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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggestion for home bar build
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:50:18 AM »
www.barplan.com

This website costs $20 to register, but it's good for a life time.  It provides very detailed  plans for bars with kegerators.  I'm starting to build the L shaped with a 45% cut. 

Many could design themselves, but I like this website......   PM me, and maybe I can help. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Therminator wort chiller
« on: February 19, 2011, 09:22:05 AM »
The flow rate was as though the therminator was not even there.  Once I put the ice on the chiller, I opened the valve full throttle, and it flowed through the chiller very nicely.

I love this little device.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Therminator wort chiller
« on: February 14, 2011, 04:10:56 PM »
Your comment about the 4 foot drop concerns me.  Did those folks talk specifically to the therminator, or any plate chiller?  The Blichmann website talks all about "low restriction, perfect for gravity systems"  I sent them an email, to ask there thoughts.

I was talking with them about the Therminator at the time.  

Well, finally got all the hose connections right and used my new therminator this past Saturday.  I had to slide the burners up on my Top Tier to make sure I still ahd room to get wort into my buckets.  But, from the ball valve in my boil pot to the Therminator is only a drop of about 6-7 inches, then into my buckets.  

My well water isn't very cold, so I could only open the valve half way.  But then, I put a cold wet towel with an ice pack on top of the Therminator, and I opened it up all the way.  Very cool gadget, that's for sure.  

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Homebrew
« on: February 11, 2011, 12:47:54 PM »
This whole thing is really cool, and if an AHA rally at the White House were possible, in this or ANY presidential administration, I would hope that we'd be grownup enough to set aside differences and flock to an AHA rally at the White House regardless of our political affiliation. That's a big part of the joy of homebrew: it brings us together under the common banner of our love of homemade beer.

As I wrote on Twitter a few months back when a "homebrew buddy" and I were disagreeing on a political point, "We may not agree about everything, but we can agree that malted barley wants to become beer."

I hear ya.  My best "homebrew buddy" is on the opposite side of the isle as myself.  And we get into from time to time, but beer is always beer. 

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Cheap 5 gal kegs
« on: February 08, 2011, 12:35:09 PM »
Looking for cheap Corny keg around the Northern Delaware area. Any leads? 

Doesn't really help you East Cost folks, but for anyone in the Northwest, fellow board member Tshmidlin has lots of cornys for sale at a great price.  I recently bought 8 from him. 

So Tom's holding out on us east coasters eh?  ;D



Hundreds of planes land at SEATAC every day.......    :D

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Cheap 5 gal kegs
« on: February 08, 2011, 12:20:05 PM »
Looking for cheap Corny keg around the Northern Delaware area. Any leads? 

Doesn't really help you East Cost folks, but for anyone in the Northwest, fellow board member Tshmidlin has lots of cornys for sale at a great price.  I recently bought 8 from him. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Homebrew
« on: February 08, 2011, 12:15:00 PM »
I wonder if they will release the recipe?  I would be curious to see what this brew really was

Well, I jsut emailed the White House to see if they would give me the recipe.  If enough of us do that, they are bound to do so.  Whoever gets it first, please post on this thread.

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Beer Recipes / Re: need help to clone a "strange brew"
« on: February 07, 2011, 08:42:22 AM »
Watch the sodium content on some of the bloody mary mix..... ew..... >:(

I'll make my own mix, so I can control that a bit.  Of note however is at the same "Strange" brewfest, Pike Brewing out of Seattle had a "Salt and Pepper" beer.  Now THAT was a strange brew.

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.... Lavender requires care otherwise everything ends up smelling like soap.

This made me lawl.  Reminds me of an incredible 9-course dinner we went to years ago where lavender-infused shortbread cookies we a part of dessert.   The lavender essence was so strong, you almost couldn't enjoy the 104 year-old Madiera that was paired with dessert!  :o

Since that experience, lavender has been and always will be an 'aroma for soap', not beer.  ever.

There are two very different types of Lavender.  One used for soaps and such that has camphor.  (Think vicks vapor rub) and another type that has been used as a spice for hundreds of years.  Many use the wrong one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Software
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:29:53 AM »
BeerSmith and ProMash seem to have the greatest following.  I use Beersmith, and I like it.

What I would REALLY like is a PC based application that would synch with an IPhone based application. 

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As my town has a big "lavender festival" each June, I do brew a lavender beer once a year.  I don't like it too much, but some really have enjoyed it. 

If you want the recipe, PM me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / mash or steep?
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:14:43 AM »
I heard on one of the Brewstrong episodes that there is a significant difference between mashing and steeping grains, and not all grains can be steeped.  But in reviewing my archives I can't find the exact episode.  Does anyone have a link or can speak to this issue.  I was discussing at my last HBC meeting, but couldn't explain myself very well......

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Beer Recipes / Re: need help to clone a "strange brew"
« on: January 31, 2011, 04:17:30 PM »
That makes sense.  Well, if your judging Ambers and CBC, be kind to me.........   

(I may volunteer to steward once a gain.)

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Beer Recipes / Re: need help to clone a "strange brew"
« on: January 31, 2011, 12:46:40 PM »
Short's Brewing had a Bloody Beer that tasted like a Bloody Mary.  You could e-mail them and see if they could give pointers.

Thanks dude, I just sent them a note.  I'm thinking half a gallon loody mary mix for a ten gallon batch. 
Seriously Mic, just brew an English pale and keg it.  Dose it in the glass to determine how much of the bloody mary mix you want to add per volume.  Then open the keg, add it, and seal it back up.  You might need to drink a couple of pints of the pale by itself to make room in the keg, but I'm sure you can handle that. :)

I had a beer made with tomatoes once, the sugars in the tomatoes fermented out and the beer was not good.  Not even a little.  So I really think you want to add that stuff post fermentation, like a michelada.
Sounds like a plan Tom.  Thanks.  Didyou make it over over to Port Townsend?

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Beer Recipes / Re: need help to clone a "strange brew"
« on: January 31, 2011, 11:13:40 AM »
Short's Brewing had a Bloody Beer that tasted like a Bloody Mary.  You could e-mail them and see if they could give pointers.

Thanks dude, I just sent them a note.  I'm thinking half a gallon loody mary mix for a ten gallon batch. 

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