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« on: August 28, 2015, 12:59:32 PM »
After a 25+ year hiatus from brewing I've decided to start brewing again.
But this time it'll be different. No bottles or corny's to mess with. Besides my neighbor has all that and brews quite a bit and he likes to share!
I'll be brewing strictly English session ales that will be cask conditioned and served in Polypins -
http://homebrewacademy.com/polypins-cask-ale

Has anyone used a polypin?
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2015, 05:28:01 PM »
After a 25+ year hiatus from brewing I've decided to start brewing again.
But this time it'll be different. No bottles or corny's to mess with. Besides my neighbor has all that and brews quite a bit and he likes to share!
I'll be brewing strictly English session ales that will be cask conditioned and served in Polypins -
http://homebrewacademy.com/polypins-cask-ale

Has anyone used a polypin?

I haven't used those specifically but I've had beer from cubitainers before and it was great.

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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2015, 09:04:53 AM »
I haven't used those specifically but I've had beer from cubitainers before and it was great.

Cubitainers and poly-pins are the same.
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2015, 09:22:46 PM »
Those beers sound right up my alley (I own a real pin).  A GB has a couple poly pins... He even made a little beer engine for it. I have a YouTube video of it that I can dig up.

ETA: https://youtu.be/NCFxc2h0P8g

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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2015, 09:22:45 AM »
First brew was a Mild finished at 3.089% abv.
Kegged it into my first polypin shown here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/14456595@N07/21772856572/in/photostream/
Conditioned with corn sugar to a CO2 volume of 1.3. Store at room temp for three days while the pin swells. If like a football I'll relieve pressure to the same pressure/feel of a beach ball. Toss into my fridge at 52 degrees and drink by this weekend.
First pic was right after kegging, second was yesterday morning. Take note of how it is swelling and adding condition.

This is fun as hell.
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2015, 01:35:40 PM »
What does your mild recipe look like?  Mine is pretty much 90%+ MO and all EKG ;)

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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2015, 02:45:44 PM »
What does your mild recipe look like?  Mine is pretty much 90%+ MO and all EKG ;)

Fuggles

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=52776
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2015, 07:54:32 AM »
Update -
Pinned up 3 gallons of brown porter yesterday. 1.3 volumes of co2 on the pin. Finished at 3.51 abv, OG 1.047, FG 1.019.
here's the recipe - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=38282 - small sample was delicious.

Tossed the Mild into the fridge (53 degrees, Thermostar controller, btw) after 3 days of conditioning, let off a bit of pressure from the pin, tried a small sample and only after 3 days it had a small head and carb. It was soo damn tasty.

These pins are fun and yield very tasty beers.

BIAB btw.

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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2015, 07:39:49 AM »
The mild is coming up on 3 weeks of conditioning, but the carb is still pretty low, damn near flat. Only because I did relieve some pressure off of it thinking it might swell up and burst. But in reality I should have left it. Lesson learned on batch 1. The samples (too many) I've pulled off were tasty as hell.
I'll brew this one again and be more patient during the conditioning and aging process (3 weeks).

The porter is conditioning and will be at week 3 next Tuesday.
Primed and watched it swell a bit at room temp for two weeks and tossed it in the fridge (53 degrees) a few days ago. The swelling has subsided meaning that the co2 has dissolved into solution (I hope). No samples have been taken yet.

Brewed another mild last week, here's the recipe -
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=130593
 Still in the fermenter.

Brewing this one tomorrow -
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=21131

Like I said before, this is fun as hell!
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2015, 09:54:32 AM »
lol @ Sir Gary Coleman

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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2015, 10:01:04 AM »
lol @ Sir Gary Coleman

little, dark and mild!
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2015, 07:36:45 AM »
I brewed this one Saturday -
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=21131

 and bought this yesterday -
http://www.ukbrewing.com/Angram_Beer_Engine_CO_Single_Pull_1_4_Pt_Recond_p/23014.htm

 I'm somewhat disappointed so far with my polypin experiment. Two batches have been flat with not much if any carb at all.
 My goal was to replicate a cask ale but to no avail so far.
 I decided to go with the hand pump to get the results I wanted but will still dabble with the polypins a gallon at a time till I finally get it dialed in.
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2015, 10:57:34 AM »
and bought this yesterday -
http://www.ukbrewing.com/Angram_Beer_Engine_CO_Single_Pull_1_4_Pt_Recond_p/23014.htm


I got my pin from them... they are good people.  What will you be using as a cask to pull from?

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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2015, 11:39:34 AM »
and bought this yesterday -
http://www.ukbrewing.com/Angram_Beer_Engine_CO_Single_Pull_1_4_Pt_Recond_p/23014.htm


I got my pin from them... they are good people.  What will you be using as a cask to pull from?

polypin
I have a 3 2.5 gallon ones but may buy a few 5 gallon.

http://forum.craftbrewing.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1494
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2015, 03:38:48 PM »
Pulled off two gallons of Brown Porter this last weekend using my new hand pump and I have to say it was a complete success!
 See pics and vid here -

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14456595@N07/
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2015, 09:21:38 AM »
How does it pour without the sparkler?

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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2015, 01:00:17 PM »
How does it pour without the sparkler?

I'll find out when my mild and boddington's clone are done aging in few weeks.

I've listened to a few podcasts with the guy from UK Brewing Supplies and he mentioned that hoppy beers are better without the sparkler. Apparently it strips the hop bitterness and flavor.
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Re: Poly Pins
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2015, 01:16:26 PM »
I am a huge anti-sparkler proponent!