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Going Pro / Re: Question
« on: December 07, 2011, 10:18:39 AM »
Yeah, but what's a duckway?

Same as a witch?  ;D


I finally get to brew again on Friday.  Between holidays, funerals and kids schedules every weekend for 2 months has been off limits.

On Friday I'm making an American Wheat and a Farmhouse Ale.


Going Pro / Re: Question
« on: December 07, 2011, 09:43:15 AM »
And just to keep things confusing 1/4 of a barrel is called a pony.   :D


The Pub / Re: it's that horrifying moment
« on: December 07, 2011, 07:42:52 AM »
Thanks for the laugh this morning!!


The Pub / Re: iro·ny
« on: December 01, 2011, 02:58:41 PM »
Several details missed that give it away.


Like the Prius on top of  monster truck wheels for instance.  ;)

Sadly, I've seen vehicles in person that were just as unlikely so the Prius wasn't an immediate dead giveaway.  Ever see a monster Ford Pinto?  I have.  Rebuilders are nuts and I wouldn't put anything past them. 

I used to know a group of guys who cut up old bicycles and welded the frames together to make 70+" bikes and then ride them around town.  Those kids grew up and got bigger tools and paychecks.   :D


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: amazon sale
« on: December 01, 2011, 02:51:48 PM »
My buddy recently bought a Bayou Classic pot...
After brewing in it a couple times, it developed a pinhole leak, at the vertical seam.
He complained & they sent him another...
Second pot had a leak, too.
He complained & they sent him another...
Yep...You guessed it...Third pot has imperfections where it appears it will develop leaks.
Luckily, they sent him a fourth that doesn't leak.

Beware the bayou kettle gremlins.

it seems to me like this is a lawsuit waiting to happen! So I have my 36 qt pot filled with boiling oil on a 50k BTU propane burner and it springs a leak? yowza!

**EDIT** you know you hear that phrase 'boiling oil' a lot but does oil really boil? i.e. undergo a phase transition from liquid to gaseous? or is that really water boiling out of the oil? I know it must boil at some point but is that at 400*? 500*? 1000*? just curious

Lawsuits aside, if he can find a good welder he has the makings of small, multi-tier systems for the cost of a fryer.  Not too bad a deal.   ;D


The Pub / Re: iro·ny
« on: December 01, 2011, 02:46:11 PM »
Thanks for the chuckle!  I needed that this afternoon.

And I agree the Photoshop is pretty bad.  Several details missed that give it away.


Equipment and Software / Re: Underground wort piping
« on: November 30, 2011, 04:09:10 PM »
75' x 75A (18000W / 240V) needs minimum #6 gauge wire, or 126/0.4 in Europe

Not to be picky, but Europe is mainly 220, so that's a little more than 80A and that's only the heaters. An SO #2, 3 conductor flexible cable has an NEC rating of 95amps and I wouldn't go any less than that for 81 amps.

 Is that all you're needing power for, because even that doesn't leave you with much excess capacity?

I would think once you add in lighting and possibly heating and cooling of the shed you will be looking at well 100A (Full Disclosure: I did not do any actual math on paper).  I don't think temporary flex cable would be up to the job.  Or I should say, I don't think I would be up to moving that pile of cable too often.  8^)  I'd go with something buried just to avoid anymore items in the PITA category.


The Pub / Re: Tinnitus
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:09:43 PM »
A burst eardrum is usually an ear infection gone mad.  If you had an infection before you left and took a plane it probably got worse very fast.  Air travel can really accelerate an infection.  
How does air travel accelerate an infection?

Probably from the cabin pressure exerted on the inner ear. But, I could be wrong.
I can see that too, but that's not an acceleration of the infection.

Sorry about your ear - I've got nothing.  Not that kind of doctor. ;)

I should have stated that a bit differently than I did.

I have had minor irritations become really nasty issues to deal with immediately following flights.  Many others I know say the same thing.  Very anecdotal but the closed cabins, the extra dry air, the strange pressure changes and the recirculation of the air for several hours just seems to make infections harder to deal with.


The Pub / Re: Brewery / bar done!!
« on: November 30, 2011, 02:54:22 PM »
In all the dust I forgot to say one thing.



The Pub / Re: Brewery / bar done!!
« on: November 30, 2011, 01:23:36 PM »
I think the paint strainer bag would have the same static problems as my plastic bag idea. I really gave a lot of thought to using 2 pieces of metal duct pipe where one would slide inside the other for raising and lowering it in the bucket.

I'd guess there a dozen different ways to do it but let's not lose track of whether there is a problem to fix at all.  I've spent a ton of time coming up with grand fixes for problems I invented to make sure I had something new to build   ;D

My thought about the paint strainer was basically 1) I need to arrest dust from floating around while milling, 2) I'm cheap, 3) my wife would hunt me down like rabid animal if I swiped a pillow case, 3) I mean really cheap and 4) I have extra paint straining bags..  8^)

My new grain table drops grain directly into the bucket with a narrow gap between the counter top and the bucket lip (maybe 3/4" to 1").  I have not had any dust issues yet.  I don't really see problems from static in my brewery though either.

Good ideas form all if Weaze actually has a problem to fix.

The Pub / Re: Brewery / bar done!!
« on: November 30, 2011, 10:43:06 AM »
You could even use a paint strainer bag.  Attach one end to the shoot with a spring clamp or bungee cord and fit the other end with a bit of elastic to fit around the top of the bucket.  Cheap, fairly easy (if you or you wife sew at all) and readily available.


The Pub / Re: Tinnitus
« on: November 30, 2011, 10:36:30 AM »
Mine comes form sitting on old tractors throughout my youth and working big data centers for most of my adult life.  Lots of things can cause it.

A burst eardrum is usually an ear infection gone mad.  If you had an infection before you left and took a plane it probably got worse very fast.  Air travel can really accelerate an infection. 

That said, you need to see the doctor as you have planned.  If you don't get the infection stopped you could have bigger problems down the road.

Good luck with it.


Equipment and Software / Re: Underground wort piping
« on: November 30, 2011, 09:57:08 AM »
"May your plans always be ambitious" sounds like an ancient Chinese curse, lol.

You could always just dig a tunnel and put in a lift to move the barrels up and down...

Sorry.  Not helpful, but I couldn't resist.

I almost posted the same kind of thing but decided against it.  My wife and I always joke the "mythical house" on the "myhtical acreage" and my "mythical brewery".  I decided a long time ago that all buildings would be connected to the house by a tunnel system.  Never having to go outside in Iowa Winters and late Summer months is very appealing.  8^)

As far as the original question goes, excavation can be really expensive so a long tunnel might be cost prohibitive.


Ingredients / Re: Oat Hulls VS Rice Hulls
« on: November 30, 2011, 09:51:14 AM »
I've rice hulls once.  I can't imagine that it makes any difference what kind of hulls you use.  If you do your sparge right you won't get much out of the hulls themselves anyway.  They are just the filter.


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