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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir-Plate 3000 yeast stirrer review
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:47:38 AM »
If you want borosilicate glass, make sure it is borosilicate glass.  Pyrex products for house goods, which used to be borosilicate, are now tempered soda lime glass. It is a cheaper material which some claim is more likely to fracture under extreme temperature changes. Some flasks being sold may not be borosilicate.

Equipment and Software / Re: Height, Depth of Danby DAR440
« on: January 18, 2013, 09:17:22 AM »
Ha! icebox....You never know!  If you are more set on the refrigerator instead of a freezer, I would recommend looking for the Sanyo 4912 too. This is what I have too, also the "fancy" version.  It may be harder to find, but it is bigger.  It fits my carboy on the frig floor and can close it without modifying the door.

The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 18, 2013, 08:08:54 AM »
I voted for >8. A lot of times it's $6 or $7 for a pint of beer at the bar and you dont get the glass.

All our everyday drinking glasses are pints of some sort we have collected through buying or being given one. If we like a place's beer, having a pint glass is a good way to remember it, especially if the glass is cool.

Equipment and Software / Re: Height, Depth of Danby DAR440
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:31:50 AM »
I'm glad it helped.
When searching Craigslist, use every possible way to spell refrigerator whether it is right or wrong.
Refrigerator, refridgerator, fridge, frig, etc.

Ghetto? You must not have read the first line where I said the “stainless” door.  Stainless appliances = fancy.   The toilet paper roll looking thing is actually a commercial paper towel roll I used to prop the bucket up so I could take that awesome blurry picture so that’s not as gross either. The dirt on the floor of the fridge… that’s a different story.
The wood I had on the floor of the Danby is being used in the Sanyo apartment refrigerator that was/is to be converted into a kegerator that is now in our living room with corney kegs and picnic taps inside.  My wife isn’t too happy about that. She doesn’t believe the stainless = fancy thing….or that it will ever be converted into a kegerator. 
I do like the idea of using a stand and the compressor shelf of the Danby to use it as a fermentation chamber.  This fridge worked well with a Johnson controller.  I’ll have to look into that. Thanks

Equipment and Software / Re: Height, Depth of Danby DAR440
« on: January 16, 2013, 08:57:59 AM »
I think I have the same model but the one with the "stainless" door in my garage. I originally bought it from Craiglist to convert into a kegerator, but the interior space was a little too limited for me. I threw in my bottling bucket and took a photo and some quick measurements.

The height from the compressor shelf to the controls in the center is about 18.5 inches and from the chill plate to the front with the door open is about 15 inches.  I'm not sure how far the shelving areas on the door come into the frig but my bucket will fit on the shelf heightwise but the door will not close with my bucket inside unless I cut the door shelves or like the amazon poster did for their kegerator conversion, replace the door interior with dry erase board.  I could double check my model and other dimensions if you want.... or I would suggest looking for one on Craigslist and checking it out. Around me that model comes up for sale a lot. Even if you dont buy it, you can get the measurements.  For what its worth, I have fermented in a corney keg in this unit with no problem.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anybody ever heard of Summit Kegerators?
« on: December 18, 2012, 07:22:23 AM »
From what I remember reading, Summit and Sanyo kegerators are the same now.  A while ago I was looking into the Sanyo kegerators because they had pretty decent reviews as compared to other models(which the biggest complaints were they couldnt hold low temperatures). I have a Sanyo refrigerator that I bought from Craiglist that I was supposed to convert into a kegerator, but it hasnt happened yet, and it doesnt have any temperature problems...Short story long, I will probably be buying a kegerator and have been really considering Summit.  It seems like most people reviewing them online are happy with them. Good luck with your purchase and I am interested in hearing how you like yours.

PS The 7up syrup may actually be the cleanser they used to clean them.  I've ordered kegs from another place that were cleaned and pressure tested and they smelled like 7up...or maybe they never cleaned them either. Anyway, I cleaned them with soap and water and replaced the orings too and they were fine. Unless the o rings are new, I would replace them anyway.

The Pub / Re: Absente
« on: December 03, 2012, 08:06:03 AM »
I'm fairly new to absinthe too. I haven't had a lot of other brands, but I do enjoy Absente. It has a pleasant anise flavor to it. It is not sickening sweet like anise liqueurs.  I like by itself or traditional method with the louche.  Most of my friends think its too bitter on its own and prefer the traditional way. I never tried the flaming method. Drinking alcohol and lighting things on fire do not always go well together for me. Although I do wonder how different the taste is.

I haven't gotten ripped on only absinthe so I cant really say what the psychoactive effects on me were.  I have had both from where I couldn't fall asleep to vivid dreams after falling asleep....but there may have been other contributors to the vivid dreams.

