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All Grain Brewing / Re: Sudden Barley Crusher issue
« on: January 10, 2018, 12:25:36 PM »
My JSP mill has worked longer than my BC at this point, but the BC is a nice backup for my roast malts for hand grinding using the manual handle.  That way I don't have to worry about running some pale malt through it to clean it for the next full batch grind.
Don't want to think of ever moving on from JSP  (had fun building it out myself from the rather crude basic model too) but Jack is retiring/has retired? and parts and support will disappear.  Over a year since LHBS was cut off from ordering, and website is pretty much nonfunctional.  It surprised me that there was no succession plan for the company, but as I understand it this was a hobby gone wild, just run out of his house, Jack in the back manufacturing and his wife handling the business. So we have to have a plan B, and BC looks like it. Is there a better option? (Maybe there will be, but I don't  know how much life is left on my rollers. If only I'd bought the case hardened option up fromt...)

I have the same Barley Crusher story as most - worked great, until it didn't work any more.  I feel like I got my money's worth out of it.  However, when it started to have problems I bought a Monster Mill  - really happy with it, and it is a better mill than BC in my experience.  I don't know that I will ever have to buy another mill again, but if I did, I would not hesitate to get another monster mill.
2 or 3 roller?

I have the same experience.  I got a MM3 mill. 

I've only made about 6 batches with it so far and I am stilling learning the tricks to make it work correctly.  On the last 2 batches my extract efficiency is back in my "normal" range.  I'm excited to have more brewing time now that our kitchen remodel is almost done and see if I can push it higher still.

Adjusting a 3 roller mill is different than a 2 roller.  The videos on the web by Monster Mill are very helpful.  The way mill table is setup caused some binding on the drive roller but adding a pillow block to the drive shaft by the drive wheel relieved the pressure causing the problem.  Always new stuff to learn. ;D


Equipment and Software / Re: Bru'n Water files blocked by Gmail
« on: January 08, 2018, 11:06:10 PM »
If it does go to your spam folder, you can tell the client it's "Not Spam" and (in theory, at least) the system should learn and remember it is a valid sender.

I can't prove it works but that's how it should.  I hope this helps.


Disclaimers: I do not work, promote or champion anything Google.  I just use their tools to the best of my ability and then rage at the machine when I fail.  Like everyone else.   :-\

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sudden Barley Crusher issue
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:32:39 PM »
I too had the same issues after about 8 years of use.  I sent my mill in and the manufacturer rebuilt it under warranty.  In my case the rebuild failed after a year or so of use.  I can clearly see the knurling has been worn down this time. 

I'm not trying bash the mill but I opted to replace it the second time around.  When new it was a great mill and lasted a long time but the rebuild didn't hold up as well I would have hoped. 


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: 10 Gallon batches
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:26:14 PM »
From experience with other forums this is the type of post usually generated by a potential spammer.  They typically come back and add spam links later

Sent from my SM-J327P using Tapatalk

My thoughts exactly when I read these this morning.  I decided to see what else showed up before mentioning it.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hitting Cruise Control
« on: December 28, 2017, 12:35:24 PM »
I'm glad you've found your groove in brewing.  It helps me to know that others have/are struggling with the "why am I still brewing ?" questions.  Every passion has ebbs and flows.  For me, I was starting to brew because I had to maintain inventory or I had ingredients that were getting old.  It wasn't about learning new things anymore.

I have been going through a long period of no brewing in 2017 due to a kitchen remodel that took precedence over everything else.  That project is starting to look like the end is approaching, finally.  I have gotten 4 beers made so I will have something to serve when my wife's family is here for a late Christmas gathering (scheduled around previously mention remodel). 

I am hoping to put some focus on lower alcohol session beers this years.  Mainly because I think my high ABV standard beers are feeding a family tendency to hide behind bottles of stuff, for me at least  :(

My plan for 2018 is getting my new 3 roller mill dialed in and looking forward to smaller beers.  I still enjoy the forum and have never had any interest in BJCP certification or entering contests.  I guess I'm generally a "loner" and will continue to do my own thing. 

