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Equipment and Software / Re: Milling a bigger hole
« on: September 01, 2010, 12:29:36 PM »
Thanks! Looks like they're in stock.


Equipment and Software / Milling a bigger hole
« on: September 01, 2010, 11:11:47 AM »
Hey hey,

I've got this electric brew kettle:

The problem is, the hole for the outlet valve is too small, and the spigot is this crappy plastic thing. I need to upgrade to 1/2" fittings (at least, I think I do) but am not sure of the best way to go about this, having never done it before. My understanding is that there's a conical attachment you can get for an electric drill that's supposed to ream it out to whatever you need, but I have no idea if this is the right thing, and if it is, I have no idea what it's called. Any thoughts?

Thanks! Headed to the hardware store today to get way more copper piping than I probably need.

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: August 31, 2010, 03:53:46 PM »
Is there a fund set up to help with costs (groceries, etc) for the family?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Necessary to Sparge with a HERMS system?
« on: August 30, 2010, 03:05:10 PM »
Ah, interesting, so I shouldn't be stirring this at all while it's recirculating?

Beer Travel / Re: London
« on: August 30, 2010, 03:00:44 PM »
I'll go a looooong way for a beer, to be sure, but this guide looks great!

Beer Travel / London
« on: August 30, 2010, 09:21:52 AM »
Going to be in London this weekend, friday-sunday, anyone want to meet for a pint? Any suggestions for great pubs/restaurants? Best bottled beer to bring back to the wife?

All Grain Brewing / Necessary to Sparge with a HERMS system?
« on: August 30, 2010, 09:19:13 AM »
Hi all,

I finally got my pump, tank, HLT, etc in the mail the other day (THANKS to and - hopefully one day France will have a decent LHBSS, but I doubt it). I've been reviewing all the steps in my head while I build out the plumbing, and have a question - is it necessary to sparge when you're using a HERMS system? it seems to me that any sort of recirc will be constantly pumping the wort through the grainbed, although I was thinking it might be possible for the wort to be 'saturated' at a point, necessitating the sparge. Or maybe the cold medicine is playing with me brain. Any help would be very much appreciated!


Yeast and Fermentation / Forgotten liquid yeast
« on: August 27, 2010, 10:16:30 AM »
I ordered some pitchable yeast (Wyeast American Ale, don't remember the # off the top of my head) and it arrived on Tuesday. I was at a conference and finally got home last night and put the package into the fridge, but it had sat in my living room (72-78 degrees ish) for two days. The package had swollen but it seems to have deflated slightly since putting it in the fridge last night. Can I still use it? Should I try to turn it into a started? I'm not planning on brewing for another few days.


Beer Travel / Re: Beer in France
« on: August 18, 2010, 03:00:39 PM »

Have you made your trip already? I live in Paris and would suggest you try one of the Frog pubs for the closest thing to a brewpub in Paris - Otherwise, don't forget that IT IS LEGAL TO DRINK IN THE STREET as long as you're not being a jerk about it, so do not hesitate to visit a shop and buy beer to be consumed along the banks of the Seine. I'd recommend - the guy is really nice.

Beer Travel / Re: Trip to Belgium in February
« on: August 18, 2010, 02:56:31 PM »

I live just south of Paris (it's so lonely for a homebrewer here!) and can tell you that although the weather is not as "numerically" cold as it is in the states, it's the humidity that will get you. 25 degrees F with a LOT of humiidity means no matter how many layers you put on, the cold gets you to the bone.

That being said, you will be drinking beer most of the time, so you'll be fine.

Pro tip: If offered a chance to visit Léon de Bruxelles for Moules Frites, politely decline. Make sure to try to visit La Bécasse and Chez Moeder Lambic. Let me know if you plan to drop by Paris, I'll show you around the (few) brewpubs we've got here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New York - and Beer
« on: June 21, 2010, 12:00:25 PM »
First post for me! Hurrah.

If you want a good experience of lots of different craft beers, go to Pony Bar - I went there a few times when I lived in NYC and think it's top-notch.

I don't recommend Burp Castle because if you're from Europe there's nothing there that you haven't had already. Next door is Standings, which is a sports-bar-comme-craft-alehouse. Free pizza on Fridays, too!

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