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Equipment and Software / pH Meter on a Budget
« on: May 14, 2019, 08:00:07 PM »
After a not-so-good experience with a really cheap pH meter years ago, I went back to the ColorpHast strips and have to say I haven't had any regrets, but I'm starting to do some kettle sours and the 4-7 range doesn't cut it for that. Looking through some old threads it seems like the recommended models run about $120, which is hard to justify for home use.

Anyone have any experience with the Beverage Doctor? From what I've seen it's pretty new on the market:

At $50 for ±0.01 readout and a replaceable electrode, it seems like a bargain.

Pimp My System / Stainless Counterflow Chiller
« on: April 18, 2019, 01:56:03 AM »
I've been telling myself for years that I was going to go all-stainless (on the cold side, you can pry my plastic mash tun from my cold dead hands) and finally figured out a way to make it happen on the cheap.

It may not be the most elegant of chillers, but did I mention cheap? ;D

Ingredients / Dark Brown Sugar
« on: October 30, 2018, 04:28:12 PM »
Anyone have experience with dark brown sugar (i.e. refined sugar + molasses), specifically in a BDSA? Google is turning up surprisingly little, and that makes me nervous.

I thought I had a full pound of turbinado but it turns out my former roommate was a big fan of it in his coffee. ::)

The Pub / Came home with 5 lb more hops...
« on: July 08, 2018, 12:14:45 AM »
I need an intervention, or at least a bigger chest freezer. ::)

Homebrew Con 2018 / Anyone at the Jupiter?
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:17:55 PM »
Thought it'd be fun to do a mini-meetup, more so if you don't have to schlep bottles a few blocks...

Looks like they have a pretty swanky bar from the site so I'm not optimistic about them letting us crash the party, but you never know. But I didn't pay less for a bar-adjacent you-knew-what-you-were-getting-into room for nothing.

Classifieds / Free Pound of Willamette
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:13:35 PM »
Clearing out some space in the hop freezer, these are 2015 crop (Hops Direct, pellet, 5.6% AA) but still flushed/sealed and have been frozen since. They'll ship in the Priority box with an ice pack for $6, or if you're at NHC we could hand them off.

Beer Recipes / Brew Day Audible: Maibock Edition
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:22:52 PM »
My hops that were supposed to arrive yesterday still aren't here, so I need to call an audible on today's recipe. I've brewed it a bunch so that's not the end of the world. Pretty basic Maibock: 67/33 Weyermann Pils/Munich 1, 16°P, ~30 IBU. The hops were supposed to be 27 g Brewer's Gold FWH (90 min) and 27 g at 15 min.

I do have a bunch of stuff not listed but it's all in the citrus/tropical vein. The boil won't actually start until about 1 PM (MDT) so I have some time to think about it.

Pimp My System / Bar Top and Tower for Kegerator
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:26:48 PM »
I posted this in the kegging sub, but maybe it belongs here instead. The blog post has some details and more pictures from the build.

Kegging and Bottling / A Sneak Peek
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:11:56 AM »

Equipment and Software / Any hope for a dying chest freezer?
« on: August 20, 2017, 05:00:50 PM »
Over the past few weeks my kegerator chest freezer has started running more and more, and the past few days it's gotten worse, to the point that the compressor is running about 3/4 time just to hold it at 7°C. There's also ice forming over the coils in the corner furthest from the compressor. I'm assuming that means it's low on coolant, but these are sealed systems, so that means a leak, right? So even if I can find it I don't have the equipment to recharge it with coolant. Any other potential solutions?

I've had it about 11 years so I'll probably just end up taking Lowe's up on their free delivery and haul-away, but I figured I'd ask if there's anything worth trying in the meantime.

Equipment and Software / Patching a pinhole in a stainless kettle
« on: May 13, 2017, 10:08:24 PM »
Anyone have suggestions for a temporary fix? Asking for a friend, definitely not because I'm standing here with a tun full of wort and a leaky kettle.

The Pub / Just to preserve some perspective...
« on: December 08, 2015, 09:35:58 PM »
I know we all like to quibble over various esoteric brewing parameters; it's part of the fun of the hobby (for me at least). I also sometimes lose sight of how far "we" have come*. I just stopped in to my local watering hole (4 drafts, 2 craft) and they've had Sam Adams Winter Lager on tap for two days, labeled as Rebel IPA. I went back and lifted the keg - about 80% empty. I was the first person to notice.

I'm not sure what this says, other than that it's a dive bar in a small town. But when we vigorously debate how to achieve "it", it's probably worth bearing in mind.

*I say this as a young'un in the industry.

Ingredients / Replacement for CaraVienna?
« on: October 29, 2015, 04:43:24 PM »
Stocking up on some specialty malts and apparently Weyermann is no longer making their ~20 SRM CaraVienna malt. Anyone know if CaraRed is the same stuff rebranded, or at least something comparable? Any other thoughts on a replacement? I'll update if Weyermann gets back to me.

Ingredients / Smoking Malt on a Grill?
« on: August 08, 2015, 09:44:12 PM »
Bit of a wild hair here, but I'm wondering if anyone's smoked base malt using a charcoal (or gas, I suppose) grill. It seems to me that I could just wrap the wet wood in some aluminum foil, throw it on a the lit coals (probably once the grill has started to cool down), and put the grain up top on a baking sheet for a few hours. I also saw a reference somewhere to a cast-iron skillet. Thoughts?

Seriously, Colorado's pretty great. Much better than elbowing your way around a fart-filled convention center.

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