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Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone using this cooler?
« on: April 07, 2011, 02:35:07 PM »
I don't use that one but I'd be a little wary of the wheeled ones.  The drain location may be higher than is ideal to accommodate the wheels.  The 70 qt coleman xtreme is pretty nice:

Looks like they've gone up quite a bit in price since I last looked at them though.

good call on the drain height, thanks for the responses, i think i'll go with the coleman...


Equipment and Software / Anyone using this cooler?
« on: April 07, 2011, 01:08:35 PM »
75 Qt DuraChill™ Wheeled 6-Day Cooler

Are any of you using this cooler? Do you like it? if not, which do you recommend for mash tun conversion?


Equipment and Software / Re: Prepping a cooler
« on: April 07, 2011, 12:38:33 PM »
I have a good friend who's a homebrewer and a plastics guy by trade.  He assures me that all the coolers he knows of are HDPE.

great news, thanks guys, looks like i'l be going all-grain soon!

Equipment and Software / Re: Prepping a cooler
« on: April 07, 2011, 10:17:10 AM »
Isn't there an issue with BPA-leaching by putting high-temp or boiling water into a plastic container? Are there BPA-free coolers available? This is one of the only issues stopping me from using one and going all-grain.

All Things Food / Re: New cook book!
« on: April 06, 2011, 11:26:10 AM »
  Call me gay, but I have a secret man crush on Guy Fieri. He's got his first cook book coming out. Over 400 pages. Dude makes some pretty cool food. I'm excited. Makes a lot of great looking man food.

not at all, I love guy too, but i love his old camaro more!

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 06, 2011, 09:56:10 AM »
Supposed to be pretty rainy here the next few days but right now its 55 and sunny, gorgeous day!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Conical fermenter HELP
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:12:46 PM »
Luck is just probability taken personally. ;)

heheh and the lottery is a tax on people bad at math! :)

Ingredients / Re: Burton water
« on: April 03, 2011, 04:11:55 PM »
Oh yes. But all I do is add salt. Not sure about the neutralizer... In fact it's never been serviced in three years. Been wondering about that, so I'm gonna bust out the owner's manual.

The system we have now was replaced before we moved in and we didn't know it needed to be serviced regularly which is now causing us problems with our pipes. The Ph level is so acidic that its actually eating away the copper from the inside and 3 times this year we had leaks spring up, twice inside of walls. it was a MESS, both to cleanup and to fix.

I would call a local water treatment guy and just have him come over and take a look at your system, its well worth the small fee not to go through what we did with leaking pipes and repair bills.


Ingredients / Re: Burton water
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:45:57 AM »
I have a whole-house water softener coupled with RO. Produces 7-14ppm water. Excellent for extract, and with AG I back-mineralize up to 25-50% tap.

I have a bag that says "Burton Water Salts" with no instructions or manufacturer. It's been with me for 4 year and has never been used. Anyone got an idea how to use this?

There's a good chance it's from LD Carlson.

guess it depends on your setup, we have a well, so in our 'pump room' we have the well pump, a neutralizer tank (which looks like a tall skinny propane tank with a black box on top) and a salt reservoir (which is a big plastic tub with a top on it). We have to put a few bags of salt in it every few months and the neutralizer has to be serviced once a year or so to top up the calcite (i think).

any of that sound familiar in your setup?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
« on: April 02, 2011, 10:56:47 AM »
Sounds almost done.  You could probably take a quick taste now to get an idea how it's doing.

I like this yeast better anyway.  Not quite as dry.  A little fruitier, a little less sulfury.

yeah i always taste the grav reading sample, its really nice so far. i tried to get as close to newcastle as i could after researching different recipes and i cant wait to get a 6 of NC to do a side-by-side.

I'm working on a stout atm but i may try this recipe again with the other yeast just to see the difference.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
« on: April 02, 2011, 09:43:40 AM »
Its been exactly a week since pitching the WLP002 and after moving it to a warmer location (62-65F) its been bubbling like crazy the whole time. Figured it might be a good time to take a grav reading. (it tastes fantastic btw)

3/26  OG: 1.040
4/02  SG: 1.015

Its still bubbling once every 6-8 seconds, gonna check it again in a few days.

thanks for all the input,

The Pub / Re: Don't post while drunk, Just a warning
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:45:23 AM »
Owning up to your mistake is worth more than a million apologies. Cheers.

General Homebrew Discussion / un-Official AHA Twitter List
« on: March 29, 2011, 07:21:04 PM »
I noticed a few people have their twitter addy in their sigs and thought it might be a good idea to have a thread (or a sticky) where other members could find them easily. One idea I had was to have everyone that wants to participate reply to this post with their name and twitter addy and I'll update this post as the replies come in. Once you see your name listed you can delete your post to keep this thread easier to manage.

Good idea? Bad idea? btw, if any mods or admins have a problem with this or want to take it over, lemme know.

In any case, i'll start it off:

Name/Forum Name                 Twitter ID
Tony Pittari/Tonyp           @tpittari
kgs           @kgs
Norm Benson/Timberati           @timberati
Joel/Sophisto           @Sophisto
Mark Gres/Mark G           @markgres
Gordon Strong/gordonstrong           @gordonstrong
Shamas/wahoo           @shamasuva
Ruben Abril/rabid_dingo           @Rabid_Dingo

If you would like to be added, please reply to this post with your Name and/or Forum Name and Twitter ID

Please don't forget to delete your post once you see your name in the list! Thanks![/b]

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:12:26 AM »
I have found that rousing it once or twice a day (e.g., swirling the primary) really helps, because it is so flocculent.

thx for the tip, i'll try that too.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 29, 2011, 07:48:44 AM »
heh nice gordon that's awesome, i check it last night before bed and again this morning and its really rockin now! airlock is getting a workout.

I was originally going to make a starter on sat and brew on sun but my schedule was rearranged and had to brew on sat or not brew at all so I had to forego the starter and decided to pitch 2 vials to sort of compensate, seems to be ok.

thx for the info guys,


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