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Equipment and Software / Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 02:46:35 PM »
I thought it would make things easier, but it actually made everything more complicated.

I do not like it.

Equipment and Software / New Mill Rollers
« on: July 09, 2016, 08:08:40 PM »
So last weekend, I replaced the rollers on my Barley Crusher.  Right away, I could feel that the knurling on the new rollers was much sharper than on the old ones.

This morning I milled some grains for an APA and it was crazy how much harder it was to crank the mill (I usually mill by hand) though I left the gap at the factory spacing. 

Anyway, it totally fixed the problem of having the non driven roller stop turning.  I wasn't sure before what was causing the issue, but it definitely appears to be a wearing down of the knurling over time. I think I bought the mill originally in the second half of 2007.

The Pub / Oregon
« on: June 26, 2016, 02:14:31 PM »
Man, this place is great.

The Pub / Live, from the NHC
« on: June 10, 2016, 04:12:20 PM »

Equipment and Software / Thermapen Classic Sale
« on: June 03, 2016, 08:47:05 PM »
Grey Thermapen Classic is on sale for $69.

I've been thinking about getting one, though I prefer blue.

Events / NHC Seminar Schedule
« on: June 01, 2016, 07:05:04 PM »
Has anyone put together a seminar schedule? 

The chart that was created and sent around last year was really helpful.

Equipment and Software / GFCI Outlets
« on: May 29, 2016, 05:17:04 PM »
If you plug a multi-outlet power strip into a GFCI outlet, is everything plugged into the power strip protected?

Equipment and Software / 3 Beer Bottle Shipping Boxes
« on: May 29, 2016, 12:18:59 AM »
Has anyone tried these?

I'm thinking about ordering some for sending beer to comps. 

Equipment and Software / Some RIMS Questions
« on: May 22, 2016, 07:51:10 PM »
Once in a while I think about setting up a RIMS.

Is there anything simpler or better than a mag pump, the 120V RIMS Rocket, and a "plug and play" PID controller?

I've been looking at this controller (the model 2 with the SYL-2352):

All-in, the controller is $280.

The Blichmann 120V Tower of Power control module is $575.  Is that just the Blichmann markup or is their controller superior to the Auber model for this application?

I brew 6 gallon batches, so my strike water is typically under 5 gallons.  I assume the 120V RIMS Rocket has enough juice to bring a mash that size from 145 to 162 in an acceptable time frame.  Am I mistaken?


No Blichmann products, gift cards or Grainfathers...

Equipment and Software / Brewometer
« on: May 13, 2016, 10:17:43 PM »
Came across this, and thought it was pretty cool.

Events / AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: April 17, 2016, 08:02:26 PM »
Are we going to do the forum meetup again this year?

If so, would there be any interest in getting some food and, provided it's not against the rules, some beer?

Maybe get a sixtel of a local micro?   

Beer Recipes / Belgian Red X
« on: April 08, 2016, 04:12:48 PM »
The all Red X lager I brewed last year turned out pretty nicely, and I was thinking maybe it would pair well with a Belgian yeast.

Something like:

100% Red X to 1.050
Bitter with EGK
Finish with Saaz and/or Styrian Goldings
Wyeast 3522 or maybe 3739 (which I haven't used before but sounds like it might work well)

The choice of yeast is the most difficult for me.  My experience with Red X is that it has a light tartness to it, which I perceived almost as a cherry flavor.  I want a yeast that will complement that with mild/moderate fruit and phenols but without adding additional tartness.


Equipment and Software / Pumps and pelllet hops
« on: March 24, 2016, 04:13:12 PM »
Will loose pellet hops in the boil kettle clog a march/chugger pump when recirculating during chilling?

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast flocculation
« on: March 10, 2016, 05:48:01 PM »
I came across this article yesterday that I thought you all might be interested in. 

I definitely learned some new things.

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