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What a timely post. I'm quitting again today as it is just too cold for this thing to work. The dump valve before the pump is frozen shut and the seals on the pump itself have contracted enough to allow a bit of water to seep through the seals while it is running. In order to not do any real damage, I'm throwing in the towel.

Apparently 8*F is too cold. How in the hell am I supposed to brew on this thing? I wish I hadn't given away my old cooler mash tun brewery. It was way less finicky than this thing.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Secret ingredient in dry stout?
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:01:47 AM »
Yet another excuse to buy a sack of dark Munich... :)

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Thanks guys.

Looks like one of our members bought the serviceman and his wife a hotel room for the night as well. I freakin' love this club.  ;D

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With the release of Boulevard's Chocolate Ale today, our President, Steve Cook has cooked up a plan to honor an local airman, Ryan, who is on his way back from Afghanistan in the coming days. Ryan asked his wife for one thing for Valentine's Day: a single bottle of Chocolate Ale. (In case you aren't from here - it's pure craziness to find just one bottle.)

In response, the Kansas City Bier Meisters are out scouring the city to try and get this man a full case of Chocolate Ale. Steve has bought him and his wife tickets to our Spiegelau tasting and our beer pairing banquet. We will have a special reception for him at our banquet.

We are also holding a virtual food drive for the area's only food bank, Harvester's. We have set it up as a state rivarly - Missouri vs Kansas. If you want more info about that, visit http://mashingformeals.harvesters.org

I just wanted to take the time to brag on my homebrew club. I am so proud to be a part of a group that not only brews great beer, but can pull together in a moments notice to do literally anything, especially something as cool as this. It is simply amazing what the homebrew community can do.

If you want to help donate to the charity side of our competition, either contact me directly via PM or post back here.

Cheers guys.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:01:22 AM »
I guess I have been kind of skirting this issue, but the fermenter I have is a little larger than normal, and won't fit in a fridge or upright freezer. This is why I have been trying to macgyver/rube goldberg a solution.

How big is this thing?

60 gallons

http://www.plastic-mart.com/product/5815/60-gallon-cone-inductor-tank-fully-draining-infd60-24

I have the 15 gallon version of that. I bought the conical to fit the fridge.

But it seriously cannot fit in something like this? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/frigidaire-20-6-cu-ft-upright-freezer-white/8822544.p?id=1207352154370&skuId=8822544

Your tank is only 2'-0" in diameter and 4'-0" tall. Surely if can fit in an upright freezer.

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Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:52:59 AM »
We are planning our honeymoon to Munich as I write this. Any more tips and tricks I should be aware of? Dates are 9/15-9/23, yes, during the beginning of Oktoberfest.

I'm practicing my German. I used to be fairly good, but lost it. Now that I'm learning it for the third time, it's coming back fairly quickly.

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According to UPS, my entries are in Kansas but delayed by "adverse weather conditions."

Hope they get there by Friday.  If Ol' Man Winter craps all over my first competition entry I'll be the crazy guy in the street shaking my fist at the sky.

Things are clearing up here, I'm sure the delay will only be for one day.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:56:18 AM »
I guess I have been kind of skirting this issue, but the fermenter I have is a little larger than normal, and won't fit in a fridge or upright freezer. This is why I have been trying to macgyver/rube goldberg a solution.

How big is this thing?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:14:25 PM »


A fridge is easy peasy. I lurked craigslist for 4 months and found a True Commercial fridge for $300, a bit cheaper than what you'd spend in rigging a stop gap solution only to find out it only kinda works.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:09:17 AM »
Oh, and my English beers are always named something cheeky. My favorite name is 'The Dog's Danglers', it's pretty epic when someone has to read that at an awards ceremony.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:07:00 AM »
My Belgian Golden Strong's name is 'Devil's in the Details'.

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28 entry spots left!  8)


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Session was canceled today due to snow, will be voted on tomorrow (Wednesday) now.

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A perfect example of the real value of AHA membership.

Amen!

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Gary, thank you for sending out an action alert. I was pleased to see that in my inbox. :)

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