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Old 01-21-2010, 05:30 PM   #21
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come on guys they are blind not disabled. blind people cook their meals all the time. its not much harder or dangerous to make a batch of beer. im sure there are scales that talk so they can measure their hops. if they can cook they know how to act around fire and boiling water so they don't hurt themselves. the only problem would be measuring the SG but that really isn't a necessary step.

if i lived anywhere near where the class was being held i would volunteer to teach it.
Here is three willing to spend some time doing what we like to do any ways, To have a setup for the blind....their equipment might be better than what I am using.

Houston checking in, "Houston Area Blind Brewers." ready for students.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:24 PM   #22
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come on guys they are blind not disabled. blind people cook their meals all the time. its not much harder or dangerous to make a batch of beer. im sure there are scales that talk so they can measure their hops. if they can cook they know how to act around fire and boiling water so they don't hurt themselves. the only problem would be measuring the SG but that really isn't a necessary step.

if i lived anywhere near where the class was being held i would volunteer to teach it.

I'm sure that a lot of them can read better then YOU.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:11 PM   #23
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I'm always brewing while visually impaired .

(oh come on, it's a brewing forum; there has to be at least one drunk joke!)

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Old 02-05-2010, 08:44 PM   #24
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I object, on the grounds that I resemble that remark.

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Old 02-07-2010, 03:16 PM   #25
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For measuring specific gravity, you could just feel/measure how far the hydrometer sticks out of the jar - one limit solved?

Listen for the end of fermentation - needs a sealed fermenter. I know, "bubbles dont always yadda yadda......"

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I think the best approach would be to sit down with a visually impaired person and go over the brewing process in detail and different options as far as brewing systems. I think they would be the best source to tell you what they feel comfortable and capable of doing. I can imagine what it's like to be visually impaired but they are the only one that truely knows what it's like and what they can and cannot do.

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bump.

so did anything come of this?

c'mon, c'mon. I don't have to keep guessing do I????

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Hydrometers, Smydrometers.... a week in the primary (with blow off) three weeks in secondary, prime and bottle. Most all Ales would be perfect (I did it all the time). Now I keg, so if I break my Hydrometer it will be the last one I ever owned.


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I would suggest a well thought out and planned electric rig as a preferable choice for visually impaired folks to brew on. One that can stay where it is, inside. No gas and pilot lights to fool with.

I am receiving order from www.brewmation.com for my automated brewery next week. Not that I'm suggesting it (cause I don't know how you'd program the computer) but just as an example of a well planned electric rig.

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As a completely blind individual who has spent a little over a year brewing with friends, I think it is possible. However, there are some significant hiccups that deal with expense and duplicating the product. The only type of brewing I am confident in doing with no issues is an extract kit. I have the following equipment recommendations:
2 gallon pot + lid for steeping grains,
7 gallon (hot tamale pot) for brewing,
Weldless spicket (that would be fastened to the tamale pot),
Funnel with stainless steel strainer,
Industrial kitchen spoon,
Thermaworks' talking thermapen thermometer,
I use a 100,000 btu propane patio burner as I prefer full boils, (5 - 5 (1/2) gallons in brew pot)
I use a homemade wort chiller,
I use a grain bag for steeping in order to avoid straining,
I use a hops bag for secondary in order to avoid straining and letting oxygen into the beer,
I have a 1 gallon pitcher marked on the inside for 1 gallon,
Everything else will be included in the brewing kit from your hobby shop,
What I don't do/have not figured out-
I cannot take specific gravity, (for the sake of me brewing this is less of a hindrance as extract kits are fairly reliable when designed right.)
Bottle filling, (great excuse to invite someone over as cleaning 48 bottles, filling, capping, and storing them is quite a process. I cap with no problem though)
I do not know how to do all grain based on what my friends do. My hunch is that I could with a talking hydrometer, but that does not exist from my research. I found a digital hydrometer that could transfer the tests to a computer which is promising but costs $1,000.00.

The first step is brewing a lot, as the experience will provide habits to brewing. This would probably want to be with someone sighted, and one who is prepared for being patient. Blind or sighted, brewing can be very time consuming. I like to brew frequently so that I can always enjoy a home brew while brewing!

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