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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru-Gear
« on: September 26, 2015, 10:40:57 AM »
I too got the kickstarter kettle. It was as 69franx said. Took forever, but my understanding is they now stock almost everything so that shouldn't be an issue. They made good and everything that was promised was ultimately delivered if a year late. Things I like: The weight of the kettle, the dimensions, the triclamp fittings, the size (the 15 gal kettle is actually about 16 gals), the etched volume markings. Things I don't like: Volume etchings don't start until 5 gals.(minor annoyance), no volume sight glass option (no issue on an MLT, but I want one on my HLT), false bottom could use a silicone gasket or something to keep it fitting well but not so tight as to scratch when inserting, clamps for the TC fittings not as heavy and threads shorter than those purchased through US sources, but adequate...they work interchangably, no ability to add a kettle screen or the like inside the kettle without a custom mod.  If you want a triclamp equipped kettle, I think this is about the best price going for a good quality kettle. I'm happy with my purchase. If they had what I was looking for in stock, I would buy. If it was something out of stock or being designed, I'd pass.

Equipment and Software / Re: Boil Kettle Question
« on: September 17, 2015, 10:12:04 AM »
No, you haven't ruined your kettle, but use a plastic scrubby in future. Starsan sanitizers are acidic enough to help passivate your kettle. I don't know what Kleen King is. If your kettle is clean (no residue at all) the stainless will naturally passivate when exposed to the air.

After SS scrubbing my kettle and brewing I did detect a metallic flavor in the beer. After that brew and changing my cleaning regimen I have never had another problem.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: officially on pause
« on: September 14, 2015, 09:31:24 AM »
Great photo Pete. You are ready for the Zombies.

I think open kettle and vigorous boil are the key elements here. Stands to reason our small set ups have a lot more surface area exposure during the boil to let the volatile components escape. The only reason I use extended boil times with Pils malt is to get the color I want. If you're not decocting, and you're not adding something to adjust the color, it's going to be pretty darn light.

Anyway, great timing on your article Marshall. We've got a Pils study group going right now and boil time is one of the issues we've been discussing.

All Things Food / Re: Indian Food
« on: September 11, 2015, 04:54:18 PM »
we eat a fair amount of Indian cuisine. I actually studied breadmaking (naan, Puri,
chappati, etc.) with an Indian woman before we moved out here as i figured there'd be a dearth of good Indian food in rural Oregon.
I'll check my books and mail you a few recommendations. Costco recently had a large Indian cookbook for sale. I bought a copy and have not used it yet, but it looked like it had fairly decent recipes. You can find pre-made spice mixes for just about any kind of ingredient -  vegetables, dahls and pulses, by various companies at the Indian food stores. They are pretty good and really easy to use. Check out Sunrise mkt., and the indian store on 29th just off willamette.

Ingredients / Re: Belgian Chocolate
« on: September 01, 2015, 09:19:44 AM »
When I last put chocolate in my boil kettle, it took me an entire day to get my plate chiller clean. Flush, flush and re-flush with hot PBW. Chocolate is greasy and when melted will plate out on the first cold thing it touches. Beware.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Moment of fame
« on: August 15, 2015, 09:39:21 AM »
That was really interesting Jim. I loved all the flavor hop discussion, then to find there was only a bittering of Magnum. Gives me some ideas.

Also, 8 -10 of us (in our club) are starting a Pils focus group. The idea is to spend a year really drilling into the styles with sharing of research, comml beers and brewing a couple batches. I think listening to this will convince people to stretch beyond the traditional and really experiment.

Good job. Thanks for sharing this link. The 20 min. commercials and sophomoric humor generally make me avoid BN broadcasts, but this was worthwhile.

The Pub / Re: Pop The Cap - 10 year anniversary
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:30:27 AM »
Cheers to all who made that happen in NC. Happy Anniversary!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wheats fall from grace
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:21:27 AM »
Thanks for the AM smile.

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 12, 2015, 01:16:54 PM »
Let me add....Not Oregon. It rains all the time, when the big one comes the whole damn state is going to slip away, and if you think Portland is weird you obviously haven't visited the rest of the state. (How'd I do Denny?)

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 10, 2015, 12:47:26 PM »
The stainless slotted material is the same used for well screens. Johnson Screens in Minnesota made the stuff and was a customer of mine.(back in the 80s) We were able to buy flat stock and fitted up a bunch of brew kettles. The stuff is superior to anything else for false bottoms if you can find some. Don't know if a comml brew house fabricator would sell a piece, but thats what I've seen in the PKW systems I've looked at among others.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrewer going pro!
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:51:59 AM »
The very best of luck to you on your new venture. Looks like you're building a great place.
We're down in Roseburg, but will make it a point to stop in sometime on our way north.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: MicroBrew's Introduction
« on: July 06, 2015, 09:40:05 PM »
What club wouldn't love to have a resident microbiologist? Your popularity will be second only to the sanitary stainless welder guy. ;) You sound suitably obsessed to hangout on this forum. Welcome to the world of wort dreams. I'll look forward to hearing about more of your brew musings and experiments. Cheers!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Frustrated beyond belief
« on: July 02, 2015, 07:13:15 PM »
Have you let another homebrewer or brewery/brewpub brewer taste it? What is their appraisal of it? No matter how rural you are, there's usually someone with a bit of brewing knowledge you can turn to. 2 heads and palates are always better than one.

Are you brewing a known recipe that has worked for you before? I talk to a lot of homebrewers who are never happy with their results, yet they have never brewed the same recipe twice.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Modification
« on: June 08, 2015, 06:03:44 PM »
Bet you all feel sorry for my cronies at this point! Ha.

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