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I've got an ugly homemade one from the diptube of a 3 gallon keg.   I love it.  I use it in my conical siting in an insulated box I built with a window AC as a cooling source.  I brewed a bunch of beers with Nottingham earlier this year and was able to keep them at 58F fermentation temp using the thermowell and Ranco controller.

Does look a bit like galvanized, but I can't believe anyone would make a fermenter like that!
Or just filthy, it may be covered with poorly rinsed PBW or something similar.  Or it could be a galvanized steel jacket with a stainless fermenter inside.

The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: November 01, 2010, 10:03:41 PM »
This is as close to a "old style" pub as I ever get anymore.

The Pub / Re: Time to celebrate
« on: November 01, 2010, 09:42:35 PM »
I went to work for John in 1981, we were best friends even for the years I didn't work for him.  And the lawsuit really took it's toll on him, especially since we knew it was totally bogus from the start.  But the wheels of justice grind slowly in this country, crushing everything as they turn.  Winning cost a million dollars and a great man's death, I'm sure the stress helped kill him especially since the troll threatened to appeal for the next 3 years unless we settled and paid him big bucks.
I'm drinking Traippsts tonight, had my Chimay Blue and then hit the cellar  for some Rochefort 8 and Westmalle Dubbels I put in the cellar just before this sh*t started back in 2008.
Good night all

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Chimay
« on: November 01, 2010, 07:10:55 PM »
I'm drinking a delicious bottle of the Blue right now.  I love the Red but the grocery store quit carrying it.  In fact this is the first Chimay I've seen there in months.  I've never had a bad bottle, either here or in Europe.

The Pub / Re: Time to celebrate
« on: November 01, 2010, 05:02:44 PM »
I can't make myself drink the Bud-I'll enshrine it in his honor instead since he left it here at our last party just before he died.  But I've got some Chimay Blue for tonight.

The Pub / Time to celebrate
« on: November 01, 2010, 02:39:20 PM »
I've got to drink something special tonight.  Besides being payday, our company just won a lawsuit against us.  The troll wanted 39 million dollars, $39,000,000 for copyright infringement on software he wrote while employed by us 17 years ago.  We won the lawsuit, and the first appeal, now on the verge of starting the second appeal the other side dropped it.  2 years and a large fortune later it isn't hanging over our heads.  WooHoo, gonna celebrate tonight.
Unfortunately my boss, the owner of the company didn't live long enough to see this, he died 2 months ago.  But I may drink a Budweiser in his honor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watch out for short-cuts!
« on: November 01, 2010, 08:26:41 AM »
Yesterday brewing a rye IPA I was recirculating through the counterflow chiller in an ice bath back to the kettle.  Wort was down to about 65, almost finished when my neighbor stopped by.  We talked a minute, and he left.  I looked at the kettle and there was a bunch of wort missing.  Then I saw the hose lying on the garage floor in a big 3 gallon puddle of wort.  I ended up with 8 gallons instead of 11, and today I have to take a bunch of stuff out of the garage so I can hose the floor down.  My floor isn't level, all the wort flowed away from the door.

Did my Imperial oatmeal stout on Friday-put almost 5 pounds of oatmeal instead of the 2 pounds the recipe called for.  It will be interesting.  Yesterday crushed 8 pounds of crabapples and 8 pounds of grannysmiths to get almost 2 gallons of juice, topped it off with WallyWorld apple juice for 5 gallons and pitched Nottingham.  And I just doughed in for a rye IPA-20 pounds 2-row pale, 5 pounds rye and 1.5 pounds crystal 60.  For hops it'll be Columbus for bittering and Cascade for 20, 5 and flameout additions.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Your FIRST all grain?
« on: October 31, 2010, 08:32:54 AM »
I can't remember what my first AG was, but I'd go with Tubercle's advice to be able to make a valid comparison. 
I brewed for 3 years with a ZapPap lauter tun and my kettle did double duty as a mash tun.  I would mash for an hour, transfer the mash to the ZapPap with a saucepan and then I sparged by pouring water over the mash with the saucepan.  Even with this simple and primitive method my AG beers were drastically better than my extract beers.

The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: October 31, 2010, 08:20:12 AM »
My wife let me rob our savings account and open a brewery. And she was the one who encouraged me to do it - it was her suggestion, I had never even contemplated it. And she works full time and brings home the paycheck now while I work at the brewery and make $0. And she doesn't regret it at all and is almost as excited as me. I couldn't have found a better woman.
My wife has also encouraged me to quit my real job and open a brewpub, alas there isn't enough in the savings account to rob.  She's also encouraged me to plant a barley crop in our old horse pen so I'm not sure how well she thinks these things out.
But on an every day homebrewing note my wife is happy that because I keep so much beer on hand I haven't been to a bar in years and she doesn't have to worry about me driving drunk or chasing wild women.   I may be spending a lot of time and energy in my garage brewery, but I'm at home, not off wasting money or doing something stupid(like her old hobby flying).

The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: October 30, 2010, 10:08:53 PM »
My wife bought me my first kit back in 1992 and has been very supportive ever since.

The Pub / Re: skunks in the neighborhood
« on: October 30, 2010, 10:07:47 PM »
Tomato juice doesn't really work.

first, wash off as much as you can with plain soap or shampoo.  Then mix a quart of peroxide, a tsp of liquid dish soap, and 1/4 cup of baking soda.  Rub it in, let it sit for five minutes then rinse.  If it's still smelly, do it again.  It might take a couple of times to get all of the odor out, but it works.  It also might bleach your hair and clothes though.

I don't know what time of day that sick cat is eating, but you can pick up the food in the evening to keep from attracting the skunks.
I did wash a cat with tomato juice a few years ago and it worked great.  The little fella didn't much like it and shredded me but he smelled a lot better afterward.  The feed store up the road sells a product people here swear by, I should pick some up.

The Pub / Re: skunks in the neighborhood
« on: October 30, 2010, 12:28:04 PM »
Our house is on a slab so he's not under it, and we live out in the country so he could be domiciled anywhere.   I'm feeding one cat (a stray kitten) outside because he has a parasitic infestation and until he's cleared that up I can't litterbox train him in the house.  I don't want the other cats getting the parasites.  Hopefully the buffet will end soon and he'll go away, but with all the livestock around here he's pretty much got it made.  I was talking to my neighbor a few minutes ago, apparently the skunk was at their house eating pumpkin guts left from making jack-o-lanterns before he came over here.
My other concern is rabies.  A few years ago this area was infested with rabid skunks, but I haven't heard much about them lately.

The Pub / skunks in the neighborhood
« on: October 30, 2010, 11:21:09 AM »
I went out last night to see if the cats needed food in the garage and there was a big fat skunk snarfing up the cat food.  It didn't seem the least bit excited to see me, instead it looked up at me and just waddled away.  Last week I went out at 4 am to water the shrubs and there he was on the front porch.  I just hope he doesn't get pissed and spray me or the cats.  Do skunks hibernate or is this going to be a problem year round.  We've always had them around(usually dead in the road) but this is the first time we've had them consistently them in and around the house.

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