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Homebrew Firkin beer

Postby Urge13 » November 1st, 2012, 12:35 pm

My fiancee thought having a firkin of a beer to tap at our weeding would be great. While its still several months away I was curious has anyone did this and what advice you might have. I've only been brewing for 4 years and just started all grain this year (thanks Fatcatkc for the mash tun setup) but open minded and wanting to learn as much as I can. Thanks guys.
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Re: Homebrew Firkin beer

Postby bythepint » November 1st, 2012, 2:04 pm

Here's a Brewing TV episode about putting homebrew in a cask and the steps needed to prime, tap, pour, etc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60k4YWbTI-E
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Re: Homebrew Firkin beer

Postby johnf » November 1st, 2012, 2:56 pm

If you do 5 gallon batches, you'll want a pin and not a firkin.

Tapping can be a little messy.

If you want to keep it easy, you can do gravity pour or handpump from a soda keg.

Fuller's Yeast (WLP002) is good for this, especially if you can only get the pin/firkin in place shortly before serving and you want reasonably clear beer.
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Re: Homebrew Firkin beer

Postby Urge13 » November 1st, 2012, 8:43 pm

Yeah, I think she likes the tradition and the look of the Firkin and she understands the mess it might make. She thinks it will be a fun idea to get people introduced to craft beer,so something fruity.
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