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Equipment and Software / Re: Induction Recommendations
« on: December 04, 2018, 04:35:05 PM »
Just remembered!  There are also a couple of articles by Josh Weikert on using an induction cooktop that have been in Brew Your Own mag.

Equipment and Software / Re: Induction Recommendations
« on: December 04, 2018, 04:32:44 PM »
I do 2 1/2 gallon batches with induction so I'm starting with just a little less than 4 gallons.  I had a 220 line put into the garage and use a 3500W induction cooktop.  Doesn't take very long at all to heat the strike water and then bring the wort to a full boil.  In less than 1 1/2 years I've done 36 batches on this thing.  However, when I got the induction cooktop, I also bought a high quality 5 gallon kettle with a small diameter to try and match the cooktop's heating area.  Supposedly, if the kettle is too large it can cause problems for the cooktop.  The bottom of my kettle is only 1/2" larger that the element's diameter and I haven't had any problems.

There's some more info here;

It's been a while since I brewed mine, but I used grapefruit peel that was dried in the oven.  Here's the link to a previous discussion.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Danby mini-fridge kegerator stopped working
« on: November 27, 2018, 09:51:21 PM »
The neighbor across the street from me put out his wine refrigerator with a "free" sign.  I plugged it in.  The temperature display worked but the compressor didn't start.  I noticed the relay on the top of the compressor looked discolored.  I pulled it out, took it apart put it back together and it ran after that.  A new relay was only $7 on Amazon so rather than have the relay fail again (potentially start a fire?) I bought a new relay.  The fridge runs like new.

I've thought about asking the neighbor to come over for some wine, but decided that'd be bad form.

I like putting in a little time and ca$h to fix free stuff. I recently revived a generator that sat for 4+ yrs by cleaning the fuel tank, changing the oil, and replacing the carburetor and magneto. ~ $60 for a 5550 watt generator ain’t bad.

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Does anybody remember the old Our Gang episode where the kids have a band in the recording studio?  When one of the kids clashes the cymbals together, the sound engineer's hair sticks straight out.  In the best situation, that's all that would happen to me if I tried something like taking apart and repairing any kind of fridge.  My kegerator is the fridge I got when I cleaned out my mom's house.  My fermentation fridge is a mini-fridge I got off Craig's List for $40.  I recently saw an estate sale with a Sanyo mini-fridge they wanted $30 for.  Its only issue was ice build up in the freezer section.  Alternatives are out there for those of us who are technologically challenged.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Christmas Ale (Great Lakes Brewing)
« on: November 21, 2018, 03:15:47 AM »
But GLB made a good one - at least it was a few years ago.  Try one if you get an opportunity. See what you think.

Just had a GLB Christmas Ale.   Ugh.  If memory serves,  it used to be considerably stronger.   But this year's strikes me as simply cloying, and alcoholically hot.  Not a great deal of anything to offer IMHO.   And last year's I liked -- the spice was so restrained as to be undetectable, but it was a nice winter warmer type ale at least.
 Now I've just taken a sip of 12 Dogs of Christmas.   At nearly 1% ABV stronger,  it is smooth, creamy, and deliciously balanced between malt and spice.  Not obnoxious spice, just plays nice in an ale spice. Like GLB was.  KellerBrauer,  sorry to tease you.   I see Thirsty Dog only distributes Ohio and eastward.  For giggles I also got Fat Head's Holly Jolly in my mix-6 pack,  a more recent pretender to the crown of GLB Christmas Ale.   I will report if I can withstand 3 strong ales in one evening.   (Where is my younger self when I need him?)

EDIT/update Okay the Fat Heads is just barely noticeably alcoholic and slightly bitter, not nearly as well balanced or smooth  and  creamy as the Thirsty Dog.   Of the three Cleveland area contenders for top of the Christmas tree,  I give it to 12 Dogs.   GLB, you've been dethroned.  IMHO. YMMV. And any other necessary disclaimers.  Interested in the opinions of others.

I've never been a fan of Great Lakes Christmas Ale.  It was always too harsh.  But even with the knowledge that it's been toned down, the only way I'll try one is if someone else buys it (and there's nothing else available).  I have, though, always enjoyed the 12 Dogs but my favorite winter type spiced ale has been LagerHeads Winter Mischief.  To me, it has the best balance of spice and beer flavor.  I did take a 4 pack of the Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged 12 Dogs when we visited my son in the Chicago area this past month and that was very good.

