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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 07, 2014, 03:30:00 PM »
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, 03:24:06 PM »
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, 02:17:49 PM »
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, 06:04:13 PM »
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.

The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: February 03, 2014, 02:00:37 PM »
I thought Seattle would win, but not like this! 

Best commercial was the Bud commercial w/ the soldier coming home. 

The Pub / Re: This is where...
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:19:53 AM »
That place looks great!  Congrats to you and your wife and hope you have a great time!

Beer Recipes / Re: apricot beer?
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:04:42 PM »
Dry Dock is about 10 mins from my house and their Apricot Blonde is fantastic!  I'm not a big fruit beer fan, but this one won me over.  They add apricot purée 3-5 days after fermentation begins and adds apricot extract at canning/ kegging.  Northern Brewer has their recipe and kit on their website .

All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: January 25, 2014, 05:04:25 AM »
I love cast iron and I have a bunch of different cast irons for my kitchen, camping to making jambalaya for 50 people.  I got rid of all my non stick skillets and now have a few ceramic skillets.

Like the ceramic Dutch oven, the ceramic skillets heat evenly and are non stick.  I actually like the ceramics better than stainless.

The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: January 23, 2014, 08:19:23 PM »

The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:23:47 PM »
I still think there should be an official "Giving him the business down there" penalty in the NFL  ;D

Here's another great "giving him the business" call.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:26:00 PM »
What a great experience and  much thanks for sharing it with us!

The Pub / The BEST "Best Beer in the World" list!
« on: January 19, 2014, 05:09:13 AM »
A few yrs back my wife and I were camping in Rocky Nat'l Park and decided in a quick 3 mile hike.  As we were hiking, we kept looking at the map and adding a mile here and there.  12 Miles and 6 hrs later, we made it back to camp.  Reached in the cooler and downed a few Coors Lts.  Those are the best beers I've ever had.

Edit:  every time we share this story, my wife jokingly asks if we should change the beer to something like Dry Dock Apricot Ale so we don't get laughed at. 

Ingredients / Re: I'm excited
« on: January 19, 2014, 04:56:57 AM »
Wow, that's really cool!  Looking forward to your results.

The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: January 18, 2014, 03:23:50 PM »
Couldn't help but laugh at this one.  Go Broncos!

The Pub / Re: PC wifi wiped out
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:02:51 AM »

All right guys.You made me do it.
Did someone said Linux?

Ha, I was waiting for that!

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