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Equipment and Software / Re: Grist Gun
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:57:24 PM »
After watching that video, it gave me an idea on what I could do with my barley crusher mill.. Using some airduct pieces @ the hardware store, some L brackets and cotter pins, now I have my mill installed on my brewstation.

Tried it out on Saturday by doing a double batch of Pumpkin Ale (recipe from Radical Brewing) and a single batch of G.Strong's Old English Ale.   

It worked like a charm, easier mount/unmount and didn't have to stir the grain as much in the mashtun - there was some heated water already in the mashtun when we began crushing.

All Grain Brewing / Re: your experiences in moving to 10g?
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:42:49 PM »
When I moved to 10 gallon batches I had a buddy in my brew club who welds build me a stand that I could attach my burner to. The burner sits off the ground 35"... No lifting at all required...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anyone receive their copy of IPA yet?
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:18:27 AM »
Mine arrived today.

Equipment and Software / Re: Pellet packs
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:54:48 AM »
I recently tried out this Jumbo Stainless Steel Locking Spice Mesh Ball (5.5")  .  They are wide than then what the photo shows... It holds an 1 oz of whole hops perfectly.  This weekend I will be trying them out with pellet hops.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oh no! All grain!?!?
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:42:01 AM »
I have both the March and Chugger pumps....  I find the Chugger pump to be better than the March pump.

Last November I switched from 10 gal. coolers for my hot liq. and mashtun to Blichmann kettles (20 gal).  While the larger kettles are nicer I didn't give the coolers enough credit for their beneficial insulation properties... I ended up making insulation jackets out of Reflectix insulation to fit around my Hot Liq. Tank and Mashtun kettles so that I could keep temps as efficiently as what the coolers were doing.  Link to setup :

Having a good brew station will save you alot of time. I remember when I first started it took forever to get the equipment setup prior to brewing and then having to tear it all down. Now I have a brew station on wheels that I store my equipment on and when it comes time to brew I wheel it out into the middle of the garage. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Open air fermentation
« on: September 07, 2012, 12:36:31 PM »
With all of this talk and articles I am going to have to finally give open air fermentation a try.  A few months ago a friend in my brewclub made an SS open fermenter for another club member and also gave me one. It will fit a 5 gal. batch.

The Pub / Re: Beer Connoissuer Mag
« on: September 04, 2012, 02:49:26 PM »
It's a great magazine, especially compared to Draft & All About Beer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: aluminum "bottle cans"
« on: August 09, 2012, 05:29:42 PM »
Hey AleForce: I only have limited experience (one Bud Lite 16oz that my wife drank), but based on that experience I suggest that you use a bench capper if you have one.  I used a wing/two-handled capper on the bottle I have and it worked.  But because the bottle (that I had, at least) doesn't have a flare on the neck (like most glass bottles), the wing capper didn't have much to grab onto.  As a result, I slightly mangled the bottle's rather soft neck.  The cap held though, the brew carbonated, and I did like the bottle.

If you survive the Bud Lite, let us know how it works.
Noted... I've got a few kegs with a little bit of beer (a barrel aged RIS, an Irish Stout, a Triple IPA and an Apricot Ale) in them that I may bottle with these to test out and empty the kegs.  This was the first time I bought a Bud product since 1989 when I was serving in S.Korea...

The Pub / Re: Stay off my f'ing driveway!
« on: August 09, 2012, 02:24:25 AM »
Or a sign that says "Private Drive Protected By The 2nd Amendment!"

The Pub / Re: Stay off my f'ing driveway!
« on: August 09, 2012, 01:57:29 AM »
Maybe a sign that sign that says "Watch for broken Glass and nails on right" (or left) or " SORRY Not Responsible for Flat Tires" next to your driveway.... Or "U-Turn Next Right"...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: aluminum "bottle cans"
« on: August 08, 2012, 10:06:47 PM »
I'd be interested in purchasing a few dozen... Was @ the local grocery store today and saw a 15 pak of Bud in 16 oz. aluminum bottles for $14 and purchased it to use the bottles later (only because I've been following this thread & wondering the same thing)...

I'll suffer thru the 15 bottles in the mean time, but if plain aluminum bottles become available I'll still be interested.

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