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The Pub / Re: Geothermal Heating and Cooling
« on: February 12, 2011, 08:24:04 PM »
The electricty provided to my house is generated by geothermal.  One of the control center operators is a homebrewer.

Puna Geothermal Venture

The Pub / Re: Heat Wave?
« on: February 12, 2011, 08:17:23 PM »
We have upper 40's with winds foredcast to exceed 65 mph.....hang on to your chains.
Wind generators sure look funny when they are trying to plow dirt...

Operator error!
The blades should been have feathered with the forecast of high winds.

The Pub / Re: 30th Anniversary...
« on: February 12, 2011, 07:47:21 PM »
"Are you ready for me... Ralph?"

OH the humanity!

The Pub / Re: Heat Wave?
« on: February 12, 2011, 07:33:02 PM »
-10 and snowing here in Ontario. 2 feet on the level right now. Had to cancel our baseball tournament for today (seriously). Not enough teams for a good tournament.

I hear you guys play baseball on skates up there.

The Pub / Re: Heat Wave?
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:50:36 AM »
Are you casting out a line to stir up a global warming debate?   ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Homebrew
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:47:37 AM »


Which if everyone can keep a sense of humor and perspective would be an outstanding name for that beer.

If it's a dopplebock it could be called Kumbayator.   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:45:36 AM »
Sometimes you have to dress for the occasion.

Otherwise you should have red Converse Chuck Taylors and a blue cooler.   ;)

If you have a witbier in your glass you would be very patriotic!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 regulator issue
« on: February 12, 2011, 02:50:37 AM »
In the early 70s I was the guy in the Goofy costume at Disney World.  This was my favorite joke:

Mickey and Minnie are in divorce court.  Mickey is giving testimony on the stand.  The judge asks, "Mickey, the reason you are filing for divorce from Minnie is that you claim she is insane?"

"No Your Honor, I want a divorce because Minnie is f***ing Goofy!"

All I can say about that is - the woman in the Minnie costume back then was WAY hot!   ;)

Oh yeah - we used CO2 to cool our costumes down when we were out on set on those hot Central Florida summer days... (so as not to stray too far off topic)

Equipment and Software / Re: My arm got tired......
« on: February 12, 2011, 12:04:38 AM »
Switch arms!  Duh!  ;)

Git sum strange!

You know, based on the Taylor website it looks like they no longer make the 3518.  And the ones they currently have available don't have the same range as the 3518 did.

Oh well.  Same as you glastctbrew, the only place I see them available is the ebay auction punatic linked to, and I'm not comfortable with a "no returns" policy.

I might try a 3518N, but I'm less excited about it than I was.

I wouldn't buy the 3518N.  It's not the same instrument. 

No return-wise, lionbiz is a good eBay seller.  Don't let all of his biker s*** scare you off.  I think it's just a phase...

I'm tempted to buy a couple more if they have been discontinued.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Homebrew
« on: February 11, 2011, 11:44:35 PM »
This whole thing is really cool, and if an AHA rally at the White House were possible, in this or ANY presidential administration, I would hope that we'd be grownup enough to set aside differences and flock to an AHA rally at the White House regardless of our political affiliation. That's a big part of the joy of homebrew: it brings us together under the common banner of our love of homemade beer.

As I wrote on Twitter a few months back when a "homebrew buddy" and I were disagreeing on a political point, "We may not agree about everything, but we can agree that malted barley wants to become beer."

I hear ya.  My best "homebrew buddy" is on the opposite side of the isle as myself.  And we get into from time to time, but beer is always beer. 


I think there are two versions with the same model number. I found the following links

3518 TruTemp

That's the one.  That's a good price too.  I looked at my receipt for the three back in 08.  $18.95 each.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Homebrew
« on: February 11, 2011, 06:28:59 AM »
Can we wait a couple of years?

I have had no problems with water or any other harsh environments damaging the probes or the cables on my thermometers. - submerged in boiling water, submerged in mashing grains, frozen into a block of ice, used to monitor the temp in a 350 degree oven...

I use that exact model, bought in July of 2008.  It was recommended to me by a fellow member of a forum for that other hobby.  Several of us on that forum use that model of thermometer and are very happy with them.  The forum member who recommended it lives in Canada and left his thermometer out in his unheated shed all winter where it was exposed to subzero (F) temps for several months with no ill effects.

Price-wise they are 1/3 the cost of a Thermapen and seem to be of comparible value.  I have no experience with the models you linked to above Tom, but I am guessing that they are probably not as robust as the Taylor model I am recommending.

Here is the thermometer that I use.  

I use them for brewing, and absolutely depend on them for another hobby where monitoring temperatures is very inportant.  I have three of them and have been using them for over two years now. Their performance is flawless.  Haven't even had to change batteries.

Accurate and precise, with a 0.1° F resolution.  I've checked them side by side with lab grade mercury thermometers and they are dead nuts.

Can be switched to centigade readout.  Has high and low memory and a programable temperature alarm.

An excellent value.  

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