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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Windows Phone app?
« on: September 07, 2016, 05:40:29 PM »
Funny, I first posted this question 3 months after buying a Windows Phone. I used that same device until 2 months ago. I have never had a phone as well built as that. I still have it and use it for a media storage, running a developer version of Windows 10.

The comment about it being a 1% market share is exactly why many developers strayed from Windows. While the platform gained ground in other countries, it didn't in the U.S. I switched to Android recently and can say that while my new device is faster, the OS lacks what I have on my Windows 10 Phone. Everyday I find something I'm missing that my old phone had. My first web pop up pissed me off, forgetting that the Windows phone was the only 1 I've had that blocked that crap. Honestly, I'd have bought another 1, but I switched to US Cellular and they don't offer that option.

For those not liking Windows, you've got good reason. No apps and little hope of getting them will kill it off eventually. I just wish my Android had the options my Windows Phone did as built in items and that my Windows Phone had the apps that Android does.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Christmas gifts - aging beer
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:16:11 PM »
I am planning to brew a batch and bottle in nice flip top bottles for Christmas gifts.

I was planning a Russian Imperial Stout. I was going to brew an Old Rasputin clone recipe from the AHA website. http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipe/north-coast-old-rasputin-clone/

How long should I age the beer? In other words should I hurry up and brew or wait a while?

Edit: actual the article says age only a month or so due to lots of late hops. I missed that before.

Bottle issue aside, I'd brew it soon. Most big beers benefit from aging. Double IPA, maybe not. I'm finding beers over 7% can benefit from aging for 4 or more years, depending on the style.

For what it's worth, I hide back a few bottles of each batch just to see how it ages. That way I can try to find the "prime" drinking age. Some will surprise you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting Smegma out of Better Bottles
« on: August 09, 2015, 09:39:04 AM »
Gross.

I always though smegma was just generic for gunk or grime.
Nope. I always do a 24 hour soak with Oxiclean Free in the garage.  After that, I've never seen anything a swish and swirl with a microfiber wash cloth wouldn't get out.  Maybe you're not soaking long enough.

I do that with glass.

But I'm pretty sure the better bottle website says not to soak them for long periods of time in caustic cleaners. I think they specifically mention PBW.

That's why I use a small amount of antibacterial or scent free dish soap with warm water. Let them soak, rinse, and throw in a soft cloth with a little water to shake around and remove any other leftovers. I save PBW for buckets.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill Drill Question
« on: July 17, 2015, 08:24:07 PM »
I am using a Ryobi cordless that is only 12 volt, I believe. One battery is plenty for 20 pounds of grain. My 14.4 volt Black & Decker couldn't turn the shaft at all. I use a MM2.

I would recommend an electric drill, though. The drill gets hot and will most likely ruin the battery packs faster than normal use. I'll probably buy a cheap electric drill soon with variable speed.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Stand
« on: July 17, 2015, 08:16:42 PM »
Actually, I might extend the coverage to the top of the bucket. I used some reflectix to make a chute under my mill to keep the dust down a bit - it helps. If the exit from the mill isn't bound in some way - the dust really gets out of control. I also made a skirt out of a malt bag, but took it off - it helped keep the dust out, but really got in the way of pulling out the bucket. Some thin plywood will add some stiffness to your design and help to control the dust.

Now if you are out of stainless screws at this point... you might need a few more.

I agree with the dust issue. There's too much space from the mill to the bucket without some type of chute.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Silicone
« on: July 04, 2015, 08:38:18 AM »
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Could be that they were just touting it becasue it was trendy, kinda like how you might see chicken labelled as "gluten free".

HA! Excellent point! Hadn't thought of it like that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Silicone
« on: July 03, 2015, 02:03:02 PM »
If you are using a cooler, I wonder if the tun itself is food grade or meant to be utilized in the manner you intend? Probably not.

I'll go out on a limb and say go ahead and use the GE product.