Equipment and Software / Re: Best grain mill available today.
« on: October 03, 2018, 04:52:45 PM »
Well a Millar is on its way posted by a friend in the US. 

Over 100 bucks shipping! I’ll dodge the tax and import charges this way though.   

Thanks all. 

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Make sure you let us know your impressions!  Thanks.

Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:57:21 PM »
Ok, thanks.

Might have to look into 1 or 2 of these.

Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Bluetooth floating hydrometer
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:03:07 PM »
Ok.  I'm giving this round to the Tilt and calling it a success.  Beer is kegged, spunding valve in place, fingers are crossed.
Pictured here: Tilt reading after mild agitation, picture of Tilt after carboy is drained (some trub remaining on unit), & hydrometer reading. 
Edit: Not pictured but also being tested: Clear Beer Draught System in the keg. 

Got a quick question.  If I'm reading it correctly, the hydrometer is showing a reading of 1.015 and I'm assuming a calibration temp of 60F.  When I use the online temp correction software it tells me that the corrected reading is 1.014.  Here's the question.  Why is the Tilt showing an uncalibrated reading of 1.014?

The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:16:27 PM »
"Skinny," Alex Bevan

Kinda funny to watch him sing this song now, now that he's not so skinny LOL!

Equipment and Software / Re: Best grain mill available today.
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:12:36 PM »
Has anyone bought a Millar's Barley Mill?  I think they've only got the one model and while it's got everything you need, hopper, bucket, etc., I think it's kind of pricey at $280-300.  Would be interested to hear anyone's input on it though.

The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: August 29, 2018, 01:18:09 AM »
Warm Beer (Cold Women) - Cats On Holiday

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Personal Preference Terroir?
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:16:25 PM »
Everything I've read tells me not to put much stock in these tests.  Now I have half a mind to take one.  I know my paternal grandfather's family lived in the same house in the same town in Franconia for hundreds of years, and my paternal grandmother's family worked for the same rich family in that town for several generations.  My maternal grandfather's family, according to records I researched extensively myself, were in the same business in the same town in Ireland back to at least around 1800.  So if the test didn't tell me I'm at least 50% German and 25% Irish,  I'd say it was pretty much bogus.   I bet it would put me all over the map except Germany and Ireland!

23andme said that I was 37% Eastern European (Czech).  Which to me means that one of my grandparents was full Czech and one was just half Czech.  Unless you can trace everyone back, there's no real way to know!

My dad's family was from Mississippi.  The rest of my lineage is a hodgepodge of just about everything European.  There's a reason this country is called a melting pot.

And to get back to Jim's original question, I'm willing to bet that there's no reason for SOME people why that can't be true.  Doesn't work for me, though.  I love pasta and rice.  No Asian and only 1.4% "Broadly Southern European".

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Personal Preference Terroir?
« on: August 13, 2018, 03:32:05 PM »
My mom's parents came over from Bohemia in the early 1920s.  New Year's Day was pork roast, dumplings and sauerkraut.  And that was it.  Loved the pork roast and dumplings.  To this day I still can't STAND sauerkraut!  Go figure.

For Christmas my daughter got my wife and I 23andme DNA tests.  My dad kept photo albums and he had names (and dates) on almost all the photos.  Of all the people 23andme says are my cousins, there are just a scant few that match the names in his photo albums.  LOL!  Again, go figure!  LOL!

All Grain Brewing / Re: New Albion Recipe - water questions
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:41:50 PM »
anykine, you might want to check out  This is a blog by Renee DeLuca, who is the daughter of Jack McAuliffe, original brewer of New Albion.

Equipment and Software / Re: Anvil Bucket vs. SS Brew Bucket
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:39:42 PM »
I have both the BB Mini and the 4 gallon Anvil. I only use the BB when I need an extra fermenter. The biggest issue as others have pointed out is the rubber foot. Makes every task a much bigger PITA. I think the larger versions have welded feet. I do also like the slightly larger volume. I have less blowoff problems and can make slightly larger batches.
I've got a 4.4 mini-fridge for my fermentation chamber and right now I'm using 3 gallon better bottles.  Any idea if the 4 gal Anvil will fit in a mini-fridge?  Looks like those handle do stick out quite a bit.

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