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The Pub / Wiring a receptacle to a switch.
« on: April 10, 2011, 01:39:02 PM »
Howdy all! It's been a while since I posted here, but I do check up regularly. I've been busy with the baby and the house, so hopefully I'll be able to get back to brewing soon.

Here's my latest project:
I'm going to install a garbage disposal soon and I need to make sure I have the wiring right before I do it. I plan on putting a receptacle under the sink and controlling it with a wall switch. Below is a diagram for what I want to do. The plan is to connect the black source wire (right box) to the top screw on the switch (middle box), connect the black wire from the receptacle (left box) to the bottom screw on the switch, and connect the white wire from the source to the white wire from the receptacle. Does this all sound right.

BTW, my source is coming from a junction box that also run the other way to my vent-hood above the range. I don't know if that will matter, but I figure I'd throw it out there.


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The Pub / Indian Turnip
« on: September 27, 2010, 05:32:47 PM »
Anybody ever experienced chewing this stuff? Don't worry admins, it isn't a drug. I'll just say this for now, for me, it was an experience I'll never forget or try again!

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General Homebrew Discussion / RIPA looks like mud water
« on: August 22, 2010, 10:09:13 AM »
I brewed this one up 3 weeks ago. I used Wyeast German Ale mainly because I had some fresh and also to see what it would do in a beer like this. OG was 1.068 and it dropped to 1.016 after fermenting in the lower 60's for about 12 days. Any idea why it is so dirty looking? I mean, it's not clearing at all and I've never had this happen before.



08-01-2010 Tom's RIPA (Inspired by DC)

A ProMash Brewing Session Report
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Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal): 5.25 Wort Size (Gal): 5.25
Total Grain (Lbs): 15.75
Anticipated OG: 1.068 Plato: 16.51
Anticipated SRM: 11.3
Anticipated IBU: 70.1
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Actual Mash System Efficiecy: 65 %

Grain/Extract/Sugar

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
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69.8 11.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 1.036 2
19.0 3.00 lbs. Rye Malt America 1.030 4
6.3 1.00 lbs. Crystal 60L America 1.034 60
1.6 0.25 lbs. Crystal 20L America 1.035 20
3.2 0.50 lbs. CaraPilsner France 1.035 10

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Hops

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
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1.00 oz. Amarillo Whole 10.00 29.1 First WH
0.50 oz. Amarillo Whole 10.00 16.2 60 min.
1.00 oz. Amarillo Whole 10.00 24.8 30 min.
1.50 oz. Amarillo Whole 10.00 0.0 0 min.


Yeast
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WYeast 1007 German Ale


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All Grain Brewing / Barley Crusher in today!
« on: June 22, 2010, 04:52:53 PM »
Sweet!
The Fedex guy showed up today with my new toy!
 I crushed 7 pounds for my next batch with the crank and will never do that again. I was sweating in the kitchen cranking that damn thing. Glad to have a motor and drill to run in from now on.

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The Pub / Father's Day
« on: June 19, 2010, 06:53:49 AM »
It's a day early, but I just found out what my Father's Day gift will be: a Barley Crusher! I was so excited I about pee'd myself. My old mill was getting a little worn and I just mentioned this to my wife a while back. This morning I check the email and see the invoice for a new mill! Totally stoked!


Here's a picture of the reason I get to celebrate Father's Day:


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The Pub / Happy Festivus! Air your grievances here!
« on: December 23, 2009, 06:29:56 AM »

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General Homebrew Discussion / What to make with these ingredients
« on: December 06, 2009, 09:44:22 AM »
On hand I have:

Plenty of 2-Row
~1# Black malt
~1$ Roasted Barley
1+ #s Chocolate
1/2# Crystal 120
1/2# Special Roast

Fuggle, EKG, Mt. Hood, Cascade, and Centennial Hops

An assortment of dry ale yeast and a Wyeast 1450 slurry.

I was planning on making a porter, but I'm open to suggestions. I'd really like to make an APA, but I would like some light crystal to do that.

All ideas are appreciated!

