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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: March 28, 2014, 02:51:14 PM »
Today was one of my Fridays off, so I made some good headway on the "pouring beer through the wall" concept.

Started this morning with a bunch of mechanical in my way (I didn't take a true before picture, but it was this plus 6 Ethernet cables and a few phone lines.)

Cleaned everything up by moving all of the electrical and plumbing:

Built the substructure of the box that will house the taps and mounted that to the studs. The superstructure is also built, but not installed. Due to very tight space requirements, I need to install it after I get my polycarbonate back plate here. Ordered that today.
That tiny little white spec in the right area is where the shank height will be.

I silconed all of the joints in the substructure and put in some rigid insulation between the studs.

Used some Liquid Nails on the 4" PVC pipes coming out of the freezer. I'm letting that dry before I attach anything vertical.

Wired the Love TS2 up, but lost the temperature sensor somewhere in the basement... So it's still running on a Ranco at the moment.

So that's all the progress for now. Once the polycarbonate sheet gets here, I can press on with the box. In the meantime, I'll be building more dual stage temp controllers for my little wine coolers. Single stage is what I have on most of them now, and that needs to change with the constant 64F basement temps.

Not to mention that with very large chest freezers (20+ CF), you'll pay only a little more for a brand new delivered appliance than you will by buying a used one off CL and having to go get it and get it into your house.

I ended up paying around $550 for my 25 CF freezer with free delivery, whereas CL prices for the same item, but older and no delivery, is around $450-500 in this area. Easy decision.

The Pub / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:46:26 AM »
I find the misuse of the descriptor "Belgium" irritating, as in Belgium Dark Strong Ale or Belgium Blonde. 
But I guess it's no worse than Indian Pale Ale. ;)


There is one guy in KC who refuses to correct this. I hear the description getting made fun of at every competition in the area by the judges in Belgian Specialties. Sorry, Belgium Specialties.  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Wedding
« on: March 26, 2014, 07:21:38 PM »
We are also getting married in September. It was #1 priority in planning that we be allowed to serve our beer at our reception. In KC, that means we have to stay on the Missouri side of the State Line. We narrowed down our reception site choices to the two who would have us. The more friendly one got the job. So we will be serving beers on 4 taps (club member supplied) and toasting with my Belgian Golden Strong Ale.

I am a Board Member of our club, and we are very involved in the homebrew laws in both states, so I have the distinct advantage of being aware of what we can and cannot do within state law.

We have been brewing test batches since December and have brewed the first half (10g) of the toast beer so far. I am planning on brewing at least 10 gallons of each style, if not 20 gallons in some cases. Tis better to have too much beer than not enough.

The Pub / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:04:08 AM »
The idea that rarity/scarcity makes it a good beer.  Standing in line for hours to get a taste of some rare beer. Lots of them are very good but just because production is small doesn't make it better. 


I'm getting real tired of certain non-beer friends harassing me about why I don't wait/pay for Westy 12, Dark Lord, etc, etc, etc. Fun fact: I have 50 gallons of borderline excellent beer in my basement that I made for less than I would pay for eight Westy 12s. I don't think I need the trouble!   ;D

One more of my own: I was at a work conference over the weekend. I declined to drink whatever beer it was in a green bottle. A man came up to me, described himself as a 'beer guy', and then asked why I wouldn't drink the green-bottled beer. I told him that I did not enjoy skunked beer. He looked at me funny and asked what I meant. I told him, "When beer is packaged in green bottles it is not protected from UV light, which degrades the iso-alpha acids in the beer into an unpleasant aroma that smells like a skunk. So I'd rather have a different beer." He told me that was and interesting theory, chuckled, and then started rambling about how he loved Yuengling - which was packaged in a green bottle.  ::) Nothing much you can do there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Competition Rules
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:48:26 AM »
Seems like a waste of time to me.  I don't know of any competitions that prevent judges from entering, but they all make sure that judges do not judge styles they enter.


Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:08:48 PM »
I am so glad those magazines helped pass the time. It is good to hear from you. I wish you the best!

In bar related news, my new faucets arrived today. Sold my creamers and bought five of the new 630SS.

Best? Micromatic. Also likely the most expensive.

What do I use? My local homebrew shop. Apex will order anything I want, whenever I want. Good to support the local guys.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 21, 2014, 08:01:11 AM »
>90% homebrew for me.
making 4-5x as much as I drink is ridiculous enough.  if I bought much more commercial beer I might as well stop brewing.
side note:  picked up some Tocobago on Dec 26th that had been canned Dec 24th.  Great, great hoppy amber!

We need to start having "outsourcing parties" where we have people over just to drink our beer so we can make more beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 21, 2014, 07:30:27 AM »
We usually drink only homebrew, but we make exceptions for limited release beers or things I want to drink, but not have 5 gallons of.

Lately, we've had a pretty constant supply of free commercial beer and other club member's beers, so drinking our own has been put on hold for a bit so we can clear out the fridge.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: question for comp organizers/staff
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:26:55 AM »
I'll be rubber banding my bubble wrap from now on. Sorry Seattle!

Whadya do? Duct tape the bubble wrap on?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:25:47 AM »
22 gallons conicals??? My God, man! I thought I had problems!  Hahaha. ;)

If you have a RIMS with direct heat, you won't need to stir it.  ;)

I've actually done this a few times inadvertently. When dialing in the new system, it's hard to figure what strike temp you need when the weather is just so and with how much water. So I've hit 120F a few times as my dough in. No big, just do a quick protein rest to let the grain bed settle, then start ramping it up to the normal rests. I did a wicked long Hochkurz step mash like this with rests at 145, 158, & 162 before mash out. Better than usual head retention was noted.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 18, 2014, 06:13:26 AM »
gmac, you've inspired me to start thinking about beer more.  8)

I think I'm going to do a couple of saisons for this housewarming party. LOVE saisons. Saisons + spring = heaven. Perhaps I'll dry hop one with Amarillo, a la Tank 7.  :) Maybe I'll zest some citrus into the other half, like from Zymurgy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 18, 2014, 05:50:07 AM »
I committed to brew for our housewarming party at the end of April, so I should really get on it.

No one's gonna actually go in the house.  This is where the party will be.   ;D

That's another project I have to start and finish before then. Having proper taps in the adjoining room to keep the drunks out of the toys. Ugh, more beer projects!  ::)

But gmac, why not brew something to help inspire spring to come a little faster? Like a Helles? Or a cream ale?

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