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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 17, 2017, 08:27:12 AM »
A wood worker asked me why I spent time and money on Homebrewing. I laughed and laughed, and said you can go out and buy furniture. This guy does make some very nice pieces of furniture and cabinets. He has spent multiples of what I have spent on my whole brewing system on one piece of equipment.

You're exactly right about the difference in costs.  I do both and spend a whole lot more on tools for wood than for beer.  8^)

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 17, 2017, 05:37:27 AM »
Dilbert has a category for this type of thing.  "Everyone is somebody else's weirdo."

I did get the feeling he was being contrarian intentionally.  Probably going for humor.

I don't look for others to enjoy my hobby so I can.  It's mine and it doesn't matter if anyone else likes it as much as do.

Thanks for the morning chuckle.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bar Build: Draft Tower - Chest Freezer?
« on: January 11, 2017, 12:39:40 PM »
How long is this bar?  How about hinging the bar top somehow?  Bring the beer lines out of the side of the chest freezer collar and up to a tap tower that is not on the hinged part of the bar top.

phil

that is a GREAT idea.  i'll need to figure that out but it is possible - the bar will be in a corner - so L shaped.  was planning on the freezer going along one wall, and then building a bar front to form the longer part of the L.

What's on the other side of the wall?  If it is a store room you can put the freezer in that room and then pipe into the bar through the wall.  A fan to recirculate the air in the freezer might keep your lines cool enough.

If it's an outside "never mind".   :D  Then hinging the bar top might be your best option. 

A few other convoluted ideas come to mind but I wouldn't do any of them myself so I won't toss them out.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« on: January 11, 2017, 12:32:36 PM »
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.

I can't disagree.

I built mine with a bulkhead and have never tried using it with anything else.

The bulkhead can cause the inner liner of the cooler to crack if over tightened.  You also may get a very small amount of leakage around the seals that I have never found a permanent way to fix.  I've never seen more than a teaspoon on any given brew day (I've had cars that leak more oil daily than that  :) ).

All in all it works but isn't perfect. 

Paul
For my build on a different Coleman cooler, I ended up buying a piece of PVC pipe, cut it to length, used a dremel to increase the drain hole to fit the pipe, then used food grade silicone to seal either end. My bulkhead grips down on the pipe rather than the crushing insulation. Zero leaks and a nice tight fit for the bulkhead.

Nice idea.  I'll keep it in mind the next time I disassemble it.

Thanks!

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Frozen drain trick
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:03:00 PM »
Exactly!  You didn't ask for our help but here it is anyway...

My Dad, Uncles, Mother, Aunts, older brothers and sisters all taught me that. 

 ;D ::)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Frozen drain trick
« on: January 10, 2017, 10:32:31 AM »
Depending on how often the problem happens you have levels of effort to think about.

Once every couple, three years?  Wrap the pipes in insulation and make sure the warm side (i.e. the house) is exposed inside the bundle to allow heat to get in around the pipe.

More than once ever year?  I'd install heat tape around the pipe and wire it to switch (maybe a thermostat) in addition to the insulation.

I rented a house many years ago that had a crawl space where the pipes would freeze up.  It was never a good day when it happened.

Good luck Jim!!

Paul

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Ingredients / Re: How to get gin into an IPA?
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:04:42 PM »
I would add ingredient reminiscint of gin instead of gin itself. Juniper and any botanicals...

Why not just add gin to taste?  That's what I've done.

I have to admit my first thought when I read the question was 'I think I'd try pouring it".   ;D

I've been trying to not be so sarcastic lately though.

Paul

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Hop Growing / Re: Selling hop rhizomes
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:00:30 PM »
You'd likely be okay selling them locally. 

I would think once you start crossing state lines you might get into some issues with permitting and licensure.  Exporting and interstate transport of living stock can be heavily regulated.

Just a SWAG  on my part.  I'm guessing others on the board know more than me about these things.

Paul

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: BrewingBrian from CT
« on: January 07, 2017, 02:16:18 PM »
Welcome to the obsessio... uh, I mean hobby and the AHA. 

If you switch to a propane burner you may want to consider doing full boils.  It probably means a larger pot but hop utilization improves with more dilute wort.

Paul

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Beer Travel / Re: Paris 2017
« on: January 06, 2017, 01:49:40 PM »
Please report back after you go.  I'm planning on going in September. ;)

Yes please let us know what you find. I'll be there end of June.   :)

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« on: January 05, 2017, 03:34:27 PM »
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.

I can't disagree.

I built mine with a bulkhead and have never tried using it with anything else.

The bulkhead can cause the inner liner of the cooler to crack if over tightened.  You also may get a very small amount of leakage around the seals that I have never found a permanent way to fix.  I've never seen more than a teaspoon on any given brew day (I've had cars that leak more oil daily than that  :) ).

All in all it works but isn't perfect. 

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: Helpful Bachelor's Degree
« on: January 04, 2017, 02:11:59 PM »
Janitorial Science and a 12 Step Program 😎

Ha! Too true! Planning on cutting my drinking in half this year. I drink far more now than I ever did before I opened the brewery.

Another good reason to not open a brewery.  If I drank any more I'd be a head brewer looking for AA meetings every night.  Of course, not working IT in a big bank might help lesson the "need" too.  Maybe.  Probably not.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:40:44 PM »
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brew Years Resolution
« on: December 19, 2016, 02:16:26 PM »
My first goal for 2017 is to finish the kitchen cabinet I started in August so I can get my brewery/shop cleaned up to brew.

My second goal is to find a brewing schedule that fits in the rest of my schedule to brew more regularly.  Right now I tend have a lot of "Dang it, I have to get something brewed to keep beer on tap" and knock out 4 or 6 batches and then not see my kettle for 4-6 months.

Pretty vague, I know, but it's all I've got right now.  My son is employed as a Civil Eng now, my oldest daughter is doing her student teaching and I've got one in college and one in high school yet.  I can see a light at the end of the tunnel now at least.  8^)

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Bread
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:40:41 AM »
I have number of friends who use their bread machines to mix the dough and do the first proof and then take the dough out to kneed and shape into loaves.  The second proof is done in the loaf pan and baked in an oven.

They were tired of the cube bread too.  8^)

Paul

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