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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trucking wort?
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:00:47 AM »
I've heard the same thing about Granite City.  Only thing I heard differently is that the wort comes out of their home base location in Sioux Falls, SD. not Iowa.  I don't have anything to back either version up though.  Not arguing, it just seemed more logical that it be shipped from where the company started.  Either way, they ship wort and pitch yeast onsite.

Here in Iowa with our entrenched family monopolies, also know as beer distributors, its probably the only way to make any money shipping your own "beer" in.

Paul

1502
Kegging and Bottling / Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:03:34 AM »
You might be able to make loading it easier if you built the frame in a way that allowed you to insert the frame into bottles that are already in a box and then flip the whole thing over and remove the box.  You'd have to mount handles that let you pick it up full and set into the water collection box.  And quick disconnects of some type would probably be needed to make moving the rack in and out easier.

Not a bad design if you only bottle and brew a lot.

Paul

1503
The Pub / Re: Frosted Glassware isn't Cool!
« on: January 17, 2012, 03:34:38 PM »
Beer was only served in mason jars where I grew up.  Oh and big mugs shaped like cowboy boots.

Paul

1504
Equipment and Software / Re: HOmemade mix stir
« on: January 17, 2012, 02:10:00 PM »
I would think it shouldn't be too difficult.  It's a pretty simple concept.

If you can get 5/16" or 3/8" stainless steel rod, and you have a drill press available to you, you could cut the rod to the length you want and then cut two pieces of rod to 1.5 or 2" long.  Drill a hole through each piece so you can slip a SS bolt through the three.  Make sure the bolt is long enough to accept a self-locking nut and still allow the pieces to move freely but not so long it doesn't fit down the neck of a carboy.

Sanitize it and chuck it into your drill.

Paul



Hrm, so just the two rods to stir, and not some sort of paddle-shaped thing? Although I guess the idea is to make this basically like a stirplate in reverse...

Pretty much.  I was basically laying out how to make the mix-stir thingies I've seen on online sites lately.  I think what you lose in surface area is made up a bit by the speed the drill runs at.

As Tom said you can get a brand new paint mixer at the HW stores here for a few bucks that work in a container with a larger opening than a carboy has.

Paul

1505
All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 17, 2012, 09:37:38 AM »
I've been roasting my own beans for about a year and half.  I use a 14" wok and my turkey fryer base.  It works well and was pretty cheap.

You don't have a lot of control over what roast you get bet I like my coffee dark and I've never found a way to get a City roast out of my setup.  Full City and darker works fine.

Sweet Maria's is great to deal with.  Very good beans, lot of variety and good service.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: HOmemade mix stir
« on: January 17, 2012, 09:30:27 AM »
I would think it shouldn't be too difficult.  It's a pretty simple concept.

If you can get 5/16" or 3/8" stainless steel rod, and you have a drill press available to you, you could cut the rod to the length you want and then cut two pieces of rod to 1.5 or 2" long.  Drill a hole through each piece so you can slip a SS bolt through the three.  Make sure the bolt is long enough to accept a self-locking nut and still allow the pieces to move freely but not so long it doesn't fit down the neck of a carboy.

Sanitize it and chuck it into your drill.

Paul


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The Pub / Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:29:49 PM »
The fact is every breath you take increases you risk of dying as it makes you one breath closer to the last one you will take.  Like others have said "everything causes cancer".  The cool thing is, a lot of research is being done with vaccines, among other avenues, that may make some cancers curable.  We live in strange times.

I just hope we aren't about to become "immortal" just in time to live in a 15th century economy.  At least brewers were valued by the ruling class.  WE ARE THE 6.4%ABV!!!  8^)

I think I have a package of bacon in the freezer.  Mmmmmm...

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 batches ruined
« on: January 12, 2012, 10:55:54 AM »
You can also run your brewing water into buckets the night before you're and let them sit open over night.  The Chlorine gases out and you're good to go.

FYI, this process only works if your municipality uses chlorine in the water.  If they use chloramines (as more and more are switching to), letting it sit won't work.

Along these lines, I have also heard that often municipalities will change their process seasonally.  They may switch from chloramines to chlorine or vice versa.

I know for a fact that at certain times of the year the water here just smells differently.  Like a strong chlorine smell.  Just nasty.

Good points.  I'll need to look into that.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 batches ruined
« on: January 12, 2012, 06:21:07 AM »
You can also run your brewing water into buckets the nigyou're good to goht before and let them sit open over night.  The Chlorine gases out and you're good to go.  The only gotcha I've had is during the summer I need tocover the buckets with a light towel or I find "critters", insects and such, floating in the buckets.

I do this all the time and have no issues.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle Failure
« on: January 11, 2012, 03:27:09 PM »
I do NOT forget beer.


Unless, of course, too much beer was applied to the brewer the day it was filled.   ;)

As for better bottles, I have 2 - 5gal BB and have never had a problem with them.  I have read a couple of other threads recently on people having so issues with cracks so you are not alone.

Paul

1511
I have Monday off (and no one else in my house does) so I'm planning on brewing Denny's Rye IPA and a Koelsch.  Picked up the yeast over my lunch hour today and I'll prep the starters tonight.

Brew days that don't affect the schedules of 5 other people are the best brew days.  8^)

Paul


***Edit to fix stupid (as opposed to reasonable) typos.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Learn to Homebrew Day 2011
« on: January 10, 2012, 01:24:22 PM »
FYI - the reply header might have changed to 2012 but the main one still reads 2011.  Might want to just re-post the whole enchilada with the correct dates to avoid confusion.  We all drink a lot of beer, are easily confused, and are in dire need of good direction (a lot of us are men).   ???   :-\   :-[

Speak for yourself!  I'm not easily confused!  I'm constantly confused, easily distracted but not eas... Hey! look at that!

Paul

1513
The Pub / Re: Hey, did you guys know.....
« on: January 10, 2012, 01:16:50 PM »
As far as I can tell, the TSA never say you can't bring alcohol on board.  The TSA only cares that you bring 3 oz. or less on in your carry on. 

The AIRLINE wants to sell you cheap booze at hugely inflated prices so they want you to think you can't bring alcohol on board.

What I use for mouthwash is up to me.  8^)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: How to deal with an a$$hole coworker?
« on: January 10, 2012, 01:08:58 PM »
I've had similar things happen at my current place of employment and others. These things have a way of sorting themselves out over time. Your superiors know you. If the guy keeps it up he'll just build ill-will towards himself.

The pride factor is more difficult, and probably eating at you. Look at it as an opportunity to learn how to rise above the situation and how it makes you feel.

You may be casting your net for another job but don't let the man force you out. Make changes at your own convenience.

If the guy hates you then forcing him to be around you more will keep him from talking about you and will drive him crazy. If you are really nice and helpful he might just quit. ;D

Stranger things have happened.  We have gone though a ton of mergers and buying other companies over the years where I work.  Luckily we've always done the acquiring and not the being acquired side.  It has always been interesting to see people who couldn't stand each other become grand allies as soon as they both faced the same threats.  (I have seen these people and they have been me, on occasion.)

It usually works to smile, wait and when the opportunity to form an alliance presents itself, draft him to your side of the issue.  I guess it could be called the "trick him into accepting you" plan.   :D

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometer
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:56:41 PM »
I have an el-cheapo digital I got at Walmart ($7 or so) that works well all across the whole range.  The best part is if I drop it in the mash or wort and it dies (as opposed to the times I've dropped it and it has survived) I just go get a new one.

Paul

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