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The Pub / A tragic accident on Iowa today
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:57:06 AM »
Okay not so tragic.  A Bud truck tipped on its side on I-380 today.

Driver is okay with some minor injuries.  Univ. of Iowa students saved from one load of Bud-Light.


Equipment and Software / Re: Adding ball valve to brew kettle
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:49:14 AM »
Bargain fittings has a nice copper pickup tube.

You can get everything you need from them.  Bulk head kit, and add a SS ball-valve for $11 (only $5 more than their brass valve)  Then the pickup tube will just screw into the coupling on the inside of the kettle.

Don't be afraid of drilling.  Just get a step bit, go slow and use some kind of oil/lubricant.

I'm definitely not afraid of drilling.  It's a paranoid fear of not sealing that I get hung up on.   ;D

I tend to over think on things like this.

Thanks for the encouragement!!!  I'd love to stop siphoning.


Equipment and Software / Re: Adding ball valve to brew kettle
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:19:00 AM »
I made my pickup tube out of copper tubing and used the weldless bulkhead that NB sells.  You'll need a 1/2" MPT  to compression fitting connector to connect the pipe.

How thick is the wall of your kettle?  I would love to add a valve to my kettle but am a bit nervous about drilling the hole because the wall seems so thin.  It appears to be 1mm or less thick and I'm not sure I could get a seal.

It's probably just my paranoia about drilling a hole in a $100+ piece of equipment.



Its an interesting idea.  If you're like me and don't really take very many gravity readings it would give you a much better idea of when the batch is done.  I typically am very short on time at home so by the time I finally get around to checking in on my batches they are done but you never know, I might make time to check if I had geeky toy.   :D

It really would come down to cost.  If the cost is fairly low, quite a few geeks would pick one (or 5) up.  If it is expensive than it becomes one of those things like a conical.  It might be nice but those pesky kids seem to think they need food and school supplies, like every month!

The guys who are trying to build the completely automated brewery will demand you release an API with it so they can program it into the cyborg-brewer they are making.

All in all it could be a nice addition to the brewery.


Other Fermentables / Re: Dare I ask, "What About Mr Beer" Cider Kit?
« on: November 15, 2011, 07:59:51 AM »
I don't have any experience with any Mr. Beer products so I can't really answer your question directly. 

That being said, why not just scale down one of the recipes you've found on the web?  If the recipe you have makes 5 gallons and you only want 2 gallons you can pretty much multiply the ingredients by .4 (or 2/5) and get your ingredient volumes for 2 gallons.  Cider is pretty straight forward but others with more experience can point out adjustments that might be useful

Good luck!


All Things Food / Re: KitchenAid 575W Mixer
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:14:51 AM »
I gave my wife one for Christmas about 10 years.  I believe I paid around $300 for it.  i use it more than she does.

Just in case anyone thought the specs might have changed, they seem to be exactly what they were way back when.  Cleaning out my Mom's house, we found a meat grinder attachment that has to be at least 60 years old.  No one else wanted it so I brought it home and it fits our KA perfectly. 

The only thing I have run into that isn't perfect is grease leaking out of the head.  The drive train above the mixer is filled with grease.  If you don't use it a couple of times a months, at least, the grease will start to run past the bushings and make a mess the next time you do use it.  It can actually drip into the food you are preparing.  This can be avoided by using it regularly and if it starts happening it will stop after a few uses.  So use it well and often.


The Pub / Re: Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season
« on: November 10, 2011, 08:35:09 AM »
For me the social perspective is pretty much just like work.  I work in a building with 1000 other people who don't actually doe the same work I do.  All my communication is via conference call, email and IM.

At home I 4 kids who are in activities that keep me busy and out of the house.  This forum is my only hobby discussion outlet and because of my work environment, feeling like I know people I've never "met" seems perfectly normal.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New AHA Story Posted
« on: November 09, 2011, 01:44:22 PM »
Ahhh beer, the cause and solution to all of life's problems.  Homer Simpson.

The Pub / Re: help!i
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:36:57 AM »
Why is it whenever we have a good discussion, somebody starts calling people trolls?

Are we having a good discussion?  I thought you were talking about Macs and PCs.....

Please leave your religion at the login page.    :-\

Commadore 64 was good enough for me and it's good enough for my kids by gawd.    New fangled, cheap crap all the kiddies have today...   ;D


The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:33:06 AM »
You do develop a tolerance to hot spices.  Jalapenos used to seem so hot I couldn't understand how people could eat them.  Now I eat slices as snacks while I'm cooking.  I thought I was going to die the first time I hit a habinero but now they aren't so bad.  I even chewed on one of those dried red peppers they use in angry Thia dishes the other day and didn't realize it.   :o

They still carry a delayed cost but eating them isn't a problem anymore.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:22:09 AM »
Fall has finally arrived in South Central Iowa.  Just in time for it to start snowing in NW Iowa.  Rainy and dark out at 10:20 AM.  It started raining last night about 6:00 and is supposed to continue through Wednesday.

Ya gotta love Iowa weather.

I'm just happy to get a decent rain as we haven't had any of note here in Des Moines for over 1.5 months.


The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 04, 2011, 12:51:35 PM »
Too funny!  This is like watching people argue over which megabrew light beer is hoppier...   ::)

Miller Lite.

"Hopped FOUR times!"   :D

They have to add more hops.  It's the only flavor the stuff has.   8)

And for the record, I'm not arguing for any particular fries, I'm just trying to act like I'm working on a Friday afternoon.


Nothing brewing this weekend.  The leaves are finally falling here in Urbandale this week so those need to be picked up.  Drake basketball has a game on Sat. and one on Sun and SWMBO and I run the concessions at the arena to raise money for our kid"s high school band program. 

I'll probably be racking in the dark.   ::)


The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 04, 2011, 08:26:49 AM »
I can't say anything about "whataburger" as I have never had one. But McDonald's fries are the best fast food fries when they are hot out the basket. If they wait under a heat lamp for a few minutes they turn to garbage. Wendy's hamburgers arre usually better than McDonald's though. Agree they don't seem as good as they once did.
I don't get the fascination with McDonald's fries.  They're too skinny.  I don't like many fast food fries anyway, there's no crinkle cuts!  Although if I had to choose, I'd say Wendy's fries are my favorite.  But then again, I almost never eat fast food and if I do, it's Wendy's.  Spicy chicken sammich, fries, and a frosty.  Nummers!

My worst guilty pleasure is a 2 piece, spicy, all dark meat meal at Popeye's with Cajan rice, biscuit and a soda.  It just drips with oil but it's so good.

The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 04, 2011, 07:39:06 AM »
I like Burger King fries a lot more than McD's fries but don't ever look at the calories you get from BK fries.  They soak their fries in sugar water so they are crisper than others fries.  This adds a sweeter flavor, a crispy shell and a gawd awful amount of useless calories.


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