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The Pub / Re: How to Make a Pumpkin Keg
« on: October 23, 2015, 01:29:50 PM »
Seems like a lot of work for 5 liters of beer.  To me at least. 

I remember a couple of articles a year or two age about people actually fermenting and serving from a pumpkin.  Still more work than it's worth to me.   8)

I'd probably get a sanke keg and paint it orange, add a face and serve 16 gallons. 


The Pub / Re: Vent much?
« on: October 20, 2015, 12:30:53 PM »
Back home when I was a kid we had so many road hunters that it wasn't safe to work in the field during the Fall without driving a truck out.  Often it would take less time to just walk out and do something than to go get a vehicle and drive out but the idiots on the road couldn't seem to tell the difference between people and deer.  One idiot shot into our yard from a half mile away.  He hit a tree 3 feet above my head.  I never saw a deer so I can only assume he was think I was one.

I know many hunters who are now just sport target shooters because they can't stand the "hunting crowd" today.  A well trained and respectful hunter is a big asset to our ecology in the mid-west.  Their just aren't enough of them to make up for the idiots.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: October 19, 2015, 02:38:53 PM »
That hole would definitely cause some issues.

One other thing I've had happen, in case folks see this type of issue again, was when we had a power failure and my temp controller freaked out.  the kegs warmed up over 2 or so weeks to 65 Deg F or so and really stared foaming bad.  It took me a couple of swallows to realize the beer was much warmer than usual.  Reset the controller and everything straightened out.


Equipment and Software / Re: For those that really want a Thermapen
« on: October 14, 2015, 01:32:42 PM »
You should always be able to find that pink one.   ;D


The Pub / Re: Kneel!
« on: October 14, 2015, 07:19:58 AM »
Strange days we live in.  This and the cubs one too.   :o


The Pub / Re: Android battery suddenly dropping...
« on: October 14, 2015, 04:31:48 AM »
An old example but along the same lines.  I had a Droid Maxx that had amazing battery life until I got the last System OS update Verizon supplied for that model.  Overnight my phone went from being able to go 3 days without recharging to needing to be charged every night to almost make it through a day.

Most new phones are coming out with integrated batteries that cannot be replaced by the user.  I don't understand why manufacturers are doing this.


The Pub / Re: I just realized this is my 18th year brewing.
« on: October 13, 2015, 04:27:47 AM »
Thanks folks!  The years fly by,that's for sure.

It makes the 3.5(ish) years until our youngest (we have 4) graduates from high school seem like tomorrow.  Which is both terrifying and very exciting. 

Denny is way ahead of me in batch count though.  I'm only up to 235 or so.   :)


The Pub / I just realized this is my 18th year brewing.
« on: October 12, 2015, 12:31:29 PM »
My daughter turned 18 this past Sunday and it just hit me that I started brewing shortly after she was born.

It doesn't seem like 18 years have gone by (either for the hobby or the kids).  Both journeys have been a blast and I'm looking forward to the temps dropping and getting the brewing season started again.  It will be a busy Spring with a high school and a college graduation!

Thanks to you all for all your advice, knowledge and support over the years.


All Grain Brewing / Re: First all grain attempt.
« on: October 12, 2015, 12:25:23 PM »
I'm definitely not saying to never worry about water.  I agree with the campden tablets.  I didn't even think about that since  chlorine is a no brainer for me after 12 or 13 years.  I didn't even consider it since it usually gets done in my brewery the night before the brew.   :-\

I just don't think hitting my exact PH with decent water is something I would worry about on my first brew.  Heck, most days I still worry about it too much.  Most brew sessions i look at the pH meter box and think "I probably should have taken a PH reading when I started the mash".  That's usually as I'm putting my kettles and tools away.   ::)

I have really good water though so it works for everything I normally brew.


All Grain Brewing / Re: First all grain attempt.
« on: October 12, 2015, 10:56:51 AM »
I was going to channel Denny on this one but he got her first.

