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Just like a chest freezer on an external thermostat has proven to be more efficient than a refrigerator for me.
Why do you think that is? After my chest freezer dies, which may be a while, I plan to switch to a fridge conversion. No external temperature control needed, freezer for hops; it's a multi-purpose kegerator.

Another part of it could be that most chest freezer do not have a defrost cycle or any de-humidifying, while most uprights do.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Conversion time trame
« on: March 28, 2014, 06:55:24 AM »
How confident are you in the accuracy of your thermometer?  A few degrees can be a big difference.

You can check your thermometer in boiling water (the purer the better).  It should read 212 F during a solid rolling boil (less at elevation, there are online charts for this).  It's not quite the same range as mash temps, but it should let you know if you are significantly off.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Wedding
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:57:31 AM »
I am in MN as well, and both me and a friend had homebrew favors at our weddings.  Not sure if it was legal or not, but the two different venues we each used were ok with it.  We were told that they are not to be consumed on site, had to be take home favors.  I don't think that memo made it to all the guests though.

I had just under 200 guests and he had over 300.  Those two events were more bottling than we have ever done.  Combined.

A third friend that I brew with was able to serve our beer at his wedding, but that was in WI.

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All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 12, 2014, 01:34:10 PM »
Sweet.  Thanks for the link.

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All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:58:44 AM »
Mustard is so ridiculously cheap and easy to make there is no need to buy it. I made a stoneground (coarse) with some homebrew dubbel that was rockin.

The seeds are readily available from most of your whole foods type bulk aisles. And cheaper than buying a can of Coleman's powdered mustard.

You'll have more control over the process and tailor to your tastes.

You have a recipe for a starting point?  I have a bunch of mustard seeds, and have been planning to make some mustard, but have not found the round tuit and recipe yet.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:51:30 AM »
I wonder how long it's going to take just to fill the kickstarter orders. The kickstarter page says June of this year but that seems quick to turn around that much work, especially if they need the kickstarter funds to buy the base materials.

I think the kettles will come from China, or someplace similar, and he will add the fittings. Maybe the conicals as well.

Somewhere in the kickstarter, it said that they would use the funds to buy a roll of raw materials.  I was assuming that meant a roll of stainless sheet metal, which they would use to build the kettles and fermenters out of.  Not positive though.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:50:10 AM »
Just curious if anyone knows, are the capacities (5 gallon boil kettle for example) the full capacity, or the recommended batch size?  I know I would not want to brew a 5 gallon batch in a 5 gallon pot.

Not sure what their full capacity is, but I think 5 gallon kettles are ideal for extract batches and maybe 2.5 gallon batches.  I do a lot of 3 gallon batches and those usually call for about 4.25 - 4.5 gallons of wort and I wouldn't be comfortable doing these in a 5 gallon kettle.  Not saying it's not possible, but you would have to be real careful with boil overs.  The price for the 10 gallon kettle is just $40 bucks more and a great deal at $150.

Right.  If the 5 gallon size pot is an actual 5 gallon capacity, it would be recommended to step up to 10 gallon for a 5 gallon batch.  Or up to 15 for a 10 gallon batch.  But I was not able to find if the "sizes" were actual capacity or batch sizes.  I would assume probably actual capacity.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 07, 2014, 07:43:31 AM »
Just curious if anyone knows, are the capacities (5 gallon boil kettle for example) the full capacity, or the recommended batch size?  I know I would not want to brew a 5 gallon batch in a 5 gallon pot.

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Classifieds / Re: Winterfest - St. Paul MN
« on: January 23, 2014, 08:23:32 AM »
Correction, make that 3 tickets available.


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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: January 23, 2014, 08:20:42 AM »
A decent set of stainless with aluminum core are good.  But what I use most are my cast iron skillet and griddle.  The skillet is an oldie found at a flea market.  The griddle is newer Lodge.  If you buy new, plan on sending about 20 lbs of bacon through it before it starts to work the way cast iron should.

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Classifieds / Winterfest - St. Paul MN
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:04:18 PM »
I have two extra tickets to Winterfest in St. Paul, MN.  Friday Jan. 31.

http://www.mncraftbrew.org/events/winterfest

Let me know if you are interested.

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Equipment and Software / Re: good place to buy perlick faucets?
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:49:59 AM »
To be fair, it was a pretty thick imperial stout, and was on tap for a few months of random 1-2 pours at a time.  Any faucet would have a hard time with that.  The standard Perlicks have held up without issue under the same conditions though. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: good place to buy perlick faucets?
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:15:39 AM »
Cr@p.  Didn't look that close.  Guessing the prices listed are for dealers, not retail.  Oh well, should still be cheaper than a new faucet.

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Equipment and Software / Re: good place to buy perlick faucets?
« on: January 09, 2014, 10:59:28 AM »
I also could not get the faucet off, so ended up replacing the guts with the innards of a standard Perlick.  Now it's been running fine for quite some time. 

Where did you get the innards for the standard Perlick (525?)? I'll probably end up doing that once I get really tired of beer on the garage floor.

From another faucet I had laying around.  I still need to get new parts to put the cannibalized one back together, and it looks like I can get them straight from Perlick for about $6.  Thanks Jeff M

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Equipment and Software / Re: good place to buy perlick faucets?
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:14:56 AM »
Good advice to go the few extra $$ for stainless. I even went a few bucks more and got the Creamers - very happy with them for over a year now.

I had a Perlick creamer faucet that got enough build up to not be able to shut off after about 6 months.  The beer in when it stuck was imperial stout, so it was pretty thick.  I believe the o-ring tore a bit when the faucet was opened, and would not seal again.  I also could not get the faucet off, so ended up replacing the guts with the innards of a standard Perlick.  Now it's been running fine for quite some time. 

Also had the same problem with others not understanding that it does not shut off when you push it all the way in.

tldr: go with the standard style stainless Perlick faucet.

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