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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Crusher Roller Issue
« on: June 23, 2015, 11:10:13 AM »
I am sure I'm way over analyzing the picture but it looks like the base may have not been mounted straight.  One side seems narrower than the other (might be a camera trick?) and that would cause binding. 

$25 for shipping seems high too.  Maybe I got lucky but I don't recall having to spend that much.

I hope it all works out well for you once past the troubles.


Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:35:17 AM »
1.100 will be tough in a 5 gallon cooler.  Using just grain, that is a very large grain bill.  It would not leave much room at all for mash in and sparging.


Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Crusher Roller Issue
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:32:18 AM »
The metal likely wouldn't make it past the mash/sparge tun.  They should settle out during sparging. 

If they are picked up by a magnet they would have to be from the rollers or roller shafts.  Everything else is aluminum and wouldn't stick to a magnet.

I have a BC and have never seen metal shavings in my tun.  As others have said, take it apart and find where they are coming from.  It could be a manufacturing error causing friction where it doesn't belong.  Definitely contact the manufacturer.  He was easy to deal with on the one repair I've needed.


The Pub / Re: If I could bother my friends here for a little help...
« on: June 19, 2015, 11:00:38 AM »
To prove how legit these things are one brewery just added about 2,000 votes over night!  ::)

Based on this I just added my second vote for you.

Does that mean two cases emailed to me?   8)


Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 19, 2015, 10:56:33 AM »
I have used 5 gallon and 10 gallon round coolers for 5 gallon batches.  They both worked without much issue.  The 5-er would get tight on space on some beers.  The 10 always had enough head space for anything I threw at it.  I had to preheat either one to make sure they held temp.

I now use a 50(ish) quart rectangular cooler and am very happy with.  Plenty of space, yet small enough for all my typical recipes.  I preheat this one too and see a bit more temp drop on longer mashes than either of the round coolers.

My reasons for changing coolers over the years have been:

I was broke and 5 gallon was cheaper than 10,
My inner Tim The Tool Man decided bigger was better so I bought the 10 gallon
Two 10g coolers cracked inside and could not be repaired so I listened to Denny (and the gang) and bought a Coleman Extreme rectangular. 

They all worked.  Having so much access for stirring in the Coleman is a big advantage too.  Barring anymore physical issues with coolers I would guess I've bought my last one.

If it helps anyone...


Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Line Management
« on: June 19, 2015, 10:42:37 AM »
I did my collar a bit differently.  I built a shell of 1/4" paneling around the insulation board.  It looks like wood all around but the whole center is blue insulation board.  I did put solid wood in where the taps are to make tightening nuts on the shanks and such a bit more solid.

It works well and is still insulated.  Just something else to think about.


The Pub / Re: Homebrewing and Children
« on: June 18, 2015, 02:40:31 PM »
My kids (21, 19, 17 and 14) have been in the brewery all their lives.  So far they are all doing fine.  Some have answered questions in class about hobbies with "my Dad brews beer!".  The teachers laughed and the other kids didn't care.  I will point out that my kids have all gone to a Catholic school so the acceptance of alcohol may be higher than in some other situations.   ;)

So far my son is studying civil engineering and doesn't really like beer.  The 19 and 17 year olds are studying chemistry which I think may have been influenced by the real world practice of chemistry in brewing.  The 14 year old could care less that I brew.

As others have said, it isn't that you brew, it's how you raise them to have an open mind and be curious about stuff.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 15, 2015, 11:45:31 AM »
I listen to this conversation every year lately.  Honestly I can see both sides of the argument ("is it really a club if no one in it ever gets together in one location" and "it's the only way many people will ever have access to a club").  Both perspectives have valid thoughts on the situation.

Full disclosure:  I am not a member of a club and never have been.  Not because there are no clubs available to me (I know of at least two in my area)  but because joining a club is just not my style.  People generally describe me as "doesn't play well with other" and I'm not bothered by that.   ::)

If a national club cannot be beaten due to shear numbers would it make sense to ask BN to split the national club into regional units?  Separate clubs but part of the same whole?  How many regional club divisions would it take to make it worth the member's time and everyone else happy?  Three?  Four?  Six?  Maybe divisions like: 

Mid-west (Upper and lower?)

Just a thought experiment for me.  I'll never win a medal (I don't compete).  I'll never be in a club that gets "robbed year after year" by a national online club because I'm not a club joiner.  I don't have any skin in this game.  It just seems to me that getting upset (either side) isn't going to find a workable solution (and booing seems a little childish, sorry).

Other crazy "solutions" like this come to mind but regionalizing things is the most workable one. 

One dumb one:  The one big club could be split into subs by making each club have the same number of users based on the first letter each members last name.  When you join the national site you are assigned a "club" based on which one needs another person with a last name that starts with "D".  What ever works to create balance.

To me, it isn't helping to complain about it.  Look for a real solution.


Going Pro / Re: Question about Restrictions of brewery location
« on: June 12, 2015, 04:28:13 AM »
IA(definately)NAL but that would be my assumption.  The TTB is all about collecting taxes.  Opening a brewery in someplace mobile or inaccessible would be problematic for them.


The Pub / Re: American Pharoah vs Secretariat
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:17:52 PM »
I never understood why the Triple Crown was such a big deal until I watched a video about it recently.

Apparently, when mammals exert themselves, lactic acid builds up. Humans can get rid of this acid quickly, but horses take a long time, like 3-5 days. So the three races of the Triple Crown are all well within the rest period. That means the horse that wins all three races never truly recovered from the first race while running the second, and same with the third. Above that, its running against fresh horses that haven't run in weeks.

All of this just makes Secretariat's run that much more amazing.

Also keep in mind that each race presents different challenges for the horse and jockey.  Different lengths and Belmont is the longest, different surfaces (dirt, grass, sand), the curves are tighter on some tracks and wider on others.  You add all that the physical exhaustion issues and it becomes a really big deal for a horse to dominate all three races the way these two did.  Secretariat was faster but American Pharaoh is pretty impressive too.

Not much of a horse racing fan but my Mom has become a sports nut in the past few years (she's 85 this year and never cared for any of the sports I played as a kid, who knew?).   ::)


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First brew, need advice.
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:03:30 PM »
I notice you want the beer ready to serve by 6/25? 

Don't stretch your FG readings out too far.  You'll need a couple of weeks to get the bottles carbed.  Once in the bottle you will want to keep them warm (70F-ish) to get the yeast busy.  Don't be surprised if your first bottles are a bit flat.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First brew, need advice.
« on: June 10, 2015, 12:57:00 PM »
Welcome!  I've been brewing for 17 1/2 years and still have questions.  Ask anything about brewing at any level and you'll get a lot advice here (some of it will even be good  ;D ).

Good people here with lots of experience.


Equipment and Software / Re: beer label software
« on: June 10, 2015, 12:54:14 PM »
No personal experience.  I write a number on the cap and hang a reference sheet on the front of the fridge. 

I did a quick google search using 'software tools for making beer labels'.  It brought up a ton of sites.  Some could be useful.

Hopefully someone has some actual experience with some of them.  Responses may be a bit slower than usual for a few days.  A fair number of the regulars are in San Diego at the NHC starting today. 


Thanks!  That's what I did.  It's pouring well now. 

It had been quite awhile since I had had it happen.  It made me laugh so I thought I'd share.  8^)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kegerator bent freezer tray cover
« on: June 05, 2015, 10:41:50 AM »
My first thought was an air flow issue.  No experience with this issue but a small CPU fan continuously moving air might help.


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