The process is involved enough to start out with.  Don't worry about water until you know the process and your system.  Unless your water is undrinkable the old adage "if your water tastes good it will make good beer" really is true for your initial brew sessions.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: first time for everything...uugghhh!
« on: October 11, 2015, 04:35:02 AM »
I've had one pack where the seam split open and I don't "smack" to break the nutrient bag.  One of the seams just popped open while I was pushing with the heal of my hand.  After the cleanup and ritual sacrifice, to ensure a good starter, I looked at the package found several spots where the seal was weak.  In my case it was a heat sealer not doing it's job correctly.


The Pub / Re: Windows 10
« on: October 08, 2015, 04:05:10 AM »
We have it on 4 laptops at home.  The extent of my assessment has been "it works".  I expected more problems and unlike others have said, the 2 machines I use seems a bit slower than the version 7 they had before.  So far I haven't run into anything software that doesn't run.

I wish MS would stop moving all the configuration tools around.  They used to all be in one place.  Now they are spread out 2 or 3 places.  And why somethings work one way and a completely different way is a mystery to me.

Overall, it seems to be a good OS so far.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Infection
« on: October 08, 2015, 03:57:41 AM »
That regime should be more than enough to clean the glass.  Glass doesn't normally have nooks and crannies or fine cracks like plastic so it cleans up pretty easily.

It always sucks to lose a batch.


The Pub / Re: New wireless router...
« on: October 07, 2015, 02:03:42 PM »
In general SOHO (Small Office Home Office) routers tend to lose signal strength over time.  The transmitter components wear out.  Normally it's caused by the cheap electrolytic capacitors the manufacturer used.  It's the same issue every amplifier and radio built in the last 30 years has had.  There are lots of articles on the web about people replacing all the caps to "fix" their router. 

Sometimes the flow solder systems do a bad job of affixing the chips so they start to fail with heat and dust over time.  You can maybe fix this by taking the board out of the router and baking it at 500 to 600 degrees but not always and you may destroy the board in the process.

The average lifespan of a SOHO router is only 2 years or so.

I have a Netgear wireless router (can't remember the model right now) that supports 802.11n and it does work well.  Not all devices support every 802.11n connection even if they say they do.  All 6 cell phones in my house say they support N but only half them work when connected the N network.  Sometimes laptops say they have a chip that supports N but the manufacturer chose to not install the chip and antenna that makes it work (I have two of these) from Acer and the label on the top stating it has 802.11n support.   >:(

As for the Genie app?  Ya, it makes setting up the router easy but Netgear requires you sign in on an external site to configure the 802.11 network with a different user ID and Password than you use to login on the router locally.  That's kind of a PITA to me.  On top of that, when all the browsers disabled Adobe Flash for security reasons, you could no longer connect to the external site and configure the 802.11N connection.  Flash is a POS and full of security holes but to maintain your network, Netgear makes you use it.  Sorry, kind of a raw nerve.

Maybe all the routers I've had in the last 8 years were too cheap to be expected to work well and last but it's been a long time since that first Lynksys router lasted for 9 years with no issues.   ::)

Oh well, I hope the NightHawk works well and for a long time for you.  Let us know if you start to see any issues creeping up.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: New Guy - In deep
« on: October 02, 2015, 09:28:12 AM »
Generally you will hear the following advice:

1) Be patient, the beer will get done when it gets done.

2) You can speed it up a bit after the gravity gets down by warming it up a bit.  Raising the temp won't hurt at the end of the ferment.

3) There really aren't a lot of reasons to rack off to a secondary.  There are many good reason to leave it in the primary longer.  The main one being that it will give the yeast time to clean up after themselves.

4) When you do get to packaging, pull some samples and do controlled additions of the extract in small amounts of beer.  A couple os ounces of beer at a time and add extract with a dropper.  Each drop has a standard addition measurement (I don't recall it right now but others will).  Guessing can get you in trouble when adding fruit flavorings as they cannot be removed.

Over all it sounds like you are doing very well with the batch.


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