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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: October 17, 2013, 11:20:20 AM »
My fiancé and I both have AHA memberships. I believe that they are valid until 2016 or something like that.

When it's up for renewal, we are going with the Lifetime membership. Do we get a cool sticker for that?? :P

You get to stick-around with cool homebrewers for the rest of your life!   ;D
Maybe you could get each other Lifetime memberships as wedding gifts?

Beer Recipes / Re: Copyright
« on: October 17, 2013, 06:19:05 AM »
I have a very good scrambled egg technique. It has been copyrighted. Ya'll are warned! :)
I bet you whisk them counter-clockwise, huh?
I have heard that it is only legal to do that in Australia, New Zealand, etc.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 tank inside the keezer?
« on: October 11, 2013, 11:36:30 AM »
Is that a gas disconnect just under the RANCO?  That is brilliant!  What kind of hardware did you need to make that connection to the gas post?


Equipment and Software / Re: thermowell & blow-off valve set-up
« on: October 08, 2013, 08:25:02 AM »
Cool, so you replaced the SS rod that came with the hood and replaced it with this one?

That is the thermowell. Not sure what length I have, I think 12". I bought the hood seperatly. I have a few. I use the for blowoff, transfers, and brining water back from the RO machine. End up costing about $10 less than the MoreBeer kit.
+1 On all the above.
I use the Brewer's Hardware 16" thermowell.  I have 2 actually, one for 6 gallon glass and Betterbottles and one for 6.5 gallon (small cap).  The trick is to cut the small pigtail on the cap off to about 1/4", stick it in hot water to soften and spray some starsan or leak detector on the thermowell.  It will slide in the small hole quite easily then.  I also use a 000 rubber stopper to plug the thermowell open end when I clean and sanitize it.  Use 1/2" ID hose for the blowoff fits right over the larger hole on the cap.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Poor WLP002 attenuation: raise temp to fix?
« on: October 01, 2013, 11:39:33 AM »
My experience with 1968/WLP002 is that you need to oxygenate well and pitch about 2X what the calculators say in order to get it to finish before it drops.  3 days at 62 then up to 68-70 to finish.

Equipment and Software / Re: Wheels for new brewstand?!
« on: September 06, 2013, 08:14:51 AM »
My vote would be for soft, inflatable, (3" wide) hand truck wheels on one end, then locking dolly wheels on the other which you could build up with plywood to level the whole thing up.

The Pub / Re: Can you get drunk on Non-Alcoholic Beer?
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:18:39 PM »
I would think by the time you got to the 5th or 6th can, you would have metabolized what little alcohol was in the first :P

Pimp My System / Re: My system needs pimping
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:28:49 AM »
There are some guys up in Canada that have some pretty neat 12V brewing pumps.  They are about 65$ each!  Burners = KAB4 for a conventional kettle, KAB6 for keggle, or, my next burner, the Blichmann!
Here it is!

Pimp My System / Re: My system needs pimping
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:20:26 AM »
And running the wort through hot is enough to sanitize a pump?  Or, how do you sanitize them?  Anyone use a "Chugger Pump"?  This is what my local guy has
There are some guys up in Canada that have some pretty neat 12V brewing pumps.  They are about 65$ each!  Burners = KAB4 for a conventional kettle, KAB6 for keggle, or, my next burner, the Blichmann!

Beer Recipes / Re: Northern English Brown Ale
« on: August 01, 2013, 12:54:49 PM »
I hear good things about brown malt but this is my first time using it. I think I may up it to 1 lb and cut the crystal to .5, while also increasing the Maris to 8.5 and eliminating the biscuit. Thanks for the feedback guys.
My experience with Brown/Amber/Pale Chocolate malts have been a little disappointing.  I get a bit of a sour tang to all of them.  I use pale chocolate in my brown and any more than .25# in 5 gallons is too much.  The same with brown and amber.  Use them for flavor, not color.  Use a less attenuative British yeast (than us-05) and mash at 154.  Use British (450L) Chocolate to adjust your color,  chocolate gives you brown, Carafa gives you more of a red tint.

My $.02

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 16, 2013, 01:24:53 PM »
Maybe I should spray paint my orange cooler blue, haha.
That would be like photoshopping Denny with a suit and tie!

Equipment and Software / Re: What type fittings are these?
« on: July 10, 2013, 11:52:34 AM »
For the tubing you could use polycarbonate or borosilicate glass (McMaster-Carr) and use a couple of silicone O-rings in place of the metal compression ring.

The Pub / Re: Another pet safety tip
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:54:54 AM »
Good dog!

Pimp My System / Re: 20 Gallon Electric Brewing System
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:53:02 AM »

I have seen that shelving system before.  Where did you get it?

BTW - The probes are waterproof. I either have my probes in water or taped to the carboy.
Sorry Amanda, the probes MAY be water resistant, but I can say from experience that the are not waterproof (immersible).

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