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Old 03-12-2006, 03:12 PM   #21
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I enjoyed seeing you guys, as well. Hmmm, I though Tomcat was somewhere else, but it must be my buddy that lived somewhere else since he used to walk there! Certainly not a great track record for that location, but I guess since it's a brewery and not a brewpub it shouldn't, in theory, matter.

I like the brown ale and red ale a lot, but that's about all I drink there. I liked the stout a lot before they bumped up the abv. It does sound like he's considering some new beer for the future that may be interesting. I agree about the IPA, but perhaps it's more of a British IPA?? No idea...just seems like the brewer is more into the traditional styles he brews and less into the American interpretations (although the red is a bit hoppier than an Irish red, so maybe not...).

BTW, hops are divided and vaccuumed! Take up a lot less space now. Walker, let me know when you want yours. I'm out of freezer space and have part of yours in the fridge, but others are just laying out (vaccuumed, of course).

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Old 03-13-2006, 08:14 PM   #22
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BTW, hops are divided and vaccuumed! Take up a lot less space now. Walker, let me know when you want yours. I'm out of freezer space and have part of yours in the fridge, but others are just laying out (vaccuumed, of course).
I can take them at any time. We can either wait for the 'official' next lunch gathering, or we can make a special arrangements to meet up during lunch sometime this week.

Now that you mention it, though... I'm wondering where the heck I'm going to put everything. I don't think I have room in the fridge or freezer for all of those hops, so they might end up just 'sitting out' at my house too!

Crap! I'm going to have to buy ANOTHER fridge to keep ingredients in! I should have thought about that before, I guess.

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Old 03-13-2006, 08:17 PM   #23
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Oh, I think they'll fit now.

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SWMBO went to the grocery yesterday and the damn freezer barely shuts just due to the food and a couple small bags of grain that are in there! I wish I had independent control over the freezer section of my brew-fridge. That is currently just wasted space with a totally random temperature.

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Well, I would assume the anything from 'cool' down would be better than room temperature, though I don't know for sure if freezing is a necessary condition to slow down hop aging. I threw out about 2qts of SWMBO's ice cream and ate a frozen pizza (cooked it first) to make room for mine, and suffered the consequences (both), but my hops are happy and one day it may actually be worth the pain and suffering I endured.

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Old 03-13-2006, 08:35 PM   #26
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Some hops actually develop a better aroma if they are aged (improperly stored) for some time.

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I think I can justify a small dorm-fridge for storing stuff in. I've won enough playing poker recently to pay for it, so SWMBO can't argue with me about it really. I don't even know if she knows I have poker winnings stashed in a drawer in my home office, but I'd probably have to explain if I walked in the door with a little fridge.

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hmmmm....

I'm wondering if I can build an insulating chamber at the top of the fridge cabinet (so that it totally houses the inlet for the compressor's cold air the fridge's built-in thermostat). If this can be done effectively and cheaply, I can remove the external thermostat on the fridge and just let the compressor do it's thing to keep the added compartment at normal fridge temps.

Then I could use my heavy-duty thermstat to control a PC chassis fan that could blow cold air from this insulated compartment into the main chamber if the fermenters needed a cool-off.

The insulated box could be used for grain/hops storage then (and the freezer would probably stay cool, too, so I might be able to store stuff up there.)

hmmm...

I'm hesitant to do this because my brew-fridge doesn't belong to me (it came with the rental of the house) and in a few months I'm moving. I'd have spent a lot of time and effort into making a three-thermostat controlled fridge that wouldn't be traveling with me.

I should probably call my landlady and see if she'd be willing to sell the thing to me for a $100.

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Pretty sure I saw a rig like that (insulated box on top of a fridge) in BYO recently. Had a hole in the fridge and a fan to circulate the cold air.

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