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smeggy

Grand Admiral
Aug 28, 2015
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sm3ggy
This past weekend I finished and kegged my first 5-gal all-grain IPA. Came to a decent 5.51% abv. Also cleaned up my old chest freezer and converted it into a keggerator/keg keeper.
I'll get some pictures later.

Now to plan the next brew for later this month....imperial stout? Any good recipes?
If I do that style, I'm going to secondary with oak chips soaked in scotch, brandy, or rum. Oh, those oak chips were used a year ago by a colleague to age an urban whiskey (his family runs a small distillery).

Also, what would qualify as a TEST beer? Our colors are black and yellow, so maybe like black IPA or black lager?
 

Smithory

Commander
Donor
Aug 24, 2019
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Sm1tty
Thanks for keeping the thread alive Smithroy! I have a little bit of Red Ale left I made a while back. Think I will crack one open. I also Keg, but all my porters/stouts get flip-topped and stored. Kegging is the way to go, cuts the wait in half and I hate cleaning bottles. I currently have Blood-and-Honey clone on tap that sure is refreshing!
I have a recipe for a blood orange wheat beer that I want to try, I dubbed it Blood Moon

 

Bambooza

Admiral
Sep 25, 2017
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MrBambooza
Thanks for keeping the thread alive Smithroy! I have a little bit of Red Ale left I made a while back. Think I will crack one open. I also Keg, but all my porters/stouts get flip-topped and stored. Kegging is the way to go, cuts the wait in half and I hate cleaning bottles. I currently have Blood-and-Honey clone on tap that sure is refreshing!
How long does the keg last once tapped before going bad?
 

smeggy

Grand Admiral
Aug 28, 2015
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sm3ggy
My IPA was ready the evening, I kegged in the morning.
I put it at 30psi, and roll it around for a while on top of my chest freezer/kreezer for about 15 min (make sure the in is the lower port so it goes through the liquid). After rolling around for the 15 min, turn off the gas and purge, then reconnected and set at 12psi. That evening it was ready.
 
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