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I have gone with the collar and I will be switching to pressure fermenting and transferring this year so I won’t need to lift any full kegs

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2 hours ago, Ben 10 said:

Lifting kegs in aand out of a freezer is probs not a good idea then

I’m hooking up a come along to my roof to lift them in, out is easy because the are empty. 😜

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3 hours ago, Journeyman said:

I have read about the differences with collar - the reason for the font was to raise the tap level - 1 because some people have crook backs meaning stooping to pour is a bad idea & 2 because taps on a freezer are often in reach of kids or can be knocked and drain kegs.

I'm a long way from keezer or kegerator - I was just curious if the top was the only choice for a freezer.

Does your collar replace the lid and have the lid bolted on top of it or is it a surround type with the interior large enough to allow the lid to lift while it is on?

 

Here’s a picture of my set-up, still got to finish the wall behind and hook up my lifting device yet, work in progress.

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13 minutes ago, Red devil 44 said:

Here’s a picture of my set-up, still got to finish the wall behind and hook up my lifting device yet, work in progress.

Nice!

How do you do the TV labels? 

Also, what size freezer let's you get (I presume from the TV) 3 x 19L kegs and a smaller one and are the gas bottles in there also?

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19 minutes ago, Journeyman said:

Nice!

How do you do the TV labels? 

Also, what size freezer let's you get (I presume from the TV) 3 x 19L kegs and a smaller one and are the gas bottles in there also?

Hoppy 81 put me onto the tv thing, it’s called Taplist, if you don’t have a smart tv then you need to purchase Firesticktv from Amazon.

Freezer is a 205L I think, fits 4 x 19L kegs plus a craft keg 9.5L, I used a 2nd hand Fisher & Paykel, wanted to stick with common brands in case it karks it and I have to replace it. 

I have fit  5 x 19L kegs in there before, because I built 2 manifolds, one at serving pressure & one at high pressure, so I can be drinking say 3, and gassing 2 up at high pressure as I have a dual stage Regulator on my Gas Cylinder. I’m a tradie in the Gas Industry 😜

Gas cylinder is outside as I built my frame big enough to accomodate that, plus 2 x spare parts containers etc, no point it being inside taking up freezer room as it does not make any difference to your CO2 supply, your cylinder pressure may change but that doesn’t affect gas supply etc. 

Since my build I’ve been approached by a few people to build them one, and they would pay me, but I’m renovating my Queenslander so I’m busy enough.

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4 hours ago, Red devil 44 said:

Here’s a picture of my set-up, still got to finish the wall behind and hook up my lifting device yet, work in progress.

This looks amazeballs 👍

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1 hour ago, Aussiekraut said:

This looks amazeballs 👍

Thanks mate, still got heaps more to do, lots of carpentry & painting, & drink some home brew along the way 😜😜

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59 minutes ago, Beer Baron said:

Hi @Red devil 44

Are you aware of something like this Mr Gas Man😂

 

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Yes mate, remember I’ve gassed up Casinos, RSL,s , Workers Clubs etc all over Qld & NSW, one thing to take note from this pic, don’t use hose clamps for beer reticulation, they are what they are designed for, water etc, not gas supply.

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13 hours ago, Red devil 44 said:

Yes mate, remember I’ve gassed up Casinos, RSL,s , Workers Clubs etc all over Qld & NSW, one thing to take note from this pic, don’t use hose clamps for beer reticulation, they are what they are designed for, water etc, not gas supply.

Thanks for your help. I think I’ll be looking at something similar later in the year and might hit you up for opinions and places to buy. 

You're not too bad for a Man Utd fan😂

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12 minutes ago, Beer Baron said:

Thanks for your help. I think I’ll be looking at something similar later in the year and might hit you up for opinions and places to buy. 

You're not too bad for a Man Utd fan😂

No worries mate, always here to help and offer any advice on Gas reticulation etc.

For 2020, Still not sure whether to purchase a Fermzilla for closed transfers, I probably will knowing me.

Tough times for Man Utd, I don’t think Ollie is the answer, need to put a broom through the place, starting with the owners.

Roar will struggle too, dunno about Fowler.
 

‘’Cheers RD 🍺🍺

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55 minutes ago, Red devil 44 said:

No worries mate, always here to help and offer any advice on Gas reticulation etc.

For 2020, Still not sure whether to purchase a Fermzilla for closed transfers, I probably will knowing me.

Tough times for Man Utd, I don’t think Ollie is the answer, need to put a broom through the place, starting with the owners.

Roar will struggle too, dunno about Fowler.
 

‘’Cheers RD 🍺🍺

Tough times for Man U but I read today that they are the 3rd highest earning team behind Barca and Real. I don’t think Ole is good enough for such a big club despite being a great player back in his day (I loved him)

They have spent some cash but made poor signings in my opinion and they won’t be playing Champions League football next year either so that will hurt them trying to buy good talent. 

Leeds are in big big trouble with only 1 unconvincing win in 6. Brentford are flying with a great front 3 while Leeds only have 1 recognised striker and he is useless.

