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The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 28, 2012, 01:00:51 PM »
A home system doesn't do me any good when spending 6 hours on the highway.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast equivilant question
« on: June 24, 2012, 07:52:05 AM »
Is there a dry yeast that is somewhat similar to wyeast 1007?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barley Crusher
« on: June 23, 2012, 07:34:55 AM »
I left mine at factory setting. My efficiency is generally around 80% going by my BrewTarget software.

The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 13, 2012, 10:30:36 AM »
I have a 1999 Buick Lesabra Custom. Crutchfeild only listed 6 units that will fit it. I still think letting a professional take care of it is my best bet. They will know how to adapt any unit I choose to my car. I was just wondering about brand names these days.

He shot me an estimate of $225 for the unit I put the link up to. That included installation. From what I have been reading the factory speakers should work fine they will just distort sooner if I crank the thing up.

The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:42:35 AM »
dbeechum These new stereos have removable face plates that make a good theft deterrent.

As far as wiring it in, says on this particular vehicle I would have to take some of the dash apart. I would prefer to leave that to the pros. I won't let stock clerks at Best Buy mess with it either. I am going to take my car to an Auto audio shop.

The Pub / Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:41:43 AM »
I just got a good deal on an hellaciously well taken care of old Buick. Biggest downside to it is it has a cassette deck. I could almost live with that but the cassette player doesn't work. So I am looking at aftermarket systems. I want just a nice radio with a CD player and a USB port to play MP3s off of thumb drives.

The local auto audio dealer showed me this one

Back in my day JVC was an excellent name in stereo systems, right up there with Bose, but I have been out of the loop on stereo systems since the late 70s.

For what I want a 50 watt system would be fine. Does it even make a difference what I get for an entry level system like this?

How do you recirculate your boil kettle?
I bought a 120 ft garden hose for brewing this year. My plan is to try coiling 50ft of it in a baby pool filled with ice water just ahead of my chiller.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency and Recipe Design
« on: June 02, 2012, 07:37:26 AM »
I am definitely missing something here. I thought that mashing at a higher temperature doesn't change efficiency, but rather, produces more unfermentable sugars. Thereby leaving more malt character in tact.

General Homebrew Discussion / cleaning question
« on: May 31, 2012, 02:16:14 PM »
I just got a really nice stainless steel strained. Would it hurt to throw it in the dishwasher after use? Or would that put too much chlorine on it and affect my next beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / posters
« on: May 29, 2012, 05:09:16 PM »
I have been looking at my brewery and decided I know what it is missing. Beer maiden posters. Anybody know where I can find some of those.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 05:50:57 PM »
Thankyou for your replies. I feel better now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 04:53:01 PM »
I don't use it to make my beer. I use it to clean my equipment after I make my beer. I wipe my stuff dry after I hose it down. I haven't tasted a difference but am wondering if I have been contaminating my beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 04:42:39 PM »
No it is relatively new.

General Homebrew Discussion / Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 03:23:48 PM »
I have been using my non FDA approved garden hose to clean my equipment after brewing? Is this a big mistake?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:02:10 PM »
Here's a good article/experiment pitting rehydrated vs dry/sprinkled yeast. My takehome from it is that the effects on fermentation and taste vary from strain to strain, but the differences don't seem to be too significant.

In the end, I personally think of it as the decision whether to rehydrate or not equates most closely to pitching rate. I've always been a rehydrator, but I think I'm going to switch to sprinkling dry for lower gravity beers. I will probably continue to rehydrate for beers in the 1.060 and up range, especially in beers where I want a clean fermentation (although I'd probably still sprinkle something like T-58 if I'm looking for more esters).

This is what I had read and commented on earlier. I didn't remember where I had read it.

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