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Equipment and Software / brew nanny
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:58:34 AM »
These things are pretty cool, but really pricey.  I wonder how many they will sell.

And is it me, or does it look like the carboy is moldy?  :o

Beer Travel / North Carolina
« on: March 09, 2014, 06:27:54 AM »
I'll be making a trip to the Outer Banks again, and my brother has offered to round up a bunch of beers for me to enjoy while I'm there.  Can anyone suggest some excellent beers available in bottles somewhere in NC?  I'm looking for variety and things that are available in the next couple of months.  Thanks!

The Pub / I'm back, I hope
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:01:55 AM »
Hi everyone, I know I've been absent for a while but I'm going to make an effort to spend more time on the forum.  We'll see how it goes :)

I've marked everything as read, so if there is something you asked me about and I never responded, point me to it.

Equipment and Software / threaded hose barb
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:09:11 AM »
Does anyone know where I can find a hose barb with the opposite end threaded to fit into the faucet end of a shank?  Or what size those threads are?  I want to be able to remove the faucet and back flush the lines.  Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 12, 2013, 08:25:39 PM »
Hi everyone, in case you missed it the gold medal winner of the GABF pro-am was Jeff Gladish for "Poblano", made by Cigar City Brewing.  He's known on the forum as jeffy.

Congratulations Jeff!

The Pub / bridge collapse
« on: May 24, 2013, 04:54:47 AM »
Damn!  They're preempting a lot of TV with live coverage of this, haven't gone to commercial in a long time.  So far it looks like no casualties.

The Pub / self driving car
« on: May 20, 2013, 06:43:52 PM »
I want one of these . . . they just need to improve it a bit and get it to market.,2817,2419184,00.asp

The Pub / best ereader
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:18:02 PM »
Inspired by corky's thread . . .

I have an e-ink kindle that I love.  Unfortunately I learned that they cannot be bent in half and still function properly, so I need to get a replacement.  I'm leaning towards the same thing because the price is right and I know I will like it, but I am open to something different if it might be better.

So does anyone have any recommendations?

The Pub / automatic tip
« on: April 14, 2013, 09:32:05 AM »
I was recently at a pub with some people, and apparently we hit their "automatic gratuity" number of patrons - there was 6 of us, which seems like a low number but ok.  I didn't realize this, and when the tab came I threw down a card to pay for it without going over the details.  When they ran it and brought it back the itemized receipt was gone and there was no tip listed.  So I tipped a good amount and didn't worry much about it, although the total did seem high.  We had been having a lot of fun including sampling nearly 20 beers, so I was not as focused as I could have been.

I will concede the fact that the double tip was my fault, but I am still a bit grumpy about it.  I feel the waiter should have at least made sure to point out it was included when he dropped off the tab (which happened at another place earlier in the day when more of us were out), or if not, then it should have been obvious I didn't realize it was included when I threw a full tip on top of the automatic tip.

It's not that I necessarily want my money back - in fact I don't know what would make me happy.  I guess it just comes down to a bad experience, one that I will survive (have survived).  I want to say something to the owner but that feels like going a bit too far.  It's not really fair to the pub, but that one guy left me feeling cranky about the place.  Blah.

Equipment and Software / hop screen
« on: April 05, 2013, 11:10:21 PM »
Ok, I need to build some kind of hop screen - no more hoppy beers until I do.  I've had to back flush the chiller twice now, and it's ruining my day.

I need something that will block pellets, is totally removable, and preferably attaches to the kettle via a tube that I can just shove into the kettle outlet.  I think a short piece of 1/4" copper will fit in the hole just fine, perhaps tightly enough to stay in place.  I'll figure that out.  But I need some kind of filter.  I'm thinking stainless mesh folded, crimped, and attached to the copper.

Anyone have any other ideas?

Ingredients / citra, sorachi ace, centennial
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:07:15 AM »
Has anyone tried citra, sorachi ace, and centennial together?

I'm planning an IPA using what I've got on hand, which means roughly for each 5 gallons 1 oz of citra, 1.3 oz of sorachi ace, and maybe 1.1 oz of centennial (oz instead of g for you Keith).  The bittering will be warrior, and I'll use some Falconer's Flight to add a backbone of flavor/aroma.  I'm thinking of doing the citra/centennial late or dry hop and saving the sorachi ace for another beer.  I'm just not sure the sorachi will go well with the citra/cents.  They are 2011 crop citra by the way.


Going Pro / kegs
« on: February 25, 2013, 06:38:12 AM »
Has anyone used these kegs at all, or know anything about them?  Good price, not too far from here.

If you have other recommendations for keg suppliers let me know - we're looking for 1/4 bbl kegs for use with beer and soda, 20-30 of them.

Equipment and Software / pump noise
« on: January 31, 2013, 10:57:38 PM »
I've got a pump running glycol from the chiller and it makes a weird buzzing noise.  One pump does it and one doesn't, so clearly something is wrong.  I thought that there might be some air in the head, so I loosened the nut to vent it and the pump quieted right down - success!  Unfortunately when I tightened the nut again the noise picked right back up.

Can anyone tell me what is going on and how to fix it?

Here is a pic of the head zoomed in for part numbers, the nut is on the left.

Equipment and Software / propane vs natural gas
« on: January 14, 2013, 09:05:30 PM »
I don't have much experience with different types of gas, but this looks like a natural gas burner to me.  And correct me if I'm wrong, but running propane through a natural gas burner will cause it to burn less completely and create extra soot which will build up on the underside of the kettle, further cutting efficiency.  Does that all sounds about right?

Can anyone help me with calculating efficiency so I can figure out the relative value (heating capacity per $) of propane vs. natural gas in my market?  I haven't looked up the prices yet, but I figure there has to be some way to compare the two.

Equipment and Software / butterfly vs. ball
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:15:55 PM »
What do you think are the relative merits between butterfly and ball valves?

I figure the butterfly valve is easier to clean, but the ball is less likely to get clogged.  Anything I'm missing?

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