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I began buying base grain in bulk a few years ago.  Then, I started purchasing hops by the pound and now have  a decent supply, and yes, I just ordered three more pounds.

I use rice hulls and just bought a gazillion pounds.  I got a good deal on Star San awhile back.

My point is once you begin looking at the value of bulk and group purchases you can get ahead of the brewing cycle and begin to expand into other areas of the consumables.

The Pub / Re: Finally happened.
« on: October 01, 2011, 01:05:46 PM »
A new door will open.  I hope it is a bigger door painted in bright colors.

Tats?  Hmmmm, stop at a nursing home and look around.  What will those tats look like in 60 years?

Who will be sponsoring this in the legislature?

The Pub / Re: To counterbalance...
« on: October 01, 2011, 03:42:48 AM »
I did a floor speech one time dealing with a bill that would have cut funding for dental care for low income people.

"If people are interviewing for a job and it comes down to two equally qualified people, and one provides a great smile and the other a smile that shows teeth needing to be corrected, who do you think gets the job?"

It did not matter, we cut the funding.

The Pub / Re: Finally happened.
« on: October 01, 2011, 03:20:49 AM »
Sorry about the lay off.  Never easy, almost always best in the long term.

Best of luck

Ingredients / Re: OH MY GAWD...disgusting...yuck yuck
« on: September 20, 2011, 09:18:47 PM »
I heard that, "tea" replaced waterboarding in Iraq a few years ago.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Gloves?
« on: September 20, 2011, 09:16:30 PM »
I use a work glove I bought at a Home Depot type store.  Leather on the palms, net/webbing on the backs.  I began using them mainly for grasping hot kettles, as well as general safety around my brewery.

They work great.

Beer Recipes / Summit's Horizon Red Ale
« on: September 01, 2011, 08:28:09 PM »
Anybody have a recipe clone for this wonderful beer?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Rotating Kegs out of the serving line.
« on: October 19, 2010, 01:35:36 AM »
Sweet.  Sometimes it takes awhile to finish five gallons.  I am a politician, so as you know I have no friends.   ;D 

Yup I have a picnic tap and am now about to begin purchasing my dorm refrigerator two keg build.

I ran across this the other day:

Anybody use one?  It seems this may be easier than a picnic tap.

Kegging and Bottling / Rotating Kegs out of the serving line.
« on: October 18, 2010, 10:48:24 PM »
At the moment, I only have one keg that I serve at a time.  I have a number of different styles lined up ready to serve.

Is there a problem with taking a keg that is half finished out of the kegerator and swap with another for a bit?  My intent would be to return the original to the kegerator in the future.  I would like to mix em up a bit.

Maybe it is taking me too long to finish a keg, but I would like to swap them at times.

And yes, I am working at increasing my serving capacity.   :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Old Brewer
« on: October 13, 2010, 03:23:32 AM »
Do I recognize you from the Northern Brewer site?  Anyway, I do hope you and yours are doing well now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Big Mistake?
« on: August 27, 2010, 03:48:35 AM »
Your old bucket will work fine to mix sanitizer, rinse bottles and use as a slop bucket.  Welcome to the hobby.

Equipment and Software / Re: Where to run temperature probe?
« on: August 23, 2010, 03:56:06 AM »
I just run the wire between the gasket and the door and find no issues.

I do though tape the probe to the side of my carboys and cover that with insulation so the temp controller is getting the stats directly from the fermentor.

ie, if your are using the frig as a fermentor rather than as a kegerator.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« on: July 30, 2010, 04:55:39 AM »
3-4000 pounds would have me brewing well past my hundredth birthday at my rate!

And may we all be here to toast to you.

Pimp My System / Re: I pimped my carboys
« on: May 17, 2010, 12:15:34 PM »
You mean, you can measure stuff in this hobby?   ;D

Nice job.

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