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The Pub / Re: Charlie P. in town
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:07:43 AM »
I'm sure you could have just left the whole political reason out altogether and it would have been just the same.  Even with having the main reason he was in town listed I agree it's not a political post as it's about Charlie P not the politician.

I'm not sure I would trust that thing upside down with my beer in it ;-)

At any rate 108%... Glad it made it.  Glad I found it early and got 2 for $105 each as well ;-P

Good, you deserve it.  You did a fine job of raising awareness without going anywhere near shillville.  Thanks!
haha yeah I tried to be honest that I was just doing it all for selfish reasons ;-) I needed a couple more fermenters. :D

I thought about doing the two-fer deal, but I really only need one primary fermentation vessel these days.  I still rack to a secondary if I do not have keg space within two weeks.
Agreed I would only use it as a primary due to the amount of headspace it would have at 7.1 gallons.

Events / Re: Split a room at the Amway Wed-Sun
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:54:35 AM »

If he had figured out how to flip that over and turn it into a conical then he could charge a lot more. I think it could be done by replacing the lid with a custom made cone that locked in place using the same locking mechanism. Maybe the bigger issue is figuring out how to make the bottom into the top of a conical.
I'm not sure I would trust that thing upside down with my beer in it ;-)

At any rate 108%... Glad it made it.  Glad I found it early and got 2 for $105 each as well ;-P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:57:07 AM »
I was hoping to be National for the 2nd round here... I have never judged the 2nd round before so I figured I would sign up to judge this year in the morning.  My written exam was odd and I think it has not even been started to be graded yet :-/

yeah it's going to be close ;-)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 05, 2014, 01:01:11 PM »
I'm planning on judging but only the morning session.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 05, 2014, 06:57:30 AM »
Score I'm def going to try and make it.  It's great that it's while there is a gap.

yeah that's how I chose to look at it.  It is what it is and it's cheaper than I can buy it elsewhere (at least without looking around for 'deals' on used stuff on ebay or locally)

For sure that would make it a perfectly fine fermenter and basically the same as one of these.. albeit at a higher price.  There is certainly nothing new or innovative about the campaign.  It's just a cheap stainless container to ferment in.  Nothing more nothing less lol.

Yes on his thread on HBT he states it is indeed just a slightly modified milk can.  He said he's using the manufactures template with a custom height, volume, and lid.  I have not seen any new milk cans for this price.. so that's why I actually bit.  I like the dimensions of it as it's bigger than a 5 gallon can (which I can't ferment a full batch in) but smaller than a 10 gallon can and I can fit it in my chest freezer still (damn compressor hump).

I read the scoresheets when I get them back once.  I do keep track of all the scores I get in a google spreadsheet.  Mostly because I'm a numbers whore.  I like to see my winning percentages, highest scores I've received for styles, how many styles I have medaled in etc...

I do use glass carboys for secondary fermentation (mostly with meads) but for primary the wide opening is nice... especially for a mead when you're adding lots of nutrients and degassing frequently I find.

Yeah for me it's just a good bucket replacement that doesn't need to have too much care done for it like a plastic bucket does.  With bucket fermenter I always feel like I spend so much effort trying to get the aromas and flavors they absorb out of them...and it's creepy to think of something as 'clean' when it still smells like what was previously in it even after weeks of multiple soakings with cleaner.

They way I figure it a 7.9 gallon bucket + lid is $22-25.  So this is 4-5x as much as they are right up front.  But since it shouldn't ever need to be replaced and it doesn't take as much effort to keep clean and flavor free... that's the main benefits of fermenting in stainless to me.  My current 'fleet' of stainless fermenters is all oddball stuff... 14.5 gallon stout conical, 2 10 gallon corny kegs, 2 14 gallon futsi tanks, and then a few half barrel sankey kegs... The sanke kegs work well but they are a pain to clean truth be told...

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