Very cool! Thanks for sharing that.
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It generally seems to be that no matter the club size, 20% of the membership do the lions share of the work to keep the club going. Acknowledge the folks who do, do what you can, and plan events that reward those who participate.Those percentages sound about correct - if not high, for brewing and non-brewing activities I'm involved in.
We have around 40 members. 20 show for meetings and about 4-5 people volunteer to do stuff when asked.
My chest freezer is now 9 years old, it runs in my garage which routinely hit 110F in the summer and low 20's in the winter. I didn't insulate the collar, and I even sheathed it in oak plywood, something I since learned is very bad. I keep my temp probe in a sealed, dry, empty water bottle.Why is that bad?
Very nice. One thing that I noticed is the the pump should be oriented horizontal with the outlet pointing up.Walter says vertical with the head on top is fine.
I do a no sparge, no boil, no hops to make my Egyptian historical brew. Just mashing baked grain breads with dates and chamomile. I sulfite it to kill the bugs, then pitch my starter. Over time it turns beautifully clear, and is a light bodied summer brew with notes of the chamomile and dates. Oh, and it keeps winning golds in 23AFascinating - can you post a recipe?
So yes, it can definitely be done.
Most metal stretching companies use a white/opaque liquid lubricant when forming their pots. this can become mixed with metal flakes. it was probably what you where wiping out of your kettle when you cleaned it for the first time. As long as you cleaned your pot well with some sort of basic degreasing agent ala soap, you should be fine. I would recommend getting a small jug of PBW to use on any new stainless items:DThat was my thought. Many metal products have a film after manufacturing. It is probably washed off of consumer products when the customer might examine it before purchase, but possibly not for an online purchase.