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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

Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 09, 2012, 03:13:15 PM »
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, 05:33:32 PM »
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, 09:57:14 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, 04:07:19 PM »
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.


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