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Messages - Kit B

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Equipment and Software / Re: What can I do with a keg...
« on: October 14, 2010, 07:24:05 PM »
Install a really big handle & turn it into a giant mug.  ;)

Seriously, though...
Keggle, dude!
It's the cheapest boil kettle you will ever gain access to.
Fifteen gallons ain't that big.
I build 10 gallons of water, every time I brew.
My 15 gallon kettle is perfect, for that.
I almost never have to worry about boil-overs, but it has come close.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hot Water Heater Burner?
« on: October 14, 2010, 07:19:56 PM »
Many people use them & they work.
Just be sure that you are either outside or have some form of venting (water heaters typically have a chimney).
I'd recommend electric heater elements, over gas.

All Things Food / Re: Finicky Eaters?
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:50:33 PM »
My wife & I cook great meals, but I gotta tell you...
Fritos Scoops & a big bowl of chili & sour cream is darn tempting.
Using only whole foods & restricting preservatives/coloring agents just isn't for me.
I'll eat nearly any type of food you set in front of me.
Ever watch Andrew Zimmern?
I'm pretty close to one of those kind of guys.

My wife has some friends that complain about nearly everything you could serve...
Tomatoes, beans, cabbage...Whatever...
I honestly HATE eating around people like that.
They make my meal less enjoyable, by just being there.

The Pub / Re: Finally arriving!
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:39:58 PM »
That's excellent!
How did you hook up with The Nook, for your debut?

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a Jockey Box
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:25:53 PM »
If you are ever too relaxed on cleaning, I don't recommend the plates.
I built a jockey box with a friend of mine.
The last time it got used, he didn't clean out the chiller plate.
There's nothing making it through those lines, ever again.

The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: October 08, 2010, 03:08:54 PM »
I thought stirring him in was pretty funny.
I guess I'm just sick, like that.

You have to be careful around him...
He'll pull you in to the Dark Side.

Beer Recipes / Re: Milk stout recipe...Looking for opinions
« on: October 07, 2010, 07:45:29 PM »
Just curious...Any reason for the Black Patent, other than color?
I like the addition of the Munich.
I still haven't used Marris Otter.
Are the characteristics somewhere between American 2-Row & Munich?

Beer Recipes / Milk stout recipe...Looking for opinions
« on: October 07, 2010, 04:18:04 PM »
I'm planning on making a milk stout this weekend & would like opinions on my recipe.

9# 2-Row
1.5# Caramel 80L
.75# Chocolate Malt
.75# Victory Malt
.50# Roasted Barley

2 oz Willamette - 60 min
.75# Lactose

White Labs WLP004 yeast

Estimated Starting Gravity - 1.060
Estimated final Gravity - 1.016


The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: October 07, 2010, 02:04:14 PM »
It's a 60qt Update International kettle.
I love 'em!

Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting a hole in my kettle
« on: October 07, 2010, 01:28:20 PM »
"Constant heavy pressure"...I disagree.
Constant pressure, but not heavy.
If you are gentle, your bit will do the work & last much longer.

Be sure to use a lot of cutting oil.
I did my two 60 qt kettles & it was much more intimidating than it should have been.
Just be sure you don't put the spigot up too high.
If you are going with weldless fittings, figure out how much clearance you need for a washer & go just a little beyond that.
Of course, if you're using a false bottom, that may create a different situation.
I only use braided line or an improvised bazooka screen, so that wasn't an issue, for me.
Still...I drilled both kettles about 1/2" too high.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Guinness Head
« on: October 06, 2010, 09:35:45 PM »
Do you really want to wait long enough for a giant head to settle a bit, before you take a drink?
I typically have a foam moustache.
I've waited long enough, while it was aging...
Now that it's in the glass, I'm drinking!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who messed with the grain mill?!?
« on: October 06, 2010, 08:02:35 PM »
The first time I conditioned my malt, I went a bit too far...
I gummed up my mill so bad, I can't even talk about it without wincing...
Busted my hand crank & burned out one of my drills.
I had to hose out my mill & scrub the rollers free of malt, with a wire brush.
At this point, I had only gotten through about one pound of a 13 pound grain bill.
So, I let the grain sit in the sun for a while & tried again.
That time, it ran a little easier.

I now know when to stop spraying my malt.

The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: October 06, 2010, 03:25:10 PM »
I took this one, shortly after my little guy came home from the hospital.

And...Yes, Denny...That is a Grateful Dead shirt.
I have some coupons to, if you want 'em.

(Notice that I stole your coordinates idea...Good thinkin'.)

The Pub / Re: What has two thumbs and is going pro?
« on: October 06, 2010, 02:12:35 PM »
I'd love to learn/read more when you get started.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who messed with the grain mill?!?
« on: October 04, 2010, 09:30:42 PM »
This might have to do more with water/grain ratio and temp than grist size. Though if it does affect it I'd like to know!

Well, I follow ratios & temps from Beersmith.
I sure hope that's not leading me astray.
I condition my malt & do a very fine crush...
It seems to leave my IPAs with a dryness I can't otherwise explain.
I'm in the experimental phases of figuring this one out, though.
...Still working on it.

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