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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keggometers......
« on: January 06, 2011, 04:07:06 PM »
Come on guys, stop beating around the bush. Someone already built a better mousetrap:

:'( <- Tears of joy.

Equipment and Software / Re: March pump stir plate alternative
« on: January 04, 2011, 09:42:18 PM »
It's called a "stir bar" and I'd suggest eBay, where you can probably find one for less than $5 including shipping. The more usual sources would be retailers like and

You can put together a stir plate for less than $30 though (link). It might be worth it, especially if your pump has the plastic head. Eventually you'll just strip the threads.

Also, if memory serves the magnets in the March pumps surround the impeller. I'm not 100% sure they'd turn a bar that was a few inches removed from the hub.

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: January 04, 2011, 05:42:09 PM »
Interesting. Gonna have to look into that, thanks!

Keith, google "pulse width modulation". Neat scheme all around.

Just out of curiosity, what's your boil volume? Around a barrel, right?

The only reason I ask is that we boil 6 bbl using an electric element, maxing out a 50 A circuit, and it's a huge PITA. Averages about 80 minutes to get from mashout to a rolling boil. (And that's only 193°F!)

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 04, 2011, 08:54:57 AM »
I think a lot of states are starting to incorporate bar codes into licenses, to crack down on forgeries. And bars and liquor stores scanning the license to do an age check makes sense. If they're actually going beyond that and storing information on your drinking habits, though... wow.

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 06:29:07 PM »
Hmm, federal funds pay for many major highways. Since I have to pay taxes and have little to say as to where my particular taxes go, I would consider it more of a right than a privilege.

Your taxes fund universities too, but you still can't get in without good grades.

Equipment and Software / Re: Gear for New Brewer, Kettle Question
« on: January 02, 2011, 09:25:38 PM »
The equipment kit looks good; just be aware that a 5 gal carboy isn't big enough to ferment a 5 gal batch. They'll work for secondaries, but you really only have one primary fermenter. (Plus there's vigorous debate about whether or not a secondary is usually needed, but that's a whole other thread.) Plus it looks like the kit with the Better Bottles is cheaper, and I don't think anyone's ever been killed by one.

Anyway, a 15 gal kettle is a good idea if you're planning on doing 10 gal batches. If you're only planning on 5 gal batches, a 10 gal kettle is plenty big. Either way, I'd get one that's drilled for a ball valve (or find someone to drill it for you). I think it'll make things easier down the road, especially if you decide to upgrade with a pump. The false bottom is only useful if you plan to mash in the kettle, but in that case you really need two of them anyway. Much much cheaper to make a mash tun from a cooler -

eBay is a good source for home brewing equipment, actually. for example.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle APA today, or in 13 days?
« on: January 02, 2011, 08:39:40 PM »
I'm with hokerer on this one. APAs are good young, but carbonation tends to perk up off-flavors IME. Racking at 8 days is a little risky.

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:06:03 PM »
It has nothing to do with freedom it has to do with safety and that is law enforcements job.

If safety is really the goal, there are number of genetic markers that are accurate predictors of alcoholism. Give everyone a DNA test and take away the driver's licenses of anyone at risk.

Privacy is the ultimate slippery slope.

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:57:57 AM »
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Looks pretty clear to me. A mandatory BAC test is an unreasonable search of one's person. You could even argue that they are illegally seizing your breath and/or blood.
(emphasis mine)

I think you're missing the point of having a judge on the scene, which is that he issues a warrant, authorizing the police to search your person and seize evidence. The constitutional question here is not in the definition of "searches and seizures", but of "probably cause".

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much did you brew in 2010?
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:26:17 AM »
I brewed about 630 gallons since Oct. 1st of this year.   ;D Of course I guess I really don't count.

Since Nov 1, it looks like I'm at about 2300 gal. ;)

Home brewing in 2010, looks like 15 full batches and two halves, for about 90 gal total. My biggest year so far.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Flip tops in an airplane.......
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:18:24 AM »
When I moved to CO, I brought lots of already-bottled beer with me, and the elevation gain was almost 9,000 feet. No problems yet, although some of the beers with higher carbonation foam over when opened.

The pressure difference in going from sea level to 6,000 ft is only about 2 psi. For the area of the bottle neck, you could pull on the top with more force.

Edit: Totally unrelated, but when I went home for the holidays this year I traveled with 29 beers in my checked bag. TSA really seemed to enjoy searching it and running every single bottle/can through the scanner... my Xmas gift to them.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do I need a starter?
« on: December 22, 2010, 04:46:49 PM »
I boiled 400 grams of light DME in 4 liters of water ... OG of the starter is 1.032.

For what it's worth, you may want to check your instruments. At least one of those numbers has to be wrong.

Anyway, 24 hours may not be enough time for the starter to ferment out fully. Even 48 hours isn't guaranteed. As big a starter as this is, I would definitely suggest that you crash it until it clears and pour off the majority of the starter "beer". No sense putting almost a gallon of nasty low-gravity unhopped beer into your nice perfect batch of wort.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation turned brass into different color
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:01:17 PM »
CO2 is diffusing into the water condensate on your equipment and forming carbonic acid. Perfectly normal and nothing to worry about - H2CO3 is a very weak acid.

Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: December 21, 2010, 07:37:50 PM »
Can you upgrade to Safari 5.0.3? I don't think anyone with 5.0.3 has reported having problems.

BTW, to downgrade, go into /Library/Receipts and run the installer immediately after the version to which you want to revert.

Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: December 21, 2010, 07:33:59 PM »
I have not, nor have I ever. I would have to do some research as to how to disable those.

Safari > Preferences, click the Extensions tab and move the slider to Off.

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