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Classifieds / Re: 5 Gallon Whiskey Soaked Barrels now available!
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:49:21 AM »
Contact details for Balcones??  Much thanks!!

I had sent a PM to Balcones via their Facebook page and got an answer back within moments from the founder/owner. he directed me to contact his warehouse manager who handles the barrel sales. His name is Jared, jaredhimstedt@balconesdistilling.com

Minimum purchase of a pallet of 27 barrels, you're in charge of arranging your own shipping which can be pricey depending on where you are. I'm close enough to drive up and get them myself. They don't always have barrels available, could take 2 - 3 weeks and they need payment in advance if you want them to reserve them for you.

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Classifieds / Re: 5 Gallon Whiskey Soaked Barrels now available!
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:20:31 AM »
Nice people at Balcones, quick response to my questions. Will be putting in a club order for about three dozen at a great price, and drive up to pick them up when they're ready.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:13:35 AM »
I've decided to upgrade my milling after a couple other upgrades. I'm going to add a pump system and another 15 gallon kettle. Will end up with a 9gallon HLT, 15 Gallon recirculation MT, and 15 gallon BK with a RIC. Then add a mill powered with a Dewalt drill. Found these guys in Yacolt, Wa.

http://www.millarsmills.com/

I've got one of the earlier generation Millar Mills, all hand cranked until I recently did my previously described motorizing. Overall quality is OK, and I was on a tight budget at the time. I've ran a few hundred pounds of grain through it with no issues, and I run a real tight gap (~ .020") since I do BIAB.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: November 22, 2013, 11:32:10 AM »
It's on my winter upgrade list. Is there a one stop shop for everything you need? Or do I buy a monster and get a Granger catalog?

Grainger is pretty proud of their stuff. I picked up my motor on Amazon, and the pulley and sheave from Zoro Tools. Belt and electrical bits and bobs came from Lowe's.

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Equipment and Software / Re: NB Big Bubbler
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:48:41 AM »
+1 for glass being a non starter for me.  I have a couple of these and really like them: http://morebeer.com/products/speidel-plastic-fermenter-30l-79-gal.html.

Large enough so I've never needed a blow off tube, easy to clean, has a port to easily rack and the integrated handles are sturdy and great for moving around 5 gallons of wort.

Looking forward to buying one or two of these as an early Christmas gift to me, really like the design and practicality.

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Classifieds / Re: 5 Gallon Whiskey Soaked Barrels now available!
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:43:19 AM »
morticaixavier,

How many barrels to a pallet? I might try to organize a group buy for some of the local clubs here.

I honestly don't remember exactly. it was around 20 I believe. Balcones, at least at the time was sending them with a stand.

Thanks, I dropped them a line and am waiting to hear back.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg and carboy washer build
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:33:18 AM »
If you're willing to spend a little money (~$50), get a rotating plastic spray ball from McMaster-Carr:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/119/2075/=pfofq4

I clean kegs and carboys with one, works great.








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Events / Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:58:22 AM »
Austin would be great, laid back vibe and great craft beer scene. Houston would be good as well, urban and multi-cultural with a huge convention center right downtown. Both within driving distance as well  ;)

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Classifieds / Re: 5 Gallon Whiskey Soaked Barrels now available!
« on: November 15, 2013, 10:34:24 AM »
morticaixavier,

How many barrels to a pallet? I might try to organize a group buy for some of the local clubs here.

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Ingredients / Re: Hops Direct pellet release Friday
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:39:09 AM »
I wonder what the "must have" hop this year is.

It's the one you can't find anywhere, everyone knows that....  ;D

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+10 on the flare fittings. Makes it easy to change fitting types, or to hook up a hand or electric pump to clean and sanitize your lines between kegs. You can also buy an MFL adapter kit that willallow you to use your old kegerator Sanke fitting if you ever want to connect a 1/6 bbl of commercial craft beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Direct heat recirculation mash tun
« on: November 07, 2013, 12:25:20 PM »
Here's a picture of my recently built recirc system, awaiting its maiden voyage. It's basically a clone of the plumbing portion of the Blichmann ToP, I'll add the Blichmann controller somewhere down the road for hands-off burner control and programmable mash schedules.


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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: October 21, 2013, 10:35:42 AM »
Just finished up mine yesterday. I built a box riser for the mill so the sheave can sit above the platform, easier to store without having to disassemble anything or having the pulley hang off the edge of the platform. Still need to put a guard over the belt/pulley, but it's working great.


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Made mine from a Danby 440 mini-fridge. No freezer to worry about, and a clear spot on the top without coils underneath makes it perfect for a twin tap tower. Removed the inner door shelf panel and cut out the bottom shelf support from the side walls. Holds a 5lb tank of C02 and either two cornies or a cornie and a 1/6bbl Sanke keg.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Gelatin First Try
« on: October 08, 2013, 09:54:05 AM »
I have gotten great results previously by just cold crashing the primary for a few days, then transferring to keg and chilling a few more days. First few pints cloudy, crystal clear after that.

Then things took a turn. I made a Mocktoberfest marzen-style ale with Wyeast 2565 Kolsch yeast. Tasted great after three weeks in the primary, but cloudier than Los Angeles on a summer day. Cold crashing the primary didn't do squat, so I used gelatin added to the fermenter and continued to cold crash for two more days. Cleared up appreciably when transferred to keg, a few more days and it was beautiful.

I won't use gelatin as a standard process, but it worked great when I needed it.

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