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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-05-2012, 04:23 PM
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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-05-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By RobbyBeers
Damn, whole lotta wife talk on here. Is the road...

Damn, whole lotta wife talk on here. Is the road to homebrew littered with broken male spirits?

The fact is, I already have an outdoor setup. I just enjoy having the option to do small batches...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-02-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By RobbyBeers
Sink faucet: Who's got a good one?

I'm in the middle of a kitchen renovation, and I'm trying to keep my brewing needs in mind. One thing I'd really like to incorporate is a good kitchen sink faucet. I'd like one that will provide a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-02-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,217
Posted By RobbyBeers
RE: the OT question CO2 is heavier than air, so...

RE: the OT question
CO2 is heavier than air, so it doesn't all rush out when you pop the top on your fermenter. It's likely that there is less of a CO2 cushion by the time you go to the bottling...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-01-2012, 06:43 PM
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Posted By RobbyBeers
Thanks for all the input. I'm sure that...

Thanks for all the input.

I'm sure that different people expend different amounts of energy fussing over their fermenting beer. I tend to be on the low-fuss end myself, but I'm making an effort to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-29-2012, 04:38 PM
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Posted By RobbyBeers
Thanks for the input. I know some...

Thanks for the input.



I know some people keep their thief aside in a wallpaper tray full of starsan. Maybe I could try that.



This gives me some ideas. If I'm using buckets primarily, I...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-29-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 22
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Posted By RobbyBeers
Who's got a good sampling routine?

Who out there has a really good process for sampling?

...because I sure don't. I've tried a lot of the sampling tools out there, but they always seem a bit too fussy and too plasticky. I've also...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-01-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,477
Posted By RobbyBeers
Sounds like you're thinking in the direction of...

Sounds like you're thinking in the direction of an unheated third vessel.

I use a 10-gallon cooler as my third vessel. I run the mash off into the cooler and set it aside (keeps the temp nicely);...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-22-2012, 01:25 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By RobbyBeers
Thanks for the feedback. I've tried a...

Thanks for the feedback.



I've tried a few different gaskets. Most often I'm using the black gaskets that are typically sold to fit the plastic spigots. I'm kind of leaning in the same...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-21-2012, 11:45 PM
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Posted By RobbyBeers
Thanks for coming on to discuss, Mark. I looked...

Thanks for coming on to discuss, Mark. I looked at the DIY options, but I decided to save some effort and buy your product. It's worked really well for me so far.

That being said, I'm keeping a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-20-2012, 03:54 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By RobbyBeers
I get good use out of this: Homebrew Finds:...

I get good use out of this:

Homebrew Finds: Infrared Thermometer - $14.43! (http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2012/01/infrared-thermometer-1443.html)

Also, most any homebrew or kitchen shop will...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-20-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 615
Posted By RobbyBeers
spigots on the primary bucket

Hi all,

I've been using spigots on my primary buckets for a while now. I put these together myself, but the set up looks a lot like the "siphonless fermenter...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-18-2012, 04:56 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By RobbyBeers
Thanks for the heads-up. So what are they...

Thanks for the heads-up.

So what are they going for these days? I've never actually seen the pricing, because they're always out of stock on the site.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-18-2012, 04:53 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 21,511
Posted By RobbyBeers
Really? I just got a Mark 2, and I'm digging it...

Really? I just got a Mark 2, and I'm digging it so far.

What's happening with yours? Is it the white snap-on collar that's falling off?
Forum: General Techniques 01-17-2012, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,092
Posted By RobbyBeers
Something like this? ...

Something like this?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/500/medium/photo_hopsock.JPG (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=46631&title=hop-sock&cat=500)

I put this...
Forum: General Techniques 01-11-2012, 12:48 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,412
Posted By RobbyBeers
lol...now this is what I'm talkin about....

lol...now this is what I'm talkin about. Godspeed. Can't wait to see results.
Forum: General Techniques 01-10-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,412
Posted By RobbyBeers
Right on. "Wild" and "Open" are not the same...

Right on. "Wild" and "Open" are not the same thing.

I brewed an "open" Belgian pale ale per the method shown in the Brewing TV video above. Leaving it totally uncovered made me a bit nervous, but...
Forum: General Techniques 01-03-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,412
Posted By RobbyBeers
I've learned a lot from the "alternative" spirits...

I've learned a lot from the "alternative" spirits on this board, so cheers to that. However, every new brewer tends to think that they are the spearhead of a brewing revolution, so I tend to take...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-03-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By RobbyBeers
True, a dried cap will still cap just fine, but...

True, a dried cap will still cap just fine, but the oxygen barrier will probably be spent. A few caps are only worth a few pennies, so for my money, I try to soak only what I need and toss any...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-03-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By RobbyBeers
A lot of people dip their caps in a small bowl of...

A lot of people dip their caps in a small bowl of vodka just before bottling.

It's true that moisture will activate the seal on oxygen barrier caps, but the effect isn't instant, so it should be...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-28-2011, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By RobbyBeers
The cooler setup is simpler (less gear), so it's...

The cooler setup is simpler (less gear), so it's a good start. That's why I thought I'd still use it even after I set up my RIMS. Didn't turn out to be the case though...I always end up reaching for...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-24-2011, 03:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,565
Posted By RobbyBeers
I had the same problem. I couldn't find a way to...

I had the same problem. I couldn't find a way to clamp it down firm. Eventually, I just used an S-hook and a worm clamp.

Shown below are my whirlpool arm and my hop bag hanging from the hooks. If...
Forum: General Techniques 10-07-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,738
Posted By RobbyBeers
Sanitize your lid, then put it on the kettle when...

Sanitize your lid, then put it on the kettle when the temp gets below 140F (the threshold for DMS formation). After that, I would say there's very little reason to worry, especially if you have a...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-06-2011, 03:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,061
Posted By RobbyBeers
Nice of you all to chime in. Glad to see people...

Nice of you all to chime in. Glad to see people are having success with some low-tech builds.

I want to be able to do two buckets at a time, and I'm tired of carting ice around...I'll probably end...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-29-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,061
Posted By RobbyBeers
Thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear this is...

Thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear this is working for some folks.

I'm assuming you just close the lid on all the cords and still get a good seal (?).

I also plan to drop an Eva-Dry in there...
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