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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 22, 2014, 07:20:19 AM »
I've got some great breweries just within a short 10 minute drive of my house (Dry Dock and Copper Kettle) and a new one just opened up about 5 minutes away (Two22).  I try to support those local breweries, which is easy because they are constantly putting out some great beers and the people that work there are great.  So I would say that I'm probably at 50/50 give or take a few points.

The Pub / Re: Happy pi day every one!
« on: March 15, 2014, 05:56:43 AM »
Personally, I'm on the side of Tau!

The Pub / Re: I'm back, I hope
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:58:37 PM »
Welcome back and looking forward to following your new brewery.  By the way, I don't think I ever asked you how your Maui trip went.

Yeast and Fermentation / Secondary fermentation
« on: February 28, 2014, 06:53:27 AM »
"While I'm not Jim" - I just may start using this outside this forum when anyone asks me a question.

To the OP, can't add much to what others above have said.  They've all hit the nail on the head.

The Pub / Re: Oops
« on: February 28, 2014, 06:51:13 AM »
Just like Keith mentioned, oh how times have changed.  When I was in high school, worse thing that could happen would be a fight and you get hit in the head w/ a "Trapper Keeper". (happened once during a fight between two girls!).

These days it seems like there's a shooting in Chicago schools every other day and we all know what's happened a couple of times here in CO. 

I understand some of the no tolerance stances, but it seems that common sense has been replaced w / uber political correctness.  All this makes home schooling a very attractive alternative. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The politics of homebrew?
« on: February 22, 2014, 08:26:12 AM »
I think both the liberal and conservative brewer would promise that they could brew a 10 gallon batch for $2 and could be grain to glass in 2 days.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Found good buy on bulk malt storage bin at Costco
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:52:55 PM »
Thanks for the heads up! 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting with RO Water and adjusting from there
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:33:03 PM »
Another +1 to Bru'n Water.  Since I started using RO water and Bru'n Water my beers have improved over using my tap water.  I donated and got the upgraded version which is really nice and very easy to use.

As for a scale, I reload a lot of my ammo and my Hornady Lock N Load bench scale works great.  Probably a little overkill for measuring brewing salts, but you should be able to find an inexpensive one, like the one mentioned above.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 15, 2014, 04:38:55 PM »
Wow, that is awesome Amanda!  Looking forward to you updates.

All Grain Brewing / Re: PH Test Strips
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:36:50 PM »
I bought a pH meter last yr and used it three times.  The readings I got were right on with what Bru'n Water predicted, so I ended up selling the pH meter.

Funny story on selling it is that I listed the pH meter on CL.  The first response I got wanted to trade some "top shelf mmj."  I had to google mmj to confirm what I thought it was.  I guess this is expected w/ the new laws here in CO.  I went w/ the guy that paid in cash.

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:30:30 PM »
That looks nice.  Where did you buy it?

Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:30:00 AM »
After tossing the idea around, I finally pulled the trigger on the 10 gallon kettle. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:24:06 AM »
Just curious if anyone knows, are the capacities (5 gallon boil kettle for example) the full capacity, or the recommended batch size?  I know I would not want to brew a 5 gallon batch in a 5 gallon pot.

Not sure what their full capacity is, but I think 5 gallon kettles are ideal for extract batches and maybe 2.5 gallon batches.  I do a lot of 3 gallon batches and those usually call for about 4.25 - 4.5 gallons of wort and I wouldn't be comfortable doing these in a 5 gallon kettle.  Not saying it's not possible, but you would have to be real careful with boil overs.  The price for the 10 gallon kettle is just $40 bucks more and a great deal at $150.

Equipment and Software / Re: Speidel Fermenter
« on: February 07, 2014, 07:17:49 AM »
I've got two of the 30L fermenters and really like them.  The spigot works great and seems to be at the perfect level for leaving yeast behind.  Then again, I mostly do 3 gallon batches but haven't had an issue with any of my 5 gallon ones.

Keith, here's a like a saw a while back about a stainless valve and rotating racking arm:

So far, I haven't had any sanitary issues with the spigot.  The parts on them are larger than those on a bucket, however, it doesn't come completely apart so you have to be careful when cleaning them so you don't leave anything behind.

If you got a second spigot and put that on top, you could possibly us CO2 to push the beer out into the keg.  I've seen where people have done so and the fermenter had no problem holding 5psi, just haven't tried to do it myself yet. 

Equipment and Software / Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 04, 2014, 11:04:13 AM »
I just stumbled upon this Kickstarter project from Bru Gear.  Their kettles and fermenters look good and seem to be at reasonable pricing.  I haven't done so yet, but I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on one of the kettles.  According to Homebrew Finds, sounds like delivery of the kettles is estimated for June.

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