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All Grain Brewing / Re: Jumping back into the game
« on: October 12, 2012, 01:34:41 PM »
Many people use that type of burner with no issues.  I'm sure it would work you also .

Paul

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Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 12, 2012, 07:08:22 AM »
Not sure why the images don't appear in the post.  When I created the post they appeared...  Anyway the brewstation I built also is also where I store my brewing equipment.. It has wheels on it so when I am ready to brew I wheel it out into the middle of the garage.  I store all of my equipment on it - even the propane tank. When I'm done I wheel it back into it's corner and hope the wife doesn't hit it when she pulls into the garage (which she's threatened to do many times).

I'm definitely going to use the stand for storage as well as brewing. I'll also be adding casters to my design so I can roll it out of the garage. Really, the trickiest thing will be making space in a one-stall garage!

I would definitely put casters under it.  Even if you don't move it often you will need to move it.  For another $80-$90 mobility is more than worth it.  IMHO

Paul

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Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 12, 2012, 04:29:47 AM »
I use Sketchup a lot anymore.  I didn't even think to mention it.

Your drawing looks like good start.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Trained by a Guinea Pig
« on: October 10, 2012, 06:51:26 AM »
I see many people who have been trained by their pets.  Most of them don't realize it has happened so at least you have a leg up on them.   ;)

Paul

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Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 10, 2012, 06:48:51 AM »
Why not build it out of wood?  Wood is much easier to work with and is cheaper than welding a steel one.  I have a 3-tier wooden gravity fed system, it works great.
I did the same thing.  Although mine is technically a 2-tier since my burner is seperate.  I made mine out of 4x4's and notch cut for the 2x4 cross members.  It is solid.  The one down side is it is more flamable than metal  ;D

It could depend on how mobile the OP would like his stand to be and/or how elaborate he may want it to be.  Lots of factors will come into play but generally a metal stand is a bit lighter and more portable.  I tend to over build with wood so everything ends up weighing a ton.  I'm much more likely to be more conservative with metal.  There are so many options available that it is really comes down to what you want your build to be.

Have fun with it no matter how you decide to build it!

Paul

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 09, 2012, 02:43:11 PM »
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack

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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.

Paul.

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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.

Paul

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

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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.

Paul

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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.

Paul

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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.

Paul

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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.

YMMV

Paul

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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.

Paul

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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.

Paul

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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.

Paul

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