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Most of us are our own worst critics.   :-[

I have to tell people all the time that I can't describe a beer on tap in my house for them.  I'll tell them all the flaws I've identified and what I'm trying to fix.  Then they draw a pint and look at me like I'm idiot since they taste none of the things I do.   ::)

Congrats on your friends liking your beer and have fun brewing more!!

Paul

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I always use a lid with an airlock once the wort is in the fermenter.  A towel is very old school but I don't it add any benefits.  To me, it only increases risk of some infection finding it's way in.

Paul

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Classifieds / Re: What is Wheaton's Law?
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:03:17 AM »
Just to be different,

Firefly for ever!!

 ;D

Wesley always bugged me.  A smart kid with no confidence gets high honors?  Not likely.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Sweet Water Mix Pack
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:23:50 AM »
I did a quick search.  According to the googles, Cool Breeze is a Cucumber Saison.   :o

Not sure I'd be very interested in that one.  To each their own though.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's the deal with BYO magazine?
« on: June 08, 2017, 10:39:14 AM »
Just being the Devil's Advocate here.  I've had a subscription to BYO for more years than I can remember and haven't ever had a problem with them.  I have seen the same thing with other "Free" trials though.  Typically, it's the first free issue is the start of our subscription.  It sounds like they held any additional issues until they received payment or notice of cancellation.  the step they left out, apparently is the automatic drop rule after X# of months.

It is unfortunate to see them handle your situation that way but it can probably be cleared up with a phone call or an email.

YMMV/IMHO/Package contents may settle during shipment.   :)

Paul

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Please reassure me
« on: June 05, 2017, 01:30:34 PM »
It seems there a lot more homebrewers now, too.  I don't even know if there were homebrew forums then. There probably were, but I'm glad you folks are here now.

RDWHAB still applies, luckily.

I think there were some forums back in 2006.  I can't really recall when we all crawled out of UseNet groups and on to the World Wide Web.  It is definitely a big step forward to today.

Welcome back!!  There are many really good resources available today including the folks on this forum.  Any odd ball idea has probably been tried by at least somebody on this board.  Everyone is happy to share and help out.

Paul

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Pimp My System / Re: Budget Brew Stand
« on: May 31, 2017, 04:08:55 AM »
Thinking of the scorching and heat around the burner area, where do most people find inexpensive metal for heat shields? Is metal ducting commonly used? It's galvanized and light enough gauge to bend by hand, seems like a good direction...

Philbrew- they fit between the angles like they were made for it! I got lucky this time, so that's about it for me this year.

Looks good! Galvanized metal will work fine, just be sure the first free burns are in a week ventilated area. When galvanized gets hot, out gives off very noxious fumes. I'm a sheet metal worker. Ask me how I know.... ::)

I've used roof flashing for this type of thing too.  I believe it's aluminum but I can't prove it.  8^)  It's easy to cut and bend, a few pop rivets and your done.

I like the simplicity of your build.  It looks like something just about anyone could build (since you did the hard part and figured out how to do it).  You might want to submit it to the Gadgets issue of Zymurgy.  You'd be "Homebrew famous".

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Tips and Gadgets thread
« on: May 20, 2017, 05:55:23 AM »
My food saver has always worked for the older packaging.  I not not in the basement right now, the gold bags reseal fine. 

My LHBS has been stocking a new hop supplier's line that comes in stiffer white bags that my food saver cannot seal.  Based on that, oh so detailed description, will a hair straightener work on these new bags.

I may need to raid my 3 daughter's rooms.  One of then has to have one.   ;D

Paul

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Is there a preferred orientation for ball locks?  For consistency, I put the "in post" to the left when viewed from the top and I use red o-rings on the "in posts" for my kegs, so I don't mix them up as badly when hooking lines up. 


I don't orient them left-to-right consistently, but I do use colored o-rings - green for "gas" and blue for "beer".
Not a kegger yet, but I really like this idea Lee. I see colored orings in my future of kegging

I haven't much trouble with lids not sealing.  Now and then I have to put some keg lube on the rings and that's about it.

I've never had any trouble telling the in and out posts apart.  The gas in post have small slits cut in the area that forms the "nut".  The out post don't.  I see no reason to label them twice.  8^)

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What Cannot be put into beer?
« on: May 11, 2017, 10:25:23 AM »
I think we can all agree to draw the line at prescription medications and poisons.  Beyond that?  Do what you like but try to be safe out there.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini Keg Yeast Layer
« on: May 08, 2017, 02:00:52 PM »
The yeast that come out in the first glass or two is what has settled around the point of exit from the keg.  Once that gets blown out (assuming the keg isn't disturbed) should be pretty clean. 

The last glass before the keg blows will normally be crystal clear.  The next draw will be some beer, a lot of foam, a hiss of gas and the swearing from the brewer who just realized his keg is empty.   ;D

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini Keg Yeast Layer
« on: May 07, 2017, 08:53:59 AM »
Pretty much the same way a larger keg works.  Hook it up, let it settle and don't move it around.  The first glass will have some yeast in it and the rest will be clear.  The glass you look at and go "WOW! That's the cleanest beer I've ever poured!" will the second last glass in the keg.  8^)

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bonehead move for the day
« on: May 05, 2017, 04:01:09 AM »
I lost over an hour a week ago on new 3 roller mill that I had just assumed I had setup correctly.  Don't feel too bad.  I do this kind of stuff all the time.  :)

I now need to figure out my efficiency drop.  It has to be the crush but that beer was the easiest sparge I've had in years. 

Paul

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Pimp My System / Re: Budget Brew Stand
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:12:41 AM »
That's an idea I haven't seen before.  Looks like it should work.

You may need a heat shield under the burner to protect the particle board from the heat.  Keep an eye on it the first time you light it up.  A piece of light sheet metal would probably be enough.

Thanks for sharing.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Red capper
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:12:50 PM »
You could try Loc-Tight. 

Paul

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