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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Re: 1 step closer!
« on: December 11, 2012, 03:01:43 PM »
Alright, looks like I am set for kegging. 4 kegs (+1 borrowed), CO2 tank, regulator, gas tube (need a couple more), Picnic Tap (need a couple more of these too). The temperature controller is on its way from MoreBeer (they had a deal last week for $10 off) and it looks like I just got my hands on a 18cf Chest freezer for $100 off craigslist. I told the lady I would pay her $50 for the drive down to my condo (she is about 25-30 miles away). I am so close I can taste it! looks like I might need a couple more kegs :D

A couple more kegs? Trust me on this one... You'll need a couple more DOZEN kegs.

Too true!

I have 14 kegs, a 4 tap converted chest freezer.  The only thing keeping me from buying more is that ugly look I get from SWMBO when I mention the idea.  8^)


The Pub / Re: Gas station growler fills
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:05:32 PM »
I wonder where something like that would work in Des Miones?  Hmmmm?

It probably wouldn't fly under Iowa law.  Law enforcement here fights brew-pubs selling growlers.  The pubs can't even sell their own beer in growlers without having a distributor pick it up and redeliver it back to the pub.  It might be a good little money maker if you could get a license though.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The latest thing I am curious about
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:21:44 PM »
Thanks.  What you all say makes sense.  It was beinning to feel like I need to start in January to have beer ready for July.


There are beers that can take that long.  There are a great many that don't.  Makes some ales and play with a "big" recipe or 2.  You can get the best of both worlds.8^)


All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:45:58 PM »
I try but so far have not been successful in keeping the smoker that cool. So the bacon gets a heavy smoke until interior temp is 150 and then I quick chill in cold water.

Euge you know about the tin can cold smoker right? New (never used) soldering iron stuck in a hole in a cleaned soup can (MAPP torch the inside to remove the lining) filled with wood chips & cover it with aluminum foil, plug in the iron & put it in a closed place like a box with the food. Voila.

Here's a page with a video on what Phil is describing.


The Pub / Re: Not a good time to be a French Brewer 8^(
« on: December 04, 2012, 10:34:32 PM »
Sorry if anyone thought this was about politics.  I saw the article, thought of Phil and thought people would find it interesting. 

I was rather shocker by the weight of the tax on the brewer.  Even in Iowa where no "sin" makes the state more money than booze doesn't hit breweries this hard.  Iowa makes it's money off hard liquor.   ;)


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: December 04, 2012, 07:13:40 PM »
Riders on The Storm - The Doors

I saw what Weaz did but I question the legality.  Just 'cuz Vanilla Ice can steal a Queen guitar rift don't make it right in this here game.  It probably doesn't make it wrong either.  8^)


The Pub / Not a good time to be a French Brewer 8^(
« on: December 04, 2012, 05:20:50 PM »
The French government is proposing a 120-160% tax on brewers.  Wine and Champagne would be exempted.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can't find leak in regulator
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:44:36 PM »
How much do you trust the valve?  It may be bleeding through the downstream valve and the regulator is okay.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:23:46 PM »
My collection of glassware became much smaller two weeks ago.  I was moving a table from my shop to the craft/game/beer room and caught the leg of the table all my glasses were on.  The lurch was just right to knock about half of my glassware off the table and on to the concrete floor.  It was a major mess but made picking what glass to use much easier.   ::)


*** Edited to fix a typo.

The Pub / Re: Erlenmeyer flask wine decanter - $60
« on: November 29, 2012, 04:59:40 PM »
I suppose I didn't make the decanter usage clear in my original post.  In my defense, I'd had a glass or two of wine.  Though I did not pour it from an erlenmeyer flask.

No worries.  I was making fun of myself more than anyone else.   ::)  I just assumed it was a "who thinks they can get that for a flask from a home brewer/vintner" kind of joke.

People I know who blindly follow the wine enthusiast probably would think it's a great deal.  They have paid through the nose for highly rated wines, been sorely disappointed and have then gone back for more recommendations.   :o


The Pub / Re: Erlenmeyer flask - $60
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:23:18 PM »
I'll admit I didn't click on the link until I realized they are selling the flask as a decanter.  Is "Mad Scientist" the new wine cool look?


The Pub / Re: Winter 2012
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:20:13 PM »
Our maple trees started dripping sap yesterday.  8^(

We froze our tails off the Friday after Thanksgiving at the ISU game and it is supposed to hit 60F tomorrow.

I miss winter.  My fall allergies are never going to go away.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:20:10 PM »
I read, somewhere, that if ythe liquid on top is clear after 60 minutes your mash is converted.  For the most part.  I have never done an iodine test but it seems to work for me. 

YMMV and I may be completely whacked on this.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:57:43 PM »
maybe Strangled Brewing Company ?  At least the TLA doesn't change.   ;D


All Grain Brewing / Re: 5-gallon vs. 10-gallon cooler?
« on: November 27, 2012, 09:45:01 PM »
you can use the same valve kits as a round cooler.  Some folks just push plastic tubing through the port that came with it and use a clamp for their valve.  A braid works great for batch sparging.  It's a very easy conversion.


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