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Equipment and Software / Re: Digital vs Old School
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:55:45 PM »
I use analog for controlling fridge/freezer temp and digital for controlling fermentation vessel temps.

Equipment and Software / Re: stupid refractometer question
« on: February 10, 2015, 07:36:32 AM »
I found this article helpful in for caring for and calibrating my refractometer:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:59:07 PM »
Not as warm I made a Cyser in the basement.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer of the Month Club
« on: February 05, 2015, 03:24:29 PM »
I received a membership as a gift.  Some very decent beers but nothing outstanding.  What I did like was the awesome shipping containers for sending entries to competitions.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 21, 2014, 07:03:40 AM »
+1 to the Dremel tool.   I've used one with a thin cutting wheel many times to cut plastic.  Works great.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:23:05 AM »
, some of my favorite places to drink involve standing in a basement, around a floor drain, and in front of the kegerator. :D

I know that basement.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:10:35 PM »
     I'd wager that in 90% of competitions, the home club takes home a significant percentage of the awards.  It's natural to support your own comp.   A large number of my club members only enter ours.   Some are excellent brewers who have no interest in shipping entries to other cities/states. 

Ingredients / Re: Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:18:36 AM »
By far the best coffee stout I ever made was using Cafe Du Monde's coffee with chickory.   I used a rye stout base and cold steeped the coffee.  Judges and friends loved that beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: cold-weather brewing
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:14:43 PM »
I bring mash and sparge water from the house in buckets (145 degrees so less time in the garage waiting for it to heat up) and I keep the hose for chilling inside until the last second.  Irish coffee helps as well.

All good advice. I wouldn't go to the trouble of building a cradle with casters, though.  Go to your local discount tool or home improvement store and pick up a furniture dolly.  They run under $15 and work perfectly.   Position the empty barrel on it and screw/nail a couple of 2x4 s to keep it from rolling.  Less than a 5 minute project.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 2/16/14
« on: February 16, 2014, 02:50:09 PM »
Not brewing, but bottling an English Barleywine, an American Barleywine and a Tupelo mead.  Going to have to clean more bottles.  :P

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:57:42 AM »
Myles wears pink boots?

Ingredients / Re: If you had to choose only 3...
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:50:50 AM »
1. Rahr 2 row
2. Weyermann's Pils
3. Crisp Maris Otter
4. Weyermann's Munich
I've also began using Rahr pils for APA's and Ipa's.   I stick with the Weyermann's for German styles.

Glad to hear things went well. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014 winner
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:20:58 PM »
This is the year guys! This is the year I'm finally going to medal at NHC with that stupid lambic of mine.

Dang thing advances to the Finals each year I enter it, makes it to mini-BOS, and then falls on it's face. This is the year that will change!  ;D

I put 3 into mini bos last hardware.      This is our year!!

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