Euge did you buy that "Lab Chic" carafe at the same place they sell the erlenmeyer flask wine decanters?

Beer Travel / Re: New York
« on: November 27, 2012, 08:12:52 AM »
Phil, you beat me to Heartland Brewery if they are down with the more touristy stuff. There are a number of them. Good beer and food.

The Pony bar is good for staying on the cheaper side of places to go in Manhattan. A decent selection and everything they have on tap is $5, which I think is great.  It may not be a full pint for some things, but its still cheap.   

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Fatta en Casa
« on: November 21, 2012, 11:04:47 AM »
Here you go...a link to a silly video and the recipe I use for Naan bread. I put up the blog to share some recipes with my sisters, but found I'd rather be brewing or outside or in the kitchen than making blog entries.
Thanks for sharing the link.  I will definitely try the recipe out. I can already feel myself getting fatter.

Euge - thanks for the toppings tips. I tend to just heap them on.

The Pub / Re: Going to Hawaii
« on: November 21, 2012, 10:38:37 AM »
Lots of great stuff to do and see here on the Big Island.   The coolist place on Earth, IMHO.
We went to Maui and the Big Island for our honeymoon and spent a week on both and wished we had more time on each.  I haven't traveled a lot(Europe & Central America), but out of all the places I've been, the big Island was the coolest.

The Pub / Re: Sandy vs. East Coasters
« on: November 21, 2012, 10:28:44 AM »
On Monday night of the storm, the night sky was literallly glowing for miles around from transformers blowing out, as if in a chain reaction.  That was pretty eerie.
The glow reminded me of the scene of the world ending in the movie the Road. At least thats how I remember the movie.   Watching the trees bend beyond what I thought would be the breaking point with the glow in the background will be something I will never forget.

My family was lucky by only losing power for a week. A lot of people are a lot worse off and we are doing what we can to help them.  My wife and I do a holiday party for friends and coworkers where we collect toys for tots. This year we are also collecting for people affected by Sandy.  There are a lot of people who will not be in their homes for the holidays.

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Fatta en Casa
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:25:43 AM »
Papa Rosie's Pizza Dough

1 cup tepid water
1/4 cup olive oil (optional, gives dough a smooth texture)
3 cups King Arthur (tm) all purpose unbleached flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp dry yeast (I get Red Star (tm) in bulk, so that's what I use)

Wet first, then dry.  I use a dough hook to mix in my Kitchen Aid (tm)
Let sit for as long as you can (overnight is best, but this dough is good fresh as well)
Punch down and roll out.
Makes two 16" or three 12" thin crusts.

This is pretty much what my recipe has been, although I've been substituting wheat flour for at least 50% recently. Here are pics of a margherita pie and a veggie pie with wheat crust.

I've also been using Naan from Costco to make quick mini pizzas and they come out I need a good recipe for naan.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometers
« on: November 09, 2012, 07:43:14 AM »
My Thermapen is one of the best purchases I’ve made..  I love it. I use it for everything I need to measure the temperature of…..well almost everything..the end is pointy.  I signed up for the Thermoworks email list.  You automatically get entered into their monthly win a thermapen drawing and you get emails of their current sales.  When the thermapens(refurbished) went on sale I bought mine.... and it came with some Jelly Belly jelly beans.  Its been a while since the refurbished have been on sale so they are probably due soon.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Labeling bottles
« on: October 10, 2012, 05:52:04 AM »
I usually use the sharpie on the cap method for my regular everyday beer.  For labels for gift beers, I make them pretty much as mentioned above. I was using pregummed labels, and they worked great, but I will probably switch to paper with a glue stick for this next batch.   One thing I started doing is after they are printed I spray them with a clear coat to keep the ink from running when they get wet.  It may not work if the bottles are put in an ice bath, but it helps keep them from running if they get wet from the pour.

The Pub / Re: Northern Brewer... shipping... Argh.
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:59:21 AM »
I used to order a lot of my stuff from NB, but I switched to other places because NB ships UPS.  For a while every box that came to our house from UPS was crushed.  The real deal breaker for me was Saturday delivery.   I do not get to brew too often anymore, so I have limited days to brew.   One of my delivery dates was the Friday before brew day.  Friday came but the package didn't and since UPS doesnt deliver on Saturday, my brew day was over Friday night. I only order beer stuff from places that ship FedEx because they deliver on Saturdays and that could be the difference for me....and the boxes arent crushed.   If NB switched to FedEx I would probably order more often from them.

Back to the delivery date, we've received a lot of packages from UPS and FedEx before the delivery date on various shipping methods. Hopefully you get it in time.   I will say that orders that are being shipped other than ground should not be held up without the customer being notified. I also dont think they should have told you that you would get it by Friday if it was shipped 3 day select yesterday.  You may want to contact them if it doesnt arrive in time.

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