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Old 12-11-2009, 02:40 AM   #11
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Sounds painful


Wait till I screw valves into my nipples and expect to lactate hot liquids...



 
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:41 AM   #12
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Snot and metal shavings indeed sir.


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Old 12-11-2009, 02:44 AM   #13
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Ha!! Very good read. I agree w/ the comments about learning from experience, but at the same time I couldn't help but think of the following quote:

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
-Socrates
If I could've employed that logic I would've learned from all my father's sagely advice and become twice the man he is...yet I'm proud to be only half. Though I still have to deal with I told you so's.

 
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:50 AM   #14
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If I could've employed that logic I would've learned from all my father's sagely advice and become twice the man he is...yet I'm proud to be only half. Though I still have to deal with I told you so's.
I like it and very true in my case as well.
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:06 AM   #15
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Well, first...why buy a 20 gallon pot when planning on 10 gallon batch's?
I do 10g batches and wish I had a 20g pot. With my evaporation rate and a 90min. boil, my 15g kettle can't even net anything over 10g so I either have to top off or settle for 9.5g batches.

 
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:17 AM   #16
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Beautifully said.

I was the same way; I refused to buy anything off the shelf that I could make with my own hands. Then through all the iterations, trial, and tribulations, I'd have something that worked as well -if not better- at three times the cost.

Not worth it.

I'd come out ahead about half the time which only reinforced my beliefs.

Now I carefully do a cost-benefit analysis when I get a hair up my ass.

Another nice reality check: Bounce your plans off somebody who knows you, but is not balls deep in with you. My wife will point blank tell me I'm being retarded and then explain why. You have to be able to listen though.

 
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:19 PM   #17
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SO!
You see, I'm a tinkerer. A do it yourselfer. A designer, and an engineer.
I think you need to add "excellent writer" to the list. I started out the same way, and now I have lots of equipment I no longer use. Now I use Denny Conn's batch sparge setup (which cost me about $25 to build) and it makes the best beer I've ever made.

Live and learn, I guess. Great read.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:37 PM   #18
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Great read, very funny. I'm curious though, what was your schedule for adding LSD to the boil? Last 2 minutes? :P

I've done the same with other projects - built it myself, learned a lot, spent too much, but in the end wound up with a product comparable from a quality and function perspective to what I would have bought commercially. In planning my future brew op however, I came to the conclusion that my time is more valuable than what I would be putting into it (I say that like I have much time to spare...). I like to tinker, but I got into this hobby to make beer, not brewing equipment.

I had a conversation with the GF last week when she was gently reminding me how much Stone, New Belgium, Sam Adams and other favorite beers I could have sitting in the wine cellar for the price I've sunk into my homebrew setup. She had a hard time believing that I enjoy the brewing itself (albeit the tiny amount I've done) and that's why I've taken this up. Eventually when I move on to kegging, assuming of course that I stick with this hobby (I recently spent 6 months building a sweet, several thousand dollar saltwater aquarium setup with minimal commercial parts only to have it sit in my garage after moving and not finding a good place for it) I'll build one hell of a kick-ass keezer, but that's only because I wouldn't be able to find what I want commercially.

To each their own. There are plenty of extremely talented and knowledgeable people on this forum that have the ability and time to build things themselves and others who will potentially spend more to have the same things arrive at their doorstep premanufactured. In the end, we share the same root passion and should credit each other for our common love of what drove us into this awesome hobby: great beer.



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