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Equipment and Software / Re: Any hope for a dying chest freezer?
« on: August 20, 2017, 06:33:26 PM »
A technician might be able to recharge the coolant.

Yeah, I'm hoping I can get someone to look at it but that probably means borrowing a truck and driving it 40 miles.

These are sealed systems. If you have low refrigerant you have a leak. Where is it located?  In a garage?  If so it could just be the ambient air temp and humidity causing the issue. The garage is a bad place for a fridge or freezer.

No such thing as heat or humidity here. ;D

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Equipment and Software / Any hope for a dying chest freezer?
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:00:50 AM »
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.

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Going Pro / Re: Starting Wage for a Test-Batch Brewer?
« on: August 19, 2017, 08:38:48 PM »
I can't really see something like that paying as much as an assistant brewer, which would be $15/hr on the high end. I'd probably be thinking more like they cover ingredients and a bar tab.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time brewing
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:16:02 PM »
Fleischmann's?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time brewing
« on: July 30, 2017, 12:47:14 PM »
Good questions.  In general, 55F should be OK.  There are several ale yeasts I prefer at that temp.

The flip side being that there are quite a few ale yeasts that will never ferment at that temperature.

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The Pub / Re: Tipping ettiquite
« on: July 15, 2017, 10:02:41 AM »
I recall a time when a 10% tip for good but not outstanding service was considered appropriate, I sometimes wonder why that level is now considered niggardly.

I think it's just because the federal minimum wage's purchasing power peaked in 1968.

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All Things Food / Re: 5 mother sauces
« on: July 08, 2017, 02:53:05 PM »
By the time I get to brown I've gone through at least one beer and no longer care about what I was cooking to begin with.

I do make a whole lotta blond roux. Also Béchamel, or at least my bastardized American equivalent.

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Going Pro / Re: Lease signed, and off we go!
« on: June 27, 2017, 01:16:01 PM »
If I have time after the eclipse, should I stop by? Would have to talk Susan into it.

I'd love to see you guys, of course, but the over-under on breaking ground in September 1 so I'd be thinking more of a ski trip. ;)

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Going Pro / Re: Lease signed, and off we go!
« on: June 27, 2017, 09:28:35 AM »
We ended up compromising on 11' at the lowest point and 13.5' at the highest. No plans to go bigger than 15s, but you never know.

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Going Pro / Re: Lease signed, and off we go!
« on: June 26, 2017, 11:14:24 AM »
What a sweet looking patio. Congrats!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Cost of a Sixer?
« on: June 24, 2017, 01:17:34 PM »
Seems like it's $9-10 for the larger Colorado crafts (Avery, Oskar Blues, Odell) and generally $11 for other things. Eddyline's pint cans sell for $11.49 so that's usually my go-to if I have to buy beer, or want cans.

Nowadays a lot of that $9-10 shelf space is also Ten Barrel, Ballast Point, etc.

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Ingredients / Re: Blue Corn
« on: June 23, 2017, 03:35:37 PM »
I did use the dried corn.

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Ingredients / Re: Blue Corn
« on: June 23, 2017, 03:02:04 PM »
When we did the beer for that Brew Dog show I just cooked it in a crock pot and threw it in the mash.

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The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 23, 2017, 02:38:35 PM »
Is there a bit of subsidy if we send someone over who could give a talk?

I don't know if it's any different for international speakers, but in the past the AHA has covered the conference registration for presenters.

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