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Equipment and Software / Re: Haze in carboy
« on: December 11, 2013, 07:24:42 PM »
I usually soak my carboys in a bleach solution when i have any sort of issue. they always come out spotless.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 08, 2013, 10:29:46 AM »
Wow i must be lucky.  My friends never ask for beer, we just bring it along if its available.  All of them compliment it and love it but its a lot more potent then they are used to and tread lightly around our 9-10% beers.  That being said the secondary circle of family are complete asses about it and expect it upon demand.  they are of course snotty rich jerks thats dont get much;)

To the OP.  You are always allowed to say "i dont have anything available".  Maybe after doing this 5-6 times he will catch on.

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Going Pro / Re: CSB (Community Supported Breweries)
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:24:22 PM »
I was thinking about running a kickstarter for my brewery when we are ready to take out loans etc for extra startup funds.  offering differently timed growler fills(once a week, once a month etc etc) was one of the things i was toying with.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling question
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:02:02 PM »
I put mine in a pot of water and heat it till it just boils then turn it off and let em hang out.  In hindsight i wonder if this is bad, we havent had a problem that i know of but im wondering if it damages the inside lining

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Ingredients / Re: To stock up on "high demand" hops or not?
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:23:22 PM »
I definitely understand this angsty need to buy hops right now while available but have held off for the most part.  The only thing i bought in bulk was 2.5lbs of the 3 varietals that a local hop farm grows, but they where so cheap that if i have to ditch a pound i wont cry about it.  I also invested in a foodsaver vacuum so i can store them correctly in my hop fridge.  Hopefully it will keep my losses to a minimum:)

The Varietals i bought are Magnum, Nugget and Cascade

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Equipment and Software / Re: Monster mill - Issues
« on: November 25, 2013, 04:45:29 PM »
is it just me or is customer service among Homebrew related companies just a step or two above and beyond the norm?

It is not just you.  I've had good customer service just about everywhere homebrew-related.

Local craft breweries and distillers included.

If you consider how small the population of homebrewers is you cant really afford to have your named smeered all over the internet as being crap.  Granted noone should want that to happen, but there is a certain amount of inevitability if you are a large company.

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Ingredients / Re: Using whole vanilla beans
« on: November 25, 2013, 06:32:27 AM »
Using a coffee press is a good idea, my biggest issue with using vanilla beans in carboys is getting all them little vanilla seed black dots cleaned out of the inside of the carboy.  They stick like you cant believe!

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Who knew a blichmann device had 2 uses;)

http://www.blichmannengineering.com/products/beergun

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:28:08 AM »
I bought one of those millars mills. I wish i would have bought a JSP mill. The mill i have was made in china and it doesn't stay in adjustment. it was 99 bucks. The bushings for the roller shafts wear out really fast, leaving this black metallic residue. I use a Black & Decker 1/2 inch electric drill to power this mill. It also got stuck alot.   

Sounds like they have made a few upgrades. Food grade case hardening and sealed roller bearings instead of bushings. At $140 with 10lb hopper, seems reasonable. And they are only a couple hours away in case it fails.

A Barley Crusher is about the same money and they have years and years of experience and testing placed upon their machines.  Might be a better option.  I know a few of the guys on this forum rave about theirs.

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Ingredients / Re: Using whole vanilla beans
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:24:55 AM »
I make a Vanilla stout that uses 2 Vanilla beans sliced like you do and it gives it a subtle vanilla note but you can identify it.  we usually put it in secondary with oak chips for a week.  Hope this helps:)
Jeff

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Equipment and Software / Re: Advice on Building a brew system
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:04:01 PM »
Cakey,  Ive gone down this same road.  IMO your first choice is how to power your brewery.  Gas or Electric?  I chose electric because its technically cheaper and more efficient than propane.  after looking around at multiple electric options i opted to go with an electric brewery setup.  while it is costing me quite a bit ti will last me a LONG time and is upgradable to larger batches for my future needs.  IF you choose to go Gas its hard to argue with Sabco's option.  the people i have seen talking about their systems on the AHA forums seem to love them.

After you make this first critical decision it should all fall in to line with some time and money:)

Cheers,
Jeff

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:55:01 PM »
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/

Nice looking mills. how do the Legs attach to the mill itself.  thats really the only thing i dont like the look of. most mills give you a solid MDF base for stability etc, not sure how 2 thin pieces of metal will work for ya

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Going Pro / Re: Clean kegs
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:50:38 PM »
If you want I can mail you some ice cream . . .

Can you email me some?

I'll just put this here and you can help yourself.



Outstanding!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Quick disconnects
« on: November 19, 2013, 05:54:34 AM »
Next, a stand for the pump... Inspired to try building one with unistrut!

If you have access to zymurgy there was an issue this year that had a great article about unistrut stands.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Brands
« on: November 18, 2013, 03:53:04 PM »
A friend of mine recently did a lot of research on this issue and he said that apparently all of the major brands have their parts provided to them by 2 major manufactures 1 is great the other is kinda iffy.  Frigidaire is one of the brands that buys from the better manufacturer.  Think im gonna grab one of these.
Frigidaire 14.8-cu ft Chest Freezer (White) ENERGY STAR
Item #: 8899 |  Model #: LFFN15M5HW
from lowes.  its on sale for 350 atm and if you have a lowes card you get an additional 5% off

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