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Equipment and Software / Re: Quick disconnects
« on: September 28, 2010, 10:37:24 PM »
I drilled the center "corss hairs" out of my CPCs and never had them clog. They are "nice enough", but go stainless if you can.  The CPC ones, while they handle heat well, never felt sanitary. Especially after I drilled them out.

The thing about the Tri Clamps, they are pricey but they will last almost forever if you take care of 'em. And they are truly sanitary.
I bought these (through my LHBS through Fox Equipment) and found out right away the cross-hairs had to be removed to prevent clogging.  I've had them on my rig for about 4 brews so far and find them pretty easy to use and not hot to the touch.
If you plan it right you can make a couple of hoses that do more than one application.  I use a hose from the hot liquor tank to the mash kettle and then use it from the ice bath (formerly hot liquor tank) to the wort chiller with another hose returning to the ice bath.
The only QD that seems difficult to snap on and off is the one on the outlet of the boil kettle.  Heat may be a factor there.

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All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: September 28, 2010, 10:25:48 PM »
I had a crab roll at lunch today at Gritty mcDuff's in Portland, Me.  Although it was pretty good I think I'd have to say I prefer Dungeness crab.

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The Pub / Re: Holy %*#@! It's Hot
« on: September 28, 2010, 10:22:37 PM »
I've escaped the Florida heat for a week and am now in New Hampshire, where the weather is nice and cool and the trees are turning some pretty garishly bright colors.  Ahh.....Climate Change!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: September 28, 2010, 02:29:19 AM »
I have broken more glasses than most of you have ever owned - the possible exception being drew.
Remind me to not ask you over to my house for a pint.
And to stay away from my glass carboys, too. :-[

I have probably broken more glass carboys than most of you have owned either.  ;) Have me over anyway and red plastic "party cups" will suite me fine.  :)
I think I can provide some heavy duty glasses rather than a red plastic cup.  I have some nice sampling glasses that I take to events that have withstood drops of a few feet.  Or a stack of clear plastic cups.  Anything but the red party cups.  Part of the pleasure of drinking a nice homebrew is visual.
I have broken two carboys in 20 years (no injuries).  I currently have about a dozen, but I'm not "most of you"

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: September 28, 2010, 02:00:15 AM »
I have broken more glasses than most of you have ever owned - the possible exception being drew.
Remind me to not ask you over to my house for a pint.
And to stay away from my glass carboys, too. :-[

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The Pub / Re: How Early would You Start Drinking on a Friday Afternoon?
« on: September 25, 2010, 04:47:00 PM »
You can't drink all day of you don't start in the morning!

I am aware of one of Denny's unofficial home club rules where one must have a drink before 10AM during club outings.  Am I right?

Yeah, I think that's the theory a lot of them operate on.  Me, I'm getting too old for that!

That's why we invented naps!

Which homebrew club shirt states "We drink more barleywine before 9 am than most people drink all day!"
I think that's the Foam Rangers or one of the Texas clubs.  Love that quote.

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The Pub / Re: Beer before Liquor...
« on: September 25, 2010, 12:25:09 PM »
Screw that. I drink. I'm drinking now. Moderation is for suckers.
I almost spit out my coffee.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tart Flavor in Hoppy Beers
« on: September 25, 2010, 12:19:40 PM »
I also agree that there's nothing sweet tart in a fresh Mirror Pond Pale Ale.  Must be something else you're describing or perhaps an off sample.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:37:02 AM »
I had an 8-inch piece of stainless welded at an angle in front of the out port so that when I whirlpool, everything ends up not only in the center of the kettle, but stays away from the drain.  Works well with pellets or whole hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:33:56 AM »
I have so much beer glassware that my wife is afraid to open the cabinet.  I like a tulip glass for Belgians, unless it's a Wit, then I use a chunky Hoegarden glass.  I like my Left Hand pilsner glass a lot.  Nothing like a Hefeweizen in its own glass.........

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/24 Edition
« on: September 22, 2010, 09:11:43 PM »
Traveling Sunday - going to New England to see some Fall weather and drink some regional/local craft beer!

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Equipment and Software / Re: PH Meter Selection
« on: September 21, 2010, 09:53:35 PM »
I also have a Martini pH56 which I'm happy with.  It's a year old now and takes a bit longer to calibrate than when new, but I like the temperature reading that goes with it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH51
« on: September 21, 2010, 02:43:53 PM »
You should calibrate it every time you're going to use it.  Get some extra 7.0 and 4.0 solutions for this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 21, 2010, 12:48:43 AM »
Nothing.  BJCP Exam on Saturday.  :-X
So how do you think you did on the test?  Was this your first attempt?

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH51
« on: September 21, 2010, 12:16:45 AM »
I don't have that brand of pH meter, but the instructions are similar.  I store mine upright with some 7.0 solution in the end cap.  Since I use a capful when I calibrate it's easy to save this for storage.
I think you'll know when the electrode is getting old when it takes way too long to calibrate.  Mine is a year old and recognizes the 7.0 right away, but is taking almost a minute to recognize the 4.0 solution and then longer to calibrate to it.  I think this means it's getting up there in age.

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