I’ve got everything I need together and had some spare time so I drilled the holes in the door for the two taps. I think the secret to it is to not put too much pressure on the hole saw. I drilled the first hole while pushing hard and it seemed to have more trouble than the second one where I was applying firm, not extreme, pressure to the drill.
The taps are installed, the silicone is curing, and now all that’s left is to get the CO2 cylinder filled and connect the rest of the tubing.
The beer is still fermenting so it’ll be another week or so before it goes in the keg, but at least everything else is ready.
I picked up the kegs, CO2 cylinder, regulator, and misc. parts today. The kegs are used and two of them had soda syrup in them, so I might need to replace the gaskets, but we’ll see after a little cleaning…
I dropped the motorcycle off at Piper Performance in order to finally get the fuel system dialed in. My rough hacks haven’t been quite good enough and it’s been pinging when it gets heat saturated and under load. Hopefully I’ll have it back soon because I’ve got a ride down to Hico and Dublin planned in a couple weeks, plus a trip out to Tennessee over Labor Day weekend.
I picked up a second fridge today to serve as a kegerator. It should be delivered on Monday and I’ve got all of the pieces either in my posession or on order for building it. The kegs are on back-order so I’m waiting on them, but I should have them soon enough.
The inaugural beer in the new kegging system is going to be a kölsch. While I was picking up the kegs and ancillary equipment I grabbed the ingredients for the brew. Here’s the ingredients and procedure:
- 2 pounds Great Western 2-Row Pale Malt
- 3/4 pound Weyermann Light Munich Malt
- 3.25 pounds light malt syrup
- 2 pounds wheat malt syrup (60% pale / 40% wheat)
- 1.5 oz, Tettnanger hops
- 3/4 oz. Spalt hops
- 1/4 oz. Czech Saaz hops
- 1 Whirlfloc tablet
- White Labs German Ale/ Kölsch Yeast WLP029
- Bring 2 gallons of water to 122° and steep grains for 10 minutes
- Raise the water to 140° and steep grains for 10 minutes
- Raise the water to 150° and steep grains for 90 minutes
- Sparge the grains with 2 quarts of hot water
- Bring the wort to a boil, remove from heat, and add the extracts and 1.5 oz. Tettnanger hops
- Return to heat and boil for 45 minutes
- Add 1/2 oz. Spalt hops and the Whirlfloc tablet
- Boil for 10 minutes
- Add 1/4 oz. Spalt hops and 1/4 oz. Czech Saaz hops
- Boil for 5 minutes
- Chill the wort as quickly as possible and transfer to the carboy
- Fill to 5 1/8 gallons and aerate well
- Pitch yeast
My starting gravity is a little high, but it was dropping as suspended particles settled out so I’m estimating it at somewhere around 1.052
I went out to see the latest Harry Potter movie, just before book 7 comes out, and really enjoyed it. Obviously, a movie adaptation of a book of this size is going to miss some things, but I thought it was quite faithful to the intent of the book.
The high points for me were Umbridge’s office, the cats on the plates were classic! The twins sacking the school on their way out was close to the way I imagined it would be when I read the book.
Now all I’ve got to wait for is the arrival of the final book…
Because his birthday fell in the middle of the week, we took Reese to Chuck E. Cheese’s for his party. He had some of his friends show up and played lots of games. It’s definitely not my favorite place, too much noise and chaos, but the service was good and he really enjoyed him self, so all is good.
There are pictures over in the gallery.