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Old 08-26-2011, 11:03 PM   #21
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That only proves that you are pleased with ANY hole! There are some holes out there that can cause a touch of the floppy bulkheads. Trust me.
If my wife ever leaves me, please remind me in my rebound state, never to frequent the same bars you do. You evidently run into... boil kettles that are prone to infections.

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:59 PM   #22
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Lol! LGI has a rippin yeast infection right now I heard... I wonder what penicillin would do in a carboy?

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Old 08-27-2011, 12:10 AM   #23
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Yeh, just do it tinkerbell! JK it should be a piece o cake with the good guides posted

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Old 08-27-2011, 12:44 AM   #24
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Does it count as an infection if you dump the batch the next morning?

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Old 08-27-2011, 03:53 PM   #25
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A note- if you are going to do this, and your pot has handles, make sure you are drilling the hole where you really want it. I drilled my drain hole offset about 45 degrees from in between the handles, and then put my temp guage directly in between the handles, so I could put the guage lower in the pot without crowding it.
This is a great piece of advice. Thanks!

I know I am being a 'Negative Nelly' about this and need to just sack up and do it. But the cost of a screw up means months of no beer at all while I can still work with the kettle as is.

The term center punch is unkown to me. What am I looking for in a center punch.

Also, I will take LGI's advice and stay away from big sloppy holes.

I'm bracing for the 'storm of the century' right now in NJ, so I've some time to pick up a bit of knowledge about holes of all sorts at the moment.
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:07 PM   #26
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The term center punch is unkown to me. What am I looking for in a center punch.
It is basically a hardened steel piece with a point at the end, so if you tap it against your pot with a hammer in the spot where you want to drill, it will make a lead-in for the drill, so the drill doesn't walk around on the curve of the pot.
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Also, I will take LGI's advice and stay away from big sloppy holes.

I'm bracing for the 'storm of the century' right now in NJ, so I've some time to pick up a bit of knowledge about holes of all sorts at the moment.
Sounds like its a real free for all over there at the moment
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:57 PM   #27
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The term center punch is unkown to me. What am I looking for in a center punch.
Look for a spring-loaded punch. Instead of hitting the punch with a hammer, you just push on it and the spring/trigger thing inside slams a dimple in your work. Def worth the extra dollars.

BTW, when referring to hurricane preparations, you don't "brace" for it. You hunker down
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:49 PM   #28
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I'm bracing myself with a few brews. My dog is definetley hunkering. According to the Weather Channel (who thoughtfully sets their messages of doom to soothing jazz) there may be no tomorrow for anyone on the east coast. We shall see about that.

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I'm bracing myself with a few brews.
NOOOOO. You mean to tell me you would do this under the influence? Wait, you're worried about f-ing it up, and you aren't gonna be 100% sober doing it?
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It's kinda why I've never skydived....
Skydiving is a flippin rush! I almost quit brewing beer to take up skydiving. There is nothing like doing a high altitude free fall at 140 mph. I just don't have the rime or resources to do it on a year round to remain certified. You don't need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
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