday actually. The mods lost their minds and refused to enfore the rules so Jess had no choice but to shut it down. I personally have always been a loyal member to Home Brew Digest's forum. It is by far the best forum for advanced homebrewing. I was always of the opinion of that the green board was full of people that didn't let the fact that they didn't know what they were talking about stop them from running their yaps.
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      04-13-2009 10:09 AM #34
      Here is the link to Carl's system. Carl is my former manager. Paul Muth is the man responsible for the custom metal fab. Paul also did the majority of my metal work. He's crazy but a true genius...
      http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/Carl's-Electric-HLT
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    10. 04-13-2009 10:22 AM #35
      Awesome! For some reason I thought the were Al.
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      04-13-2009 12:14 PM #36
      let's keep the thread rolling guys, great info and insight from everybody! much appreciated
      I am moving back into an apartment from my duplex soon so, the equipment is going to be stored at a buddy's house while I get situated.
      we are going to be working on a Cornelius set-up and a jockey box (one or two tap), I will keep you guys posted.

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      04-13-2009 02:28 PM #37
      Jockey boxes are for the weak!!! J/K...
      Here's the best damn kegerator setup period.
      Go on craigslist and find a used or cheap chest freezer. Buy in inline temperature controller. Combine the two to make a super efficient refridgerator. Add either a tower tap on the feezer lid or build a wooden collar. Using this method you can build a 6-8 corny kegerator for $300.
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      04-13-2009 02:29 PM #38
      BTW, here is a link to IMO the best homebrew forum period!
      http://hbd.org/discus/messages/1/1.html
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      04-13-2009 06:40 PM #39
      Quote, originally posted by SmithersSP »
      Jockey boxes are for the weak!!! J/K...
      Here's the best damn kegerator setup period.
      Go on craigslist and find a used or cheap chest freezer. Buy in inline temperature controller. Combine the two to make a super efficient refridgerator. Add either a tower tap on the feezer lid or build a wooden collar. Using this method you can build a 6-8 corny kegerator for $300.
      Cheers!
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      Yea we bought a full size used fridge for like $100 and drilled a hole in the side for the tap.

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      04-13-2009 07:27 PM #40
      I appreciate the kegerator suggestions but, I go to Packer games, I go camping, I go to concerts, I go fishing, I go to the beach. a jockey box and a corny are just a bit more portable.

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      04-13-2009 07:32 PM #41
      The wortomatic is one of the ones I've been looking at for a while. Awesome set up.
      I'll second the chest freezer set-up for a multitap kegerator. The main reason I went with the mini-fridge was because of space and I could use my rescued old Busch Stadium tower. I've got another full size fridge in the brewery with more stuff on tap.
      Anyways, aside from just brewing, I'm a certified BJCP judge (currently waiting on results to move up to a national judge), very active in the local beer enthusiast/homebrew scene, and I've taught homebrewing classes at a local community college here.
      Brewing kind of replaced the only other thing I was ever good at and passionate about...skateboarding. I guess beer can hurt you too sometimes though

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      04-13-2009 08:42 PM #42
      Quote, originally posted by blksabbath »
      Brewing kind of replaced the only other thing I was ever good at and passionate about...skateboarding. I guess beer can hurt you too sometimes though

      I've found that mixing beer and skateboarding is a recipe for disaster.

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      04-13-2009 09:48 PM #43
      Quote, originally posted by SlamdSLC »
      Yea we bought a full size used fridge for like $100 and drilled a hole in the side for the tap.

      That is what I have. The advantage of having your our setup is that the beer lines and shanks always stay cold which avoids foaming. The downside is that it is FAR less efficient in terms of electricity consumption. Chest freezer setups are also more ascetically appealing. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      04-13-2009 11:15 PM #44
      My 120L (30 gallon) AG adventure:
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      gravel based mash tun etc...

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      04-14-2009 07:29 AM #45
      Quote, originally posted by SlamdSLC »
      I've found that mixing beer and skateboarding is a recipe for disaster.

      I wouldn't say its a recipe for disaster...it just makes things more interesting.

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      04-18-2009 10:27 AM #46
      I just tried my American Nut Brown Ale last night, yummy!

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      04-21-2009 03:39 PM #47
      Wow once I get a house with more space i'm going to have to get into this, very interesting! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    23. 04-21-2009 03:59 PM #48
      not my site, but a guy I work with:
      http://sundaybrewingco.blogspot.com/

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      04-21-2009 11:41 PM #49
      jeez, it is so overwhelming, seems like there is just too much to know to do this successfully and to your taste.

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      04-22-2009 12:35 AM #50
      Not at all. Don't let my setup intimidate you. I always say, "If you can make soup, you can make beer." I've also been known to say, "if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."
      http://www.howtobrew.com
      Best guide evar! If you can afford the $15 I recommend buying the paperback. It is an engineer's approach to brewing. Very objective, very simple.
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