Thank you for letting me know others ask the same questions.

Merry Christmas! (late) and Happy New Year! (early).


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cloudy starsan
« on: December 13, 2017, 04:33:43 PM »
I mix up a gallon with distilled water and use that for my spray bottle but the bucket stuff I use regular tap water and don't worry about the cloudiness.  I've tested a batch 4 weeks later and it was still under 3.0.  For the bucket, I typically on mix up a half batch (2.5 gallons) for sanitizing carboys, kegs, transfer equipment, etc. 

It takes me forever to go through a bottle of star san, brewing 15-20 batches per year.

I think I'm on year 5 (maybe 6) on my jug of StarSan concentrate.  It still is over half full.   ::)


** Edited stupid typing error.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Rusty Gear
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:20:43 PM »
If you have a Dremel Tool you might want to try their burnishing or polishing tools.


Equipment and Software / Re: glass carboy blow off tube ?
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:52:57 PM »
I typically use my thermowell for the carboy bung/stopper and for my blow-off (when needed, strain dependent) I use a 3 piece airlock with cap and bell removed. A thick wall 3/8 ID tubing for my blowoff hose fits right over the airlock center piece.

I used to do this all the time but the base of the 3 piece air lock tended to get plugged.

What I have been doing for the past 2 or 3 years is cutting short pieces (3" or so) of a plastic racking cane I broke.  I put a section of tubing on the 3" pipe. 

I've never been sure what size tubing to use to just stuff it in the neck.  1 1/4" OD just got put in my notes file.Thanks!


Equipment and Software / Re: RaspberryPi
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:42:27 PM »
Copyright (C) 2016 Manuel Fritsch The software is free to use. It’s permitted to modify the software for personal use. It’s not permitted to distribute the modified software. Modification can be distributed via the official CraftBeerPi release only. It’s not permitted to distribute the software in a commercial way without permission.

Think GNU software or CopyLeft.

Pretty cool if you ask me.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Aldi's Third Street Brewhouse IPA "Hop Lift"
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:00:12 PM »
Oh, and their "Sugar Shack" is a maple stout with maple syrup made by the monks at St. John's University, which is embroiled in an ongoing lawsuit regarding clergy abuse of minors.  Great PR, eh?  Yes, I just said "eh".

I didn't know the Johnies made beer.  They always made absolutely wonderful breads!

I hadn't heard about the lawsuit either.  My brother graduated from St. John's and he's never mentioned it.   :-X


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:19:12 PM »
Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Secondary Fermentation
« on: November 06, 2017, 12:11:41 PM »
Secondary fermenters are considered old school now days.  For good reason too.  The only reason I was told, back when I started brewing, for the secondary was to let the yeast settle out, more of a bright tank than anything else.  Another week or two in the primary does the same thing and eliminates one transfer and the oxygen pickup associated with it.

Leaving the beer in the primary will also keep you from bottling before the yeast have finished cleaning up after themselves.  I did this many times early on.  Diacetyl, yum.   :o

Good luck on the first batch!!


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 02, 2017, 06:14:59 PM »
Forgotten but not gone.  Gary Allan

Pimp My System / Re: A modern keezer
« on: October 29, 2017, 11:34:30 AM »
It looks cool but my first question is 'How much does that weigh?'.  Will the hinges hold up under the strain?

Very interesting design.  I admit I'm not that creative so it is fun to see what everyone else comes up with.

It's actually skim coated plywood, so not whole lot. I lifted it in place by myself.

That would make a big difference. My early morning, half awake, not enough caffeine brain could only see 3.5" of solid concrete.   ;D

Very cool look.


Pimp My System / Re: A modern keezer
« on: October 28, 2017, 11:49:44 AM »
It looks cool but my first question is 'How much does that weigh?'.  Will the hinges hold up under the strain?

Very interesting design.  I admit I'm not that creative so it is fun to see what everyone else comes up with.


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