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Equipment and Software / Re: A Better Siphon
« on: August 18, 2010, 07:27:26 PM »
I love my auto siphon. Can't see why everyone doesn't have one.

Because a stainless racking cane and a carboy cap are cheaper and easier to sanitize, store, and rack delicately off of the trub with?  ;)

Well, that's a good point. I just broke my auto siphon today... again. But I'll probably just get another one. Because, really. It's just easier for me. And I don't own a carboy cap. And then, how does the cap work with buckets?? ;)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Designing Christmas beers
« on: August 18, 2010, 07:09:19 PM »
Otherwise your Christmas in Bastogne is likely to become Trainwreck in Altoona.

OK - that's just too damn funny. I just about spit my beer through my nose.

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 05:06:57 PM »
Damn good choice!! I grew up a couple hours outside of NYC and that's the place to find a good one!!

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Equipment and Software / Re: A Better Siphon
« on: August 18, 2010, 05:05:41 PM »
Copper in wort, different story altogether. The lower pH of beer can leach more elements from the copper.

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Equipment and Software / Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« on: August 18, 2010, 04:27:53 PM »
I have the MM 3 2.0. Definitely expensive but worth it for me, since I also brew in 1bbl batches. I can grind 100 lbs of grain in 10-15 minutes. For a 10 gallon batch it only takes a couple min.  But the great thing is it doesn't jam often, and when it does I can fix it by jamming a ruler down the center so the roller's "grab" again. Once it grabs it doesn't stop. Sometimes it won;t grab in the very beginning. The problem I had the the BC was that, after a year or so it would stop grabbing mid grind.

Oh, I've had the MM for about 6 months.

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Equipment and Software / Re: A Better Siphon
« on: August 18, 2010, 04:21:05 PM »
I love my auto siphon. Can't see why everyone doesn't have one.

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Equipment and Software / Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« on: August 18, 2010, 04:10:51 PM »
I don't own a crankandstein but I do own a barleycrusher and also a monster mill and I recommend the latter. The BC is great the first couple of years and then it starts to jam on a very frequent basis. The MM will jam too, but just seems easier to "unjam".

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 04:07:51 PM »
I think it is awesome that you are named after my favorite sandwich. ;)

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The Pub / Re: Whoops - Got the site blocked at work!!!!
« on: August 18, 2010, 04:05:53 PM »
Whoops.  I guess I'm on here too much.  I work for a school district so they have the tendancy to block stuff on the web pertaining to alcohol.  However, they have to be tipped off to a lot of things due to traffic.  Well, I guess I'm on here too much, because I just got back from a 2 week vacation in europe and came home and I can't get onto the site....    >:(  :(  :o

Boo-Hoo.  I'll miss you guys while I'm working!  :'(

Awe man. That sucks. Productivity is way overrated.  ;D

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Beer Recipes / Re: Designing Christmas beers
« on: August 18, 2010, 02:53:26 PM »
Whatever you do, design the beer so that after you've had one - by golly - you simply have to have another one! Too many Christmas beers are a half a pint - thanks that's enough - affairs. I like dark, belgian inspired beers for christmas. Oh, and dark, strong doppelbocks, too.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch tastes like a rubber band
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:58:04 PM »
I can't either this time of year. Your pitching temp was fine. Maybe just some fluke, hard to say. If it is a wild yeast it may not age into a very good beer. But maybe whatever you are picking up will age out.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch tastes like a rubber band
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:41:22 PM »
If, when you say, "clean" you mean clean like a kolsch .... no. The "burn rubber" character I find in my belgians fades into a nice clove phenol though. Not appropriate in your case.

So what temp did you actually pitch the yeast? Curious...

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:38:38 PM »
Mein nachname ist nicht "prosit". ;)

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:31:54 PM »
My name has always been on every post I make. You have to exchange beer with me to get the last name, though.  ;)

Speaking of "winkies" and emoticons I have noticed that a lot of TTers feel uncomfortable about them (a few have mentioned "it ain;t their bag" and so forth), and I used to be the same way. I do realize that they kind seem like something a 7 year old girl would scribble in a note passed in English Lit., but I have also come to realize they do a very good job of communicating when you are being serious or not.  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cleaning 'large' boil kettles
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:26:00 AM »
+1 - I do the same thing with my 55 gallon kettle too. Oh, and if you really want to make it easy pick up some acid #5 and heat to about 165.

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