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  • Wife bought me the intro kit Xmas 2008. Current setup is 10 gallon Gatorade mash tun, Keggle, Bayou Classic SP10 (20 PSI), 2x 7.5 gal pots, 1970's Coleman liquid fuel stove, wireless thermometer, 5x ale pales, 2x glass carboys, 18 ball-lock kegs.rnrnKegerator was a GE 5.0 freezer in white, begging for a better life. Now a sports a double-hinged 2x12 collar w/ styrofoam insulation and textured black paint. Holds 4x ball-locks, a couple 6ers, spare yeast & hops. 3x Perlick 525ss w/ ss shanks & driptray. Got a deal on a #20 tank sitting outside but a #10 would fit neatly indoors.
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  • Posted in thread: You know you're a home brewer when? on 01-29-2013 at 05:51 AM
    The wife is asleep after midnight and you discreetly grab your smartphone to read more about

  • Posted in thread: Advantage of Ball Valve on Brew Pot on 01-29-2013 at 05:20 AM
    5 gallon batches weren't too bad without a valve but 10 gallons became a chore. A Brewer's Edge
    Kettle valve kit has held up well for about 25 batches. It sits about 4" from the bottom of the
    pot plac...

  • Posted in thread: Forgot to sanitize bung on 01-25-2013 at 06:05 AM

  • Posted in thread: Cutting kegs with a torch? on 01-24-2013 at 06:32 PM
    I had good results with a cutting wheel. There were a lot of sparks. Took about 30 mins
    including a rough smoothing of the edges.

  • Posted in thread: Batch Scaling Question on 01-23-2013 at 08:54 PM
    I don't believe there would be much wort produced with mash #1. Isn't mash #2 just a low temp

  • Posted in thread: High ambient temperature - what are my options? on 01-21-2013 at 08:39 PM
    I have great results with dozens of ales at 70-74. Haven't needed a "swamp cooler" and lagers
    aren't worth my trouble. Stouts, pale ales, cider and mead keep me busy.

  • Posted in thread: Old Rasputin Barrel Aged? on 01-05-2013 at 07:54 AM
    I've personally noticed minimal differences in cellaring an already-aged imperial stout. If a
    brewery releases a "green" beer and charges $20 I would pass. Living in an apartment doesn't
    allow me much...

  • Posted in thread: westvleteren XII 12 for sale on 12-23-2012 at 05:00 PM
    I heard eBay is the best place to sell your beer nowadays. USPS also has great shipping rates
    for bottled alcohol.

  • Posted in thread: westvleteren XII 12 for sale on 12-23-2012 at 04:55 PM
    I have a brick (6 bottles 2 glasses) which I am willing to sell 475.00 plus shipping and I will
    ship the glasses separate and insure them for 100.00 so if they break you can have the value of
    these wh...

  • Posted in thread: Is it the "best beer in the world"? on 12-23-2012 at 04:50 PM
    It's an interesting thing to profit off the modesty of the Trappist brewers that stops them
    from making their beer commercially available in the first place. Especially against their
    explicit wishes.....