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Other Fermentables / Re: Cheap hydraulic cider press
« on: October 16, 2012, 05:30:29 PM »
Wild!  500gal a season?  Just, wow.  That is quite a setup he has.  I love how creative people are.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon Porter
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:56:33 PM »
I brewed a standard porter about a month ago and added ½ a bottle of Jim Beam, 8 oz of cocoa nibs and 2 vanilla beans a week ago to the secondary and now it is re-fermenting.  I have bubbles in the S airlock every 2 -3 minutes.  Not sure if this is normal and if it is how long it will take to stop.

That's a LOT of Beam!

I agree but it really depends on the definition of "bottle".  Half of a 1/5 would be a lot.  Half of a pocket bottle, not so much.   8)


Other Fermentables / Re: Cheap hydraulic cider press
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:52:58 PM »
It might be just a tad more force than you need for cheese.  Apples wouldn't stand a chance.



The Pub / Re: Dark Shadows
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:01:31 PM »
Both the original TV version and the 90's remake are available on Netflix streaming.

The kids loved the remake.  I don't know if they have tried the original version yet.  We haven't seen the Johny Depp version yet either.  I'm glad to hear it it's funny.  I'll have to find a copy of it.

The Pub / Re: Returning Commercial Kegs
« on: October 15, 2012, 07:08:17 PM »
Not really looking to get a deposit back.  Just trying to figure out an easy way to get the kegs returned.

Otherwise, they'll get put out on a dock by the trash and a scavenger will grab them.

It isn't likely the distributor has the deposit anyway.  Returning them would gain you karma points but that's about it.


The Pub / Re: Returning Commercial Kegs
« on: October 15, 2012, 06:50:50 PM »
A neighbor of mine gave me a half barrel keg once that he had forgotten to take back to the store for 8 months (it got stacked behind the garage) and he didn't want bother with it.  The distributor was stamped on the keg.  I called them and explained why I had it.  They gave me the address to drop it off at.  That was one confused warehouse receiving clerk.   ;D


The Pub / Re: Stratos (highest parachute jump attempt)
« on: October 15, 2012, 03:24:34 PM »
Very cool to see this done.  More importantly than setting the record though is the research and development that went into the equipment.  It will drive the tech to make a space launch failure more survivable.  Until now no one really knew if something like this jump would work. 

Again, very cool.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Baby Boy - New Brew!
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:27:08 AM »

My little boy went to college this Fall.  It feels like just last week we were at the point you are.  The advice for a parent is the same as for home brewing, Relax!  He will teach you stuff you can't imagine.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That moment when...
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:01:12 PM »
Thanks for the chuckle this morning.  :)

I've never done that but have had equally frustrating experiences on brew day.  I'm sure you wanted to transfer the mash to a bucket and back anyway, right?

I hope the rest of the day goes smooth.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Jumping back into the game
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:34:41 PM »
Many people use that type of burner with no issues.  I'm sure it would work you also .


Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 12, 2012, 02:08:22 PM »
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


Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 12, 2012, 11:29:47 AM »
I use Sketchup a lot anymore.  I didn't even think to mention it.

Your drawing looks like good start.


The Pub / Re: Trained by a Guinea Pig
« on: October 10, 2012, 01:51:26 PM »
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.   ;)


Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 10, 2012, 01:48:51 PM »
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!


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

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