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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Serving homebrew at beer events
« on: September 27, 2011, 01:11:32 PM »
The short answer is the event coordinator is unaware they are breaking the law.  As word gets around you opportunities will go away.

Laws are different in every state/country.  The idea of someone giving away home crafted alcohol is still a novel concept in many locales.  Home brewers need to be careful and know their local laws around this type of thing.  I know its fun and entertaining to teach people about home brewing with good beer samples but I wouldn't push it here in Iowa, fines and/or jail time doesn't seem that appealing.


The Pub / Re: Finally happened.
« on: September 26, 2011, 12:24:10 PM »
Sorry to hear about your wife's situation.  As others have said, it will work out.

I never understood tattoos on anyone really.  Like Euge, I don't mind ones I can't see.  I wonder what all these tats will look like in 30 years. I'm thinking I should invest in long sleeve and turtleneck companies, they'll likely be quite a market for them.  :D


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can't re-attach corny posts - pics included
« on: September 26, 2011, 12:06:54 PM »
based on the pic, I think the dip tube is a bit long.  Looks like maybe a half inch, so cut .5-1 inch off the tip.

I agree.

If the tube is touching the bottom of the keg and still standing proud of the top, cut 1/2 inch off.  Make sure to de-burr the cut when you're done.


*** Edit

I went back and read the OP again.  I thought he had replaced the dip tube not the gas in tube.  Like Denny said, it should fit back in if that's the keg it came out of. Like Jeffy said, is it in the correct hole?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Kitchen sink - is simple better
« on: September 22, 2011, 01:48:18 PM »
Everything but the kitchen sink can work but the couple I have done were disasters.  Of course YMMV.   ;D

I do this type of thing in the kitchen all the time.  The worst part of "leftovers cordon what?" is when the kids keep asking for it again.  I hate having to tell them I have no idea what was in it.  I have the same issue with Anything's Left Ale or Leftovers Lager, I'd hate for it to turn out great and have no way to brew it again.  Of course I tend to think of taking notes about 20 minutes too late most days.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re:
« on: September 22, 2011, 12:21:29 PM »
The registration is paid through July 2012, and it's resolving to one of those annoying targeted ad pages, so the DNS is current. My guess is they didn't pay their hosting bill.

That was my first thought also.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kangen Water
« on: September 22, 2011, 12:20:27 PM »
I think that is an interesting idea. The machine splits the water molecules electronically to create a higher absorption rate in your body. The science seems sound but the whole MLM thing and 4K ?    WOW !

Warp drive engines and time travel seem sound too.
Sounds funny.
Can you prove it?
Hard to quantify it.

With time travel you at least could see the Delorian (and then not to see it).

Time travel is easy!  We all do it all the time.  Oh wait you meant travel BACK in time?  Sorry, we only go forward in this here town.


Ingredients / Re: Candy Canes in a possible christmas brew
« on: September 22, 2011, 06:58:02 AM »
You might get much peppermint flavor if you add it to the boil.  I think the extract would be quite volatile and would boil off.  I'm could be wrong but it seems like it would work better adding extract to taste when you are ready to bottle.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is your boil-off volume reproducible?
« on: September 21, 2011, 03:06:05 PM »
Ambient humidity does make a difference in your boil off.  I adjust my boil time to account for the anticipated differences.  On very humid days I add 20 - 30 minutes to the boil prior to my first hop addition.

Other than doing the boil in a controlled environment I haven't found a better way to manage it.


The Pub / Re: Woodworking
« on: September 21, 2011, 08:31:52 AM »
When building cabinets everything needs to be dead on and square.  I've built furniture with a circular saw but I don't recommend it.  You really need a good table saw (and that's not a $150 Ryobi) with a quality fence.  I still dream of a Incra system but it's too pricy right now.

Depending on what style you are looking to build you may need a 2.5 to 3.0 HP router.  Making raised panels is not easy or as high quality without a lot of power and a router table.  What hinges you choose can dictate things like a drill press for perfectly straight cups and holes.

I'm not trying to scare anyone away from making their own cabinets.  Just keep in mind that it takes the right tools and a lot of skill to build 10 or 20 cabinets that all fit together and look good.  I've built quite a few cabinets and shelving units and am proof a minimally skilled craftsman can make nice stuff but it isn't as easy as it looks.  Be prepared for a collection of scraps.  8^)


The Pub / Re: To counterbalance...
« on: September 20, 2011, 01:15:58 PM »
Very cool stuff. 

I know a couple of surgeons who volunteer time to Operation Smile.  One of my kid's 6th Grade class held a preseason basketball tournament (it's a class service project, every year the class chooses the charity)  to raise money for them several years ago.  Its nice to see the changes a simple surgery like that can make.


The Pub / Re: Ouch
« on: September 20, 2011, 01:05:12 PM »
Tsk, tsk, somebody forgot to open the roof vent prior to draining.   :'(

I've seen it happen on new grain bins.  If you are draining the bin you normally open one of the doors on the top.  Glad no one was hurt.


Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Gloves?
« on: September 20, 2011, 01:02:10 PM »
I have a lovely pair of oven mitts that work great for more pots of scalding hot water around.  They came with the apron my kids gave me for Father's Day one year. :D  By no means waterproof but they handle the heat well.


Other Fermentables / Re: Sauerkraut
« on: September 15, 2011, 02:01:12 PM »
My folks used to.  They used a Red Wing crock and set a plate, face down, on top with a jar full of water on top to hold everything under the liquid.  I would think a brew bucket would work.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/16 Edition
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:51:26 AM »
No brewing this weekend.  We are having Oktoberfest on Saturday.  We know it's a little early but school stuff is taking up every other weekend.  Taking tomorrow off to cook (pretzels and tavern among other things).


The Pub / Re: 2012 Apocalypse Beers
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:13:38 AM »
I'm thinking a 30 year old scotch or maybe some cognac.  I drink beer all the time.  If we's all gonna die I'm drinking something special for the last night.


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