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  • I'm happy, I'm not an idiot, this time at least. The taps were just missing an oring.
    hwall95
    hwall95
    The most frustating problems always have the most simplest solutions.I had something similar happen when I started kegging, makes the first few pints even better!
    MartinOC
    MartinOC
    Aha! 'Forgot to conduct the "Gross-Error" check?!?!
    All Updates Friends' Updates Member's Profile Feed Single Update Photo paulyman I'm happy, I'm not an idiot... This time at least. The taps were just missing an oring.
    I'm happy, I'm not an idiot... This time at least. The taps were just missing an print.
    Okay, I put my kegging frustrations aside and decided to continue my Belgian adventure. I really should read the labels first though. Started with a Westmalle which I quickly realised was quite strong. Reading the label it is a Tripel! Not so frustrated now, lol.
    Beer Ninja
    Beer Ninja
    Belgian beer. Oh yes... yes indeed :D hic.
    Back to square 1. Got the new spanner. Tightened the taps and nut inside the font right up. Now it is pissing out water from the tap AND the nut. I'm at a total loss, and frustrated as all ****.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Sorry about all the cursing, but this is driving me insane!
    droid
    droid
    get a second set of eyes onto it, grab someone who does the kegs at the pub or bowls club to pop over if you can't get a fellow ahb'er
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Yeah I think I'll take the font out tomorrow with the taps attached as is and take it to the local LHBS. Hopefully he will be able to help me out.
    Watched a heap of videos today on setting up a kegerator and taking apart and reassembling taps. Just can't work out why they are pissing out water everywhere.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    I think I may be onto something. Firstly I've worked out what the spring is for and I wasn't putting enough pressure on the tap when tightening the coupling nut. It is now a slow trickle. Secondly my keg king spanner is star shaped, so I've ordered a hex nut spanner from Craftbrewer to tighten the shit out of the back nut. Hopefully that will seal it all up nicely.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    So hopefully it's all just because I'm an idiot.
    MastersBrewery
    MastersBrewery
    Nope not just you first time I hooked up my perlics I had beer every where, and I was smart enough to hook up 2 at once. Nuf said.
    So kegerator is ready for test run this weekend, if all goes to plan should have one keg of Mineral Water and one keg of Pale Ale ready to go for the following weekend.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Or if I follow the Ross method, much sooner.
    Grott
    Grott
    Do it, can't be waiting a week to give the kegerator a good test
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Well, didn't get very far before my usual nothing ever works first time problems hit. Gas side seems fine, can't detect any leaks yet. But as soon as I hook a keg up to either tap they spew water in jets all over the room! Taken them apart and can't work out why.
    2 fucking hours, nearly a half a metre of beer line wasted. Beer disconnect barb still refuses to go into beer line at all a=or if it does it simply tears the beer line. The other one took 30 seconds. What am I doing wrong?
    A
    AntonW
    After you dip the line in boiling water, dry your hands and the tube for better grip.
    Spiesy
    Spiesy
    You could always get push-in to FFL fittings to go onto a threaded disconnect - or quality 5/16" OD beer/gas line in boiling hot water - as mentioned above.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Thanks for all the info guys! Got them all on finally. Will test for leaks this weekend when I clean up the kegs and replace all the o rings. Hopefully it all works like a charm.
    My hole punch and ball valves arrived today. Tested on an old aluminium pot and worked fine. Will hopefully have a much neater recirc/whirlpool system operational this weekend.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Failed before I even started. Spent an hour and my drill didn't even make a significant dent in the stainless for a pilot hole.
    Okay weird one today. Did two no chill brews, my first. During the second the PID wouldn't rise the temp, it just kept dropping. I stopped the recirc and turned off the element and after 10 minutes turned it all back on and it was fine. Weird. No scorched element, I can't work out what happened.
    mofox1
    mofox1
    Dodgy SSR or SSR getting too hot?
    paulyman
    paulyman
    I am thinking maybe I had my first stuck mash there was a fair bit of wheat and I didn't use rice hulls for once. Maybe the element was slightly exposed. Once I turned it all off and let it settle it all drained through and was fine again?
    Going to attempt a double brew on Wednesday, my first no chills. I have a full fermentation fridge at the moment, but I have some time off so may as well build up a stock.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    First went perfectly.

    The second is now in limbo land, my element seems to not be repsonding, I can hear noise when the PID fires it up, but the temp drops instead of rises! I'll finish the mash and pull the false bottom and give it a good scrape with the mash paddle. Hopefully that helps or its the over the side element and then...
    paulyman
    paulyman
    When I say noise, I mean I can hear what sounds like water heating around the element, but as I said the temp drops.
    Beerducation continues. I have tried a few fruit lambics now, I love them.
    paulyman
    paulyman
    And now add Orval to the list. Wow.
    droid
    droid
    try forbidden fruit if you haven't already
    menoetes
    menoetes
    Lambics are brilliant - though I've never had the guts to try brewing one.
    So close! Almost convinced the wife that a Kegerator was a good idea. Did get approval for a stirplate though.
    Yob
    Yob
    Get her washing bottles, job done
    paulyman
    paulyman
    I'll leave it a few weeks. She did mention kegging again today, so slow and steady.
    Grott
    Grott
    Tell her if you get a kegerator it comes with a free stirplate
    Washed yeast for the first time today. Saw 3 distinct layers and used the calculator on MrMalty for a thin Slurry. Pitched into a fresh batch, hopefully should know if it was successful fairly quickly.
    Yob
    Yob
    the thin setting can be a little hit and miss, I always used the thick setting and let it settle. YMMV of course though, did it take off?
    paulyman
    paulyman
    Yeah it did, took off real quick. Next time I won't try bottling, washing and brewing on the same day. That way I can give it a few days to settle out.
    mofox1
    mofox1
    Good work! I don't usually pitch from slurry... but when I do it's from a settled sample. Otherwise, even if the freezing/fridge step is skipped, I will usually step up from a small amount so I know roughly how many cells and that they are "new".
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