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Kegging and Bottling / My Kingdom For a Good Bottling Wand!
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:10:01 PM »
Bottle faster

But seriously, it’s a $5 part. It can only last so long.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Converted Keg Question
« on: May 31, 2018, 05:25:11 PM »
I would do the above. Purpose made silicone edging is expensive.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reusing RO wastewater.
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:34:26 PM »
A family member plumbed their RO waste to their pool. It’s not significant as they still top up using fresh water once a week.

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The Pub / Re: Cutting the cord options
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:00:11 PM »
I've found that cutting the cord isn't possible unless you're willing to give up some show availability.

For me, that's Baseball. Sure, MLB has an excellent streaming service, but I'm well in the O's blackout area. And our illustrious owner, Angelos, has such a nice cable deal that you only get O's games with premium cable/satellite subscriptions. I love watching the O's, but it's not worth upwards of $150 a month. (Especially during seasons like this one.)

The wife and I don't watch much TV, so we can make do with just Amazon and Netflix. I also subscribe to Motortrend On Demand, I get most of my motorsports through that. Still need to figure out how to stream NHRA races, I know they stream them but I just haven't figured out how to get it to the tv yet.

As for news, I find it's much easier to filter it in online formats. Everyone puts out so much extra crap on top of the little bits of information that actually matter it takes insane amounts of time to actually watch the news and get anything useful from it.

The Portland Trailblazers did that this year, they switched from having 10-15 games a year on the local NBC affiliate to every single game on Comcast Sports NW, which requires a cable package AND the add on sports package to get.  I'm a fan, but I'm not that committed.  I can go watch games at the bar rather than pay $200 a month.  For football we can get by with mostly local channels only, Mariners games I don't mind listening to on the radio honestly. 

When I first moved into my Portland apartment I had an FM antenna and got internet so I could have computer and netflix.  We got a free trial of Comcast's Prism TV and we liked it enough to pay for but now after two years we're on the brink of cancelling.   We have a Roku TV, so we can get Netflix, Amazon prime and we're debating some other subscription services like Hulu or Sling.  Even if we have 3 or 4 things that are all 10-20$ a month it's still cheaper than Prism.  I have a few shows I follow on Netflix and Amazon, my wife hardly watches TV at all except NFL football.

The hitch of course is still paying 75$ a month for the high speed internet to run all the streaming stuff.  But, that's still better than the internet and cable which will go up to like 180$ a month when our current deal ends..
Wait, you need a premium cable package to watch a local sports team? The only local pro sports team in your market (yeah I know the Timbers are pro, but soccer isn’t close to the NBA)? That’s total and complete horse s***.

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The beer needs to be carbed first. You can let it sit at 30psi on beergas for a couple of weeks, or carb it part way with co2 first and then connect to beergas for a couple of days.

The nitrogen isn’t magic. While some will get dissolve it primarily adds extra pressure so the beer can be pushed at over 30psi through the restrictor plate knocking the co2 out of solution and into tasty foam.

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Is the beer carbed?

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The Pub / Re: Cutting the cord options
« on: May 24, 2018, 02:36:06 PM »
If I got news from people around me, I’d be no better off than Charlie Mackenzie

https://youtu.be/g5vnZec964c#t=1m49s

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The Pub / Re: Cutting the cord options
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:26:10 AM »
My issue is my wife likes being able to get all her content in one place. If I had my way I would use 3 or 4 sources to access content and could drive the cost down further. We only have two options for high speed internet and both cost essentially the same thing.

Direct TV Now keeps looking better and better, but convincing my wife to switch may be the hardest thing to achieve.
The newer devices display and play content from multiple sources without hassling the user

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The Pub / Cutting the cord options
« on: May 23, 2018, 04:42:41 PM »
Thinking of eventually cutting the cord with our DSL TV provider. The pricing only escalates and at one time we were saving quite a bit when compared with our old cable bill, but now the pricing is as high or higher.

While I once was tech saavy, I'd prefer this be an easy install with as little headaches as possible. Currently leaning toward DirectTV Now since my wife would prefer to get the majority of her content from one place.

One of our TVs has some antiquated app capabilities so I would consider our TVs to be monitors for this discussion. To use DirectTV Now I would need a Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, or to use Chromecast. I've found Chromecast to be glitchy so I'm not considering that. I have an Amazon Fire TV Stick, but it's not been exactly stellar either.

What we may do is try cord cutting at another property and then eventually integrate it into our home.

Suggestions appreciated, but don't get too technical as I might not be able to follow the conversation.

Apple TV is fantastic.
Agree. If you are in an apple centric house, it’s the no-brainer choice.

One thing to keep in mind. Cable companies are very aware that this is costing them money. Because of this they are raising the broadband only rates and establishing data caps. Where I’m at Cox gives us 1 TB per month. We are typically well below that at 200gb per month but it rocketed up to nearly 900 when my wife was home with our newborn. Unlimited with Cox and no other services is nearly $200 no contract.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Star San turned my bung brown...
« on: May 22, 2018, 09:11:38 PM »
Still nice to know what caused it considering Star San is clear

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Equipment and Software / Re: Manifold Leaking
« on: May 20, 2018, 09:32:48 PM »
Valves can leak when partially opened. The bore is basically leaking into the body which isn’t pressure tight.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Star San turned my bung brown...
« on: May 20, 2018, 09:08:25 PM »
Stainless wouldn’t be an issue. I was thinking aluminum, copper or brass.

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Equipment and Software / Star San turned my bung brown...
« on: May 20, 2018, 04:27:36 AM »
You can bleach your bung
That’s very LA of you.

To OP - did you have any metals in the solution too?

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Was the wort hot?

Any glass will likely sink, but it could easily bust open shortly.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewjacket Immersion Pro
« on: May 18, 2018, 03:47:48 AM »
RV’s are too tight for space and weight to pack in a uni-tasker. If your planning on brewing small, look into thermoelectric coolers. Operate on 12v cigarette style sockets and you can use them to keep groceries cold on long runs into town or for side trips.

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