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All Grain Brewing / Re: Sudden Barley Crusher issue
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:08:47 AM »
These things have a lifetime warranty.  My LHBS had another brand that looked exactly the same but only came with a one year warranty so I ended up getting mine through the Brewsmith website when they were on sale. Send it back and they'll totally refurbish it.  Since I've only had mine for about 7-8 months, I haven't had to do that but from what I've read here takes 3-4 weeks.  There were also some complaints and the owner answered them here.
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=23654.0
(Aghhhh! Can't get the link to work.  You'll have to copy and paste.  Sorry about that)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:49:47 PM »
Two of my favorite beers were Great Lake's Octoberfest and the Conway's Irish Ale, both seasonals.  In 2014, I got the Octoberfest and as soon as I poured it into the glass, I knew something was off.  The color was different, aroma not as intense, and the taste wasn't the same.  I went so far as to email them and as I'm less than an hour away, I took a bottle up to them.  Had lunch as their brewpub and even before the waiter got to my table with the draft Octoberfest, I could see the difference.
They told me the recipe hadn't changed.  Something, however, did.  Neither beer has been what I remember since then.  They're not bad, just not as good.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 05:09:09 PM »
Back in January I made the suggestion that what is needed is MULTIPLE FORUMS!  Look on the AHA main page under Let's Brew.  There are tabs for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  Structure the forum the same way.  A couple of general categories under each heading.

Will it work?  I don't know, but given that the levels of animosity seem to be growing and have been for quite a while (at least they are from where I'm sitting), I don't think it would hurt to look at the options.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Induction Heater for SS BrewKettle
« on: March 19, 2017, 02:58:33 AM »
I'm just about to pull the trigger on the Avantco 3500w myself.  Webstaurantstore.com has better prices than amazon but if you're not a commercial buyer, they will give you a hard time about warranties and returns.  They also say that the pot should not have a bottom diameter greater than 10.25".  Supposedly, anything larger will cause problems and possibly lead to the failure of the cooktop.  Their words, I have no idea how true that is.
I think most 10 gallon pots have a 13 - 15 inch diameter.  Is the Avantco out based on that?


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Not quite sure what your question is.  Webstaurantstore says that the pot cannot have a diameter larger than 10 1/4".  I'm assuming they are referring to the surface of the pot that is in contact with the cooktop.  I haven't bought mine yet so I can't say anything definite.

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/avantco-ic3500-countertop-induction-range-cooker-208-240v-3500w/177IC3500%20%20%20208*240.html

As far as pot size, I am guessing they are concerned about the weight. Since the heater works by magnetic fields, the pot does not have to contact the induction heater. You can support the pot separately. I've seen pictures of oversized pots supported by 2x4's with the induction heater slid under, but not supporting the pot. My pot fit on it perfectly so I did not have to do this, but apparently it works well.

I don't think weight is the big concern here.  There's a review from a home brewer whose cooktop died and the only thing the company mentioned was the pot diameter.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Induction Heater for SS BrewKettle
« on: March 18, 2017, 03:11:40 PM »
I'm just about to pull the trigger on the Avantco 3500w myself.  Webstaurantstore.com has better prices than amazon but if you're not a commercial buyer, they will give you a hard time about warranties and returns.  They also say that the pot should not have a bottom diameter greater than 10.25".  Supposedly, anything larger will cause problems and possibly lead to the failure of the cooktop.  Their words, I have no idea how true that is.

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The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 05, 2017, 02:58:21 AM »
I threw cases for 18 years as an order selector and then loader at a food service warehouse.  The last 10 years I was produce QA on my shift but by then I was using casethrower as a log-in name for various websites.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Amount of yeast to use in a small batch
« on: March 04, 2017, 01:07:30 PM »
I also brew 2.5 gallon batches and I use only dry yeast.  I almost always rehydrate and for ales I use the amount of grain to determine how much yeast to use.  One gram of yeast for each full pound of grain.  I'm just starting to do lagers and for lagers I use the whole packet.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How many packets of dry yeast
« on: February 17, 2017, 06:26:21 PM »
I subscribe to Craft Beer & Brewing and I recently got an email from the publisher, Haydn Strauss, asking if I was happy with the magazine and what I would like to see in future issues.  My first request was for a chart with dry and liquid yeast equivalents and he seemed to be open to the idea so maybe we'll get some more answers.  One information source is Brewing Classic Styles.  For almost every recipe, Zainasheff does give a dry yeast to use and even how many grams of that dry yeast to use.

But IRC it's pretty much always the same yeasts.

At least it's a start.  BCS is now 10 years old.  I wasn't brewing 10 years ago, so I don't which yeasts were and were't available then but I believe there are more now than there were way back when   :).

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How many packets of dry yeast
« on: February 17, 2017, 05:33:30 PM »
I subscribe to Craft Beer & Brewing and I recently got an email from the publisher, Haydn Strauss, asking if I was happy with the magazine and what I would like to see in future issues.  My first request was for a chart with dry and liquid yeast equivalents and he seemed to be open to the idea so maybe we'll get some more answers.  One information source is Brewing Classic Styles.  For almost every recipe, Zainasheff does give a dry yeast to use and even how many grams of that dry yeast to use.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:16:56 PM »
Maybe it's time for a separate area for LODO, just like there is for Wedding Brewing.  To me, it would be an "Enter at your own risk" kind of thing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of the Forum
« on: January 28, 2017, 01:30:53 PM »
And one forum to rule them all.
Ah, the PRECIOUS forum.  :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of the Forum
« on: January 28, 2017, 01:16:25 PM »
There's a simple solution!  There need to be MULTIPLE AHA FORUMS!!
First there's the NEWBIE forum.  'I just made the 1 gallon kit and it's my first brew and it's in the fermenter and it looks like a tornado in there.  Did I do something wrong?'  These guys just needs to hear the VERY basics.  You know, keep the fermenter somewhat cool and out of the light and don't worry about it, etc.  For crying out loud, they're making beer!  Might be bad beer, might be drinkable beer, but it's beer.
Next would be the INTERMEDIATE forum.  These brewers have the basics down and are dialing in.  The current thread about dry yeasts for an Irish Red is a great example of what this forum can be.  Information is exchanged.
Finally, there's the ADVANCED/GEEK forum.  By now you should have a good idea of how multiple forums would help!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of the Forum
« on: January 27, 2017, 05:00:44 PM »
I like turtles!

... sorry, I had to.  I agree that it's good to stay on topic but i'm not sure it's any worse than it's ever been.

Yeah, Happy Together is a great song.

I've been reading here quite a long time and Narvin is right.  It's no worse.  I realized a long while back that if the poster didn't get an answer to his specific question within the first page, he wasn't going to get one.

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The Pub / Re: Top Three: Underrated 60s/70s Rock and Blues
« on: June 05, 2016, 06:06:40 PM »
Let's get off the race and/or stealing music discussion.  You want underrated music?  How about Spooky Two by Spooky Tooth from 1969?  That's an album that still holds up.

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The Pub / Re: Top Three: Underrated 60s/70s Rock and Blues
« on: June 05, 2016, 03:03:16 PM »
I knew what you meant Pete but I had to bite on that tired on argument that RPIScotty mentioned. I agree it is sad that these guys didn't get fully compensated or acknowledged for their contributions until much later. That said, they also weren't selling out 50,000 seat arenas with their folk  blues.
Yeah, I'm sure 50,000 blacks gathering together for anything in the 1920s & 30s South would have gone over real well.

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