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  1. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    Righto ... by balanced you mean correct pressure for the length of delivery hose ... would not trial and error when one 1st set up also achieve that or is the volumes of CO2 in the brew the key to balanced ... I will read those links as well ...
  2. MartyG1525230263

    fermenting times

    That recipe has a ABV of 6.6% .... 46 point of movement on the Hydrometer is close to 6% so if you had the OG you could calculate the FG within a point or 2 ...
  3. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    That sounds like the best idea to me .... find your best serving pressure and stick to it ...
  4. MartyG1525230263

    fermenting times

    I find OG invaluable ... 1st it tells me that the wort is well mixed particularly when I do a double brew of 46L ... second I know most of my beer move around 30-34 points so the OG gives an idea what the FG will be ... OG is not necessary but very helpful ...
  5. MartyG1525230263

    fermenting times

    How many points lower since the OG 30+ ish ?
  6. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    So a couple of weeks cold crash... keg it then sit at serving pressure for a couple of months ... that is enough to carbonate it I presume ... if not I suppose just up the pressure for a day then back it off again ... sweet ...
  7. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    Thanks will get something if needed ...
  8. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    Thanks just realised that the gas bottle is 76 cm high but will still fit with a shelf above it. ... anyway if is doesn't will just port it through the side and store the bottle on the top of the fridge or what ever...
  9. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    Thank you so much everyone, all your help has assisted me in getting my thoughts to gell .... So drum roll please .... it will be a 6kg Cylinder ... yes I hear the applause ... have just pulled everything out of the beer fridge it is an oldie but a beauty and it will work a treat .... I will remove the crispers and the kegs can sit side-by-side with the CO2 cylinder sitting behind that on the ledge ... then 65cm above that i will have a full shelf which will hold 35 stubbies and my harvested yeasts .... also the door shelves stay in tact that way ... the fat lady can now sing ...
  10. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    Quick Question Kelsey: how long do you do lagering for and the method you use: I pressume you pressurize to a set psi/kPa then just store in the keg fridge at serving temp for a couple of months.
  11. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    I have a separate ferment fridge ... I pretty much always have a brew in it as I brew for myself and my son in-law...
  12. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    What are you guys doing to me was trying to reduce my options not increase them...Kelsey has Swap and Go and now you have paintball cylinders .... time to consult Google again.
  13. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    So you don't own the keg you swap and go...I didn't even think about swap and go ... imagine you have your own regulator... Swap and go, great now i have another option to consider ... I can always drill, not my preferred option, a hole in the fridge wall and run the gas in from the outside ...bit messy but should re-seal ok with some silicone ...
  14. MartyG1525230263

    CO2 Cylinder V Soda Stream: which way to go?

    Really that is 0.10/L i thought it would be cheaper.
  15. Ok brains trust I need some help. I have scored two 19 litre kegs and need to decide on two things: How to carbonate and how to dispense from keg to tap. So 1st is carbonation there are 2 methods, secondary fermentation via bulk priming which will pressurise the kegs but it will need supplementary CO2 to maintain pressure once beer is being consumed. The second, force carbonation via CO2, either way will need CO2. So that brings me to my next decision how to deliver the C02 and again there is 2 options. Either refillable CO2 via 2.6 or 6kg cylinder or Soda stream. Both require regulators to that is not an issue. No matter what I do a regulator is on the shopping list. Now to eliminate the carbonation issue seeing I need CO2 I will force carbonate so that decision has been made. Now may last dilemma. Which bottle: Soda Stream or a CO2 Cylinder. Ok let’s look at the Soda stream. Not the best for cash economy, have read that they get about 100 litres from a cylinder if used efficiently, but 100% the best for economy of space. I do not, a this stage, have a dedicated Keg fridge so I will be using a Pluto gun and share the beer fridge with kegs and bottles. CO2 Cylinders: the 2.6 kg is smaller than the 6kg and cheaper to refill but needs to be refilled more often. I have no idea how many kegs or litres of beer it will deliver before it runs out which is the same for the 6kg bottle which obviously lasts longer but has a bigger cash hit when refilled. So now to my dilemma I need guidance from the brains trust on which is the best way to go. The Soda Stream is perfect for space but cost is an issue if every 3 months or so I need a new one but at around $20 buck for an exchange it is not so bad really. Works out at around $0.20/litre if I get 100 litres per cylinder. Now this is where I need more help how long does a 2.6kg and the 6kg cylinder last? So knowing what you know which system would you advise a novice to get Soda Stream or CO2 cylinder? … Or is this a viable option … getting both a soda stream cylinder and 2.6 or 6kg keg and using the the CO2 cylinder to carbonate the brew and the Soda stream to be the propellant. That way I have the luxury of space savings and the size and economy of the bigger cylinder to make Soda Stream more cost efficient. Or am I just over thinking this and those savings are negligible and it doesn’t really matter? I have search through past topics on this and found some useful info but nothing this specific. Thanks in advance.
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