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Old 05-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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I had the privilege this weekend to join my club in a brew day in the parking lot. The weather was amazing...the food was great...my recipe turned out amazingly!

Now the dilemmas: lugging all the equipment was a pain in the a$$...my propane ran out...my first boil over occurred...my regulator to valve connection caught on fire...final volume was only 4 1/2 gallons...I got a sunburn too. Next year I'll just visit after making beer in my garage.

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Old 05-07-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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It is a bit of a PITA to haul the equipment, but to me it is so much more fun brewing with 30 people than simply watching like the other 100.

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Old 05-07-2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:30 PM   #4
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Hey at least I noticed the fire ball on your gas line before there was an unfortunate incident

It is a pain to bring out the equipment however it is fun to hang out and brew with everyone. If you don't want to bring out the entire rig to the next brew day I have an extra burner for I can bring for you to use. I believe there are a couple at the store that can be used too.

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Old 05-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #5
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I've been doing it for years. I love it. To me it's no big deal to haul everything out. My gear is pretty portable.

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my setup isn't portable, however, i did use an old camping table with my propane burners.
my car was absolutely packed! but it was worth it IMO, i've brewed with a friend here and there, but the experence of brewing with around 100 other people brewing around me was an absolutely great time, i'd do it again in a heart beat!

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When I'm attending a club brew day, I bring my handsome face and some beer to share. I'll let other people do the work. Trying to brew my own beer in someone else's space is just too much...

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Old 05-07-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
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Hey at least I noticed the fire ball on your gas line before there was an unfortunate incident

It is a pain to bring out the equipment however it is fun to hang out and brew with everyone. If you don't want to bring out the entire rig to the next brew day I have an extra burner for I can bring for you to use. I believe there are a couple at the store that can be used too.
Thank you again Dave. Better than a fire ball is right. It was fun and you guys had my back. If I had a pickup or van it would've been easier I guess.
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It was a new challenge to try and remember everything that you need. I did pretty well, and my brew went more or less as planned.

I enjoyed brewing with a group, it was a nice change. Not quite as relaxing as brewing on the deck, but it was a different type of fun.

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we had the opposite (of a fireball) happen.. I think we got an overfilled propane tank because the regulator connection froze and liquid propane started leaking out

It was at my house, so no issues with lugging equipment - but watching people pull up with car loads of stuff made me glad I wasn't going mobile. I think I may brew extract if we do it at someone else's house.

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