Euge brings up a good point about the tun material. In my case, I found a cooler that was BPA free and was as close to food grade as possible. Check the data sheets for the silicone you chose. Some are construction only and are not even under water rated.

I have yet to see a cooler that isn't BPA free.  Have you seen one that used BPA?  AFAIK, coolers are made of HDPE, which is food safe.

You know, I can't find coolers that don't brag that they are BPA free now. When I bought my tun, only Rubbermaid listed it on their website.
I have the first style Coleman Extreme as a beverage cooler and could never find out what it was made from. I had read the first style had BPA, but couldn't get any real proof either way. I'm glad the companies are being transparent now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Silicone
« on: July 03, 2015, 05:43:58 AM »
If you are using a cooler, I wonder if the tun itself is food grade or meant to be utilized in the manner you intend? Probably not.

I'll go out on a limb and say go ahead and use the GE product.

Euge brings up a good point about the tun material. In my case, I found a cooler that was BPA free and was as close to food grade as possible. Check the data sheets for the silicone you chose. Some are construction only and are not even under water rated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Silicone
« on: July 02, 2015, 08:52:12 PM »
I wouldn't use it. I've used aquarium silicone for years for minor leaks or sealing. If it isn't food safe, its probably a bad idea. That and it could create some off flavors. Even aquarium silicone seems to need a good wash/sanitize to remove any odors.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is applejack?? And is it good?
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:36:34 AM »
I promise I will come and visit you in prison, where you will be withering away in a maximum security wing, convicted for illegal moonshining, blinded by methanol poisoning and suffering from quasi-permanent migraine attacks.

That got a laugh out of me this morning!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: June 09, 2015, 01:36:45 PM »
Is it an older style Coleman Xtreme? If so, ditch the manifold idea and batch sparge with either a hose braid or bazooka tube. Those coolers seem purpose built when you add a bazooka screen.

It's actually a Rubbermaid 5 day cooler. It's been a PITA since I bought it. I bought it at Menard's and wonder if it wasn't a reject from the factory. The hole size for the drain is a little too big for 1/2" bulk head setups, the drain trough is too short to use a rigid connection, and it has a weak exterior. The manifold I used before worked good, but was allowing too much grain through. The braid is an awesome filter, but has to arch up from my drain connection causing dead space. A false bottom should allow me to completely drain the tun and keep good filtration, with a braid installed in it for extra filtration of fine particles. Now I just need to make sure my mill setting doesn't cause too small of crush with the stainless I find.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: June 09, 2015, 07:43:18 AM »
Good info everyone! I am going to change up my mash tun a bit and build a rectangular false bottom with perforated stainless. Not by choice, but my cooler has an odd middle drain with a tight angle on the inside. I've used a CPVC manifold and stainless braid, but I have too much dead space. Your suggestions got me thinking of the perforation size I'll have to get. The more I think, the deeper the rabbit hole goes.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: June 05, 2015, 04:59:48 AM »
I have to admit I expected more for as much as it cost. But I was limited on options because I had a gift card that paid for it.

I still have my old MM-2 mill as a backup, and got good results with conditioning. Just reserve a lb or 2 of your grist and run it dry through the mill after. That picks up most of the residual moisture - and you can let it air dry in a ventilated place. I have not seen any rust or corrosion at all.


This is good advice I hadn't thought of. Thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: June 02, 2015, 03:11:21 PM »
Thanks for all the responses. I won't be conditioning because I didn't get the MM2 rollers that specify they're ok with the moisture. Might be fine with mine, but don't want to chance it.
I'm getting some grain on order and looking forward to some experimenting.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: May 24, 2015, 12:44:37 PM »
Great answers everyone! Lots of things I hadn't accounted for. Mill speed wasn't something I'd ever considered.

I've used a CPVC manifold, grain bag net, and a stainless braid as different options in my mash cooler. I'll likely stick with the braid, which should allow a fairly fine crush. Time to experiment.

And I love the idea of using a sharpie to mark out some settings. I wish they'd have been marked out by Monster in the first place.

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