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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old brewing magazines
« on: October 24, 2016, 10:48:23 AM »
I keep them all on a shelf in my shop.  Along with many years worth of Handyman Club of American, Wood, Wood Workers Journal and American Woodworker and Wood Craft magazines.

It took me years to let go of all the PC Magazine, Byte and InfoWorld rags from decades ago.  If anyone needs Zip Disks or VHS tapes let me know.  8^)

And yes, I can see myself on one of those "Hoarders" TV shows when I'm 90.  Nothing of mine will have any real value though.  8^(  It took an hour of discussion to throw away 9 sets of baseball/softball cleats that haven't fit any of my kids for 8 (or more) years.  Nobody wanted them but it didn't seem right to throw them away.

Don't forget the wood scrap collection!!


Equipment and Software / Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
« on: October 19, 2016, 12:32:56 PM »
All my equipment is in the basement but I have a walkout so the move out on brew day is pretty easy.

I have Gorilla shelves and they can't be beat for strength and stability.  They are not mobile though.  When you put them in place, they don't move.

I use plastic storage containers with lids to keep the dust under control.  All the little parts that fit are in a closed box. 

I'm still trying to figure out grain storage.  If I was in a garage I would definitely be using air tight containers to keep the furry critters our of it.

I also built a keg cabinet on an inside, underground wall that stays a constant temp.  Probably not an option with no basement.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« on: October 17, 2016, 11:36:31 AM »
Understand the EEWWWW factor but I think you'll be fine.  The blow-off tube should be under positive pressure so nothing can leak back into the fermenter.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: macro homebrew trends
« on: October 07, 2016, 09:08:19 AM »
No additional trends to add but I wanted thank everyone for connecting LODO and HSA for me.  I've seeing LODO and had figured out what the letters stood for but hadn't gotten beyond that yet.  Just like in teaching and IT, same conversations and "new" ideas every 10-20 years.


Run over by the wife as she leaves with the mailman and the just paid off truck.

Guys, I think I found a rhyme for truck.

Stuck.  Right?   ;D

For it to be a country song the numbers would need to be reversed and a dog would have to have died.   :D


All Grain Brewing / Re: Three brews today
« on: September 29, 2016, 01:44:25 PM »
My typical brew day is 2 beers (semi concurrent- back to back).  I get the second one into the mash tun while the first one is coming up to a boil.  Takes about 7 hours from lighting the burner to putting the equipment away.

I don't think I'll try 3 though.

Good luck!


Equipment and Software / Re: Brew Guru App.
« on: September 22, 2016, 12:26:29 PM »
It runs on my Droid Turbo fine.  The little bit I've played with it seems like it may be useful when out on the road.

One annoying thing it does is notify me every time I go past Granite City Brewery.  Which is everyday on the way to and from work.  Am I just missing how to turn off notifications or is there no way to do it?


Equipment and Software / Re: Keg Post Won't Come Off
« on: September 13, 2016, 03:45:56 AM »
Looking at the teeth that are left on it (it might just be the picture) I would replace it once I got it loose.  Some of them look to be ground down to almost nothing.

The suggestions give so far are all good ones.

Good luck with it.


Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: September 09, 2016, 12:06:56 PM »
Interesting idea. 

A conical that you can see into might ease the fears of some on how to dump the trub and yeast off without losing too much beer.  I admit it's one of questions I've always had (more of a "Hmmm" than a fear for me).

I'm still not in the market but I kind of like the idea.


The Pub / Re: Realizing a dream
« on: September 08, 2016, 01:45:01 PM »
Harley Davidson sure does make some beautiful machines, but as someone who purposefully lives on what I would hope to be a quiet country road, I wish they would stop using faulty mufflers!  ;)

I really like the tone rather than the volume.  However, I was going for performance (103.5" bore, head work, cams) and unfortunately noise comes with a free-flowing engine.  That is why the drag strips are so loud.  Mine is on the loud side but not painful, and I hope not obnoxious, though I'm sure it is to some.  No worries though, I'll be by you in a second.  ;)

Oh!  114 ft. lbs of torque, and 105 hp.  Dyno-tuned by a pro!

