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Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-05-2014, 05:01 AM
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Forum: General Chit Chat 06-21-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,498
Posted By Bigcorona
Finished the automatic chicken door controlled by...

Finished the automatic chicken door controlled by a STC-1000. It took a couple weeks longer than planned due to feature creep. Decided to put in a solar panel and battery for power. This meant I...
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-30-2014, 02:18 AM
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Posted By Bigcorona
"It was like the Keystone Cops last night when I...

"It was like the Keystone Cops last night when I was trying to wrangle the chicks back into the coop."

For the last 4 nights the chicks have all climbed up into the coop on their own. This is very...
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-24-2014, 08:35 PM
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Posted By Bigcorona
It is hard to say how much it cost. Really my...

It is hard to say how much it cost. Really my wife's project. I am sure she made at least 6 trips to Home Depot, Lowe's and McCoy's. A large part of the wood was recovered at no cost. New we...
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-24-2014, 12:16 AM
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Posted By Bigcorona
Update on the coop build. Mostly done. Need...

Update on the coop build.

Mostly done. Need to add some hardware, and paint or stain the coop. Chicks are in. It was like the Keystone Cops last night when I was trying to wrangle the chicks back...
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-15-2014, 02:39 AM
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Posted By Bigcorona
I think I have a new use for a STC-1000...

I think I have a new use for a STC-1000 controller (new to me anyway). I replaced the temp probe with a photo resistor, and it works great on sensing light and dark. I am going to use it with a...
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-11-2014, 10:43 PM
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Posted By Bigcorona
Update on the coop. Mostly finished the nest...

Update on the coop. Mostly finished the nest boxes (4), and the back door that will be used for cleaning.
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-06-2014, 11:48 PM
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Views: 1,498
Posted By Bigcorona
The ones in the picture are. At the moment I...

The ones in the picture are.

At the moment I have the following chicks:
4 Buff Orpingtons
5 New Hampshire
2 Americunas
2 Barred Rocks
1 Production Red

I think the coop will be good for 12.
Forum: General Chit Chat 05-06-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,498
Posted By Bigcorona
I am in the process of building a coop now. Need...

I am in the process of building a coop now. Need to have it completed in about 3 weeks. My first time raising chickens. This will be for eggs.
Forum: General Chit Chat 04-30-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 81
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Posted By Bigcorona
Started at 13, quit 9 months ago at 60. Sucking...

Started at 13, quit 9 months ago at 60. Sucking lozenges. It helps, but I really want a cigarette. I don't particularly feel better. Have gained weight. Not sure how long I can keep it up....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-13-2014, 02:23 PM
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Views: 282
Posted By Bigcorona
If you are going to back sweeten then pasteurize...

If you are going to back sweeten then pasteurize when you hit the desired carbonation, then you can go ahead and bottle now. Read up on how to pasteurize first though.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-25-2014, 03:42 AM
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Posted By Bigcorona
Yes, I have done this. It works well. Picked up a...

Yes, I have done this. It works well. Picked up a couple points of efficiency as well. :mug:
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 03-16-2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By Bigcorona
Seems like the spring should go under the bar,...

Seems like the spring should go under the bar, not on top of it? :confused:
Forum: Cooking & Pairing 03-09-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 38
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Posted By Bigcorona
+1 for the Randar sauce. :rockin: Something...

+1 for the Randar sauce. :rockin:

Something addictive in there?
Forum: DIY Projects 01-26-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,313
Posted By Bigcorona
Ha, lawn ornament, if I lived in Florida instead...

Ha, lawn ornament, if I lived in Florida instead of Texas it would have been a pink flamingo. :D



It was a test piece. I have not etched copper this way before, so I did everything with that...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-26-2014, 12:19 AM
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Views: 2,313
Posted By Bigcorona
Here is the completed hopper on the motorized...

Here is the completed hopper on the motorized mill. It holds 23 lbs as shown in the pictures below. It was a lot of fun to build, and I am very happy with how it turned out. Works great as well....
Forum: DIY Projects 01-23-2014, 04:56 PM
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Posted By Bigcorona
It does OK, but after grinding over 1,000 lbs by...

It does OK, but after grinding over 1,000 lbs by hand I decided to add a motor. Unfortunately, the big cast iron wheel has been replaced with a pully. :(
Forum: DIY Projects 01-22-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 23
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Posted By Bigcorona
Don't worry about that. Everything I know about...

Don't worry about that. Everything I know about it comes from watching Jim Tom build a still on the Moonshiners show on Discovery. :rockin:

Copper, as it turns out, is pretty forgiving.
Forum: DIY Projects 01-20-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,313
Posted By Bigcorona
Here it is, finished. Also some pictures of the...

Here it is, finished. Also some pictures of the mill it is going on. Will be brewing next week and will post some pictures of the hopper on the mill along with my motorization conversion. Really want...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-18-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,313
Posted By Bigcorona
Some progress today. Soldered the cone and added...

Some progress today. Soldered the cone and added 1/4 inch copper tube for trim around the top. Solder skills leave a lot to be desired. The trim really adds a lot of stability to the hopper. Used a...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 01-14-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By Bigcorona
For some types of cheese you do do the initial...

For some types of cheese you do do the initial press under the whey. Not for cheddar.

I use a double boiler set up when I make cheese. For a cheddar, I return the curds to the double boiler during...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 01-13-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By Bigcorona
Give it a try. It could bring new meaning to your...

Give it a try. It could bring new meaning to your name! :cross:
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 01-12-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By Bigcorona
From a post in a cheese forum by bbracken: "I...

From a post in a cheese forum by bbracken:
"I used warm water in a double boiler type system on the press (cheese mold inside a container inside a pot with the warm water in the outside layer, so to...
Forum: Cheese Making Forum 01-12-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By Bigcorona
Or too cold in the press. Curds knit better when...

Or too cold in the press. Curds knit better when warm. However, my guess is the low humidity.

You can take that with a grain of salt, as I have only made 2 cheddars, one of which I have not opened...
Forum: Introductions 01-11-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 38
Posted By Bigcorona
I am in the valley and there is no LHBS here. San...

I am in the valley and there is no LHBS here. San Antonio has Home Brew Party which is pretty good, and you are also close to Austin Homebrew, also good.

If you have spent much time here you have...
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