Homebrew Kegging

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Working on a video of the homebrew kegging system that i recently finished building  (pictured below), total cost was under $200 and saves me the considerable agony which is bottling the beer.  Currently working out the kinks (I froze a full keg of Oktoberfest) but the modifications were fairly simple.  Here is the partially finished product.

Materials:

Northern Brewer Used Keg System (Cornelius Keg)

Mini fridge ($5 on Craigslist)

Used 5lb Co2 cylinder ($70 at Airgas inc. in Alexandria)

Appliance epoxy specialty spray paint (Lowes)

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Using household tools I detached the old freezer compartment and carefully bent it down to make room for the keg, (if you puncture the refrigerant lines the whole fidge becomes useless.  I set the thermostat to the lowest possible setting otherwise your beer will freeze in about 36 hours as the freezer plate gets very cold, need to install a thermostat controller but for now i shut it off ever other day.  As you can see I had to cut some of the material off of the door so that the keg would clear and the door would shut.

Next step will be to install a draft tower on the top, I have also painted the fridge with the epoxy since this photo was taken and it looks very nice.

Click here for the PDF from Northernbrewer on how to keg your own beer

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Monster Moose

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My dad Scott Phillips drew a moose tag for the Koyukuk River reserve in Alaska. The odds of him drawing the tag were 2% and he got lucky and drew it on the first year he applied.  He went to Alaska for the hunt accompanied by his good friend Gary English.  The area they hunted is so remote, in order to get the boats they would hunt from to camp, they have to be driven 700 miles up the river to get to the hunting camp. Apparently it is well worth the effort.. as there are huge moose there.

They were scheduled to hunt 10 days. On the morning of the first day as they left the camp, tracking by hand-held GPS the crew floated exactly 10.9 miles down river when a cow moose stepped out from the willows along the river. After a couple of bull grunts, out from the willows stepped a gigantic bull moose. Scott fired his .300 Win Mag and down came the 74″ monster bull. The GPS told them that the total elapsed time from camp was exactly 1 hour to the minute. Scott’s moose could very easily end up being the largest moose taken in Alaska this year. It easily made the Boone and Crockett records book. It is by far the largest moose any of them had seen in all of their years of hunting.
After butchering the moose and taking care of the cape they took a Jet boat 26 miles up a small river to catch some world class Arctic Grayling.  In one afternoon they caught and released nearly 200 Grayling.  A typical Grayling is 8-12 inches in Alaska, however on this particular small gravel bottom narrow river, every fish they caught was 18 to 21 inches. These were incredible trophy fish that were 20 to 30 years old.
The pictures:

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After the Moose hunting and Grayling fishing they chartered a small aircraft with several other people and flew to the small Inupiat Eskimo village of Kaktovik on Bartar Island within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to photograph Polar Bears for a couple of days. The Polar Bears come to the coastal shores to feed on the whale carcases that the native Eskimos harvest. They were also very lucky to be there on the day they harpooned a whale and brought it in.

They got back from the bush just in time to attend the first Anchorage political rally for the newly nominated Republican party Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

I look forward to going on the next trip.

-DCVaquero

Howdy!

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Come on in,  take your boots off and stay a while.

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My Grandfather Roy O. Phillips and some of his buffalo in the late 1970's Phillips Ranch Hereford, SD