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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain Mills
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:10:02 AM »
Lots of previous threads on grain mills. Just run a quick search.

The wife just bought me a JSP, but its not adjustable. Not sure how I feel about the fixed gap, but it would be a PITA to return...
15 yrs with my fixed gap JSP.  No issues.  80-85% effiency. 

Motorize that puppy ASAP

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 14, 2013, 03:57:23 PM »
BLEACH  Bleach leaves a residue and need to be rinsed.  IMO, the rinsing defeats the purpose.    Spend the $ for Iodiphor or Star San, no-rinse sanitizers.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Reusing bottle caps
« on: December 11, 2013, 07:10:44 PM »
At around $.015/ cap new, you run the risk of not having bottles seal by reusing the old caps.  Let's see.......5 gal batch at around $20.00 ingredients, vs saving $.60 in caps.  Too much of a risk, and if you get O2 caps, even better for your beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary Poll
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:37:34 AM »
I too may go 3-4 weeks in primary, no secondary except for fruit, dry hop in keg.  Less transfer, less chance for problems.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 16000 rpm motor for grain mill
« on: December 10, 2013, 06:23:43 PM »
16000 is way to fast to reduce with sheaves.  I have an 8" x 1.5" reduction on a 1725 rpm saw motor that gives me 320 rpm on the mill.

Find another motor.

The Pub / Fund Raiser for Kathy Stock
« on: December 10, 2013, 06:14:41 PM »
Just saw this posted on Facebook.  Maybe we can get behind this as Curt & Kathy are one of our own.

The Pub / Re: White Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:54:06 AM »
Use in your beer airlocks

Beer Recipes / Re: Black Rye Double IPA
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:34:43 AM »
Last year our club did a barrel project of Blk DIPA Rye.  Used Black prinz malt.  Came out great.

The Pub / Re: A great beer story
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:04:45 AM »
My father was captured in the Battle of the Ardennes Forrest.  Spent 5 months as a POW.  He never spoke much about the battle, except for when he was captured.  He said "I felt a gun barrel poked in my back while someone said ,Actung!, Rouse.  I put my gun down, raised my hands and became a guest to Germany for 5 months.  Lived on a diet of turnips and parsnips.  We were not allowed them in the house while growing up.

The drinking starts at the meeting.  How else do you think they get us to show up?  :)

Actually, ever since Curt Stock termed out of the GC, we've been shockingly tee-totallie during the meeting. Curt used to be the wise-ass who'd crack open a bottle of mead at 10:15 during one of the first breaks. :)

Just remember you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's
« on: November 25, 2013, 12:05:32 PM »
Picked up  some Celebration this weekend.  Muted hop bitterness IMO. I've been making a Celebration Clone since then, and this year's is like the Celebration of the '90's.
Maybe the fresh hops this year have a lower bitterness to them.

+1 to 158 mash

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Hospitality suite 2014
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:07:29 AM »
Watch what shift you are signed up/scheduled to serve.  In Cinn., we did 11 AM Sat.  Went thru 10 kegs.  In Philly, we had 12 kegs, same time frame, went home with most of the beer.  The difference is that the Mitch Steele seminar was going on at the same time as our shift.  By the time it ended, the Hospitality shift changed and we had to get off the taps.  In Cinn. we didn't have that competition and IIRC the shift was a little longer.

BTW Bruce B, thanks pal for the mind music  ;)

Events / Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
« on: November 18, 2013, 09:26:10 AM »
Now that the laws have been changed in GA, Atlanta may be a possibility.  The prior laws made it prohibited.

Who are the current members who have to cycle off?  If any.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: when homebrewers go pro
« on: November 11, 2013, 01:19:40 PM »
We tend to change the club leadership every 2-3 years to keep it fresh.  When the President feels it's his time to step down, he waits at the meeting for the next victim, er.....nominee to get up to use the restroom.  When that person gets back he is welcomed as the new President, and the former pres assumes the title of what number he was such as Vince X, #3, Frank11.  Past presidents sit in the back like the 2 guys in the balcony of the Muppets, drink beer, and comment how it was done in their day.

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