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The Pub / Re: Happy pi day every one!
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:51:40 PM »
The greatest pi day of the century will be next year!

Pimp My System / Re: My basement electric brewery
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:15:29 AM »
Wow! Very cool.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:48:24 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Origin of growlers
« on: February 22, 2014, 11:40:57 AM »
Cool. Thanks for sharing. My grandfather told stories about bringing home buckets of beer from the bar in his small mining town in northern NY. Never knew about the origin of the term, though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:38:12 AM »
+1 on the allergies. Makes evaluation tough.

Luckily my wife has a great sense of taste/smell, so she's my guinea pig.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:36:03 AM »
I'm a malt man at heart, but I go back and forth. I try to never buy or brew the same beer back-to-back. Keeps things fun and interesting. Less burnout on specific styles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:32:34 AM »
IPA after 3 weeks in keg.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Brew ... Advice?
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:32:10 PM »
Make sure you calibrate your thermometer. My first AG batch was a Kolsch that was quite chewy...not so good. The thermometer I used was about 10 degrees off.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:39:24 PM »
California common

Pimp My System / Re: Easy Tap Handles
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:32:57 AM »
Ah yes. It's not the cold that gets to me in NY, it's the lack of sun in the winter. Very gloomy. However, it's been very clear and sunny this weekend.

I bought these chrome ferrules from Kegworks.

Let me know how your project goes!

Pimp My System / Easy Tap Handles
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:06:46 AM »
I made three chalkboard tap handles this weekend for only $15. They are not masterpieces by any means, but I think it beats spending $40 per handle.


- 36" poplar 2 x 2
- 3/8-16 x 3 hanger bolts
- Ferrules
- Chalkboard spray paint

Simply drill a 3/8 hole, screw in hanger bolts, and spray paint handle. Couldn't be easier.

I'm going to stain the two on the left later today, but the one on the far right is complete. The one in the middle is a little crooked, oh well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:23:50 PM »
When I read that we're in for potentially weeks of bitter cold weather in NY all I could think was..."man I can brew a lot of lagers now."

Beer Recipes / Re: Munich ESB
« on: January 20, 2014, 12:13:49 PM »
Being a malthead, I am salivating.

Let us know how it goes.

I have made IPAs that tasted the best to me when they dropped bright, right before the keg blows!

I absolutely agree. I don't know if it's just perception or what.

If it's something I've never brewed before I'm too anxious to try and let everything drop. If it's a tried and true recipe I won't turn the gas on for a few weeks. Then the first pint is gunk. The rest are crisp, bright, and delicious.

Equipment and Software / Re: auto siphon
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:07:29 PM »
I take the bulb off a turkey baster, sanitize, put it in the tubing and inhale. No mess.

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