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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tips to keep refrigerator from running constantly
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:25:31 PM »
time to make or buy more beer.  A full fridge is a happier fridge, and it runs less overall because there is more mass in the fridge that stays at a more constant temp than the air in an empty fridge...or so I have been told.

Keep those coils clean is the most important thing, though.

It depends what your goal is.  If you want to keg to simplify your brewing, going all grain is not more simple, so keg.

If you just want to delve harder into the hobby, go all grain and watch for cheap kegs and equipment on craigslist (kegs are good ferm, lagering and bright tanks, as well as a bunch of other uses).

I went all grain with one converted keg with false bottom and ball valve as both a mash/lauter tun and my kettle (had to run off into plastic, clean keggle and put wort back in).  I went all grain for 10 years before I got to kegging.  I would do it the same again, unless I was rich, then I would just buy everything as soon as I understood I needed or wanted it.

Minutiae are for the small-minded.

That is the best quote I have heard in a while.  Problem is, my bosses...and I don't have the patience or attention span for either.


....followed by a couple malt liquors and then Bud Light.  Hmmm....Darwinism? Conspiracy? Marketing Effectiveness?

Stout Tanks come with Tri-Clamp fittings.  This could be a plus or minus.

on the plus side, they are professional level semi-sanitary fittings (only as clean as the operator, of course).

On the minus, it is a pain to introduce new fittings into the brewery.

I own Stout Tank HLT and have high opinion of it, but not any conicals.

I think the majority of us use *F in our day-to-day processes

I know I use the *F word in my day-to-day need for translation.  ;)

But the conversion chart for standard brewing ranges (mash temps, ale ferm and lager ferm) is a great idea to help with learning and memorizing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yesteray's (mis)adventure
« on: August 05, 2013, 09:31:28 AM »
I have had same happen, but with higher volume of water, there were no problems and no discernable taste difference (despite the slight drop in OG).  Since there isn't anything you can do about it, carry on.

Nicely, however, is that Northern Brown isn't a beer for keeping, so if something does take hold, you may not have it around long enough to find out.

good luck.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 29, 2013, 03:27:11 PM »
Let us know if that works.  I deleted the app, re-installed and still didn't have any problem downloading more than one issue on my 4S.  Do you know what operating system you've got?  The iOS5 fix won't be live until next week.

Before I got around to uninstalling and reinstalling, an update of the app came available in the app store.  I downloaded that and it started to download perfectly.  I also like the new clock that shows that it is downloading.  So, my issue is resolved, even though I don't know why.

Now, about that Kindle app?  It would be nice to have it on the device I actually use for reading.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 26, 2013, 03:09:49 PM »
I use an iPhone 4S and have no problem downloading multiple issues. I'd guess you probably need to free up some memory on your phone.  The issue files are quite large.

Thanks, I checked, but 3gb avaliable, but just to be sure, I freed up another 1/2 gb....redid the original instructions on hard restart just for grins....and, nothing.

Removing and redownloading ap is next step.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 26, 2013, 02:23:56 PM »
With my iphone 4s I was somehow able to download 1 issue, but not a second.  Upgrade made no difference....this is a bummer.

any word on a Kindle Fire store ap?  Sideloading aps to kindle is no fun.

I have used false bottom in kettle for about 13 years.  It never clogged or scorched, but keeps hop cones and some hot break (cones providing the filter) out of fermenter.

The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:07:43 AM »
In college the deciding factor on how much to drink depended solely on how much change we could find under car seats and sofa cushions.

I was always broke, so my budget for drinking was limited by the avaliable resources....when I had more money, though, I tended to start the night drinking better beer, and thus, usually drank less over the course of evening.

Clubs were told no food or power tools in the convention center

If we had enough notice, we should have made a competition out of macIver'ed club booth built by hand....imagine a popsicle stick and craft beer can tab/cap booth creation!

Just wait till some club grows their booth out hop plant topiaries....hmmm I should start a club. 

Talkin' 'bout sustainability!

Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill MM-3
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:23:42 AM »
I have the MM3 and it is awesome!!

I highly recommend this mill.  I have never owned any other mill, though.

I own MM-3 (owned for the last 5 years or maybe more), I bought hopper and base (because I am lazy) which holds over 10lbs of grain, and it is nice.  I run it with a newer drill.  I do wished I would have invested in the stainless rollers (but only just because I like stainless, and the mill has a little oxidation on the rollers, which doesn't affect its performance).  I use factory settings (never changed), and have nice efficiency and no run off issues with my mash tun set up (keggle, stainless false bottom), even when I use 60% wheat.

I had trouble with crushing wheat but that was my old drill, new drill runs through it like butter.  I would buy it again, but probably never will need another.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:14:30 AM »
Or Talking Heads if it's 95 and humid. :) +!

I agree that influential is probably a more apt description of this ranking.  This is my least favorite issue of the year.  It does nothing but tell me what a bunch of random homebrewers voted for....sort of dancing with the stars for beer....that is, not even a worthwhile use of my time set aside for vegging in front of a TV.  I got the mag yesterday in the mail, and it took me only a few minutes to read and file.

It is nice that these breweries have that sort of following that their patrons are willing to stuff a ballot box for.  I am pretty sure that no one in Germany is crying in their well crafted lagers.

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