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  1. Agree. My fridge to tap beer lines are 1 metre long (4mm id) and are left connected all the time without issue. Clean and sanitised about ever 6 weeks whilst the tap nozzle, in and outer gets a sanitise spray after every drinking session.

  2. On 15/08/2020 at 6:50 PM, Rob Courtney said:

    Once again, far better for me at six months than early on. Really surprised by how strong the Amarillo stands out even after this time, I mean it has mellowed but it is dominant still.

    Your so right, enjoy now with the brew on 6 weeks kegged. A top drop, a real favourite PA and the Amarillo hops just stand out, as you say and so nicely. 

  3. 2 minutes ago, Dustin Frothman said:

    A cheap one came up second hand up this way just last week.

    The temptation was real. I resisted. Glad I did now as otherwise I couldn't have justified purchasing more kegs this week on the special offer.


    If it’s one or the other, kegs come first.

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  4. 7 hours ago, Rob Courtney said:

    Another one of these started tonight, will be going the 30gms dry hopped again. Do get a bit miffed when a local cafe that brews its own beer, sells it's pale that tastes pretty similar for a tenner a longneck

    Unfortunately equating to $5 a 375ml is fairly reasonable compared to most cafes/restaurants etc. On a real bright side your 26 equivalent cans from 10 litres is worth $130. Not many slabs at that price.

  5. 19 minutes ago, xpsTech said:

    Spot on Mark, hops in a bag or hop ball have minimal impact on the EOF determination, loose hops do have an impact.

    When adding "contained" hops early, take care not to add them within a few hours of when the Droid is due to do a fermentation test, this is approx. every 24 hours from when the you started the brew.

    Thanks, and a good tip about the few hours before the fermentation test. Will remember that.


  6. On 16/09/2020 at 10:47 PM, xpsTech said:

    I wouldn't put the dry hops in before the Droid says so, as it will likely result in a delayed (marathon) EOF detection as Alan discovered.

    Can you guys keep a secret? 🙊 "Big Brewer" is looking at optimising the timing of the dry hop addition... shhh!

    I’ve been thinking about this. I’d say there probably would be an issue with a delay if you just drop the hops in before EOF, however I haven’t experience that (or noted extra fermentation time) over many brews when a hop bag or ss hop ball is used. 

    When just dropping the hops in loosely this may effect the EOF performance due to the surface area being covered with hop debris? Thoughts?

    Cheers Mark

  7. 3 minutes ago, Shane Hardinge said:

    Having the same problem with leaking keg liners.   Out of the last four kegs, 3 have beer between liner and inside of keg.   One keg quite bad.  I know the kegs are not cross threaded and not twisted in the keg.  Has anyone had any communication with the tech team?    I have just sent an email to them and await their reply.  Very frustrating.

    Cheers   Shane


    Hi Shane, Mark here. Sorry about your plight. Are they leaking up the top near the thread, or the liners splitting.

    Are you in Oz or US?


  8. 19 minutes ago, Erik Denkers said:

    Thanks for the information.  I've seen that video and it's helpful.  To be honest, I've filled 40 kegs so far and never had a problem until these last few kegs.  I know that the liners are screwed on correctly.  I suspect a defect in the liners themselves.

    I'm not sure that I'm ready to give up on the flow and kegs just yet.  As you pointed out, I have a substantial investment in that.

    Also, if putting the beer into the stainless steel kegs, do I still add priming sugar?  

    I have heard of forced carbonation but wouldn't natural carbonation from secondary fermentation with priming sugar taste better?

    You can use a priming sugar in the keg however Co2 is far better and

    1) duplicates that of purchased cans, bottles, pubs etc.

    2) personally it gives a crispness/freshness to the brew. 

    3) by forced carbonation can have a keg ready to go within a couple of hours if previously chilled to serving temperature

    Out of interest if the liner leaks can you salvage the beer?

    You will need Co2 bottle to dispense with in any even, although there are bulb or soda stream setups.

    Cheers Mark

  9. Sorry forgot to answer on kegs and secondary. With the ss kegs you purge them to remove O2 with CO2 (30psi) and store for the brew to mature. Then to the fridge and connect to CO2 to carbonate.  You can get ss kegs of different sizes to suit the 10l Droid capacity. 5l, 10l or 19/20l. A setup isn’t cheap.

  10. 3 hours ago, Erik Denkers said:

    Nice picture.

    I don't mean to hijack this thread, but it is along the same lines as the original poster's question.

    With my recent problems of leaking keg liners and what not, I'm looking into maybe getting standard 10 liter kegs or something similar.  Any suggestions on what to get.  I supposed that I would also need to invest in a kegerator.  With the larger kegs, can you or should you still do secondary fermentation?

    Also, I live in the USA and was wondering what size tubing that you are using?  I suppose it is metric size?

    No hijack here and glad to help. The tubing is silicon 12mm (1/2”) inside diameter and 18mm (23/32”) outside diameter but the imperial conversion will suit and od size not overly important. You could take the tap with you to a suitable hardware or brew shop. In my case it’s a metre long (39”). ( get food grade)

    Stainless kegs in the US are a lot cheaper than here in Australia. Getting a complete package may be the way to go however you have obviously invested in a Brewflo unit and associated gear so endeavouring to sort the leaking keg issues out may be the best option. A member has posted a video on how to get the lid on correctly. Fire away with any questions.

    Cheers Mark

  11. 9 minutes ago, Robert Pretty said:

    Got the notification to add the dry hops. Once I throw them in, is there anything that needs to be done to the droid ? To let it know they have been added? Or it is automatically done, and after end of fermentation is detected. It will move to keg.

    Heard somewhere here that it cold crushes.




    Is there anything on the Droid screen like pressing the tick button when you have put in the hops? If not it would seem it will auto go to EOF and then storage (cold storage 4C)

    Cheers Mark.

  12. On 11/09/2020 at 8:49 AM, Barrelboy said:

    Can’t have this one not bottled or kegged. Put it in the Droid today and will follow up soon with another one. ( once you have these mower brews in the fridge it’s hard to stop, even if you haven’t mowed the lawn).


    Well,  will be ready to keg tomorrow- Saturday.put a follow up in a Droid today. 

  13. Hi @BrewArt Team . I have downloaded the updated firmware P017 on my three droids and have now noted 3 things.

    1) notifications no longer going to my iPad 2 (Apple) but still go to my Samsung Android phone

    2) I’ve just noted that the BeerDroid screen is stating a fermentation temperature whilst the app states it is still testing

    3) no big deal but sometimes it takes several goes before the password is acknowledged 

    Thanks, Mark

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