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Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment - What to get?
« on: September 05, 2012, 03:05:10 AM »
you dont have to get a pump with a plate or counterflow, use the imersion as a prechiller.  but a pump to recirculate the chilled water through the pre chiller is better.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment - What to get?
« on: September 05, 2012, 01:35:38 AM »
pretty much what everyone else has said.
in order for me:
bigger kettle
walk in cooler
grain mill
grain storage

All Grain Brewing / Re: composting spent grain
« on: September 03, 2012, 03:55:25 AM »
avoid letting dogs get at things with hops.  it can cause malignant hyperthermia and can be deadly, especially to large dogs.  it was like crack to my beagle.

The Pub / Re: Someone stole a whole canning line
« on: August 24, 2012, 03:20:55 AM »
i think it wan an irish grandmother with a litter of children/grandchildren preparing for winter. sub beer for vinegar and salt, pickle party.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Labs vials?
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:18:55 PM »
i have used them as tubes for some of my smaller cigars.  try wd40 to get the glue off, but it will of course need a thorough cleaning.

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: August 07, 2012, 06:31:55 PM »
the big leboski.  the coen brothers are great

Beer Travel / Re: Best store in San Francisco to buy beer?
« on: July 28, 2012, 06:03:40 PM »
Things may have changed since I left but, trader Joe's, bevmo, and whole foods are major retailers.  As for a pint, toronado on lower haight.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:41:09 AM »
devil and the deep blue sea- cab calloway
i'm drinking a cab padre

Equipment and Software / temp data logger
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:33:49 PM »
I cant find a realistic practical use for this but I thought someone might be interrested.

ive done 3 berliners and theyve all look like that at some point, as well as my other sours.

im definitely not an expert but ive brewed a few sours and it looks like lacto to me

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: July 12, 2012, 07:42:54 PM »
i live in round rock, texas and have been uable to find a water report that lists the appropriate info.  what are some keywords i should use when googling.  ive asked a local brewer and some club members and no one knows.  thanks.

Did you post to the Texas Carboys or Austin Zealots? I've posted info out to the Zealots Yahoo group a few times.

You should receive the annual drinking water quality report by July 1, the City hasn't posted online as of yet -- the one available at (search for "City of Round Rock" or TX2460003) does not include the secondaries that you would want for sulfate/hardness/calcium etc. pH usually ranges from 7.3 - 7.6, raw water alkalinity is ~155.

Chloramine levels depend on how far you live from the water treatment/pump stations, but be aware that with historical levels in distribution minimum of 2.15 mg/L (measured as total chlorine) and levels above 3 mg/L out of the treatment plant that you need to dechloraminate. Carbon filtration may not remove all if you don't have sufficient contact time to hit a removal efficiency that you need.

Assuming that Kim Lutz is still handling the water quality data for Round Rock, you can call her at (512) 341-3333 or email for more recent data.

You can also get your water tested by LCRA Environmental Services in southeast Austin, they have a residential water supply testing services

just saw this, thanks for all the great info.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2012, 04:31:10 AM »
die when you die-gg allin

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer and ice
« on: July 09, 2012, 01:45:41 PM »
a company makes soapstone cubes called whiskey stones.  put them in the freezer, then your whiskey or beer.  no dilution of flavor contribution.  they definately dont have the cooling capabilities of ice but they work.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 08, 2012, 02:51:26 AM »
down by the river-neil young

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