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    I have my liquid line assembled and in some One Step. I'm looking forward to trying my first ever own homebrew on tap tonight when I get home! It's a chocolate raspberry porter that my wife requested. I told her 3 weeks ago when it was ready to bottle that it'd be quicker to wait and keg it. Oops! I was not anticipating trouble with getting my keezer collar finished. The guy building it says Friday maybe.
     
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    ...and that's why I try to avoid all questions of "when" if at all possible, because I never know what the grumpy beer gods are going to throw my way.
     
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    Yeah, because of this my wife also resurrected a story from a couple decades ago about how I convinced her that it'd be quicker to fly to Florida (from Ohio) than to drive. With the delays we experienced, it was not!

    I wonder what I'd hear from her if I brought up something she did twenty years ago!! :lol:
     
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    ha ha that reminds me when I had a regular trip from Tulsa to San Antonio once a week, in the car you run into rush our traffic that slows to a crawl especially during road construction, so decided to fly one week and the plane stopped at Dallas then you re board another plane to take off to San Antonio which I thought was stupid, the flying turned out slower :twisted:
     
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    Success!! 1st ever tapped homebrew! Chocolate raspberry porter gets two thumbs up from my lovely bride!

    The head is short lived, but it did pour quite nicely.
     

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    congrats, they only get better with age
     
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    Thanks, I'll tell her what you said about her!! :lol:
     
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    Here's a rough idea of what I've got. He did a fantastic job of building the collar. (He also ships his products anywhere in the United States, I believe.) I'll have to shim the hinges a good 1/4" or so. The entire hinge will fit on the collar.
     

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    nice looking, Im a master wood worker, in my younger days grew up making custom cabinets, I can always tell by the grain placement and joints that this guys good ;)
     
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    He thought it'd look better with the taps evenly spaced across the entire front. The unit will be tucked into a corner, so I want the taps where you won't bump your elbow!
     
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    Did you get any raspberry taste in it? I can always get the chocolatey taste in my porters, just fine, by using roasted & chocolate malts. I don't care for the flavor the cacao nibs impart. Just too strong for my tastebuds, and cloyingly sweet for some reason. I like the more subtle notes from the malts.
     
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    The Raspberry is fake. A 4 oz bottle designed for flavoring beer. The taste is very much there. Too much for me, but my wife likes it. To me, the chocolate flavor is more subtle.

    Edit: I've shared the recipe if you want to take a look at it. It's called Brown Porter. I don't have the raspberry flavoring in the ingredients. It's a 4 oz bottle is all.
     
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    I have the collar attached to the lid hinges. That was a royal pain! Definitely not my strong suit. It doesn't look perfect, but I think it's sealed as well as it can possibly be. And the imperfection is on the backside, so who cares?? I had to shim the hinges with 11/16" thick blocks.
     

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    It's finished! It's usable for the 2 kegs I have full, anyway. I don't know if I'm happier with the chicken feeder drip tray, or the decorative stand that it sits on!

    My plan right now is to have my 6-way manifold at serving pressure, and the 4-way manifold for force carbonating. I'll have hoses hanging from the manifold ready to use when needed.

    If I add 2 more kegs for a total of 8, I'll replumb the manifolds and make it 8 for serving and 2 for force carbonating.
     

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    great job, now you just gotta brew more beer :mrgreen:
     
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    I've got a Scottish Ale that's overdue for packaging. Next week I'll keg my Munich Helles. Last week I did a Spotted Cow clone (recipe found here). Today I brewed a Belgian Golden Ale. Next Monday I'll brew my K├Âlsch. It won't be long!
     
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    I came home from work tonight and found this. My daughter dressed it up for me! :)
     

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    Yeah. But she didn't leave the dry erase marker so I could do my labeling!
     

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