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Forum: General Chit Chat 03-29-2012, 03:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,110
Posted By TonySwank
When I visit my buddy in New Orleans usually our...

When I visit my buddy in New Orleans usually our first stop is Port of Call. Pretty well known but the burgers are fantastic. Really dark/dingy inside, perfect for day drinking.
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Forum: DIY Projects 03-03-2012, 03:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 975
Posted By TonySwank
Quite a few people, including me, went the eBay...

Quite a few people, including me, went the eBay route. Might take a week or two to find the size you want but be patient.
Forum: General Chit Chat 03-01-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 705
Posted By TonySwank
Leaving early and going to the gym near work is...

Leaving early and going to the gym near work is an easy way to avoid traffic at least on the way in. Definitely look into getting some audiobooks. I used to travel 70-80% of the time for work and...
Forum: General Techniques 02-23-2012, 07:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,447
Posted By TonySwank
I would heat my strike to about 185F, dump it in...

I would heat my strike to about 185F, dump it in a close the lid. 15 minutes later it would be around 170F. Add grains and your right around 152F.

When I first started using a cooler I would...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-20-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 834
Views: 478,870
Posted By TonySwank
Single Tier HERMS that I finished last summer. ...

Single Tier HERMS that I finished last summer. Makes life so much easier and after spending that much time/money I make sure it gets plenty of use. There is no way I could have done it without this...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-20-2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3,400
Views: 207,502
Posted By TonySwank
reply for a chicken dinner

reply for a chicken dinner
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-06-2012, 08:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,265
Posted By TonySwank
I don't think anyone has mentioned Kolsches and...

I don't think anyone has mentioned Kolsches and Alts yet. Both of them ferment well in the high 50's to low 60's.

Obviously the more you can control the temperature the better, but plenty of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-20-2011, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By TonySwank
For anything that is dry hopped with more than...

For anything that is dry hopped with more than 1oz I have had good luck attaching a paint strainer to the end of the racking tube that is in the keg. I use a hose clamp to keep the bag on and it...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-20-2011, 03:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,559
Posted By TonySwank
Just wanted to let you guys know that I believe...

Just wanted to let you guys know that I believe that adding raw spices in the secondary caused some off flavors in my pumpkin ale. I've made the beer a couple of times before but never added any...
Forum: Brewing Software 09-13-2011, 05:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,339
Posted By TonySwank
I really like Beer Alchemy as well. Currently use...

I really like Beer Alchemy as well. Currently use the mac, ipad and iphone apps. All work great but not sure if the iphone/ipad apps would be great without the actual computer software. Editing and...
Forum: DIY Projects 08-16-2011, 07:23 AM
Replies: 523
Views: 369,040
Posted By TonySwank
Wow, way to show me up. Haven't been on...

Wow, way to show me up.

Haven't been on this thread in a while but looking to make another tap handle, so many great ideas on here. Hopefully I'll have something worth posting soon.
Forum: General Techniques 07-28-2011, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By TonySwank
Thanks for the responses. My fermentation...

Thanks for the responses.

My fermentation fridge was at 65 F the entire time so I doubt fermentation temperature is the problem.

Since switching to RO water about 10 batches about I've been...
Forum: General Techniques 07-28-2011, 04:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By TonySwank
Harsh metallic/fusel taste

I just tasted a batch while transferring to a keg and it had an awful metallic and fusel taste. Never experienced these flavors before so not quite sure what happened, there were some unique things...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-22-2011, 05:16 AM
Replies: 3,330
Views: 2,102,221
Posted By TonySwank
Finished my single tier electric HERMS a couple...

Finished my single tier electric HERMS a couple of weeks ago. Five batches later and I've barely taken any pictures. Going from turkey fryers and manually lifting hot pots to this has been amazing....
Forum: DIY Projects 07-03-2011, 04:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,329
Posted By TonySwank
This should be a good entry level soldering iron....

This should be a good entry level soldering iron. Can't go wrong with Weller.
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Forum: Electric Brewing 06-24-2011, 04:54 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,199
Posted By TonySwank
Currently working on all of the documentation. ...

Currently working on all of the documentation. I'll get a thread started once it is all put together.

List of everything used. Uploaded it as a jpeg and have a link to the google docs...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-21-2011, 12:00 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,199
Posted By TonySwank
PJ, you were correct. The neutral wires were...

PJ, you were correct. The neutral wires were switched, I should have caught that when checking the wiring or ideally the electrician would have wired it correctly, but all is well now. Just did a...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-20-2011, 06:40 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,199
Posted By TonySwank
Thanks for the responses PJ. I did have some...

Thanks for the responses PJ.

I did have some luck switching the neutral and the ground coming in to the switch. Doing this I was able to get the light to turn on when the switched was activated,...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-17-2011, 08:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,199
Posted By TonySwank
So after a month of research and acquiring parts...

So after a month of research and acquiring parts I just finished my wiring last night. The problem is, once I plugged it in the GFCI breaker (50A spa panel to a 50A dedicated breaker) tripped. When...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-11-2011, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 934
Posted By TonySwank
It might depend on how you have your blow off...

It might depend on how you have your blow off tube set up. I attach mine to the center tube of a three piece airlock in a stopper just like using an airlock. Anything that ends up in the blow off...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-11-2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,735
Posted By TonySwank
At my wedding a couple months ago we averaged...

At my wedding a couple months ago we averaged about five drinks per person over four hours, which was spot on with what most of the venues we met with told us. For every person who drinks ten beers...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-11-2011, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 859
Posted By TonySwank
If you have a plate chiller then either a using a...

If you have a plate chiller then either a using a pre-chiller or pumping ice water through the plate chiller are your simplest options. I use ground water (around 70-80F in the summer) pumped through...
Forum: Texas HomeBrew Forum 06-09-2011, 06:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,248
Posted By TonySwank
Welcome to the Heights, I've been in Houston...

Welcome to the Heights, I've been in Houston three years and in the Heights for the last two. I'm a member of a couple of the groups just because I keep meeting people from the different groups and...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-09-2011, 02:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,890
Posted By TonySwank
If you want something automated then load cells...

If you want something automated then load cells and/or flow meters are the way to go. Both of those are easily accessible and shouldn't be too complicated or expensive ($100-200) for a set up. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-07-2011, 08:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 747
Posted By TonySwank
I don't believe so, but I'm sure it is a matter...

I don't believe so, but I'm sure it is a matter of personal preference and it certainly wouldn't hurt. Most of the microbes will be inhibited by the alcohol, which is why you would want to add the...
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