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All Grain Brewing / Re: Is this saison contaminated?
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:58:07 PM »
Jeffy beat me to it.

Does it have an off odor or flavor?  If not, those may just be yeast islands floating in there.  I'm no expert but I don't think I'd too worried if it smells/tastes okay.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Member
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:54:03 PM »
Welcome back!

And is anyone else amazed that Fubar was still available as a user name?  :o

That one is usually gone really quickly.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is it true?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:00:22 AM »
The lack of a comma between dunkel and jim really warms my heart.

Excellent, lmao.
An example of how punctuation can make a world of difference! It's like saying, "Let's eat, Grandma!" and "Let's eat Grandma!"
Nice work, dunkel Jim!

My youngest says "Commas save lives!!" and then uses the Grandma line as proof.   ;D


The Pub / Re: volume control for multiple speakers
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:38:19 AM »
I have a volume control similar to this in each room:

I'm no expert but I did install a system that worked for 10 years.

I have similar controls, to the ones above, in each room with a total of 12 speakers in various rooms and on the deck.  My cheapo 165W receiver has been running for years without any issues (knocks on wood).  The controls are all balanced to 8 ohms and internally adjust the  left and right channels separately.  We usually have the master volume set to 50 (out of 65 I think) and adjust the volume via the control knob in each room.

My most bothersome issue is when we use an iPod to supply the sound track.  With no pre-amp we have to turn the iPod all the way up and then really crank the master volume on the receiver to get decent volume out or the system.

IMHO, YMMV, IANAST, "Sold as-is, no warranty".   ;D


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Opening up commercial Grundy kegs
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:00:24 AM »
LIke I said to start with, I don't really know anything about those kegs. 

The whole ransom to get your own kegs back seems like something the U.S. would let happen.  8^)

Good luck in your quest.  There has to be away to open them.


Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning a Blichmann Floor Burner
« on: July 09, 2014, 04:00:02 PM »
In my house we call that smudge on the burner "character".


I'd use a vise-grips or something like one to clamp on to the top of the adapter to get a good grip and then a pliers or pipe wrench to remove it.

I was really trying to convince myself there was some other adapter I hadn't seen.   ::)


** Edited because typing seems to be beyond me today too.

Hop Growing / Re: Note to Self
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:14:15 PM »
I thought mowing was what the sheep were for?  That and producing lamb chops.


Can you post a picture (or link to a picture) of the adapter?  I think I'm slow today and just can't get the idea of what you are having problems with.  Totally lacking imagination today.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: leaking Co2 connections
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:01:07 PM »
This comment in the other sites thread makes the most sense to me.

"Teflon tape is not meant to be used with compressed gas. The theory is that small pieces can break free (and DO while tightening the threaded fitting) and become lodged in the regulator. There are specific plastic rings that are meant to be seated in the female portion of the regulator, and then the regulator is tightened with a correct-sized spanner. The plastic ring allows you to tighten the fitting down properly, and upon compression, provides a leak-free seal."

It's still a bit of a reach but I do agree with the general logic of it.  The seal should be created by the plastic washer (or the rubber one built into the regulator) so no tape should be needed on the tank threads.

Teflon tape is your saving grace on the manifold connections.  I would not want to use pipe goop on connections to my kegs.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Opening up commercial Grundy kegs
« on: July 09, 2014, 10:26:33 AM »
I never seen that type of connector before but is it possible the whole collar turns out using the flat sides for the wrench?

On a different note, here in the colonies ( ;D) we try to make sure folks source their kegs legally.  If these are disposable and fair game, that's great!  But if you put a deposit down to get the keg, it still belongs to someone else.  Several of the active members own commercial breweries and keg theft is a pain for them.

Good luck in your quest!  It will interesting to see if anyone on here knows how to open it.

Found a bunch of links on youtube.  Here's one:


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thanks
« on: July 09, 2014, 10:18:38 AM »
Broke a few months of no brewing today, just a quick note to say thanks to all who chimed in. Yes, there was a boil over (outside) >:( but I had a great time anyways!

Glad to hear you got started.  If it's any help, I've been brewing for 17+ years and still boil over once in awhile.  Some wort just wants to be free.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: when is the fermenting finished?
« on: July 09, 2014, 10:15:40 AM »
+1 to everyone who says have patience.

I've left batches sit in the fermentor for 3 months (or more) when I didn't have time to deal with them.  It's never been an issue. 

One thing about waiting a month or so on a ale is you can pretty much assume it is done.  8^)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit flies
« on: July 07, 2014, 03:51:50 PM »

Now if I can only get rid of the groundhogs that are tunneling around my house. :-\
Suggestions are welcome.

I haven't used it on ground hogs but it works great for ground squirrels. 

Get a flexible metal dryer vet tube and some large diameter plastic tubing (2" or so).  Connect the 2 with tape (silver duct work sealing tape - not duct tape, would probably work but not what I use) and park your vehicle by one of the holes.  Insert plastic tube in the hole and connect the metal dryer duct to the exhaust pipe of the car.  A large hose clamp comes in handy.   Start the car and then start filling other holes the critters might escape through.  After about 30 minutes to an hour remove the pipes and fill the last hole.  No muss, no fuss.  Repeat until you get all of them.

My sister-in-law has been using corn soaked in anti-freeze.  She says it has been very effective.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit flies
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:05:31 AM »
I had an infestation in a basement floor drain once.  It took quite a while to get that stopped.  Being that your fridge is in the garage you may just need to deal with them but if you can find the source of new flies and kill them off it will help a lot.


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