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The Pub / Re: Storms in the southeast
« on: April 28, 2011, 01:35:00 PM »
It's very sad to see the death toll keep rising as the week goes on.  I hope everyone down there lands on their feet.

One of my sisters has a house about 2 miles from the St. Louis Airport in the town of Ferguson.  She says she and her family are okay with minimal damage to the house.  Everyone is hoping this weather pattern moves on soon and they can start getting back to normal.

Here's to all those people who are learning to deal with our mid-West weather.  Hurricanes are scary but at least you can see them coming and prepare.  I know exactly what they are going through (Iowans are usually a bit too laid back when it comes to tornadoes) and I wish them the best of luck.


Equipment and Software / Re: SG/Brix refractometer completely useless?
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:30:25 PM »
I have heard the SG scale is not very accurate but I cannot speak from experience.  My refractometer is Brix only and I love the ease of using it.

As for only using it for the pre-fermentation side of brewing I suggest you use it for readings during and after fermentation too.  I use a spreadsheet I downloaded from MoreBeer to do the conversion after there is alcohol in solution and it is dead on accurate.  You only need 2 values for it to do the calculation.  You need the reading (in Brix) of your OG and your current gravity ready (again in Brix) and it spits out you answer in Specific Gravity.


Equipment and Software / Re: Steel fabrication: Arc welding help
« on: April 27, 2011, 11:05:20 AM »
1/13" would be a little more than 1/16" and a lot less than 1/8".  Seems awfully light to me but I haven't welded anything in almost 30 years.  Anything holding your brew kettle will need 4 legs under it and bracing, for sure.


Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer.....
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:27:03 AM »
I also got mine off ebay.  Make sure the one buy has ATC so you don't need to worry about temperature changes to the refractometer.  I use my all the time anymore.


Equipment and Software / Re: What's the best cleaner?
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:23:13 AM »
+1 to PBW. Remember to wear your goggles. Alkali cleaners can really mess up your eyes. I went to the ER for getting a non-brewing related solvent in my eye, and he told me the worst accidents he sees relate to alkali products. Drain-o is strongly basic, and will "turn your cornea into oatmeal," apparently.

PBW isn't an alkali, is it?   :o

According to the description on Northern Brewer it is.  "PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash) is a patented alkali cleaner originally developed for Coors, ..."


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fastest Turnaround Time?
« on: April 26, 2011, 08:09:30 AM »
Fermented for 5, crash cooled two more, filtered and force carbonated day 7, tapping day 8. IPA. The hoppy beers taste good green. It wasn't perfectly clear, but it was presentable and tasted very good.

I did an American Wheat in 6 days tun to tap last year for our Oktoberfest.  It must have been good, the keg kicked around 11:30.  Cloudy is expected in a wheat so I didn't even have to clear it.


The Pub / Re: What Has Happened to Education?
« on: April 24, 2011, 05:44:40 PM »
Its not just lacal papers either.  I have subscribed to Newsweek for 20 years.  For the past 5 years I have watched more and more simple mistakes creep into the articles.  Since the rag has been sold to The Daily Beast they may as well just admit they have no editors at all.  My 11 year old was reading an article last week and pointing out mistakes.  Now, I admit that my children are exceptional, even in Lake Wobegon, but the lack of attention to details is getting rather redicules.

On top of everything else, I was a solid D student in English and find errors in everthing I read anymore, especially ebooks.

Sorry, I need to stop ranting.


** Edited because I can't type either.

The Pub / Re: No Politics, just the news
« on: April 24, 2011, 05:36:18 PM »
I really think its worse that he was/is traffciing in child porn.  Who cares if some minimum wage flunky get to see a balck and white outline of me as I pass through a scanner?  I don't have ay extra parts and I chose to fly so I agreed to the rules.  Child porn is a deseise and it can't be "cured".  A sick bast@rd is just a sick bast@ard.

You started the with "just the news" and then broke your own rule with unfounded interpelation.  Please grind your ax else where.


If you're super paranoid, throw a party.

What an image...

A bunch of guys in tin foil hats, sitting around drinking warm beer, listening to Coast to Coast AM, talking about HAARP...   ::)

Sounds like fun!  If only for the pictures.


As long as we're doing Star Wars jokes . . .

Thanks for the LOL this morning.  It took me a second but vrey funny,

My copy showed up on Tuesday here in IA.  Started reading it yesterday.  Not too far but I'm liking it so far.  Not your typical beer text approach.  And I kind of wondered about the 12L Crystal too.  I figured it was just me not paying enough attention over the years.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 19, 2011, 11:13:32 AM »
I just noticed 2 schools in Iowa canceling evening activities and track meets because of snow and extremely cold temps this afternoon.  My wife and I sat at a softball game for 2 of our daughters last night in insulated coveralls and boots.   ???

The past 2 Sundays were 85+ deg.  It is shaping up to be a very strange year so far.


Just got mine in the mail.  Will read cover to cover, rinse repeat.
Worth the wait. 

Paul, we went on a river trip years back out of Bluff, Utah (look it up if you don't know).  They called wondering if we were going.  Said, "sent the check 7 or 8 days ago".  He laughed, and said no probelm.  The mail would have gone to SLC in 3 or 4 days, then moves one day at a time from town to town on the USPS trucks until it got there.  All was cool, and we had an excellent trip.

In the days of next day air, and the instant comunications from the internet, we forget that some things take some time.

I remember the days when rapid service meant under 14 days.   :D  I was going for funny and might have missed the mark. No worries here , I'm still working on the last issue or BYO anyway.  There's plenty of books left on the Kindle I haven't read yet.  I just wish Spring would get here.  4 inches of snow in Ames this morning and it just keeps getting colder here in Des Moines.


You're all making me jealous.

"Day 13 waiting for new brewing book. 
Recently confirmed book rate mail from CO to IA travels on a blind, crippled donkey through the Northern Pass to Idaho and then back through Canada and across ND."   
"Patience, grasshopper." 


Seriously though, I'm not sweating it.  It will get here when it's time. I am looking forward to reading it though.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: used kegs
« on: April 18, 2011, 02:48:44 PM »
I've always assumed the boots were vulcanized to keg.  Removal would be near impossible.  Maybe a really sharp knife, a level of patience I've never achieved and slowly making tiny cuts to remove it would work?

Gluing one on is the easy part of the problem.

Good luck!


The Pub / Re: Happy Tax Day!
« on: April 18, 2011, 02:33:29 PM »
I figure paying a little every year is better than letting the guvmint use my money interest free all year.  I've never understood the "Whoopee,  I got my refund" mentality.  Give me my money over the course of the year and I'll take care of it myself.  This year I had to pay about $1000 due to a big raise I got in September.

+1 Exactly my philosophy. It was my money to begin with.

My yearly goal is to get enough back form the state to cover what I owe to the Feds.  It has worked pretty well for the last few years.  Ya, the state has some of my money interest free for a few months but the Feds get shorted any extra income and I come out even.  Seems like an even trade.  Next year starts to get ugly though, my oldest stops being deductible and starts college.  8^(


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