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Messages - gsandel

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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.

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The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:07:43 AM »
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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.

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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 this.....best 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!

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

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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.

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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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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Spartangburg kegs - plastic gas in tube
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:45:30 AM »
I had some wwith some real nasty looking (browned and melted looking) plastic gas in tubes....replaced with stainless, no problems, no leaks.  It must have been ones where the gas in wasn't smaller diameter, (or just got lucky).

Curious.

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Equipment and Software / Re: I'm ready to trash my kettle
« on: June 12, 2013, 04:02:09 PM »
If you have the cash, and you are in the "I just want it to @#@%!^$ing work" camp, Blichmann, Stout Tanks, or Sabco all have nice stuff.  (Full disclosure: I have a Stout HLT w/HERMS, and use Sabco's false bottom in my mash tun keggle.  I have a few Blichmann pieces parts, but nothing substantial to comment on...all works as nice as advertised).

Boil off rate is a combination of surface area and temperature.  You can do a moderate rolling boil and still be okay (it doesn't have to be super vigorous)...sight glass is nice, but you do have to clean it.  Drilling stainless is relatively easy with a step bit (cone shapped bit).....but the bit costs $15 (add to cost of sight glass).

Let us know what course you take and your impression of the outcome!  good luck.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pump Selection
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:56:45 PM »
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I have the March 809 with the 815 impeller and I've never buy the 809 again. What a huge difference in priming and flow after upgrading the impeller!


me too!  The impeller upgrade makes a huge difference.

So the impeller in the Chugger is small as well?  Does the chugger ss head fit on the March pump?

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The Pub / Re: Latest Beer Marketing Gimmicks
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:53:33 PM »
In response to beers being too bitter, hoppy, heavy, or whatever...., magic hat releases "Just Beer" series beginning with "just IPA"?  What does it taste like if not hoppy.....keystone? (remember "bitter beer face"?)

Idiots.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Death Knell for Keezer?
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:42:53 AM »
I am good about cleaning my fridges, but you are right, this sounds like an extreme case of dirty coils (at best).  Since I didn't diagnose until the end of the weekend, I had not the chance to poke around....

I will try cleaning....much cheaper than new.

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Equipment and Software / Death Knell for Keezer?
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:15:00 AM »
I think I know the answer, but you all can confirm.

My $80 craigslist bought chest freezer has been operating for 5 years.  Over the weekend, I lowered the temp from 42 to 39 for the summer, and it kicked on.  Later that day, I noticed it was running and at 41.  Later on, still 41 and still running.  I opened hatch, found 1 inch thick frost 3 inches below top of unit (below bottom of collar).  I set to 41, and frost disapated, but continued to run.  Never did that before.

Other symptoms, the exterior used to get warm to touch when cooling....now the outside is only lukewarm in spots (near top where frost builds).

I set temp this morning to 50 to see if it can run and hold temp there (and perhaps thaw whatever problem it might be)...

is this a coolant blockage, compressor starting to (or has) fail(ed), or something fixable?

I am happy with the 5 year life for $80, but would fix if easy/cheap....but am considering paying more for new or newer next time....I have no plans on making it fancy.  Your suggestions are welcome.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: May 31, 2013, 03:03:53 PM »
Who isn't?

Actually, after being skunked last year, I am attending for the first time, with my brother.

I am actually kind of nervous.


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The Pub / Re: Looks nice but it's just an opener...
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:15:02 AM »
While serving beer at GABF, I had a few cap collectors want me to open the bottles with their special opener so to not scratch or bend the cap....then to cap it off (pun intended)they didn't even want to taste the beer!

I should talk, but that is a weird hobby/fetish.

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The Pub / Re: The best copliment I've ever gotten
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:08:17 AM »
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If my daughter was dating someone just like me I'd shoot him.

+9mm

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The Pub / Re: Is Staples your office supply store?
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:06:12 AM »
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Drinking is evil...but the liver is more evil and deserves to be punished.

The only thing evil is being stuck into an office that doesn't allow adult beverages to be consumed at your desk.

Come to think of it, a keggerator should be considered office equipment like the coffee maker....just for after my coffee goes cold (around 9am).

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