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The Pub / Re: Recommend a mail-order beer store please
« on: February 03, 2017, 08:06:02 AM »
All I can offer is wishes of good luck with your endeavor. 

It sounds like a great idea but in Iowa the whole market is tightly controlled by the State.  Anything being shipped into the state is subject to all import duties, taxes and distribution regulations as the beer on your grocer's shelves.  Since you're already paying retail the taxes are calculated on that value.  It gets very expensive, very fast.

My wife and I looked at one of those wine-of-the-month things a few years back.  Seemed like a fun idea but at check out when you put in a Iowa address the monthly fee went from ~$50/mo to ~$115/mo.  It lost some of it's appeal at that point.   ::)

I hope you find a good source.

Paul

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Same story as most when it comes to my first beer.  I made it 19 years ago and only vaguely remember anything about it.  I jumped right in with an "Advanced Extract Kit".   ;D  Which basically meant it included some crystal malt that was steeped for 30 minutes before boiling and liquid yeast.

It was good enough to get me to brew a second batch.  It took a few years to be willing to share my beer with people outside the house.  Many of the first batches were awful but they got better.  I think my all-grain batches must be decent now because I hear from people who tell me some mutual friend was raving about this or that beer.  That kind of thing can keep you going awhile.   :D

To be completely truthful here, I still bomb a batch now and then.  I kegged a Farmhouse Saison (new to me recipe) last night that will take some convincing to make me believe it's any good.  ::).  Who knows?  Someone may like it.

Welcome back to the obsession!

Paul
Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:48:42 AM »
I'll try to be careful here.  I have a tendency to make sarcastic comments and derail conversations, not just here but everywhere I go.  I have typed many replies on this board that I deleted before posting because they didn't feel "right".  Welcome to my sociological world problems.   ???

That being said; I have watched the battle around LODO on this forum and chosen to stay out of it.  I haven't looked into the actual processes and do not have time to at this point in my life.  I have seen instances where our moderators have made some defensive/offensive statements and dropped the gauntlet seemingly because they personally disagree with the thread.

I ask that we all pause, and reread our own posts before hitting the 'post" button.  Kind of like reading to the wall in grade school.  Most offense can be avoided by just taking time to think about how what you say will be perceived.

I have thought many times lately "here we go, it's the NB Brew-ha-ha again".  Please don't let hurt feelings tear apart a great resource.  I came here after the NB Brewer forum blew up and most of the members with useful comments migrated elsewhere.

Let's all try to make this a place where differing opinions can be discussed, not fought about.

To the Mods, Thanks for all you do.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hard piped Propane burner issues.
« on: January 29, 2017, 10:30:13 AM »
From the rules and FAQs section of the forum.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=20.0

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Questions
« on: January 25, 2017, 03:14:50 PM »
Do the kettles (excluding the mash tun for now) have a pick-up tube that can pickup liquid from deeper in the vessel?  Without a pick tube you would leave quite a bit behind on each transfer.

In the mash tun, how does the drain piping connect to the screen?

Some pictures might help folks figure out if your numbers are "normal".

As Jim said, 16 gallon kettles may be a bit large for 5 gallon batches.  I have a 12 gallon stock pot for my boil kettle that gives me a ton of space, which is nice, but my evaporation rate is pretty high.  I use a cooler as my mash tun so my setup is completely different from yours and really can't compare much with the setup you have.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 20, 2017, 11:40:59 AM »
I can't believe no one has mentioned Air Supply.  Literally any song by Air Supply (mostly because they all sound alike).

I'm also sorry I decided to read thread while I ate lunch.  I'll claim was part of my weight loss program.  :o

When my kids asked me why all the male singers in the 80's were high tenors I told them because the record company contracts took their souls and their junk as the cost of fame.  If you wanted to keep your plumbing you went in to opera.  ;D

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Hop Bag or no?
« on: January 18, 2017, 03:03:30 PM »
is it really necessary to do that though? It was my understanding that it may be good to have the break and hop material in the fermentor? or at least didn't matter enough that it wont change flavors.

I've always read that as "it's good to have SOME trub and hop material make it into the fermenter".  I would put all of it in.

That said I use a 5 gallon paint strainer bag and a hop spider type thing I built to keep the majority of the hops out the fermenter.  It make removing the hops so much easier and keeps most of the plant material out of my floor drains.  I haven't noticed any utilization issues but I am not a big fan of really hoppy beers so I may not notice.

For me, it is a convenience thing for the most part.

Paul

So whats the difference n having all or some? I have always just put basically all of what was in the kettle into my fermenter. Im not experienced wnough to say whether this has had a huge impact on my flavor but I haven't experienced anything I would say is an off flavor, or grassy. Not tryint o put you down, just trying to understand!

The biggest difference is the amount crud you need deal with when you rack out of the fermenter.  I have a valve on my boil kettle with a siphon pickup.  If I'm not careful I can suck all kinds of trub out of the kettle.  I stop transferring when basically all the clear wort is gone.  That leaves most of the gunk behind. 

I can't really say if it makes a difference because I have never dumped my kettle into the fermenter.  I've always minimized how much I transferred.

What I've seen in print has been "don't put all the trub in the fermenter but a small amount may be beneficial to yeast health".  I 've accepted it as fact I guess with no data to use to support it.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: thermomoter broke
« on: January 18, 2017, 10:34:15 AM »
Check them with a magnet.  If they stick to the magnet they are made of steel (or at least something iron based) and they should not be an issue.

If they don't stick to the magnet they could be lead, but are not necessarily lead.  Many inert metals are not magnetic either.

I have broken a thermometer in a batch too.  I didn't worry about it too much and used the wort anyway.  (it's taking all I have not finish this with a  joke about lead poisoning symptoms making it hard to think.  8)

I know it isn't the best answer but it's all I've got right now.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Hop Bag or no?
« on: January 18, 2017, 10:10:40 AM »
is it really necessary to do that though? It was my understanding that it may be good to have the break and hop material in the fermentor? or at least didn't matter enough that it wont change flavors.

I've always read that as "it's good to have SOME trub and hop material make it into the fermenter".  I would put all of it in.

That said I use a 5 gallon paint strainer bag and a hop spider type thing I built to keep the majority of the hops out the fermenter.  It make removing the hops so much easier and keeps most of the plant material out of my floor drains.  I haven't noticed any utilization issues but I am not a big fan of really hoppy beers so I may not notice.

For me, it is a convenience thing for the most part.

Paul

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Hop Growing / Re: Selling hop rhizomes
« on: January 18, 2017, 05:22:10 AM »
If you can sell them locally, go for it. 

I always prefer to sell things I don't need anymore to folks that will use them instead just giving them away.  Often it seems like giving someone a thing makes it seem like "junk" and they appreciate it less.  Have them pay a few dollars for it and it becomes a prize they will use with pride. 

I have 2 kids in college (another one done and one who's still in HS) and appreciate any help in buying a text book or two that we can get.

Good luck!!

Paul

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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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