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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning copper
« on: November 17, 2011, 06:27:52 PM »
Many fluxes are water soluble, but some require alcohol. Older rosin flux required alcohol, but it isn't used much anymore that I know of. I assume you used lead free solder.

Lead free solder and flux.

Acid #5 work very well
Where might I find acid #5 and what is it?

Equipment and Software / Cleaning copper
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:19:22 PM »
So I made this copper sparge arm with lots of fittings and solder that looks really good but is probably way too over-thought to be effective ;D An any rate, what would be a good way to clean it (internally) to remove the flux hiding inside? Would PBW do the trick or is there a better way to clean the inside?

Equipment and Software / Re: Mcmaster Carr Shipping Question
« on: November 15, 2011, 03:50:53 PM »
This doesn't really address the question on shipping, but this thing is pretty rad! (about halfway down the page)
That's very similar to an idea I saw on a forum that was a couple of years old. I think the guy named it Wallace. Very cool what creative minds can come up with!

Beer Recipes / Re: Grain flavors
« on: November 12, 2011, 03:03:09 PM »
Sounds like a consensus! I actually plan to brew the  same recipe several times in a row in the upcoming weeks to try and better understand my process and equipment. Up until now, I've been jumping all over the board which is fun but I don't think it's helping me understand the finer points of all grain. Maybe now is a good time to try some subtle variations?

Equipment and Software / Re: Mcmaster Carr Shipping Question
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:46:39 PM »
Have you tried a local welding or metal fab shop? Having angle iron shipped to you is not really economical. You're better off to pick it up yourself.
I have a little but I haven't seen anything nearby that compares to the slotted angle iron they offer. I may have to adjust my idea a bit.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mcmaster Carr Shipping Question
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:53:28 PM »
Thanks for the quick response. I actually tried your second suggestion but it still didn't list the shipping charges. I got all the way thru the order process and all I had to do was hit 'place order'. I'll try giving them a call.

Beer Recipes / Grain flavors
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:33:21 PM »
As I learn more about brewing, I'd like to start to making my own recipes. How can I get the best idea of what flavor a particular grain will give me? I've heard of chewing on the grain, steeping and making a 'tea' etc...what works best?

Equipment and Software / Mcmaster Carr Shipping Question
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:10:43 PM »
Has anyone had any dealings with Mcmaster Carr? I'd love to order some angle iron for a brew-stand build but they don't list shipping charges anywhere. There are a lot of places that 'pad' shipping and I don't wanna find out the hard way. I tried e-mailing them but I've gotten no response. Thanks

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle conditioning in a growler
« on: July 23, 2011, 09:10:22 AM »

Kegging and Bottling / Bottle conditioning in a growler
« on: July 23, 2011, 06:26:36 AM »
This may have already been answered indirectly with the metal growler post. With that said, is it safe to bottle condition in a traditional 64 oz. glass growler with a metal, threaded cap?

I'm from Indiana where our laws are pretty liberal and it's mind-boggling to me that there is such disparity in the law throughout the country. I've brewed several batches of home brew and never had any inclination to throw an underage party! Don't give up the fight!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Maintaining water temperature...
« on: April 26, 2011, 07:05:39 PM »
I was wondering if my soupy mash contributed to the rapid heat loss.

I think it's more likely that you actually just didn't have a uniform temperature at the beginning and so it was lower overall than the spot you checked. I have that same cooler and I've never seen a mash drop more than ~2°F in an hour.

With this cooler, do you notice a lot of steam escaping at the point where the lid hinges? I noticed quite a bit which is what prompted me to wrap it in blankets.

All Grain Brewing / Maintaining water temperature...
« on: April 26, 2011, 02:33:35 PM »
Does a thinner mash make it more difficult to keep your temperature up? During my first AG attempt, I missed my target mash temp by a degree, but that was after continuously adding hotter and hotter water to get the temp up. I ultimately ended up adding about 6 gallons of an 8 gallon total volume. I use a converted 48 qt. Igloo Ice Cube cooler which I've read good things about but it lost about 3 degrees every 20 mins. and that was while it was wrapped in blankets. I was wondering if my soupy mash contributed to the rapid heat loss. Thanks again!

Beer Travel / Re: Hey Carl....
« on: April 21, 2011, 05:52:43 PM »
Mahalo nui loa! I look forward to sampling some local brew. My wife and I went to Kauai a couple of years ago and hiked out to the Napali coast and IMHO, it should be added as another wonder of the world. We'll definitely return again, in fact, I'd like to sell all of my worldly possessions (except the brewing equipment :)) and move there when I retire! And The Big Island is at the top of the bucket list!

Beer Travel / Hey Carl....
« on: April 19, 2011, 07:18:38 PM »
I had this posted in The Pub initially but noticed this category was a little more fitting. Know of any good locations for local brew on Oahu or Kauai? I'll be in your neck of the woods next month and I'm looking forward to some tasty Hawaiian microbrew!

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