I think Ole’s time is limited just like Fowler. I think Babbel will get the sack after the upcoming loss to the Glory on the weekend and Kurtz got the sack earlier today. 

I take great pride when the Wanderers and the Victory don’t do well!!!

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30 minutes ago, Beer Baron said:

Tough times for Man U but I read today that they are the 3rd highest earning team behind Barca and Real. I don’t think Ole is good enough for such a big club despite being a great player back in his day (I loved him)

They have spent some cash but made poor signings in my opinion and they won’t be playing Champions League football next year either so that will hurt them trying to buy good talent. 

Leeds are in big big trouble with only 1 unconvincing win in 6. Brentford are flying with a great front 3 while Leeds only have 1 recognised striker and he is useless.

I think Ole’s time is limited just like Fowler. I think Babbel will get the sack after the upcoming loss to the Glory on the weekend and Kurtz got the sack earlier today. 

I take great pride when the Wanderers and the Victory don’t do well!!!

Victory & Muscat when he was there suck balls. 🤣

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On 1/14/2020 at 2:38 PM, Red devil 44 said:

Here’s a picture of my set-up, still got to finish the wall behind and hook up my lifting device yet, work in progress.

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How good is taplist 

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On 1/14/2020 at 3:08 PM, Red devil 44 said:

Here’s a picture of my set-up, still got to finish the wall behind and hook up my lifting device yet, work in progress.

This is definitely festive Red.... and I can see your freezer collar there now nicely...  am looking at going down the Freezer pathway... but will probably just do basics first like having SS Pluto Guns for a starter... and stuff me gas bottles etc inside to begin with.  Might need to be careful putting bigger gas bottles in the bottom of the freezer so do not crack freezer floor?

And tell me mate is it an easy gig to get the lid and hinges off the main Freezer Box?

 

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1 hour ago, Bearded Burbler said:

This is definitely festive Red.... and I can see your freezer collar there now nicely...  am looking at going down the Freezer pathway... but will probably just do basics first like having SS Pluto Guns for a starter... and stuff me gas bottles etc inside to begin with.  Might need to be careful putting bigger gas bottles in the bottom of the freezer so do not crack freezer floor?

And tell me mate is it an easy gig to get the lid and hinges off the main Freezer Box?

 

Hey BB, 

             It won’t crack the freezer floor, a 19L keg would weigh more than a 6 kg gas cylinder. 
But I wouldn’t put the cylinder in there

a) Takes up more valuable keg space.

b) No advantage gas wise.
 

A little tricky to get the hinges off, they will be spring loaded, either have a second person securing them on removing screws, or clamp them, my hinges were shagged so I just put some old ones one, not spring loaded 

, hope this helps 

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My hinges were spring loaded but they stayed vertical when I removed the screws

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10 hours ago, Red devil 44 said:

 It won’t crack the freezer floor, a 19L keg would weigh more than a 6 kg gas cylinder. 

As long as I don't drop it in there hey  : |

Best done sober ; )

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I've just ordered a new Coopers FV. Already have one plus a 60 litre fermenting barrel but the big boy is too heavy to manoeuvre in and out of the brew fridge. So I'm going to be brewing two 23 litre batches at a time.

The downside is more equipment cleaning. The upside is the ability to increase the variety of beers I make. I think it makes the extra cleaning worthwhile.

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47 minutes ago, MUZZY said:

extra cleaning worthwhile.

Definitely does, if you ferment them both at the same time, the cleaning is easier just cause you do it all at once.

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Similar, @MUZZY, I have ordered two new Coopers plazi FV's.  I have had the old ones for over three years. In my earlier brewing days I scratched the surface to billy-o, not knowing the potential damage I was doing. I think the scratches could be the source of some of my not quite right beers. Hence the new ones. I'll take better care of these. 

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I just bought a 19L stockpot from BigW and a 4L jar with cap for doing a yeast starter. I checked the cap and it can be loosened effectively to help prevent pressure build up while the starter is being activated and seals tight for when it is in cold storage.

Should help with moving to partial grains and reducing yeast costs. I'm not paying for it but also got a new fridge coming today - 500L+ with freezer on the bottom to save my knees and back, It will give me a place for hops to be stored & yeasts/starter along with plenty of bottles being kept cold.

With solar panels and a timer switch, power use impact should be reduced considerably.

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As we come to the end of the Aussie summer I've just ordered a heating belt.
How deep did you guys say this rabbit hole goes? 😄 

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1 hour ago, MUZZY said:

I've just ordered a heating belt.

Where are you? Fermentation being exothermic, you should not need one. We get 5°c nights here and I never used one.

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4 hours ago, Ben 10 said:

Where are you? Fermentation being exothermic, you should not need one. We get 5°c nights here and I never used one.

Adelaide. My brew fridge is outside under the veranda. I figured I'd need it in winter. If not, the Inkbird won't switch it on anyway and it was only $12, so not a big spend in the scheme of things.

 

PS. Now I have to look up what exothermic means. 🤔

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