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  1. the_bird

    Massachusetts Kegerator - Western MA

    Folks! Been a long time since I've been around... and I'm downsizing. SOMEBODY must be in the market for a nice kegerator - I'm selling mine. Thought I would offer it to the group before posting to Craigslist. It'll hold and serve four ball-lock kegs. I build a shelf so that you have room for...
  2. the_bird

    How are people hopping their rye pale ales?

    Thinking about a rye pale ale. Not looking to do an IPA and bury the rye under tons of hops, thinking of a recipe that's dry and crisp and shows off the rye but still has a balance bitterness and some complementary hops on the finish. I've yet to brew with rye; I'm thinking probably 25% - 30%...
  3. the_bird

    What's the *highest* price you've seen quoted for a CO2 swap?

    I called over to the homebrew shop to see how much a CO2 tank exchange would cost, since I'm going over there this weekend anyway and the local Airgas place is a PITA to get before they close... 10# tank. All in date. Just a swap. FIFTY ****ING DOLLARS! American dollars! Fifty of...
  4. the_bird

    advice on refinishing a basement floor...

    Ok, we're replaced out old oil furnace with a nice, new, efficient natural gas burner and hot water heater. A side benefit of this job is that the natural gas furnace vents directly through the exterior wall, not through the chimney in the middle of the house. So, in a couple of days the...
  5. the_bird

    Any Harpoon beers worth a damn?

    Long and short of it, a buddy of mine at work is doing a client-appreciation event next month, he's doing a beer tasting and appetizers at a local restaurant for probably twenty of his clients. Without really CONSULTING with me, he committed to doing all Harpoon beers for the tasting. Too late...
  6. the_bird

    Brattleboro Brewers Fest; May 21st

    Anyone else headed to the Brattleboro Brewers Festival, on May 21st? Just bought tickets for the_Wife and I. Couldn't make it last year, but really looking forward to this. REALLY looking forward to McNeill's "Amarillo Brillo," which has a very strong HBT connection.... Be really cool...
  7. the_bird

    So, who's done a sour mash?

    So, I've been wanting to brew a little Berliner Weisse for a while. Small, light, crisp, tart, summer beer. Even bought a lacto culture a couple years back, but never got around to. A little intro into sour beer-making for me. I kind of don't like the idea of the lacto running wild in a...
  8. the_bird

    CDA/Black-IPA brewers; how much (and which) Carafe Special are you using?

    Planning to do a black-IPA/CDA this weekend, so I'm putting the recipe together. Going to keep the grain bill pretty simple, thinking some base domestic 2-row, a little medium crystal, and some Carafe Special. Question is simple; since my LHBS now :rockin: and offers me all kinds of...
  9. the_bird

    Balls! (oil burner is shot)

    Balls. Balls. Balls. :mad: Oil burner is shot. Knew it didn't have too much longer. Been having issues, we've had so much work done on it over the years, not even sure everything that we've done but it's been a lot. Had the plumber over to take a look, and it's all corroded, all the...
  10. the_bird

    Trade 3-gallon keg for plate chiller?

    I've got a three-gallon ball-lock keg in very good shape. I love it... but what I'd love more (but don't want to spend $$ on) is a DudaDiesel plate chiller (or something equivalent). I see the kegs going for what, $70 or $80 used - about the same as a 30-plate chiller, new. If anyone might...
  11. the_bird

    Well, this weekend's been a mixed bag....

    On the positive side, Pats beat Cinci pretty handily, and as a result I've got a six pack headed my way. Also on the positive side, having a good run in my fantasy league. On the decidedly LESS good-news front, I've got to jackhammer a big ass hole in my basement tomorrow. We've been having a...
  12. the_bird

    Need a new TV, dammit...

    Our TV's dying. Something's messed up, and I don't want to put money into a huge, old beast. Good TV for us for a while (32" flat-screen Sony, but an eight-hundred pound CRT beast). We got our $200 out of it. So, given that I know lots and lots and lots of you folks have already done this...
  13. the_bird

    Got free bottles to give away? Post 'em here!

    I've got cases and cases of clean, empty bottles that I'll never use again. Some I bought at the HBS, some are cleaned-out commercials. I ain't shipping them, but if you're local, I'd like to have them out of my house but want them to go to someone who can use them. Figuring that I'm not...
  14. the_bird

    Worst athletes' names of all time.

    Just got a new all-time worst name for an athlete; college volleyball/high-jump star Destinee Hooker. Way to aim high, mom and dad! Narrowly beats out the previous champion...
  15. the_bird

    Newest Assistant Brewmaster...

    Meet Quentin James. 3:55 this afternoon. Eight pounds, one-half ounce. Monster noggin. Covered in cheese. Woot! Err... is that pic going to work or not? Here's the attachment...
  16. the_bird

    March pumps; location of the inlet matter?

    About to bite the bullet and finally get a March pump. Quick question, though. Notice that on the pump from Brewmaster's Warehouse, the inlet is located perpendicular to the pump head and the outlet. Notice on the one from Northern Brewer, the inlet is parallel to the outlet. Does...
  17. the_bird

    How I Spent My Summer Vaction, By the_Bird

    PROBLEM 1: Kitchen sucked. Like, sucked balls. Anyone who's been to my house can attest to this fact. PROBLEM 2: I'm cheap. SOLUTION: Five months of backbreaking labor! And, violation of child-labor laws! The best I have of a "before" picture. Helper... Helping... Helpers...
  18. the_bird

    the_Wife wants me to buy a bike (advice)

    the_Wife informed me yesterday that she wants me to buy a motorcycle. I'm pretty sure she's just looking to cash in on the life insurance policy, but I might go with it. Anyway, a good friend of hers destroyed her ankle, so she's selling one of her two bikes. That's what's triggering this...
  19. the_bird

    Oak smoke?

    Was re-reading the "Smoked Beers" book that Ray Daniels and Geoff Larson wrote, and they mentioned that one wood that used to be used occassionally in smoking malt was oak. As it happens, I've got a chunk of oak left over from a project that's not really big enough to use on any NEW projects...
  20. the_bird

    Ceiling fans and dimmer switches...

    Quick question for the peanut gallery. the_Bean wants a ceiling fan in her room. We've got a window AC, but she doesn't like her room THAT cool in the summer, she just wants a fan (the_Wife also wants to steal her AC for OUR room, and I don't want to buy a second unit...) So, we picked one...
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