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Forum: DIY Projects 02-12-2014, 09:16 PM
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I would put the casters under the 4 x 4s and...

I would put the casters under the 4 x 4s and leave the short end hanging. When you get it in operating position, slide a stabilizing bar under the loose end to support the weight. (You're using...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-29-2011, 07:27 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
first off, i weighed weigh a half gallon of water...

first off, i weighed weigh a half gallon of water at a time, added it in, carefully find each point on the outside wall, mark with sharpie. then put the pot over a wooden "anvil", a log or something,...
Forum: Mead 12-08-2011, 09:23 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
i've cut back on the honey and had good...

i've cut back on the honey and had good results.(with the original joe recipe. i think i used about 15 lbs instead of 17 on a 5 gallon batch) i've also replaced the oranges with red raspberries,...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-20-2011, 06:08 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
yes, but if that is beyond your abilities, you...

yes, but if that is beyond your abilities, you would be better off getting some help with the wiring.
Forum: Mead 04-13-2011, 06:41 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
You haven't said how big your batches are. More...

You haven't said how big your batches are. More than one probably won't hurt.
I do suggest prehydrating in warm water first, though.
Forum: Mead 04-13-2011, 05:36 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
I don't know what you meant. That's why I asked. ...

I don't know what you meant. That's why I asked.
How many yeast packets did you use? Usually one is plenty for up to five gallons.
Hang in there a while yet if you can be patient. That's easier...
Forum: Mead 04-13-2011, 01:53 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
what do you mean, "Fleischman packets"? you're...

what do you mean, "Fleischman packets"? you're supposed to open them and pour the yeast in.
the fruit will never all sink to the bottom. some will always remain at the top. clarity in the middle is...
Forum: Mead 04-09-2011, 01:11 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
it probably won't hurt to try, but i think those...

it probably won't hurt to try, but i think those are more useful for haze and other suspended particulates.
your problem is that baking yeast was not bred for brewing and does not floculate as...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 03-25-2011, 03:34 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
dark lager

We're going to a private beer competition/party tomorrow. Most of the people there are not very beer savvy. The theme is lagers. Personally, I think of most lagers as relatively boring(ducks).
...
Forum: Mead 03-07-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 93,297
Posted By sharpstick
You can choose a yeast for it's flavor...

You can choose a yeast for it's flavor properties, then after it reaches its tolerance level and dies, you can pitch with a higher level one like EC 1118 that has more neutral flavors but can go to a...
Forum: Mead 03-03-2011, 12:12 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
This is the Joe's recipe thread. Have you seen...

This is the Joe's recipe thread. Have you seen the original recipe? You've diverged from the original so far that your post would probably be better elsewhere.
For your first mead, I would strongly...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-28-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4,097
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Posted By sharpstick
It should work fine. 1/8" 2 conductor jack should...

It should work fine. 1/8" 2 conductor jack should work fine, or any 2 conductor jack.
Forum: Mead 02-07-2011, 09:56 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 93,297
Posted By sharpstick
except the yeast

except the yeast
Forum: Mead 02-07-2011, 09:23 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
got a calculator?

got a calculator?
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-01-2010, 12:26 PM
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sharpstick

sharpstick
Forum: Mead 11-22-2010, 09:24 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
i wouldn't add more yeast. it will just take off...

i wouldn't add more yeast. it will just take off and make it stronger and need more aging, basically leaving joe's concept recipe behind. if it's clear, it's probably ready,although i like to wait 5...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-22-2010, 04:17 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
my controller box is on top of the full size...

my controller box is on top of the full size fridge. the sensor wire just goes through the door and is suspended with some bailing wire from the top, about a foot down from the ceiling, inside of a...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-22-2010, 03:48 PM
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i think most modern residential(and commercial...

i think most modern residential(and commercial for that matter) buildings in the USA have 20 amp breakers as standard, but that's no reason to push them to the limit, especially if it is not a...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-22-2010, 11:54 AM
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Posted By sharpstick
great idea! (that would have let me know that my...

great idea! (that would have let me know that my cooling relay had died, although i was on vacation at the time!)
so, i would bring the power cord into the enclosure to a barrier strip, split it to...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-22-2010, 03:40 AM
Replies: 4,097
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Posted By sharpstick
the current is the same all along the circuit,...

the current is the same all along the circuit, from the actual device you are switching up to the main panel. the farther upstream you put the fuse or breaker, the more of the system you are...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-20-2010, 02:07 AM
Replies: 4,097
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Posted By sharpstick
i don't want to sound elitist or anything, but...

i don't want to sound elitist or anything, but putting an inline fuse inside the box on the power in wire should be self explanatory. the theory of a fuse is that it's a thin wire that is calibrated...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-19-2010, 08:21 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
a prudent person would put a 9 amp fuse in the...

a prudent person would put a 9 amp fuse in the box.
(maybe that's how i burned up my first one.)
Forum: DIY Projects 11-19-2010, 01:56 AM
Replies: 4,097
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Posted By sharpstick
depends on how much current you plan on running...

depends on how much current you plan on running through it.
Forum: DIY Projects 11-16-2010, 04:43 PM
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Posted By sharpstick
i cut up[ a heavy duty AC extension cord. (12 ga...

i cut up[ a heavy duty AC extension cord. (12 ga flat cord) and put all the connections inside a cigar box with a barrier strip. works fine.
Forum: DIY Projects 11-06-2010, 03:32 AM
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Posted By sharpstick
i got a nice big shiny wooden cigar box at a...

i got a nice big shiny wooden cigar box at a cigar store for 2 bucks. plenty of room for controller, barrier strip and bigass 12 ga wiring.
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