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    DIY - Self Contained Efficient Immersion Cooler

    I do something similar to this. I use 15 gallons of water, all of which gets captured and reused, plus a 5lb bag of ice and 2 frozen 2l bottles, to cool my average 5 gal brew batch, using a similar cheap submersible fountain pump. I fill three 5 gallon buckets with "cold" water from the tap (74...
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    How Important is Water to your Brewing?

    @TooDogly Chlorine comes out easily... a couple of days on it's own, faster if you bubble it out. Chlorine is simple. NOT simple is Chloramine, which most municiple water suppliers have switched to. Check you local service: It's likely they're using Chloramine, either instead of, or in...
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    New post a picture of your pint

    Yup! :mug:
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    New post a picture of your pint

    Holy moly that looks good! Hmm. I have a dual tap kegerator. And it's very rare that I don't have a stout on tap. I may just have to look into converting one of the taps to a stout tap...
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    Re-using commercial bottles

    Yup. After your bottles go into Oxy or PBW, they definitely need a good rinse and then they get sanitized. Then they're stored upside to dry out, and sanitized again just before bottling. On bottles with no labels (already used for home brew), there's no need for PBW unless there's some gunk...
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    New WiFi Router - Giant improvement (eg., range)

    Powerline network extenders? There's nothing wrong with those, as long as the electrical lines in your house are compatible. They're not as fast as a true, direct hard line, but that's not always feasible. They do add some overhead, but they're still faster than wireless so you're not likely...
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    Switching a carboy....screw the bucket!

    Yeah, that really sucked. I'm always really careful, but this time, after carrying a VERY full carboy a considerable distance to my car in the parking lot, I went to set it down next to my car and, 6" away from the asphalt, my supporting hand slipped. It was quite the explosion when it hit...
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    Re-using commercial bottles

    Hot water and PBW or Oxyclean Free, and a good hour long soak, and MANY labels will slide off nicely. Some bottlers use lovely labels with lovely adhesive that slides right off with only hot water! (the heat loosens the glue) Others, though, not as nice. I find soaking those stubborn ones for...
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    Brewing with friends

    Make some! :tank: :mug: (Or move somewhere where there are more HBT folks!)
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    Switching a carboy....screw the bucket!

    I've used glass carboys to date, but after dropping 6 gals of English Brown wort 6" in the parking lot when my hand slipped after a group brew, and then wearing the wort home (after spending 45 minutes picking up broken glass and counting myself lucky I wasn't hurt), I bought a bucket. The...
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    Switching a carboy....screw the bucket!

    Personally, I'd get food grade plastic else you can't trust it will sanitize well enough. A good funnel with a strainer insert doesn't cost much from your local brew shop. And frankly, unless you're really slamming the wort into the funnel, I doubt it's all that necessary to hold it, as long...
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    Brewing with friends

    This is true, but a second pair of hands is quite helpful at those times. It's not that you CAN'T do it alone, but it's a lot easier with help. Someone can fill a bucket with hot water and add 1/2 oz of StarSan. That's not rocket science, there's no special "standard" to which it must be...
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    Ball lock vs. pin lock

    I have had both. I started with a pin lock, but soon converted it to ball lock (the locks, at least... The lid still has no pressure relief) and have since bought more, careful to standardize on ball lock. 1) The relief valve. Super handy. Annoying when you need to vent a pin lock keg and it's...
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    Brewing with friends

    I have a small group of friends that all brew together. There are a couple of us with actual experience (of varying levels, but still... And yes, we do most of the actual work), a few who want to learn, and ask good questions, and are there to lend a hand whenever asked, be it stirring or...
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