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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:00:12 AM »
6 degrees above zero, 10 degrees below zero wind chill here in central Maine.
Just another day in Paradise!

Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Problems
« on: March 08, 2015, 12:07:55 PM »
I had a similar problem with my Barley Crusher.
I returned it to the company for repair/rebuild.
I paid to ship it to them, they paid to return it to me.
It was about a month from the time I sent it to them until I got it back from them.
It works better now than it did when I first bought it.
It appears to be a pretty small company.
I have a name and shipping address if you want it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 4 hours in the sun
« on: March 03, 2015, 04:03:19 AM »
A real hoppy beer like an IPA can skunk in 30 min or less (personal experience) if in direct sun light.
No experience with a porter in less than direct sun light for 4 hours.
But if it is skunked, you should be able to taste it before packaging.

All Grain Brewing / Re: When to measure mash pH...
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:37:17 AM »
I also check the pH 10-15 min after beginning the mash.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old yeast slurry
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:33:23 AM »
Does the yeast smell OK?
If it does, I would use a table spoon of it and make a starter.
Using Mr. Malty to determine starter size use a production date that matches the age of the yeast to see what size starter is recommended.
This should get you in the ballpark, you can adjust up or down based on your past experience.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Should I refrigerate dry yeast
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:32:34 AM »
Well, I don't have any scientific evidence either way. I always store my dry yeast in the 'fridge. I use liquid yeast but sometimes I need a backup and that's why I have the dry yeast. I've left the yeast packet in the 'fridge for a year or more and had no issues when I used it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling for competition
« on: February 11, 2015, 04:43:09 AM »
Since I keg almost all of my beer, I used a beer gun to fill bottles for comps.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Break-In
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:03:16 AM »
I have a Barley Crusher. Like others, after while (~1,000 pounds of malt in my case) the idler roller stops turning because the knurling on the rollers is worn and won't consistently grab the malt. To the manuf's credit, it does have a life time warranty and they did take it back, replace the rollers and return it to me. It takes about 4 weeks from the time you ship it until you get it back.
I'm guessing that the same problem will reoccur after I put another 1,000 pounds through the mill. For me that will be about 3 years from now.
At that point I don't know if I'll get it rebuilt again or just replace it with something else. Cross that bridge when I get there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CO2 absorption cider vs beer
« on: January 27, 2015, 05:05:29 AM »
I usually have a keg of common cider in the beer fridge on gas and, like the OP, it doesn't seem to be as carbed as a keg of beer. No way to measure carbonation, just going on perception.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making progress with SWMBO
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:06:00 AM »
My wife is strictly a Corona drinker. In the past I would make a beer that she thought that she'd like only to find that she really didn't. Then I was stuck with 5 gal of a beer I didn't like. So I stopped brewing for her. I make a batch of common cider once a year and she does like that.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:36:54 AM »
My mash tun cooler gets rinsed with water, sides wiped down with Starsan to remove any debris from the mash (I used Starsan since I always have some Starsan mixed up while brewing, probably just plain water would be fine.) then wiped dry, stored with the lid off until completely dry.

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:32:31 AM »
from the Full Pint

He forgot the word "pissah"...friggin' retahd!
As a fellow northern New Englander (Palermo, Me), we are probably the only two people in this thread that get your reference!

All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 25, 2014, 04:22:58 AM »
Paul, thanks!
Brewinhard, I just emailed Randy at Barley Crusher, told him the problem and he told me to return it for repair/replacement. No original paperwork needed.
Merry Christmas!

All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 24, 2014, 05:35:25 AM »
Paul, do you remember how long it took to get your mill back from BC?

All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 23, 2014, 05:20:17 AM »
No need to remove the rubber O ring, if its like mine it'll break after milling two or three batches of grain.
Just sent mine back to the manuf for some repair/replacement work. I've had it 5-6 years and it has stopped pulling the grain through the rollers. I appears that the knurling on the rollers has worn down and won't grab the grain to pull it through.

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