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Old 06-24-2005, 08:20 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info! I just started getting BYO four issues ago. If you could just email me the schedule, that would be fantastic! Thanks! I may get those two issues from their backorder dept.

I'm already spending money like a druken saileor on leave! I just ordered hops from Freshops and I'm going to stop by a place after work and see if they have any propane burners or turkey fry set-ups!
no computer at home, so i'll bring it to work and post it monday.
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Old 06-26-2005, 07:30 AM   #12
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Default Here’s an update.

I bought the 40 qt. brewpot today. Major score! I paid the $43.49 sale price, which was a great deal from the start. I sprung for a cover, which set me back an additional $7.00. It was supposed to have been a pot with a 4mm thick wall. But they sold me the “-H” unit - a 8mm thick pot - for the same price!

I had to clean it pretty thoroughly with warm water and mild soap to get the aluminum dust off the surface. But it was worth the effort. It’s a beautiful piece of kitchen hardware.

Just for yuks, I placed six gallons of plain ol’ water in it and covered it to see how long it would take to come to a boil on my kitchen gas stove. It's been well over an hour now and it has yet to boil. That’s just too long. So, yes, I’m gonna have to buy a propane burner. I found this 75,000 BTU bad boy at REI and there is a store near me, so I’ll probably be getting one.

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Old 06-26-2005, 02:46 PM   #13
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REI in Geneva/Batavia on Randall Rd?

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Old 06-26-2005, 04:23 PM   #14
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REI in Geneva/Batavia on Randall Rd?
I didn't know there was one there. No, the one in Oakbrook/Lombard is a little closer to me.
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Rhoobarb, my mistake, I am thinking of Gander Mountain on Randall Road.

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Default Progress So Far...

Well, it looks like I’ll be waiting another week before I brew my first AG. Here’s my progress to this point:

I have bought my new brewpot and the cooler over the weekend, and I have The BarleyCrusher on order. I had a propane burner picked out at REI, but while I was at a Farm & Fleet out in the sticks, I found a deal on a turkey fryer set-up with a “170,000 BTU propane burner”. Big mistake! I got it home and it was missing the actual burner and hose connections

So, this weekend, my plans will include a trip back to Farm & Fleet to exchange it or get my money back and to the LHBS to buy a 50 lb. bag of base grain. Also, I still have to get some CPVC to make the manifold for the cooler. I’m chomping at the bit to brew AG, ASAP!

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you should call you first AG = "Tribulation Ale".............

good luck bru-brother. may the patience be with you........

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you should call you first AG = "Tribulation Ale".............

good luck bru-brother. may the patience be with you........
I just might, DeRoux! Thanks for the encouragement.

Well, two things went right today - for a change. I went to Home Depot at lunchtime and found the CPVC I needed (after going to Menards yesterday and not finding any). And my shipment of hops from Freshops came today!

It's a 3-day weekend, so if I'm really ambitious, I might be able to make a Tribulation Ale this weekend afterall!
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did you get whole hops or pellet hops from them? i'm leary of ordering yeast and hops this time of year. maybe i'm just paranoid? i'd rather pick 'em up myself and haul 'em home in a nice chilled cooler.........but, my HBS doesn't carry some of the newer hops (like the ones for the 90 Minute IPA clone), so I may have to mail order the hops.

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I checked out The Barleycrusher website. Pretty cool, but $109, yikes. I am hoping the grain mill I get on ebay for $20 will do the job, simple hopper and adjustable plate grinder (similar to the one I use at HBS). Let us know how that Barleycrusher works for you, maybe I'll upgrade.

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