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All Things Food / Re: Smokers
« on: September 08, 2010, 08:57:27 AM »
There's a gentleman in Germany who guys by the username "Don Marco" on a lot of BBQ boards...he does European "Eggfests" a lot and I have to say, if you are in Europe, go to an event this guy is cooking for, if you can.  He has a ton of BGEs and his photo posts are well nigh epic, if not dialup friendly.  Search for post author Don Marco.... 
Here's a direct link to the BGE festival pics:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Irish Ale WLP004 Ferm Temps?
« on: September 08, 2010, 08:36:35 AM »
It definitely could have, why not take a gravity reading? 

I don't like to pop the airlock, unless I absolutely have to.
It's still bubbling...Just not as active.
At this point, I feel it's a little too early to take a reading.
But...Thanks, for the suggestion.
I understand why you don't want to, but when it is actively bubbling is the safest time to take out the airlock - the CO2 pressure keeps things like O2 from going in.  If it has slowed down considerably, it might be done - it can keep bubbling for a long time after fermentation has finished.  If you don't want to check today, give it another day and then check.  Or not, waiting a bit longer probably isn't going to hurt it.  I just prefer to figure out what's going on as soon as possible, so I can take corrective action if needed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 12 oz six pack vs. 16 oz four pack
« on: September 07, 2010, 04:57:38 PM »
IMO two beers is generally not too much, but it sounds like a good way to trick me into paying the same price for 64 oz of beer instead of 72 oz. :)

 It wouldn't work in the real world.
  It's a marketing psychology thing.

 Remember the Miller pony in an 8 pack? Sold like crazy. Folks don't consider the quantity (at least non-homebrewers 8) ) ,just the count of the containers.
 4 bottles < 6 bottles regardless or the total ounces.
Well, as they say "median intelligence isn't that smart, and half of the people are dumber than that". :)

The Pub / Re: how to determine amps?
« on: September 07, 2010, 04:41:53 PM »
To measure the current, the DMM needs to be in series with the power circuit. In other words, run the power THROUGH the meter to the CD player. that will give you what you need to know
Thanks - I snipped one of the wires coming from the battery case and clipped on a spade terminal and a female disconnect.  I used the DMM to measure the mA when I turned it on.  With everything running at full volume it peaked over 300 mA but never hit 400 mA.  So the 500 mA one work no problem.  Thanks for the help.

The adapter has a polarity switch on it, so I'm fine.

The Pub / Re: how to determine amps?
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:26:27 PM »
Are the batteries connected in Series, parallel or some combination?  How the batteries are connected will affect how much voltage is being supplied the system.  Most use batteries in series which would be 6*1.25V or 7.5V. 

A 9 volt might work but could cause overheating issues in the player.

C-batteries are 1.5V, so it's 9V.  And 9V is explicitly written on it as the size of the recharger, so there's that.

I'll try the 500mA one, assuming the polarity is right :)  I'm not worried about oversizing it, just don't want anything to melt.

It's a little poratable CD player with a microphone for karaoke.  The sound is terrible, but the kids love it.

The Pub / Re: how to determine amps?
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:53:38 PM »
Yes, it runs on 6 c-batteries but I'm tired of buying them and replacing them every week.  I have a 9V one lying around I could use, but I don't want to use a 500 mA one if it needs 800 mA.  I figure it doesn't draw much, but isn't there some risk if you use an undersized adapter? 

Other Fermentables / Re: Fruit Uses Post Fermentation
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:49:04 PM »
That's how grappa is made, so it's been done.  Of course, distilling is illegal in the US so I wouldn't recommend it.  The fruit could make an interesting pie though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Irish Ale WLP004 Ferm Temps?
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:43:43 PM »
It definitely could have, why not take a gravity reading? 

The Pub / how to determine amps?
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:35:58 PM »
Does anyone know of a way to figure out how many amps a battery operated product draws?

I'm trying to size an ac adapter for my kids cd player - I know it needs a 9V adapter with positive outside, negative inside.  But I don't know the amps I need, and don't want to undersize it.  I've got a DMM and can measure it I guess, if I could figure out where to place the probes.

I know some of you guys are more electrically inclined, so what do I do?

I contacted the manufacturer, they said it is discontinued and they can't provide me any information.

The Pub / Re: Boulder wildfire
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:25:39 PM »
Observant Jeff :)  I missed it too since it's off to the side.  That explains why it looks so much like him. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is it?
« on: September 07, 2010, 11:39:44 AM »
Forget the ingredients and the BJCP guidelines. What do you want it to be?
Considering he wants to enter it in a contest, I think the BJCP guidelines are the appropriate why to decide how to enter it.  If he was just serving it at home then I agree it doesn't matter what he calls it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So. Many. Hops!
« on: September 07, 2010, 09:02:23 AM »
Ok, yeah, freezer burn.  Definitely a possibility with frozen fresh hops, I wouldn't hold onto them for too long.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: September 07, 2010, 09:00:27 AM »
We love corned beef, even boiled, but ever since I started corning them myself SWMBO can't stand the store bought stuff.  I don't use salt peter so it doesn't have that artificial red color that she found kind of creepy, it turns brown/greyish (I think some people call corned beef without salt peter "grey corned beef").  It's not the most appetizing color, but it sure tastes good.

I do a dry rub for it, rather than the brine you see at the store.  I weight it down with bricks and flip it every day for 10 days, wash off the salt/spices, then add more spices without the salt and cook it up.

I usually cut it into pieces to make it more manageable, but I think I want to corn this one whole.  I'm going to need to find some bigger ziplocs :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Good Fermentation Books?
« on: September 07, 2010, 08:45:09 AM »
If you are interested in "wild fermentations" check out Jeff Sparrow's book "Wild Brews: Beers beyond the influence of brewer's yeast".
Ah, forgot about that one - good call.  I haven't spent much time with it, it's in my "to read" pile.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So. Many. Hops!
« on: September 07, 2010, 08:41:28 AM »
I wouldn't freeze undried hops for any extended period. There is moisture still locked in the cones that could cause them to rot, frozen or not.
Do you have a source for frozen things rotting?  What is causing them to rot?  If the water and enzymes are frozen, I don't see how it could be breaking down.

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