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Forum: DIY Projects 03-04-2014, 07:17 AM
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Posted By DeafSmith
See post #6 above.

See post #6 above.
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-13-2014, 07:48 AM
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Posted By DeafSmith
I'm in!

I'm in!
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-16-2013, 06:34 PM
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Posted By DeafSmith
Just wondering how many of these "spontaneous"...

Just wondering how many of these "spontaneous" breakages might be due to cleaning with caustic chemicals, as explained in post #2 of this thread.
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-05-2013, 06:12 AM
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Posted By DeafSmith
Count me in.

Count me in.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2013, 07:50 AM
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Posted By DeafSmith
No problem with that, but I do get a bit of a...

No problem with that, but I do get a bit of a white film sometimes, so after cleaning with OxiClean and rinsing with tap water, I rinse with some white vinegar (acid) and water, then after rinsing...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2013, 06:40 AM
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Posted By DeafSmith
It's not critical - I just toss in maybe a...

It's not critical - I just toss in maybe a quarter scoop with a gallon or so of water to clean my brew pot- just use as much as you need to get it clean.. Cleaning a carboy or Better Bottle, it's...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2013, 04:33 AM
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Posted By DeafSmith
I always clean my brew pot with OxiClean to break...

I always clean my brew pot with OxiClean to break down the organic material. After this I have beerstone or other mineral deposits which the BKF cleans right up.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 06:51 AM
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Posted By DeafSmith
I've never used anything but the powder. Use...

I've never used anything but the powder. Use full strength with a sponge and some water. It's acidic, so it dissolves mineral deposits and is slightly abrasive. Also re-passivates the stainless...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 06:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,256
Posted By DeafSmith
Barkeepers Friend should work.

Barkeepers Friend should work.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-25-2013, 06:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,254
Posted By DeafSmith
I have a right angle fitting on my FB which goes...

I have a right angle fitting on my FB which goes through the hole in the middle - it's 3/8 barb on the top side and 1/2 MIP on the bottom. I removed the nut on the bottom side and replaced it with a...
Forum: Brew Science 01-21-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By DeafSmith
@Wynne-R For a more up to date report for...

@Wynne-R
For a more up to date report for Richardson (monthly), check the Wylie report here:
http://www.ntmwd.com/water_quality.html

@IslandBoy85 - this may not be much help to you as Addison...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-16-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,021
Posted By DeafSmith
Actually, all the tubing I used these on is vinyl...

Actually, all the tubing I used these on is vinyl beer line and gas line - I haven't tried this on silicone tubing.
Forum: DIY Projects 01-16-2013, 04:44 PM
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Posted By DeafSmith
Of course there is always an element of risk...

Of course there is always an element of risk anytime you do something in a non-standard or non-approved manner, and I should point out that the lines I used this method on are not under constant...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-16-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By DeafSmith
I have used some of the PEX clamps on lines that...

I have used some of the PEX clamps on lines that are too small for the clamp by wrapping the line with several (about 8, if I recall correctly) layers of heavy duty (pink) teflon tape to increase its...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-16-2013, 05:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,021
Posted By DeafSmith
The clamps for PEX (at least the ones I've found...

The clamps for PEX (at least the ones I've found at Lowe's) are not the size marked on the bag - I think the marked size must refer to the diameter (ID?) of the PEX line. Here's the dimensions of...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-09-2013, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 513
Posted By DeafSmith
I'm not sure exactly what you are doing, but...

I'm not sure exactly what you are doing, but maybe one of these links will help:

http://www.sherline.com/powrcord.htm

http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_5/chpt_2/2.html
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-27-2012, 05:15 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 40,148
Posted By DeafSmith
As I recall, in some of those cases, the carboy...

As I recall, in some of those cases, the carboy was said to have broken without obvious cause - not dropped or bumped. I wonder if the reason might be, at least in part, weakened glass due to...
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-24-2012, 11:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,519
Posted By DeafSmith
After years of kicking around the idea of...

After years of kicking around the idea of switching to Linux, just the reports I've read about Windows 8 have finally pushed me to make the move. I've been looking at Linux Mint (Cinnamon edition)...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-23-2012, 11:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By DeafSmith
¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo! Here's...

¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

Here's one of my posts from a couple of years ago, which you may find amusing:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f19/night-before-christmas-texas-version-212177/
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-19-2012, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By DeafSmith
If you are bottling and use a bottling bucket,...

If you are bottling and use a bottling bucket, here's one possibility for the source of the infections:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/spigot-infection-121734/
Forum: DIY Projects 12-17-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,056
Posted By DeafSmith
That does sound like a fun project. For someone...

That does sound like a fun project. For someone wanting to stay with a completely manual unit, it might be good to combine your spring mechanism with my trapdoor. Mount the filler fixed to the...
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-14-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,207
Posted By DeafSmith
Lots of good advice above. I would recommend a...

Lots of good advice above. I would recommend a revolver as a first handgun due to reliability and ease of use. I have had to do a little gunsmith work on too many of my semi-autos to make them...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-14-2012, 01:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,056
Posted By DeafSmith
Do you think if you beveled the bottom edges of...

Do you think if you beveled the bottom edges of the "fork" that you could just slide the bottle/filler into the fork and let the bevel compress the spring? Might make operation just a little bit...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-13-2012, 10:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,056
Posted By DeafSmith
I love the simplicity of this. When you put an...

I love the simplicity of this. When you put an empty bottle on, how do you compress the spring enough to slide the filler into the slot?

I built a much more complicated filler, with the main...
Forum: Electric Brewing 12-12-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By DeafSmith
According to my calculations, the best you can do...

According to my calculations, the best you can do with 1500 watts - assuming that you have no heat loss to the outside is:

minutes to raise G gallons by T degrees F. = 0.0977 * G * T.

So, for...
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