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Old 04-27-2010, 01:09 AM   #21
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Oh yeah, the reason he knew I was home brewing is because I walked through the common area with a new carboy I had just purchased and he asked me what it's for.

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Old 04-27-2010, 01:16 AM   #22
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WORST INCIDENTS I had was a boil over on a stove and fried the already bad element in my old coil stove (replaced on my own no one was the wiser for $15) and a big blow off from primary ( milk stout) which hit the wall. That cleaned up with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser. no big. I rent a house now... neighbors love when I brew outside in the yard ( put down 4 12" pavers so I don't burn the lawn also use under my mobile stamped steel fire pit which I use about every other week), and never know when I brew indoors.

Just watch boilovers and use a blow off hose and a gallon jug 1/2 full of water with a plant drip pan until fermentation dies down OR put an old sweat shirt over bubbler and don't leave it on his carpet and he'll never know... if he comes by (w/24 hour notice... slide offending vessel into a closet) big drip trays can be found in Home depot or lowes for big plants... brew on and say nothing...

NO BEER FOR HIM!

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Old 04-27-2010, 01:18 AM   #23
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Sounds like to me that he does not understand the home BEER making process. He probably thinks you are making some cheap hooch and probably saw a documentary on the history channel about distilling and the dangers of home distilling.

but as a renter, you basically have no rights. So try to make beer when you know he won't be around.

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Old 04-27-2010, 01:28 AM   #24
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the plant drip trays are cheap and are extra insurance for blow off tanks and really big ones for under buckets... I bottle on a towel just so i don't need to mop after. esp since I mop and clean/sanitize whole kitchen before bottle or brew. bleach solution for floor scrub and starsan stove top and counters! Bleachy clean smell!

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Old 04-27-2010, 01:39 AM   #25
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What I would do is send him a formal letter explaining the process and how it is not a danger to the property in any way. If he is still giving you problems after that, I'd lawyer up and/or contact local media outlets and push the "my landlord won't allow me to boil sugar water" line.

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My landlord told me to stop homebrewing. His reasoning was that "we had a guy do that once and blow up his whole setup." He did not expand on his reasoning. I mean I don't think a bottle bomb can cause *that* much damage to an apartment. I'm going out on a guess here and thinking the guy was distilling something, not brewing. What should I say/do to convince him otherwise?

And don't tell me to move, that is not an option right now.
Give him a copy of Pacific Heights! Oh C'mon we have all seen it, right?
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:47 AM   #27
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So I'm looking at the lease and I found this quote under the section saying this premises are rented for residential only:
"assembling or manufacturing any product upon the Premises"
You are not assembling nor are you manufacturing. As has been said, what you're doing is similar to cooking.
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"Residents also agree not to do or permit anything to be done in the Premises that may be deemed hazardous"
This is what your uninformed landlord will get you for. We've all seen that Cops episode where the police officer quote the urban myth of blowing things up or going blind from homebrewing. We all know it's safe for the most part but there's a lot of misinformation out there and it's probably gonna be difficult convincing your landlord otherwise unless he's open to watching you go through a brew day.

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Is it possible to blow up a keg by over-pressurizing the CO2?
corny kegs are rated up to 130psi.
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Tell him your making soup...There really is no difference.

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As a practical matter, he can find a reason to evict you if he wants to.

If you like living there and don't want to have to move, try the tact of explaining to him exactly what the process involves to try to show him that there's nothing more dangerous than cooking going on.

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Tell him your making soup...There really is no difference.
making soap is more combustible!
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