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boil42

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Had to show someone my new setup so here it is.

200 litre Tucker box
Orignal Thermo removed and Fridge Thomostat installed
Double Font
Beer on one side and bourban and cola on the other
All I need to do now is learn how to make a good brew...lol

Lance (boil42)

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Looking Good!

One thing, how do you make bourban and cola in a keg?

Would love to have something similar, beer in one, rum and cola in the other.

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Nice one Lance ,

Gold Font .

Is that an 'Air Up' set up ?? what they like?
 

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Sluggerdog, go and buy bottles of 3 litre coke from the supermarket, or Pepsi if you are a pepsi dude, pour it into a keg, and add however much bourbon you want. A bit of top up gas and you are away.

Great for parties, avoids that 50/50 ratio that happens late in the evening.
 

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I guess the soda stream syrup would work ok too. Just scale up to your 18L (or whatever volume).

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Thanks pint of lager, sounds easy enough.. I have found LA Ice mixes bext with RUM, tastes just like rum and cola cans.

Cannot Wait to try this one out as soon as I get my gas and regulator.

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If doing spirits and cola do you have to fill the whole keg up or can you only part fill the keg?

This goes for HB too.

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im interested in a scotch and cola on tap. 1 was thinking 1 shot (30ml) of scotch in every 250ml,

so i would have 120ml for every litre of liquid.

so by 18 that would be 2.16 litres of scotch to and about 16L of cola...... hmmm unless my calc are off, this might be quite expensive.

Until i start distilling next yer, then it wont be too bad at all
 

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I've considered this and have come up with the following calc's.

Bourbon and Coke @ the local comes in a 200ml glass.
Made up of:
30ml Bourbon
130ml Coke
The remaining 40 ml "head space" for ice.
I've tested these mixes @ home and it's pretty close.

So, a 750ml bottle of spirit is equal to 25 shots and will need 3.25 litres of coke based on the above.

A 750ml bottle of Jim Beam costs approx $25 (on special) and Coke is about $1 per litre therefore per glass cost is:
Bourbon $1.00
Coke $0.13
Total $1.13
Sure it would cost a fair bit to fill a 20 litre keg (about $120) but $1.13 per glass vs. approx $4.50 per glass @ the local speaks for itself.

By the way - you don't have to FILL the keg, maybe do 2 bottles of spirit + coke gives a total of 8 litres. Cost would be around $56.

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Sounds good quincy


Anyone know of a cheap way of making spirits at home without buying a still setup? IS there a way of doing it with the HB equipment we already have?

HBS Owners?

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the only way you can make 40% spirits is with a still.

you could make some 20% spirits, by using some turbo yeast, and a sugar wash, but i dare say there would be some bad off flavours. But if you wanted to go this path, you could then buy some spirit essence, and give it a shot
 

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Re: head space filled with carbon dioxide.

With a full keg, most of us just burp the keg a few times, that is, put a few bars of gas pressure in the keg, turn off the gas, release the pressure with the safety valve ( or just depress the centre of the gas post if your kegs are missing the safety valve) then regas. Do this a few times and most of the oxygen will be purged out.

With a half full keg, you would need to burp a few times more.

To completely remove oxygen from a keg, fill the keg with sanitiser, and push this out with carbon dioxide, and your keg will be full of carbon dioxide.

I do not know how oxygen affects the cola and spirits mix, but I would assume that it would beaffected by oxidization in a negative way.

As to producing spirits without a still, you can try the ice way, make up some sort of wash, freeze it and remove the ice. If you use one of the turbo yeast style packs, the result will not be very nice as many of the unwanted by products that are usually left behind when distilling will also be concentrated in your end product. The ethanol shouldn't freeze in a domestic freezer, and any ice that forms is water. Or, you can muck around with some sort of solar still, and collect whatever evaporates and recondenses. Have a look at http://www.homedistiller.org for ideas.
 

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I just use the Soda Stream Cola mix from KMart ($4.95) and add a litre and a bit of cheap bourbon (about $40).

Makes 13 and a bit litres all up with the bourbon. Just gas it up for about 2 days at on about 300kpa then drop it back to 100 or a bit less for pouring. Needs a bith more gasing pressure than beer i found.

My kids and their mates reckon its just like the RTD's you buy in a can. You can make it stronger if you want but need to be a bit responsible.

Also did one at my daughter 18th recently vodka and Passionfruit.

10 Litres of cheap passiona style
1 litre of 100% tropical fruit juices (guava bananna ect)
1 lites of Vodka.

Again...a big hit with the young ones.

PUMPY...not sure what you mean about "air up type". I'm a newbie at this.
The font is a flooded style but have not connected that part.

Lance
 

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Sorry Lance I was referring to the gas bottle the Air Up ones you purchase the bottle rather than rent it

Pumpy
 

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Just the standard "D" size co2 bottle from BOC gases.
 

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Pumpy - I have just purchased a gas bottle from GOLIATH (http://www.brewgoliath.com.au) and my local HBS who is an air-up dealer said he will fill it for me no worries. I also emailed the people at air-up and they said all of their dealers should fill any gas bottle for you.

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do you have a list of air-up dealers?
 
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