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The Pub / Re: Old Sayings - Cryptic Quotes
« on: March 06, 2010, 06:49:26 PM »
A few of my favorites, and where I learned or heard them

"Opinions are like asses...everyone has one, and most of 'em stink." - my dad

"The hardest part of any job is getting started."  - my grandfather

"Do what you wanna, do what you will, just don't mess up your neighbor's thrill" - Frank Zappa (a version of "live, and let live")

"He's so stupid, he's gotta take off a shoe to count past 10." - a guy I used to work with

"He's dumber than a box of rocks." - a family friend


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The Pub / Re: Super Bowl Sunday
« on: February 12, 2010, 01:18:46 PM »
Yeah, but "back before they were called Superbowls........"
True - one of those was even in my lifetime.  Of course, I was too young at the time (almost 2 yrs old) to have any recollection of the event.

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The Pub / Re: Super Bowl Sunday
« on: February 09, 2010, 07:09:46 PM »
I'm late to the party - just like the team I root for (see avatar).  Yep, now they're the only team/city to have no association with a Superbowl. :(  Every other team or city in the league has either played in, or hosted a Superbowl.  My son (23) asked me how long I thought it will be before they win a Superbowl.  I asked him how long he's planning to live, then told him to add five years....

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I have some towels and cloths that I use only for cleaning and drying my brewing gear.  So, after emptying the bags (paint strainer type) I give them a rinse.  Then, at the end of a brew day, I toss them in the washing machine with the towels and cloths and wash all of it with OxiClean only.  The towels and cloths go in the dryer, and I hang the hop bags to drip dry.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: what should i buy with my tax return
« on: February 09, 2010, 06:40:44 PM »
With $500, you should be able to go all grain AND get a handle on temperature control.  A Denny-style MLT can be built for under $50.  A temperature controller can be had for $50-$100, and you should be able to find a good used freezer or fridge on Craig's List for well under the $350 you'd have left.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Gravity Systems?
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:46:09 PM »
That sounds cool, but I think a pump would be easier in the long run - and probably safer, too.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Easy vorlauf
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:44:37 PM »
Like Denny, I've never had an issue with gently pouring wort back into the MLT.  Since I recently got a pump, I use it (with the output trimmed by a ball valve) to recirculate and run the pump's output hose into a plastic bowl sitting on top of the grain bed. Once the wort clears, I move the output hose to the boil kettle and open the valve some more.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Do You Prime Your Kegs?
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:31:07 PM »
I've done it a few times with Hefeweizen since it's a style that's expected to be cloudy.  For other beers, I force carbonate.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Propane Burners
« on: February 02, 2010, 12:14:19 PM »
There is a review on this burner that states that kettles made out of kegs do not sit properly on it.  Has anyone had this difficulty?

I used a half-barrel keg on mine once but didn't feel comfortable with it. The keg base is just barely larger in diameter than the burner ring, so it's precarious and has to be kept perfectly centered.
Get a barbecue grate or a sheet of non-galvanized expanded metal and put that between the keg and the burner.  That'll keep the keg steady.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Anybody use this?
« on: February 02, 2010, 12:00:31 PM »
I tried that one, but I like this one better: http://buildabeer.org/  It doesn't have the reload delay, shows style guidelines as ranges, and has nice links to the BJCP style guideline descriptions.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Manifold vs. Screen/Braid
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:55:42 AM »
I have a CPVC manifold that I use in both of my MLTs, and it works great.  I batch sparge, and also use a pump to vorlauf and move wort to my boil kettle.  I haven't used a braid, so I can't make any direct observations as to whether either works better in my system.  However, I know some brewers who do use braids and, as Denny said, the wort seems to clear a little faster.  I went with the manifold because I already had the CPVC around the house, and because I hadn't come across the braid idea yet.  I'm sure you'd be happy with either a braid or a manifold - it's really a matter of preference and how much tinkering you want to do.

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Equipment and Software / Re: stainless steel tubing
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:43:27 AM »
Go here http://coppertubingsales.com/copper_tubing_prices.php and get3/8" or 1/2" refrigeration tubing.  You can bend it by wrapping it around a corny keg or other appropriately-sized cylinder.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Organics
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:24:01 AM »
store crushing -- bad idea?
Not necessarily.  It might be just that you have to adjust your grain bill to compensate for a different grind at the shop.  Or perhaps you return to your old methods; whatever works best and/or is easiest for you.
Gail
If you'd rather not adjust your recipes or buy more grain, you could try to address the crush issue directly.  I saw about a 10% increase in my brewhouse efficiency when I bought my own mill and started crushing my own grain instead of using pre-crushed grain.  My mill (Barley Crusher) gap is set to at 0.030.  So, the next time you're at the store, ask if their mill is adjustable, and if they'd let you adjust it.  It may be that their mill setting is not as tight as it could be.  See what their setting is and maybe tighten it up by 0.005" or so (or at least down to 0.035").  An inexpensive feeler gauge from the auto parts store and the appropriate screwdriver are all the tools you should need.  When you're done, you can return the mill to its original gap setting so others are not affected by the change.  If the store's mill isn't adjustable, or if they won't let you adjust it, another option is to try running your grain through the mill twice to get a somewhat finer crush.

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Ingredients / Re: Campden Tablets for Chloramine Removal
« on: January 23, 2010, 08:33:41 PM »
I use 1/4 teaspoon per 5 gallons.

I sure hope that the powdered stuff is way way less dense than the tablets.  A 1/4 teaspoon would hold several tablets and the normal dose is only a quarter of a tablet per five gallons.
It is considerably cheaper, but it looks like I'd better re-check my math on the quantity...  :-[

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Ingredients / Re: Campden Tablets for Chloramine Removal
« on: January 22, 2010, 09:11:12 AM »
You might want to consider skipping the tablets and using the powdered Sodium Metabisulfite.  It's a little cheaper, and easier to use for amounts of water that aren't in 5-gallon increments.  I'm not near my bottle but, if recollection serves, I use 1/4 teaspoon per 5 gallons.  I know that's not as accurate as weighing it out on a gram scale, but it's the closest approximation I can achieve without one.

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