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All Things Food / Re: Smokers: electric vs gas
« on: February 09, 2016, 10:11:55 AM »
I will say that I'm very happy with my Bradley Original Smoker.  Sure you have to use their pucks but I usually shot off the smoke generator after 3-4 hours of smoking and let the rest of it go till it's done.

Haven't made anything bad with it yet. 

When I have the time, I use my WSM but the Bradley comes in handy more times than I can tell.

I have a Bradley as well.  Luckily it was a garage sale find for $50, because those pucks don't come cheep.  Still trying to nail down a good bacon brine, but each batch gets a little better.  SWMBO got me the cold smoke attachment for Christmas. Have not tried it yet. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Drew's Bratty Brat Beer
« on: February 01, 2016, 10:07:12 AM »
Well folks, we served this beer over the weekend at the StrangeBrew Fest.  Friday night we drained one 1/2bbl, and by 4pm on Saturday, the next one was gone.  Just before kegging, we tasted, and it was a bit light on the spices, so we made a tincture, and doubled the spice bill. 

It was a very strange beer.  But, the folks seemed to like it. 

Thanks for the idea Drew! 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Drew's Bratty Brat Beer
« on: January 11, 2016, 11:13:32 AM »
Well guys, I brewed this beer over the weekend.  Here's for hoping for the best. 

 :)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:43:13 AM »
http://everything2.com/title/Never+drink+or+cook+with+hot+tap+water

And of course we can trust everything on the internet.  LOL

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Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:38:49 AM »
My wife and argue quite often about drinking hot water from our kitchen faucet.  I wont even use that water to cook pasta.  My wife however, will use it to start her tea. 

Don't really know why I don't like the idea, maybe it's just that that water has been sitting in a tank for a while.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard root beer awful
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:04:24 PM »
Interesting comments, when it comes to soda, root beer has always been my favorite.  And now the BMC crowd are brewing a hard root beer.  I like them.  But no more than one at a time, and certainly no replacement for a good home-brew.  They probably will be a passing fad.  but I know the "best damn" brand (owned by AB) is planning many other hard sodas. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Acid solution for Beerstone
« on: December 31, 2015, 10:51:55 AM »
I've used StarSan acid #5, and it worked OK.  Overnight with PBW works very well too. Craftmeister is OK. 

BKF is the best in my opinion.  And I scored on 4 cases (8 cans each)  of the large cans awhile back.  Believe it or not, Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Cheapest price, ($2 for 21 ounce) and since I bought so much, shipping was free. 

And of course a bunch of blue scrubbies


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: December 29, 2015, 09:59:07 AM »
I could be mistaken but I think you could just redeem it now and they extend your expiration date.

I'm sure that will work, a few years back I had renewed just before one of the promotional deals.  I just ordered another year, and got my free book.  Easy Squeazy. 

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The Pub / Re: Flooding in the NW
« on: December 10, 2015, 10:35:30 AM »
I'm in the Northwest corner of Washington, and it's been pretty darn wet.  The creek on our property is as high as I've ever seen it.  And we've had a couple big fir trees come down.  Now, I am bucking them up, and splitting.  So far, we have about 4 cords, and not even half way done.   The brewery building is also heated by firewood, so it's good to have a good supply.  No damage to anything, other than some tracks from skidding the trees out of the woods.   

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Going Pro / Re: Commercial and Homeowners Insurance Nano-Brewery
« on: November 19, 2015, 10:05:47 AM »
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With our system, I "could" brew and sell 2bbls a week.  However, This is still really a hobby for my wife and I.  It's nice that it's a hobby that pays for itself, and there's money to invest in better/cooler equipment and such.  We sell about 2bbls a month.  And recently turned down a new account, as we want a life as well.  Our day jobs provide much more $$$ than brewing on a 1bbl system could provide.

micsager, so since you have contracts I am assuming that you are fully licensed commercial nano? In going with this thread, do you have any information to share surrounding commercial and home owners insurance? If you are doing a 1bbl and have your full time job like me, I am also assuming that you are not leasing a building them.

We are fully licensed by the state and feds.  We do this in a separate building on our residential property.  And "accounts" should not be confused with "contracts."  I have no written agreement with the two places that buy our beer.  They call when they need a keg, and I bring it to them. 

We have homeowners insurance to cover our house, and garage.  And a separate commercial policy for the brewery building, equipment, etc.....  And also product liability insurance, should our beer make someone sick.  It's really cheap, and gives us peace of mind. 


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Going Pro / Re: Commercial and Homeowners Insurance Nano-Brewery
« on: November 17, 2015, 11:28:53 AM »
IF you don't mind me asking what qualifies for a nano brewery volume wise? How much will you be able to produce and sell? Just curious.
Thanks,

I'm not sure "nano" has a specific definition. 

With our system, I "could" brew and sell 2bbls a week.  However, This is still really a hobby for my wife and I.  It's nice that it's a hobby that pays for itself, and there's money to invest in better/cooler equipment and such.  We sell about 2bbls a month.  And recently turned down a new account, as we want a life as well.  Our day jobs provide much more $$$ than brewing on a 1bbl system could provide. 

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Going Pro / Re: Commercial and Homeowners Insurance Nano-Brewery
« on: November 17, 2015, 10:33:40 AM »
You could contact Mic Sager (I think that is it) up in WA. Similar set up for his brewery. He hasn't been on here in a while.

Not as active as I used to be, but still come and read from time to time. 

Yes, we do this.  Our Homeowners policy does not cover a building used for commercial reasons.  But, the policy doesn't say commercial use invalidates the entire policy.  We have a separate policy for that building.  So we do a bit of the Don't ask, don't tell thing.  The homeowners is through USAA.  Military service is a requirement to join.  (or federal law enforcement) 

And don't forget about product liability insurance. 


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Beer Recipes / Drew's Bratty Brat Beer
« on: September 16, 2015, 09:29:11 AM »
We're thinking of brewing this beer for an annual "Strange Brewfest" near us.  In years past we've done a Crab Stout, Chocolate-Tabasco Porter, and last year we brewed Denny's "Wee Shroomy." 

Just wondering if any of you have brewed the Bratty Brat, and can give any advice. 

And if you see this Drew, feel free to chime in........


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All Things Food / Vacation in Bend, Or
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:36:31 AM »
Hey guys and gals-

We're headed to Bend for the Bend Beer Festival next weekend, and need a good recommendation for a restaurant.  Who knows a good place with good food, and an even better tap selection?


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Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill Drill Question
« on: July 23, 2015, 09:51:17 AM »
I recommend looking for a drill with an adjustable trigger stop. This will allow you to set the trigger to the desired speed.

+1



That's one of my biggest gripes about the Dewalt I use. However, since I got it on sale I'm somewhat tempted to cannibalize it and make it into a dedicated mill motor. Rigging up a more precise speed control would be pretty easy. Might not even be that hard to rig some form of PID control to set the speed.

If you could figure out a way to do this it would be great. I run my 1/2 drill on a  monster mill and just zip tie the trigger all the way closed. It runs much, much faster than it should which shreds the husks.
http://m.harborfreight.com/router-speed-control-43060.html

I picked up this link from a previous forum post.  It might be helpful for the zip tied drill. -T
Great!  That looks like a cheap n easy solution.

Has anybody tried using something like this to control a drill for a  grain mill?

This is exactly my set-up.  Works great. 

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