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General Homebrew Discussion / How's this water for a porter?
« on: December 02, 2009, 04:32:28 PM »
If I start with:

Ca = 86
Mg = 14
Na = 18
SO4 = 8
Cl = 22
HCO3 = 140

and add minerals to get to:

Ca = 116.6
Mg = 24.4
Na = 36
SO4 = 49.2
Cl = 22
HCO3 = 314

I changed my mind and I'm shooting for Dublin-like water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Ward Labs Report is in! Please help decipher!
« on: November 30, 2009, 05:28:05 PM »
I bit the $16.50 bullet and sent a sample in and here's what I got. So...what do I have?

pH 8.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 230
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.38
Cations / Anions, me/L 3.7 / 3.7
ppm
Sodium, Na 18
Potassium, K 5
Calcium, Ca 32
Magnesium, Mg 14
Total Hardness, CaCO3 138
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.4 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 8
Chloride, Cl 22
Carbonate, CO3 6
Bicarbonate, HCO3 140
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 125

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Beer Recipes / Denny's yeast in a Cream Ale?
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:27:45 AM »
I moved this post from the yeast section to here.

This year's annual Black Friday Brew is going to be a Cream Ale fermented with Denny's Favorite 50 yeast left over from a brown ale I did 6 weeks ago. I'm not looking to stay within all the guidelines, but I thought it'd be interesting.



What should I expect?



Black Friday 2009 - Cream Ale

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal):         3.00    Wort Size (Gal):    3.00
Total Grain (Lbs):        5.00
Anticipated OG:          1.045    Plato:             11.26
Anticipated SRM:           5.5
Anticipated IBU:          41.6
Brewhouse Efficiency:       75 %
Wort Boil Time:             60    Minutes

Grain/Extract/Sugar

   %     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
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 80.0     4.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)              America        1.036      2
 10.0     0.50 lbs. Victory Malt                  America        1.034     25
 10.0     0.50 lbs. Flaked Corn (Maize)           America        1.040      1

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Hops

   Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
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  0.50 oz.    Centennial                        Whole   10.50  34.7  60 min.
  0.50 oz.    Centennial                        Whole   10.50   6.9  5 min.




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Yeast and Fermentation / Denny's Yeast in a Cream Ale?
« on: November 24, 2009, 05:54:37 PM »
This year's annual Black Friday Brew is going to be a Cream Ale fermented with Denny's Favorite 50 yeast left over from a brown ale I did 6 weeks ago. I'm not looking to stay within all the guidelines, but I thought it'd be interesting.



What should I expect?



Black Friday 2009 - Cream Ale

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics
----------------

Batch Size (Gal):         3.00    Wort Size (Gal):    3.00
Total Grain (Lbs):        5.00
Anticipated OG:          1.045    Plato:             11.26
Anticipated SRM:           5.5
Anticipated IBU:          41.6
Brewhouse Efficiency:       75 %
Wort Boil Time:             60    Minutes

Grain/Extract/Sugar

   %     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 80.0     4.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)              America        1.036      2
 10.0     0.50 lbs. Victory Malt                  America        1.034     25
 10.0     0.50 lbs. Flaked Corn (Maize)           America        1.040      1

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Hops

   Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
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  0.50 oz.    Centennial                        Whole   10.50  34.7  60 min.
  0.50 oz.    Centennial                        Whole   10.50   6.9  5 min.







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All Grain Brewing / How do I mash these?
« on: November 15, 2009, 06:19:36 AM »


I want to make a cream ale next week and I have everything I need except flaked corn. So instead of ordering just that, I thought I'd use grits. I've read about cereal mashes, but there seems to be some dispute about whether it's necessary. So can I just cook the grits and then add them to the ton?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Please Help Analyze My Water Report
« on: November 10, 2009, 07:11:42 PM »
I'm not sure what all I need to post, so I'll post it all.
This is an old report, from 2005. I don't have a 2009 report anymore, must have thrown it out. I can't think the levels would change much over 4 years, though.

All of these number come under the column Highest Level Detected
Barium 0.02 ppm
Fluoride 0.98 ppm
Nitrate-Nitrite 0.5 ppm
Nitrate (as N) 0.34 ppm
Simazine 0.52 ppb
Atrazine 1.2 ppb
Manganese 14 ppb
Sodium 13 ppm

So what do I have here?

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All Things Food / Slap Ya Mama!
« on: November 09, 2009, 06:17:39 PM »
If you haven't tried it, gitcha some! I love it on ... well ... just about everything!


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All Things Food / Post your chili recipes
« on: November 06, 2009, 09:09:55 PM »
As the weather gets colder, it's perfect time for chili! I make a batch every year on the day after Thanksgiving along with a batch of beer. I'm looking for some new ideas, so post them up!

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