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Beer Recipes / Re: Let's see some dunkel recipes
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:49:32 AM »
Denny...did you brew the Dunkel yet?

Equipment and Software / Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:46:12 AM »
I don't think it should make a significant difference as long as the time /temp factor has been acheived. I use a rectangular cooler only because it was the size I was looking for at the time. Round coolers should work just as well as rectangular IMHO.

Pimp My System / Re: Brutus 10 Build
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:30:55 AM »
It has barely been started and I already think it is a thing of beauty! I am hungry for more
pics as well.

It is actually further along. I just need to download the photos and post them.

We call it "operator error".  ;D  Just kidding.

I like to use my refractometer during the mash and pre-fermentation because it's quick and easy. However, I always use my hydrometer post fermentation because it's most accurate and reliable at that point in the process.

I haven't had any success using a refractometer post fermentation as you are also experiencing. Maybe there's something we are missing, but I like to use my hydrometer because it's dual purpose. I can quantify the result by measuring the gravity and qualify the result by tasting the beer from the hydrometer tube. 

I've been on the lookout for it. The local beer and wine stores don't carry it. I will have to take a ride down to Sam's restaurant and get it.  ;)

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: January 25, 2010, 07:00:17 PM »
A very strange mix

 Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock and Keith Richards...

 Who would'a thought?

Strange mix indeed. But some real greats though. A whole lot of mileage on that stage, if you know what I mean.

Here's the most famous latin american guitar player of our time. The great Carlos Santana!

..and a real cool duo with The late great John Lee Hooker.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: January 25, 2010, 06:49:13 PM »
I use to make Huevos Rancheros daily when I was a line cook working at Chi Chi's many moons ago. We used to use a tomato stew that was ladled over the eggs and then topped with cheese. It was okay, not as good as what you've shown.

...and that gelatinized meat. Yuchhh.  :o

 I think she destroyed that meat somewhere along the way. Poor women...she probably doesn't know any better. Your going to have to show her the way Capp.  8)

Pimp My System / Re: Brutus 10 Build
« on: January 25, 2010, 06:43:07 PM »
Initially I'll be using propane, but I want to make a switch to NG sometime.

I want thank Lonnie Mac for the plans to build this fine thing of beauty.

I especially want to thank Capp for helping me out with all of the welding. He's the man.

It will take some time to get it all together, but I hope to have it complete by the end of this year. That's fully automated and producing beer.

I'll be posting plenty of pics along the way.  8)

Ingredients / Re: Fun Fermentables
« on: January 25, 2010, 10:09:31 AM »
How about some fresh raisins.  8)

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: January 25, 2010, 06:37:55 AM » is the spice of life...and too much of any one ingredient is too much.  ;)

Pimp My System / Brutus 10 Build
« on: January 24, 2010, 08:49:50 PM »
I have always wanted a brewstand ever since I read my first Zymurgy Magazine. The question at hand is "What kind of brewstand will work for me".

I want something practical with some automation and something that will stand the test of time. Something that will be able to take a licking and keep on brewing.

The answer for me was "The Brutus 10".

With the help of the superior welding and fabrication skills of Capozzoli. We started the "Brutus 10 Build".

This is a work in progress.

Here we are at The Capozzoli Metalworks Cafe.

The metal has arrived. We have (2x) 2"x2"x20' by .120" wall 304 Stainless Steel square tubing. Ready to cut!

Welding the gas inlet valves.

Just in case you were wondering who was welding. It's the one and only, never lonely Mr. "Capozzoli"!  8)

This is an example of a sanitary weld around the gas inlet valve.

This is the gas arm ready to be tacked into the rear frame assembly.

I will continue to update this thread as progress is made.

Cheers!  8)

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: January 24, 2010, 07:18:55 PM »
Latin music has always allured me. I am intrigued by their complex rythym patterns.

Here is a Latin legend in his own right. Tito Puente!

The Pub / Re: I HATE dentists.
« on: January 23, 2010, 08:47:37 PM »
Holy s***!  :o

 I would keep my mouth shut if I were him.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: January 23, 2010, 08:29:22 PM »

I can honestly say there is nothing she can cook. She cooks meat until it is almost completely decimated.

A cooking quote of hers. "You can not over cook a chicken"  :o

Its hopeless. As the upcoming months pass Ill post some pics. You will see the horror.

Oh man! New thread - FOOD DISASTERS!!!


That sucks. You're going to have to do something about that.

The Pub / Re: Ween
« on: January 23, 2010, 08:22:15 PM »
I can't beleive I've never heard of these guys. They are out of New Hope, PA. I've played in New Hope for years and never even seen the name before.

I would classify these guys as alt-rock for sure with a pinch of lo-fi punk.

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