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Events / Re: NHC 2015 Location in San Diego?
« on: September 26, 2014, 02:39:13 AM »
I've missed out on the last couple of NHC events, but I'm definitely going to do my best to make next years, which would be my first!  I love SD and always take every opportunity to make a trip out there.

Edit:  I just Googled Meg Turney, whoa!

Equipment and Software / Re: Tri-Clamps
« on: September 26, 2014, 02:22:14 AM »
Hope this helps, but I was at my LHBS today trying to figure out the dip tube solution and what may work is similar to what the SS Brewing "Chronical 7 gal Fermenter" has as the rotatable racking arm.  The tube basically fits through the ferule, though the tri-clamp fitting, fits tightly into the valve and uses a couple of o-rings.  Not the best description, but the best I can remember.  I can't seem to find any pictures of this setup online. 

I decided to go w/ out the pickup tube for now since I use a immersion chiller and can just lift the pot and pour in what's left in the kettle (which should be mostly trub anyways) into the fermenter. 

Ingredients / Re: Storage of Grain
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:44:41 AM »
I picked up one of these 50lb containers a couple yrs ago from Walmart to store my 2-row in.  Has a rubber gasket in the lid to help keep the lid nice and tight.  I now have another that stores MO.

Edit:  guess I should add the link:

Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:38:12 AM »
Got my 10 gallon Bru Gear kettle delivered a couple of days ago.  Haven't brewed on it yet, but the construction looks very solid and I really like the gallon measurements etched inside the kettle.  Excited to try this out very soon.  I normally do 3 gallon batches, so I'll be doing more 5 gal batches and split 3 gallon batches to experiment with yeast.  I've been soooooo busy the past yr and things are finally calming down, so I'm looking forward to brewing much more often...and being back on the forums!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 22, 2014, 02:20:19 PM »
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, 12:56:43 PM »
Personally, I'm on the side of Tau!

The Pub / Re: I'm back, I hope
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:58:37 AM »
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, 01:53:27 PM »
"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, 01:51:13 PM »
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, 03:26:12 PM »
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 20, 2014, 04:52:55 AM »
Thanks for the heads up! 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting with RO Water and adjusting from there
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:33:03 AM »
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, 11:38:55 PM »
Wow, that is awesome Amanda!  Looking forward to you updates.

All Grain Brewing / Re: PH Test Strips
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:36:50 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, 08:30:30 PM »
That looks nice.  Where did you buy it?

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