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Events / Live brewcast on my electric system
« on: September 05, 2011, 08:51:33 AM »
I'm not sure if this is an event, but I'll be brewcasting today.  I'll be doing 10 gallons of a dark mild on my all-electric system.  Feel free to stop by and say hello :)

I'm live and just getting setup now, 11:50 EST.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/manskirtbrewcast

-Joe

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forging bottle openers
« on: August 25, 2011, 10:10:27 AM »
I actually just saw that the other day too :)  The technique he used to weld the tool steel to the mild steel is very similar to what I did for the bottle-opener, just on a larger scale.

-Joe

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forging bottle openers
« on: August 25, 2011, 06:08:19 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, everyone.  These are a lot of fun to make, and the first two are straightforward, even for a novice smith like myself ;)  The only finicky part is getting the hook right to grab the bottle cap.  It helps to have a test bottle nearby while forging.

-Joe

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General Homebrew Discussion / Forging bottle openers
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:08:08 PM »
Not sure where this belongs, so I hope this forum is ok.

Last week I spent a few days with my blacksmith friends up in Altamont NY.  Last year I made taphandles.  This year I went with a bottle opener theme and I thought you folks might like to see some pictures.

This one is probably my favorite design.  A flattened twist with a fishtail curl on the end.



Here's a similar one, with an un-flattened twist and a curled point.



This one I'm most proud of, for the type of work it involved.  The two pieces are forge-welded together at the end.  They were heated up just to the point the surfaces were molten, then hammered together to form one piece.  Pretty cool stuff.



Here's what the smithy looks like.



And there may or may not have been some kilted hammer juggling :)



-Joe

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