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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Labels
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:21:27 AM »
I used Grogtag for this exact situation. I designed the label on Friday with my mom in Photoshop, sent it to them on Monday. Easy process. Based on my other orders with them, they'll probably be here by mid-next week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:45:14 AM »
BTW, I understand how good of a deal this is. I'm just trying to educate myself before we move forward.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:44:26 AM »
By outside events, I mean public pouring events, club parties (holidays and otherwise), or social meetings at bars.

I need to get a call into our lawyer, since I'm not well versed in legal speak and the FAQ leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

I guess my main question is how to determine the amount of people we are paying for. It's next to impossible to figure out how many randoms we have at any given time, so if we had to come up with that number... Well, it'd be mostly made up!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: July 27, 2014, 01:34:14 PM »
What is the term of this insurance?  Is it per event? Per year?  What about new members?

I think the idea is fantastic, but simple details like these need to be spelled out.

What about clubs (like ours) who have members as well as 'free loaders'. How are the free loaders accounted for? For instance, we have 55 paid members and approximately 35-50 more free loaders who are very hard to keep track of. They don't think they "use the club enough" to pay dues or declare their name/email but will come to every outside event we have (non - meeting events). What then?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scores
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:44:35 AM »
Haven't seen mine, but not too worried about it.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:56:05 PM »
He got pulled through the ringer a few months back when he first posted. People were upset because his post wasn't clearly advertising and was worded as if it was a testimonial. It got ugly fast.

When I power a mill, I'm using him.
Yeah, that's the thread I found him on. I clicked on the link, thought he was a joke, then came back a couple of weeks later. In talking with him, he's just a passionate home brewer trying to help the rest of us out. I'll obviously post here and let you guys know what I think about the product once I get it.

And Jeff, here's two shots of the bleeder valve in front of the pump. It is a Sabco part (TCs make my life easier), about $30 or something. Saves me from manually trying to rid the hose of air and then reconnecting it. The line coming from the left comes from the kettle.

Peat smoked malt. It smells like cheap scotch - doesn't have that damp quality.

The Pub / Re: Best Album of All Time
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:27:57 PM »
I'll bite.

All time:
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced

Arctic Monkeys - AM

I wonder how many judges have actually grabbed a hand full of peat and tasted it too. Or are they parroting what someone else said. Kind of like me with black currant. I've never tasted them, but it sounds so Martha Stewarty.

<raises hand>
Umm, I have. I bought a pound when I was a newbie for a recipe I thought I was going to brew. Once it arrived, I knew it wasn't going in the beer. I still have it for a 'training aid'. It still reeks nearly 3 years later, through two Ziplocs, so I have to keep it in 2 Ziplocs and a plastic bin.

I'm also thinking about growing some currants next year to see what's what. If they grow, I'll bring them in for a club meeting for education.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:22:50 AM »
Oh yeah, I remember him now. SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!!
Are you going for the 180 or 240 RPM?

Yeah... I actually found him on this forum in an old thread about malt mill motors. He was also shouting then. In our email conversations, he hasn't shouted once. ;)

I'm going to go with the 180rpm, just to keep the dust down a touch more. The video he sent of his (the 240 model) is plenty fast, so 180 will be fine for me. But hey, anything is better than my current set up. Well, unless you count a corona mill... that would be worse.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:21:44 AM »
I'm buying one from Steve @ All American Ale Works. ( Disclaimer - the website leaves a lot to be desired. If you don't like ALL CAPS, don't click it.  8)

From what I can tell, he's a home brewer who is importing motors from China because of the same reason you stated - low rpm, high torque motors are nearly impossible to find at a reasonable price. I've talked with him via email and he seems very genuine. The motors seem like they are more than up to the task of grinding grain (I asked for a video, and he made one and sent it over within a day.). However, I do not have it yet and have no actual experience with it. There is a 90 day manufacturer warranty though... so there's at least that.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:09:54 AM »
Can do, Jeff.

Ingredients / Re: Sourcing Phosphoric Acid
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:00:29 AM »
Lactic Acid:
Typical Concentrations in Beer:
0.2-1.5 mg/L

Perception Threshold (in neutral solution):
0.04 mg/L

So, 0.2-1.5 ppm would be what is normal in beer anyway - perception would depend on the base beer. For comparison, I dosed Coors Light at a rate of 1.5 mg/L lactic acid in an off flavors presentation I did and about 50% of our club members picked it out correctly.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: July 21, 2014, 06:50:00 AM »
Myles usually does the milling, so I've been fairly oblivious to just how fustrating the old Barley Crusher really is. Yesterday, I had to mill the grain myself. This resulted in a stuck 'free' roller, a mill tear down and rebuild, and plenty of cursing. I bought a MM3 yesterday afternoon.

I'm tired of the gap wandering, the 'free' roller sticking even after I take it apart and clean it, the tiny hopper, the torque the hand drill puts on my wrist (I have messed up wrists that can't take a lot of torque), and the cobbled together mess of it all.

I'm motorizing the MM3 with a direct drive motor/Lovejoys. Will post pics when I get the parts in and get it running.

I also added a pump bleeder valve to the chilling system yesterday. That thing is sweet.

Wedding brew day count: 7 brew days down, 2 more to go.

Ingredients / Re: Clarity Ferm Enzyme
« on: July 21, 2014, 06:39:57 AM »
I used to use it because I am lightly sensitive to gluten or whatever compound it dropped out (e.g. wheat beer / cloudy beer makes my nose very stuffy - big whoop).

It worked fine enough at dropping out whatever it was that I am allergic to, but made the beer slightly more boring/lifeless compared to the same beer w/o Clarity Ferm. IME, it wasn't that great as a clearing agent either.

So I used it about 10 times, and haven't since.

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