Nice lesson, even the happiest among us go through bitter times. Seems he was able to work through it and get to a good place. Created a hell of a good beer in the process. Cheers!
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Yeah, my first reaction to this was "well, bummer". Second reaction was "thank god they won't drag him out every year for New Year's now." It was just sad, although I'm fairly certain that Dick was the primary reason he was still out there.+1
Running is bad for your knees and joints.
Good advice Tom. I went to a LHBS this morning and traded the ponies for a Corny a 5000ml flask a stainless racking cane and some lactic acid.No benefit of the doubt - anyone who leaves Beervana for TX is immediately suspect.You could spend $80 for that tool and have to deal with swapping fittings, or you could buy a couple of cornies that work with what you already have.
Are you 100% sure that your friend owned those kegs and didn't just fail to return them?
Well, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. He's a stand up guy moving his family, live-in Grandma and four dogs to San Antonio from Portland. He's also giving me a 5 lb. CO2 tank (full).
There are places you can return kegs for the deposit, even if you didn't pay the deposit. The breweries want their kegs back. Take that cash and buy yourself a corny or two, fewer headaches.
A sight glasses is something else that has to be disassembled and cleaned and can cause a leak. A marked dip stick, spoon, mash paddle, etc. is just so easy and an exact volume measurement isn't really that important anyway.
I have never disassembled mine and I can't see why I'd need to. I just rinse it out when I clean my kettle.
This is my first time so not much help here, but I'm going to try zig-zagging the bines up and down from the ground to 8' and then back down...and repeat over and over.Yeah, like Mort said. Hops don't like to grow down. You're better off getting them to go latterally if vertical isn't an option.
If all grows as planned, I'll post up some pics as it goes.