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The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:18:45 AM »
I like when people pay for my ingredients to brew them a beer.  I enjoy brewing so much I brew more than I can drink anyways... so whenever I am 'funded' to brew it's a bonus brew day for me. lol
I always have a "student" these days.  They pay for half the ingredients and do all the labor, and in return they get half the beer(5 gallons).  But when people ask me to brew something I tell them they can spend the day brewing with me, and I brew sober, so they lose interest fast.

Another good way to make people lose interest in helping is starting your brew day at 5:30AM on Friday.   8) The ones that show up at 5:30 are actually interested in learning though.

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The Pub / Re: Wanna see some puppies?
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:13:44 AM »
That's quite a litter!  And I'll second Mort, AWWWWW.

Paul

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy android app; approximate location permission?
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:44:34 AM »
I didn't intend to say the AHA is using the data for evil.  I really don't worry that they might know I'm reading Zymurgy at the mall.

I have no idea why the AHA app "needs" your location and did not want to start a political discussion.

Paul

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy android app; approximate location permission?
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:54:17 AM »
Most like because the SDK from Google turns off all privacy measures automatically and makes the developer force them to be turned off.  They also have recently made some controls unavailable to the user period.  Without location data, Google can't track you as well, which means they do make as much money.

The apps may not cost $$ but they are not free.

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:55:06 AM »

...thumbs up to get whatever tools I need.

All of them. The correct answer is all of them.

I always thought the correct answer was one more.

My wife suggested I open a Hardware store as that would be cheaper than my current shop.  8^)

And the correct answer for what should be in the shop is "All of them" in my opinion.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:57:15 AM »
For me it's the raspberries survived the winter!!

Paul

Yes, they survived the winter.  Now they need to survive the rabbits.

And deer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Looking for electronics help
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:20:31 AM »
Do you measure 120V at the the light?  Just asking to be sure that it is a 120V connection and not being dropped somewhere else in the circuit.

Paul

I attempted to use a multimeter on it, i believe it spiked to 3volts as i watched but im not 100% sure i was using the multimeter correctly. this was with prong on the wire before the bulb and the other on the ground wire.  gonna watch a few youtube vids tonight to make sure i was using it correctly and try again

Measure the voltage between the 2 big wires (around the resister and the bulb) and you should see the total volts in the circuit (assuming the bulb is blown).  With the power off you can check if the resister is good and then if the bulb is blown.

Many years ago I some bulbs that looked like the one in your picture and they ran in a 120V circuit.  Unfortunately, that was 35 years ago and I can imagine I still have them.  8^(

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:07:31 AM »
I hear you.  Everything here became green this past weekend (84F on Saturday).  Of course this morning we had an inch of snow and are looking at 24F for a low tonight.  Three seasons in three days?  Must be Iowa.

Happy to hear the hops are coming up.  For me it's the raspberries survived the winter!!

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Looking for electronics help
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:54:23 AM »
Do you measure 120V at the the light?  Just asking to be sure that it is a 120V connection and not being dropped somewhere else in the circuit.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:51:21 AM »
I fall in the "I don't really use one anymore" camp.  I'm not usually in a hurry to package batches so they sit in the corner until I get around to doing something with them.  I check where the FG is using my refractometer so I have an idea where it finished.  If the numbers are way off I look into it closer but as long as the FG looks reasonable I keg it.

If I ever get more serious about repeatability I will dig out my hydrometer but for now the refractometer is good enough.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:59:30 AM »
My Barley Crusher does that when the bushings on the idle roller need to be cleaned and very lightly oiled.  My mill is in the wood shop/brewery so I always have a dowel to poke into the grain and get it started again.  If I ever buy another mill it will probably be a Monster Mill or one of the beefier units available now.

Paul

Could you go into how this is done?  It will be a bit to save the money for a new mill - I'm sure I have more brews on the current one yet.

I can only describe what I do on my BC but I would guess it is applicable. 

Basically I dismantle the base of the mill.  On a BC it entails two bolts that hold it to the base, removing 8 screws from the sides, loosening the adjustment locks and pulling it apart.  Once disassembled you can use compressed air to blow out the dust and chaff and see if there are issues like deformed bushings. 

If it looks good I clean the insides of of the bushings with something like denatured alcohol and lightly oil them with silicon lube.  Then just reassemble and adjust the mill.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:17:32 PM »
My Barley Crusher does that when the bushings on the idle roller need to be cleaned and very lightly oiled.  My mill is in the wood shop/brewery so I always have a dowel to poke into the grain and get it started again.  If I ever buy another mill it will probably be a Monster Mill or one of the beefier units available now.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Head Retention on A Wheat beer
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:25:26 PM »
I have made one jalapeno beer and it was many years ago.  The most striking thing about it to me was the complete lack of any head formation.  It bubbled like campaign in the glass.  And the heat would knock you down.  I admit that it was something like 1lb of fresh peppers in the boil for 15 minutes.  (I was young, what can I say?) 8^)  Getting the beer on your skin would burn.

I was the only person who would drink it except for one friend form New York who calls me every year to see if I have made it again.

I always wrote off the lack of any foam to the oil in the peppers.

Paul

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I have never tried skimming the hot break.  I vaguely recall some folks saying that the hot break contributed to head retention somehow.  Never looked any further into and after 17 years I don't really plan too.  It's interesting to hear people opinions though.

Paul

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I agree with the experts so far. 

To try and answer your direct question though, the hot break normally occurs right as your wort is starting to boil.  A layer of foam will start to form on the surface of the wort.  This layer may be 1/2" thick or expand until your kettle boils over depending on the wort composition.  If you are boiling for 60+ minutes you must be seeing some level of hot break.

Cold break forms as the temp of wort drops through a certain range (don't recall what it is off the top of head) and looks (to me at least) like seaweed or kelp in undisturbed wort.  If you are stirring your wort to circulate around your IC it just contributes to the "cream of wheat" texture of the wort and you may not be able to differentiate it from all the other sludge swirling around in there.

The folks here will correct or clarify as needed.  8^)

Paul

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