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Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 09, 2012, 08:13:15 AM »
My experience with both questions has been "depends on the welder". 

I would hand draw a sketch to start with including general dimensions of your vessels.  Take a few pictures of examples with you and take it to welder and ask what else they need.  Every welder I know will help you with the details, if they are interested in the project and have the time.


Ingredients / Re: Acid rinse cloudy
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:33:32 AM »
You can use distilled water to mix with an d it will stay clear for weeks or months.  I mix up 5 gallons in a old bucket with a well sealing lid and keep it around for ages.

Like Denny said, as long as the ph stays around 3 it will work fine.


***Edited for the normal reason.  I can't type.  8^(

The Pub / Re: Insurance canceled!
« on: October 03, 2012, 02:57:14 PM »
This may have been the best thing that's ever happened to you. You should avoid that property at all costs. The universe is trying to help you from making a huge mistake.

Ya, if I hadn't read the tea leaves I had up to this point I would be walking away.  If you can't insure a dwelling for a reasonable $$ amount there is a reason for that.  I'm not an insurance company shill but their actuary folks have been crunching numbers for 75+ years.  They know things you don't. 

Good luck with it.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing for a party on a deadline.
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:07:19 AM »
The advice I can give is brew a low gravity wheat and go buy some good examples of craft brew IPAs.  I wouldn't try to get an IPA done in the time frame you have.


I knew somebody had to to be working in this stuff for the R-pi.

I made a joke to a couple of developers that it would be fun to build a whole r-pi controlled HERMS system and all they said was "when can we start?".   ;D

Very cool little hacker board.


Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:14:35 PM »
I use better bottles for secondary fermenters but I have glass for primaries.  No reason other than what I happen to own. 

I have heard that if you are going age your beer for long periods (like months) it is better to use glass because glass has almost no oxygen permeability. For any typical lagering or secondary time frames Better Bottles work great and I leave my heavy 5 gal. glass carboys on the shelf.



Beer Recipes / Re: Potato beer
« on: October 01, 2012, 11:13:45 AM »
My first thought was "sounds like vodka". 

I have heard of people using "potato buds" type products rather than raw potatoes.  The same idea as flaked wheat.

I think you would have to precook the raw potatoes to get much out of them.  I don't see mash temps being able to do it alone.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Last three batches terrible
« on: October 01, 2012, 11:07:46 AM »
My wife typically brews with me and cleans along my side. Stuff is typically very clean
I got to convince my wife to do that.
When was the last time you changed your tubing?  I had a metallic issue a while back and after a strong cleaning of my carboys and kettles and replacing worn pieces of tubing and plastic equipment it went away.  Just a thought... :-\

I have gotten a metallic taste off my tap lines when I've let them go too long.  It might be worth a shot.


The Pub / Re: Credit cards
« on: September 28, 2012, 11:06:54 AM »
Part of your credit score is the amount of credit utilized vs available. So if you have like a $1000 limit and use 50% of that on a monthly basis and everything else is equal you will have a lower credit score than someone with a $25000 limit and using that same $500 per month.

It's the ratio between your balance and available credit it's true but if yo pay off your balance every month it doesn't really matter as the ratio between $0.00 owed and $1,000.00 available and $0.00 owed and $25,000.00 availabe is exactly the same. Now if you are carrying a balance on one card and cancel a different card then your score takes a hit because your ration has changed by the amount available on the closed card.

I just did this research becuase I finally got rid off all my credit card debt by borrowing money from family. (yeah family) one upside of the poor economic condition in the country right now is it actually makes good economic sense for my mother in law to take money out of her retirement investements and lend it to me at 5% interest over two years. She's going to make more on that couple grand than she would have leaving it in mutual funds.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one doing creative banking.  8^)

Last year when we suddenly needed to replace the high school car (but not the high school kids, thankfully) we were looking at financing part of the cost.  We didn't want to impact the "have money set aside to live on if you get laid off" plan but we decided to "borrow" the money from a savings account that only makes .2%.  We paid it back over 12 months at 8%.  It was the best return on a cash investment I made all year.


The Pub / Re: Credit cards
« on: September 28, 2012, 09:31:30 AM »
My high school age kids get $40/mo from Mom and Dad.  We cover the major expenses (gas, insurance, the car and such) so the allowance is so they have spending money for a movie, snack, date or some such.  I know kids who get 100-200 but they're folks expect them to cover more of the basic expenses.


The Pub / Re: Credit cards
« on: September 28, 2012, 07:25:58 AM »
CC companies don't want customers who payoff their balance every month since they make no money on them. 

Make less money.  they still ding a few percent on each transaction to the retailer that is usually somehow passed to the consumer.

That's true.  The numbers are not as big as the interest on the debt though.  That's basically what drove the regulations on debit card charges.  Banks were charging per swipe fees and %-take offs on debit that were highway robbery because they don't make any interest on the debt.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: tricks to kick into ferm mode
« on: September 28, 2012, 07:14:25 AM »
a little out of the topic...just wondering, how do you rouse the yeast on a 1 BBL SS fermentor without over oxigenating the fermented beer?


Stir slowly?   8)


The Pub / Re: Credit cards
« on: September 28, 2012, 07:12:36 AM »
Part of your credit score is the amount of credit utilized vs available. So if you have like a $1000 limit and use 50% of that on a monthly basis and everything else is equal you will have a lower credit score than someone with a $25000 limit and using that same $500 per month.

Another side of that little rule is that if you decide you don't want a card anymore and cancel the account, the rating agencies will assume that you can no longer afford the card and rate you a higher risk because you decreased your available credit.  So if you do the right thing for you, they will drop your credit rating.  Ironically, if you decrease your risk level they assume you are now a higher risk to creditors.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: September 28, 2012, 06:57:00 AM »
You probably right on the weight difference. You are definitely right on the density difference.

I was going with the the statement that his quart of honey weighed 2.25lbs.  No other research or knowledge.  8^)


The Pub / Re: Credit cards
« on: September 28, 2012, 06:27:34 AM »
Very true Phil.  If you all remember back in the 70's you had to pay a yearly fee to have a credit card and you were expected to pay it off every month.  Only after people started carrying a balance and the companies started to collecting the interest did they realize the cash cow they had created.


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