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Beer Travel / Re: Best Bets in Cambridge, MA?
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:42:03 AM »
I can't give first hand experience, but I hear a lot of good things about these two from other forums.

OK, dumb question...

What is TSP??

Trisodium Phosphate ( or teaspoon or Thrift Savings Plan :) )

Equipment and Software / Re: Rubbermaid vs. Igloo Cooler
« on: July 22, 2011, 07:44:03 AM »
I do have a 72qt coleman, but I figured with my batch sizes I'd wouldn't have the grains to be deep enough.

I have this cooler ( the blue one of course  ;D ) and it works great for my 5 gallon recipes.  I routinely do 12-15 lb grain bills and there's plenty of room left over.  I did a mild once and was thinking I didn't put in enough grain because the bed was so shallow, but it turned out fine.

The best thing about this cooler is it's big enough to do a huge beer.  I'm going to do a RIS soon that has 25 lbs. of base and specialty grain.  I can't wait to see that in the mash tun!

Equipment and Software / PVC Board Collar
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:53:15 AM »
I built a collar for my kegerator last year and not having a clue how to build something, I realized it is about 2 inches too short to allow a keg on the hump. 

Instead of building a whole new collar, I was thinking of raising the existing one up with some 2" edging boards and then putting this PVC board facing on it.  I saw the PVC board stuff at Lowes.  I like the fact that it seems like it is resistant already to moisture ( i.e. no additional staining ), and I can get 1" x 10" boards, that will cover the patch job and hang down below the side of the freezer to screw in a drip tray or what not.

Has anyone used this stuff and it there anything that I'm missing?


Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest alternatives?
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:02:14 AM »
This one seems very popular on HBT, and someone has built the recipe for it already on Brewmaster Warehouse Recipe Builder site.

Ingredients / Re: Show us your Hops 2011!
« on: July 15, 2011, 08:26:00 AM »


I have a couple cones on the centennial but things that I assume will be cones on the cascade.  Is that correct?

I have 4 strings, all right next to each other.  One cascade grew to the top, probably 12-14 ft.  The others didn't make it to the top this year.  They are second year hops so I was expecting them to go all the way up.  Maybe next year.  They all look healthy so I'm not too worried.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing Ratios
« on: July 08, 2011, 10:34:31 AM »
First of all, I kinda work backwards (like much in my life!)

It's not working backwards, it's called Reverse Engineering.  Kind of like it's not being cheap, it's being pragmatic.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: July AHA Rallies - Check it out!
« on: July 06, 2011, 01:50:09 PM »
AARRGGGHHH!!!  Every year I miss the Sam Adams one.  This year I pick my son up from Cub Scout camp.  Maybe I could pay them to keep him an extra day?  ;)

These are always a good time.  I've been to Smuttynose and Allagash in the past.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Opinions on aeration system
« on: July 06, 2011, 05:12:03 AM »
I run my aquarium pump setup in a 6 gallon Better Bottle with 5.5 gallons of wort for about 30 minutes.  At the end of that time, the foam is just getting to the bottom of the spout, but it never climbs out.  I bought the system from Northern Brewer with an aquarium pump, tubing, inline filter, and aeration stone.

The Pub / Spent Grain Energy
« on: July 05, 2011, 12:21:17 PM »
You gotta love ingeniuty.

Who knew people from MIT were so smart?  ;)

( Drew's response in 3, 2, 1 ...)

Now if they could only find a way to harness the gases the finished product produces  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello all!
« on: July 01, 2011, 05:22:38 AM »

What?  Was "shagaroo" already taken on this forum?  ;D

I may a have couple bottles from NHC from entries that didn't advance to the 2nd round ( shocking I know  ;) ). 

Maybe I'll send them in to see how they do.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frozen beer
« on: June 30, 2011, 01:33:21 PM »
Eisbock! ( or EisPA or EisIPA, or whatever style it is )

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: June 30, 2011, 10:04:43 AM »
Thanks for the updates Frank.  I didn't read back in this thread but did he get to watch the Bruins win the Stanley Cup or see the parade from the hospital window?

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 29, 2011, 09:02:12 AM »
BTW...we had a great Homebrew Club meeting on Monday night.  ;D

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