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Messages - Steve in TX

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The Pub / Re: Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 25, 2016, 08:27:49 AM »

Oh and let's not forget Tablet-Gate.  Suspicious that the Denver tablets were working and the Patriots one's weren't.  Fine Denver $1 mil, take away their first round draft pick and put them thru hell for the next 8 months!  Of course there's no proof the Denver had anything to do with the tablets/network going down, but what does that matter? :)

(I'm joking of course)
I love how they hammer the sponsorship in there.

"We just received word that the Microsoft Surface Tablets on the New England side are not working. NFL officials are working to resolve the issue with the Microsoft Surface tablets. The Broncos have said that they are having no issues with their Microsoft Surface Tablets. If New England's Microsoft Surface Tablets do not become functional, the Broncos will be allowed to continue using their Microsoft Surface Tablets."

General Homebrew Discussion / Specific gravity.
« on: January 24, 2016, 09:42:16 PM »
Density of a liquid as compared to pure water. It's not that complicated.

Honestly, I have more trouble with mass vs weight.

The Pub / Re: Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 24, 2016, 07:56:21 PM »
As much as I wanted Carolina to win, this is just getting sad. That last pick was just mean.

The Pub / Re: Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 24, 2016, 07:32:40 PM »
I'm tired of this "Manning's last chance" BS. Their defense got them to this point and won the game for them tonight. He's just an old man along for the ride.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-keg Kegerator Setup
« on: January 24, 2016, 07:29:56 PM »
For sure inspect in person before you put money in, but from what I have seen, fridges of that size have maybe 6" on the floor without door modification. You would need to claim 2.5"+ from the door to make it work.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-keg Kegerator Setup
« on: January 24, 2016, 06:59:46 PM »

After checking measurements on a few fridges it seems as though the following is doable and practical:

2.4 cu. ft. Kenmore
2 - 2.5 gallon ball locks.
2 tap Tower.

The door liner and freezer would need to be removed but the kegs will sit side by side on the floor with the tank setup on the shelf. Nice and compact.

Thanks for the feedback guys. I know very little about kegs and legging setups.
Did you account for the compressor.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-keg Kegerator Setup
« on: January 24, 2016, 06:21:05 PM »
I've been looking at the various mini fridges and many, if not all, require a healthy amount of modification to hold kegs on the floor. This means the kegs would need to be on a shelf which could cause weight issues requiring a different set of modifications.

You might be better off buying a purpose built kegerator and modifying the tower for as many kegs as you can fit.

Not saying it's impossible, will just take some work and maybe some compromises.


IMO, temp control is the single biggest thing you can do to improve and maintain beer quality.  You can buy the best ingredients, spend hours crafting a recipe, brew meticulously on brew day.  But if you can't control the fermentation temp, all the rest will be wasted effort.

Yeah, this!
+2 - proper yeast handling is close second.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Beer Camp Tropical IPA
« on: January 23, 2016, 10:20:56 PM »
I destroyed a six pack and bought another. My Costco had a mixed cases (PA, torpedo, white IPA, and coffee stout) as well and cases of the Otra Vez. I went for the mixed case.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting The Hoppy Into The IPA
« on: January 23, 2016, 12:35:01 PM »

I'm with you guys. 70+ IBU of Columbus or Chinook (sometimes Warrior) @ 60, then whirlpool and dry to your heart's content to get that backbone.

Speaking of backbone, in the Hop Fu recipe there's a FWH addition of Chinook, then Warriot bittering hops @60 and then Columbus @30. Would that really create a noticeably more complex or more equilibrated backbone?

IMO, yes.
I agree. I almost always have a solid addition at 20-30 minutes.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:54:38 AM »

They are not stainless. Price would be about $10 higher and it wouldn't have a welded tail piece.
Looking at Beverage Factory, they are showing an all SS with fitted tail piece just like the plated type.
All SS Contact 4 1/8" Long Shank with Nipple Assembly - 3/16" I.D. Bore Model:SHANK4-ASC ($20.95)

Never seen those. The all SS contact shouldn't be a concern. The parts that aren't stainless are likely the nut and faucet collar. No big deal there.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:40:44 PM »
They are not stainless. Price would be about $10 higher and it wouldn't have a welded tail piece.

The picture is of the faucet? Are your faucets stainless or chromed brass? How old is this gear?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying brews at chain restaurants?
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:49:37 AM »
Breaking news: Restaurants are expensive.

Seriously I can make a turkey club at home for <$2, but sometimes I choose to pay somebody else $10 to make it for me. Beer is no different.

I will acknowledge that some restaurants tend to gouge. I payed $8 for a pint of Founders All Day because I didn't bother to ask for the price.

After 8 years with a Bayou Classic SQ14, I am upgrading to a blichmann. I considered others, but I find the blichmann to have more items in the pros column.

The SQ14 was great, just want something a little more efficient.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 6
« on: January 20, 2016, 06:11:27 PM »
I kept thinking he was going to bust out a pitch for 7 minute abs. Reminded me of talking to my old roommate when he was a fifth deep into the weekend.

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