16000 is way to fast to reduce with sheaves. I have an 8" x 1.5" reduction on a 1725 rpm saw motor that gives me 320 rpm on the mill.
Find another motor.
Find another motor.
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The drinking starts at the meeting. How else do you think they get us to show up?
Actually, ever since Curt Stock termed out of the GC, we've been shockingly tee-totallie during the meeting. Curt used to be the wise-ass who'd crack open a bottle of mead at 10:15 during one of the first breaks.
My kids will be out in full force walking the neighborhood. I'm tempted to have a keg at the front door to hand beer out to parents.We live in a subdivision where everone knows me as "beerguy". I pull the pick up to the end of the drive, drop the gate, immediate neighbors come over & we all hand out candy there, and have a keg in the back of the pick-up for "ahem" rehydration.
It sure seems like a lottery is overly complicated. As an AHA member in good standing the thought of not being able to enter the competition is disturbing. I would like to know that I'll have a reasonably assured chance to get at least a beer or two entered without having to jump though flaming hoops or rely on pure luck. I've not followed a lot of the NHC competition limit posts very closely so this may have already been suggested but why not divide registration to the competition into three phases?
Phase I - Open to current AHA members only and limit entries to a small number like maybe just two or three at a reasonable price (let's say $12). This should almost certainly guarantee each AHA member that wants to enter the competition the opportunity to do so.
Phase II - Still open only to current AHA members and allows more active brewers the chance to enter additional beers but still in a limited quantity of perhaps four to six more entries at a slightly higher price ($17?).
Phase III - If there are any spots still available then open registration to anyone at a still higher price ($22?) but perhaps still with a limit or implement the lottery at this point.
I think this approach would address the needs of the base membership by virtually guaranteeing ease of entry at a nominal level. It would also provide a better chance of allowing more competition intense members the likelihood of a greater level of participation. Then finally, the open free-for-all or lottery could provide opportunities to outsiders so long as the appetite of current members does not meet or exceed the max number of entries. This last part might also encourage nonmembers to join if they value the NHC.
I know this is still not perfect but I think that, above all else, it would provide protection to AHA members and eliminate some of the feeding frenzy that was experienced last year.
Just my two cents worth...