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    Washington Seattle - (Nearly) full AG setup for sale.

    Selling my 5-gal all grain system, sans kettle, which I'm keeping. Priced to move at $250, but mention HBT and I'll knock off another $25.
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    Seattle 1/6 BBL Sanke Kegs

    Unloading some 1/6 BBL Sanke kegs at a steep discount! Need some cleaning and one new retaining ring, but that's it. I'm in metro Seattle. Take a peek:
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    Sports Bar Table Dispenser

    Thanks for all the information! Seems that searching for "beer tube" rather than "beer column" is the key that I was missing... I don't ordinarily rely on others to do my Googling for me, so I'm much obliged. Looks like there are plenty of choices. Seems that I'm a bit late to the party on...
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    Sports Bar Table Dispenser

    I was at a local sports bar here in Seattle this weekend when I saw this neat setup for having "draft" beer at your table: Apologies for the blurry cell phone pic. It's basically a plastic pedestal on which is mounted a large clear tube that you can fill with brew. There's a tap on the...
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    1/6 BBL Sankey Kegs, Seattle, WA

    Fair enough; I PM'd you my email address. Let me know if you're ever over here. My in-laws are up in Okanogan, if you ever go that way--we might be able to work something out.
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    1/6 BBL Sankey Kegs, Seattle, WA

    Hi all, Two 1/6 BBL Sankey kegs available for $100 TOTAL. I bought these last year to supply brew for a friend's wedding, and I absolutely can't stand working with them. Retaining rings not included, but replacements are <$10 and I'm happy to help you source them. Just want them gone, so...
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    Temperature indicator

    Sounds like you're looking for something with a bit more sophistication than this, but I use a thermometer from It's digital readout and it screws into a 1/2" NPT fitting on my kettle. They're listing it for $38 now. Attach it, look at it, and get the temp. Cheap enough that you...
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    Fermenting in unheated garage

    I have this same problem, albeit in Seattle, where our winters aren't nearly as cold as the Midwest. Nonetheless, they get too cold to leave fermentations unheated. I *do* use a small, cheap space heater inside of a chest freezer, and I control it with a combination of its built-in, very...
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    Therminator Mounting Advice

    So I got my therminator and took it for a trial run on a batch last week. It's almost freakishly effective. What previously took twenty minutes now takes less than two. I actually chilled my wort to below 55 degrees and had to put a heater in the with the fermenter for a bit to get things going...
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    8.9 cu ft freezer at Lowes

    If I remember correctly from my very first chest freezer odyssey, they're pretty much all made by the same company and then American firms brand them, which is why every brand of chest freezer has the same sizes available. I THINK, but am not sure, that they come from overseas, so if your goal...
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    Backflushing your Therminator: why bother?

    AHHHHH it's so simple!!! Greatness, that sorts that out. Thanks for the tip on the agitation, that's a very clever idea.
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    Backflushing your Therminator: why bother?

    So maybe this is a naive question, but I was thinking about my new therminator the other night and the fact that I need to build a backflush hose for cleaning when I thought, "Why do I need to clean out the coolant side? Beer doesn't touch it, and it's just water anyway." So why do I? Plenty...
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    Upgrading, is it worth it?

    I have this pot and I'll never go back: Heavy Duty Brew Kettle - With Ball Valve (32 Quart/8 Gallon) | MoreBeer A bit pricey, but worth it. The sturdy bottom can stand up to the heat of the burner. In my experience, the best thing you can do for the quality of your beer is to control your...
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    Therminator/QD: Dielectric concerns

    OK, awesome. Thanks guys. Overthinking things as usual, it looks like.
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    Therminator/QD: Dielectric concerns

    So I've been doing some revamping on the post-boil side of my rig, adding a therminator, pump, etc. I've been looking at putting quick-disconnects on the therminator, and the only QD's I can find for garden hoses are, naturally, made of brass. I'm concerned about attaching brass fittings to the...