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Events / Live brewcast on my electric system
« on: September 05, 2011, 08:51:33 AM »
I'm not sure if this is an event, but I'll be brewcasting today.  I'll be doing 10 gallons of a dark mild on my all-electric system.  Feel free to stop by and say hello :)

I'm live and just getting setup now, 11:50 EST.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/manskirtbrewcast

-Joe

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General Homebrew Discussion / Forging bottle openers
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:08:08 PM »
Not sure where this belongs, so I hope this forum is ok.

Last week I spent a few days with my blacksmith friends up in Altamont NY.  Last year I made taphandles.  This year I went with a bottle opener theme and I thought you folks might like to see some pictures.

This one is probably my favorite design.  A flattened twist with a fishtail curl on the end.



Here's a similar one, with an un-flattened twist and a curled point.



This one I'm most proud of, for the type of work it involved.  The two pieces are forge-welded together at the end.  They were heated up just to the point the surfaces were molten, then hammered together to form one piece.  Pretty cool stuff.



Here's what the smithy looks like.



And there may or may not have been some kilted hammer juggling :)



-Joe

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