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My guess is no matter what it tasted like you'd be so critical in your judgement that you wouldn't have enjoyed it anyway.  Just knowing it wasn't what you wanted probably would have impacted your perception of the beer. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blow off tube
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:45:01 AM »
Thanks, I'll go look for some 1 1/4 OD tubing (or what will fit the hole in my carboy).  I was thinking it would have to be more secure than this to avoid any air and potential bacteria but it appears not.

I used to use a blow-by like the one first mentioned although I cut off the bottom of an airlock and fitted a hose to it.  Worked fine until it got full of hops and blew beer everywhere when the cork let go.  That's why I was wondering what others did and the diameter.

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So, what did you do?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Counter top brewery.
« on: December 30, 2010, 04:37:55 PM »
Does a smaller vessel brew faster or does it take just as long to reach complete fermentation?  I've got a 1 gallon and a 5 gallon going and the 1 started slower (it was my starter jug) and seemed to finish quicker but I haven't taken a final gravity yet.  If it does, I may go to more little fermenters.  Just can't be patient.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watcha get for Christmas?
« on: December 30, 2010, 04:34:44 PM »
my sister told me i was getting something very cool....  at first, she thought it was a car, based on a joke my mom made to her. then it was something "almost as cool as a car", so i'm thinking some automated brewing system, sabco or something....  ended up with this....




still very cool.

I guess if you use it to measure boil times, it would count as beer related.  Very nice.  I don't have a sister but if I did, I'm sure she wouldn't love me that much.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blow off tube
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:42:13 AM »
Thanks.  I had a picture in my mind that it needed to be larger diameter (not sure why that would be since things come out the airlock just fine already).  I was working with a bit larger ID tubing that I had.  Does tubing ID matter at all?  Would bigger allow too much krausen to escape?  Am I over thinking this (yes)?

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Equipment and Software / Blow off tube
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:27:16 AM »
Can someone post a picture of how they made a blow-by tube for a glass carboy?  I tried to make a one but fitting I put into the rubber bung was too large and it seemed to expand the rubber too much and it wouldn't stay in the carboy mouth.  I can probably drill out the rubber to make the fitting I have work but is there a better way?
Thanks

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
« on: December 30, 2010, 07:51:59 AM »
Brew something that doesn't "taste like homebrew"

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All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: December 29, 2010, 10:17:36 AM »
Before I did all that I'd probably just go for the Ugly Drum...
http://forums.morebeer.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=37694

Interesting.  That looks like more of a smoker than what the BGE can do.  I'm more interested in the really high temps for searing steaks and doing pizza etc.  I wish my Napoleon grill would get up past about 500 for searing. 
Anyway, thanks for the idea.  I'll probably save the bricks for the pizza oven that I'm not allowed to build (don't take this wrong, my wife is wonderful, she's just a lot more realistic than I am).

Did the OP get his BGE?  Has he tried it out yet?

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All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: December 29, 2010, 09:56:26 AM »
[Otherwise I build it myself ;)

This has actually been in the back of my mind for a while now.  Could I build a brick version at the back of the house.  The thing that I'm stumbling with is coming up with a good lid idea that would hold the heat etc, but not weigh so much that I couldn't get it open easily.  Venting should be relatively easy although some trial and error is likely going to be needed.  Thoughts?

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All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:13:36 PM »
Does she like food?  Does she like it when she doesn't cook said food?  That should be the end of the discussion.

I ran this by her.  Her reply:
Do you like sex?  Do you like it when you don't get said sex? 
That was the end of the discussion.

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Questions about the forum? / Book Reviews
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:17:46 PM »
Just a thought but I'm looking to expand my homebrewing library and I wondered what you'd think of a section for beer-related book reviews?  Maybe it can't be done for legal reasons or something, I have no idea but I'd love to see what others have read and what helped them or what they didn't really think was worth the money. 
Thanks

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Schematic
« on: December 28, 2010, 04:34:49 PM »
Thanks again.
I checked out Denny's site and that does look pretty simple although it probably won't get me onto the Pimp my System page.  I guess it may be more important to actually brew beer than look good doing it.

Looks like I am going shopping tomorrow for a cooler and some braided water line.  I still need to get a good big kettle instead of the one I'm borrowing from the local hall.  That's why I was thinking of starting to collect stuff now, because I need it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Schematic
« on: December 28, 2010, 03:45:10 PM »
OK, simple it is, at least for now. 
I'm probably getting in over my head but I've wanted to do all-grain for years and although I've only recently returned to homebrewing, I'm already thinking about going that way. 
I'll try the little table on the big table version in the basement and see how it goes.  One other question.
Does anyone use a square cooler instead of the Igloo type?  I have never seen the Igloo ones for sale around here but would a regular old chest cooler work instead?  I'm thinking just drill out that little plastic tap and put in a decent stopcock and screen.  You'd have to open the lid to sparge but so what?  Thoughts?
Thanks for the advice so far.
Graham

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: December 26, 2010, 11:39:21 AM »
I have had Sierra Nevada PA.  Very good. 
I'm not trying to slam anyone for using Cascade or anything else, just my tastes.  If you like to chew Cascade hops - go for it.  Not sure I'd be into chewing on hops period, regardless of what variety but hey, to each his own.

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