Sorry, Erik got me going.  I'll stop.  NO ONE bring up ham radio.  I can put you to sleep faster than my bike will go on that topic!
Not that any of us bores anyone talking about homebrewing...
I know there are good reasons for the noise and I think they sound cool but some go too far and obviously are trying to be loud. Honestly, I don't know how they stand it. Unfortunately there is a spot down the road from me that is a bit of a destination so during the summer when I am out gardening or relaxing and the only sounds on my little back road should be birds and pollinators I often hear Harleys, some of which are very noisy driven by men over compensating for who knows what. I'm not trashing most riders but some are pretty annoying.

I don't usually have a problem with the sound of a Harley.  I wonder how some of those guys can hear anything after riding their bike but that's not my problem. 

The only bike that ever really bothered me was the neighbor across the alley from a house I rented in Lincoln, NE.  He would light his soft tail up every morning at 4AM and then spend 10 minutes trying to get it warm enough to idle.   >:(  Ten minutes of rumbling straight pipes every morning before sunrise is not a way to be a good neighbor.  I have to admit I was not too upset when he laid it down on "O" street and totaled it (luckily he wasn't hurt).

The new bike is a beauty man!  Take care of it.


Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 26, 2016, 10:38:24 AM »
That's weird...I don't have any trouble wiht the lids on mine.  Must be a different brand.

Or you've just got powerful hands...

Or I've broken too many parts of my hands over the years and/or I'm doing it wrong.  8^(

The buckets I currently have use lids that look like paint bucket or 5 gallon drywall mud buckets.  They seal well but are a bear to remove.


Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 25, 2016, 12:40:36 PM »
I have 2 problems with conicals, both related to cost.  I frequently have 3-5 batches fermenting at a time and that many conicals would be expensive.  As would a way to control fermemtation temp.

I understand that.  The only time (maybe twice) that I ever used a bucket to ferment was when I ran out of carboys and better bottles.

Unfortunately these days I don't brew as often, so I've rarely got more than two batches going at once.

But I still think the stainless brew buckets look pretty cool.

They do, but $$$

For the first time ever this past Spring I had 4 beers in fermenters at one time.  Two 6.5 gallon glass carboys and 2 buckets.  I've always liked the glass but am very, very, careful with them. 

The buckets work well but I always feel like I'm fighting the lids when I have open them.  I know that is a kind of whiny reason but it's mine.   ;)

I also admit to enjoying lifting the covers on my glass carboys and being able to see the activity.  It's easy and convenient to see how the process is going without have to fight to get the lid off.  I'm apparently too cheap (or forgetful) to buy the lid removal tool.  I don't dry hop very often so the narrow neck isn't much of a problem for me.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash Batch Sparging?
« on: August 25, 2016, 12:31:13 PM »
I don't think they are specifying a step mash.  They are simply following the normal process of a single infusion fly sparge recipe.

A "step mash" is generally something like 20 minutes at 128f, raise to 142f for 15 minutes then raise to 152F for 25 minutes.  All followed by a rise to 170F for 10 minutes to Mash Out.  (Those temps are random numbers and not any kind of real recommendation.)

Like Denny said, the mash out isn't required with batch sparging due the quick process of dumping 2 batches of water through the mash and done.  Fly sparging is a slower process and it is necessary to shutdown the enzymes during the sparging process to keep the wort from becoming too thin (no body).  Raising the temp to 170F for 10 minutes will denature the enzymes that convert the starch to sugar.

Your wort from a batch sparge will be boiling before you'd be done with the vorlauf on a fly sparge.   ;D


All Grain Brewing / Re: Resume boil a week later
« on: August 18, 2016, 08:10:00 AM »
I've had both lacto and mold in iced tea and lemonade before. They usually don't become pronounced for 2-3 weeks, but you can start to taste a twang from the lacto (more in the aftertaste at first).

Before anyone asks, I grew up on a farm where people took water jugs filled with various beverages out on tractors every day (and sometimes forgot them).

Let's just say that whether left refrigerated or not, time is not kind to these things.

There are lots of opportunities for unique infections on the farm.  Exactly what you run into has to do with what kind of farm you run.  Some really interesting things can get started in a livestock barn.  8^)

I have to admit the jump to botulism after my first post was unexpected but really made me chuckle when I read it.  Some parts of the world must be more dangerous than others.   ;D

I'm happy I have never faced this dilemma myself.


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