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The Pub / Re: Having fun with sanitation
« on: January 24, 2012, 01:05:13 PM »
I wonder if denatured alcohol would work?  Hmmm.  Pretty much ethanol by any other name with a few more toxic additives in it.

I don't think I want to risk a carboy, much less my legs, arm or an y of my epidermis really, to testing it out though.

Let us know how it goes Weaze.


The Pub / Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« on: January 24, 2012, 12:57:30 PM »
I used to do a lot of climbing, and heights never bothered me "in the wild". Heights on man-made structures have always bothered me. Go figure!

The other fear I've got is other drivers when it's raining. It's not just that I never trust the other guy, but in the rain it's a bit of a problem for me.

In Des Moines it doesn't take rain to make you fear the other drivers.  Stop signs and red lights are just suggestions in this town.  I see at least 2 or 3 red light runners everyday on my commute of 12 miles round trip.  Not the "whoops, I misjudged the yellow a bit" type of red light runner either but the "my light is green and 3 cars have already gone through the intersection in front of me and a person just ran the red" type of red light runner.


All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:32:16 AM »
You guys are going to have me dissecting my air popper, aren't you?!?!  (That or digging the bread machine out of storage and making sure the heat gun doesn't smell like linoleum....)

For the later steps: what sort of grinder is preferred? I've got a cheapy burr grinder, but I think the granule size may be less consistent than I get with a whirly blade.  I also usually just brew drip, 'cause I'm lazy.  Is there any advantage to roasting one's own coffee if one isn't doing french press?

I use a simple whirling blade grinder and run my coffee through a Mr. Coffee everyday.  It is very much still worth doing, to me at least, over just dumping in Folgers.  Like brewing equipment, it doesn't have to be fancy to be good.


The Pub / Re: Hey Denny
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:06:20 AM »
Have y'all no connscience?

Have you no personal connection to this connvivial ale conner's conndition?

Why must you connceal by conncatenation an extra 'n' in every conntext connceivable?

This connceit connfuses me and no doubt causes conncerns about the connsequence it will have on his future conncerts featuring connchs and conncertinas. What will the connductors think?

I therefore connclude that we should be connciliatory. We must connfabuilate and extend our connclave's conncise conncord of conncrete connfession before this and other insults connflate into a true connflict and connfrontation of conngealed egos.

Do you conncur or must we all be conndemned to be a connfederacy of conneys connfined to our cells? I must have a conncussion. to conndone a thread of this connsiderable awful connsistency. Don't make me connfine you all!

Conngrats! I now hate this whole conngregation even more than Conngress. I must refrain now as a connscientious objector.

This connflagration hs left me unconnsolable.


The Pub / Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:00:53 AM »
I have done a ton of work on roofs over the years but there was a time frame where I could not get myself to climb a ladder.  I would just freeze for no apparent reason.  Nothing happened that should have triggered it and I could, sooner or later, shame myself into going up to clean the gutters (or whatever) but I was truly terrified to climb the ladder.  It went away just like it had arrived with no warning or explanation.  I just hope it never comes back.

My Mom told me that Dad had gone through the same thing when I was younger.  We both just filed it under "strange psychosis we shared".

A more life threatening situation was a 3 year period where I could not sweat.  When working outside in the summer I had to soak my clothes with a garden house or I would overheat and start to pass out.  That was no fun.  No explanation for that one either.

I still hate small spaces and roaches.  /shivers while typing the words/  You're not alone in strange phobias that come and go.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:20:40 PM »
Sunny and a high of 8F today.  Its just beautiful here inside the office.  8^)  It's a little cool outside though.

We got 2" of snow on Tuesday and they are predicting 3-6" tonight thru tomorrow.  My 11 year old will maybe think we have enough snow to play in by Saturday.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trucking wort?
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:17:15 PM »
There isn't anywhere to boil wort at the GC in West Des Moines.  They truck it in stainless steel tankers.  I assume the tanks on these trucks get cleaned with caustic, rinsed and sanitized the same way milk tankers do.  My brother-in-law drives a milk tanker and it gets cleaned daily (on the inside at least).


Equipment and Software / Re: Building heat sticks
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:21:04 AM »
The instructions look good to me.

One thing to note about his comments about using nail polish remover to thin the JB Weld.  Most nail polish removers now days are not Acetone based anymore.  I have 3 daughters and a SWMBO and made mistake of making the same comment once.  Check the label before yo assume its acetone.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:10:50 AM »
When I bottled all my beer I found a good long soak in Straight-A or PBW (both hot to start with) always make getting the nasty leftovers out.  And by "long soak" I mean days, not hours.  I'd stuff any bad ones in buckets on Sunday and not touch them until the next Saturday.


All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:06:13 AM »
Yep euge is right dump them sooner, I use a colinder on a box fan to cool them fairly fast.

I didn't have any trouble getting the beans cooled off this last time.  It was 3deg. F while I was roasting them.  8^)

I'm still working out the right quantity to do at one time.  8oz. works okay to get a consistent color.  16oz. is too many at one time.  Less than 8oz. makes too many batches when its this cold.  A dedicated roaster is on my Santa (someday) list.

I might give the water spray a try.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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