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Pimp My System / Re: New base for my Schmidling Malt Mill
« on: June 01, 2015, 02:07:12 PM »
How long have you had your mill that you needed to replace the roller? I've had my barley crusher for 6 or 7 years now and it's acting up...not feeding grain through like it should. I've turned the non-driveside roller over, added an o-ring to keep the rollers moving, but it sometimes doesn't want to grab the grain to pull it through. Very annoying, it takes 10 minutes to mill 11 pounds of grain with a drill. Ugh. Wondering if I should get a new mill or try to replace the roller.

And also, what was wrong with your original base?

Doesn't the barley crusher have a lifetime warranty? Have you emailed them with your problem?

I had the same problem with my BC.  Contact the manufacturer.  He had me send it to him and he rebuilt.  No charge and as good as new.

Paul
How long did this take you? I'm worried I won't be able to brew for like 3 months.

I may upgrade to a Monster Mill anyway. But I should get this fixed so I have a backup or sell it to someone who needs a mill.

I think it took about 2 1/2 weeks.  3 or so days shipping each way and week or so in line at the shop.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: June 01, 2015, 10:44:18 AM »
Finally looking like it will warm up here in Des Moines this week. The 3 lifeguards in my house would like to make some money so it will be welcomed.

I really don't miss the sports leagues.  We are down to marching band in my house.  6-8 weeks in the Fall and we're done for the rest of the year.  My last 2 are in high school as of this Fall.  The older 2 start getting done with college next year and the year after (hopefully).  It's very weird to see the light at the end of the tunnel after so many years.

I'm looking forward to a few days of sunny to mostly sunny with slight chances of rain.  It's been very cold and damp here this Spring.

Paul

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Pimp My System / Re: New base for my Schmidling Malt Mill
« on: June 01, 2015, 10:34:23 AM »
How long have you had your mill that you needed to replace the roller? I've had my barley crusher for 6 or 7 years now and it's acting up...not feeding grain through like it should. I've turned the non-driveside roller over, added an o-ring to keep the rollers moving, but it sometimes doesn't want to grab the grain to pull it through. Very annoying, it takes 10 minutes to mill 11 pounds of grain with a drill. Ugh. Wondering if I should get a new mill or try to replace the roller.

And also, what was wrong with your original base?

Doesn't the barley crusher have a lifetime warranty? Have you emailed them with your problem?

I had the same problem with my BC.  Contact the manufacturer.  He had me send it to him and he rebuilt.  No charge and as good as new.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whole campden tablet
« on: May 29, 2015, 10:52:56 AM »
I typically use 1 tablet per 10 gallons of water.  No good reason except I can kind of eyeball 1/2 of a tablet better than 1/4.  I crush them between 2 measuring spoons and then sprinkle the chips into the pails.

Paul

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sulphurous / Egg Smell In Starter
« on: May 29, 2015, 10:49:19 AM »
I was going to say, basically, the same as Dave.  No worries.

Paul

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I have found more than one bumble bee in the bottom of my brew pot several times when brewing during the summer.  I changed the name of my American wheat to "Bumblebee Wheat" due to this several years ago.  It's never seemed cause any problems.

In the Fall just about every beer has maple tree leaves in them and in the Spring it's maple seeds (the helicopter type).

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: May 25, 2015, 06:17:41 AM »
I just put 2 chickens in the Weber Kettle with apple and cherry for chips.  First smoke of the season.  Rain or no rain we'll have smoked chicken for Memorial Day Lunch (dinner where I come from). 

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Bio-engineering morphine from S.cerevisiae possible
« on: May 22, 2015, 07:48:14 AM »
I heard this story on the radio yesterday and my first thought "great, here we go".  Hopefully everyone takes it as a WOW look at the cool tech and not as a reason to get scared. 

It's cool to know what you all do in "real life".

And to close the loop, I'm a computer geek for a big bank and I take drugs (mostly ibuprofen and alcohol) to cope with the pain of our internal bureaucracy.   :o

Happy 3 day weekend!!!

Paul

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Controlling FG
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:18:31 PM »
I have the same general story as others.  Used a secondary for years and then was convinced on this forum to skip it and just let the primary sit for another week or two.  I haven't seen any issues and actually have a little less incidence of off flavors.

I do rack into secondaries for lagers but even that is mostly because my glass primaries are too tall and too heavy to easily go into the lagering fridge.

Paul

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Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 15, 2015, 04:39:15 AM »
I don't grow any hops but have read enough to help with the basics.

Hops are typically propagated using the rhizomes, or roots.  Growers dig up the root balls and cut out enough rhizomes to open up the ball for new growth and then replant and propagate additional hills.  This is the same way irises and rhubarb and many other plants are grown.

The first shoots are just the first growth each spring.  Each rhizome will send up multiple shoots which will become the vines.  To limit the size of the plant and increase production you want to limit the number of vines on each hill to 3 or 4.

As I understand it most hops prefer northern climates, a little cooler and lots and lots of water.

Search the forum a bit.  I know there is at least one thread dedicated to growing hops and has a ton of good info in it.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Is a scratched cooler mash tun a problem?
« on: May 14, 2015, 08:27:22 AM »
IMHO

A few scratches in the mash tun won't hurt a thing.  Whatever may lurk in the scratch will be boiled for an hour so you should have worries.  There isn't likely to be enough of anything in a scratch to cause any carry over flavors either.  Definitely in the relax, don't worry category.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Virgin brewer!
« on: May 14, 2015, 04:28:50 AM »
Technically, it is wort up until you add yeast.  After the yeast is in it is considered beer, even if it is just starting.  I wouldn't nit-pic normally but you asked.   ;D

Welcome to the obsession and as said before, ask any questions you need help with.  We all started out at the same point and are happy to help.

Paul

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Moving fermenter
« on: May 12, 2015, 01:45:22 PM »
Keep in mind that fermentation is exothermic and is always a few degrees above ambient when active.  The cooler temp is actually about perfect.

About the only worry you have with moving a fermentor is stirring up the trub and stuff once it has settled out.  Your beer won't mind taking a walk now and then, but if you are ready to bottle, transfer out of the primary and move the secondary/bucket or what ever.

Paul

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Can you post pictures of what you have?  That might be the most helpful to all the folks here.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: April 30, 2015, 02:38:15 PM »
NOS means 'Not Otherwise Specified' - basically a designation for generic gas. Converted? Probably not, but you might be able to exchange it at a gas shop. If may need hydrostatic testing at this point though, which may affect value.
 
For the kegs, you're kind-of asking 'How long is enough?' Ethically, I'd say if you know you have someone's property the ethical route is to try to return it. In the large gray area of ethics, I'm sure at this point nobody knows they're missing. The gas cylinder, on the other hand, was probably owned by whomever left it there - or at least, you'll never figure out who owned it anyway.

That makes sense.  It isn't what I was told but in the machine shop I learned it in, it was probably easier to tell the young'uns "this one won't blow you up and these will" without going into details.   ;D

Still not to old to learn.

Paul

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