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  1. Sir Humpsalot

    Brewing outside with lots of trees around

    What's your weather like where you live? I haven't had an infection with ice-bathing my beer, but could easily see how it could happen. Your wort IS covered while you're chilling it right? That's an absolute must! I wouldn't open my kettle at all until I was ready to transfer to the fermentor.
  2. Sir Humpsalot

    Brewing outside with lots of trees around

    What are you doing to chill your wort? IC? CFC? Plate? Assuming you are transferring into a carboy, installing the carboy cap onto it and using a racking cane into the open hole of the cap will create a more or less sanitary transfer from the kettle. Yes, keep the lid on the pot after the boil...
  3. Sir Humpsalot

    I <3 a.s.s.

    Yeah. It'll be good for doing shots!!! :ban: Actually, my thought was that it would be a good volume for wild yeast where your sample is basically minuscule... something that would make the dregs of a bottle look almost pitchable by comparison.
  4. Sir Humpsalot

    I <3 a.s.s.

    Oops! Forgot the pic!
  5. Sir Humpsalot

    I <3 a.s.s.

    Man I love American Science and Surplus!!! Test tubes, vials, stand, alcohol lamp, erlenmeyer flasks (50 & 250mL size), 100 pH test strips, stirbar, just about all the supplies you need for a DIY wild yeast lab. I even looked at microscopes and got two lip gloss containers with the little brush...
  6. Sir Humpsalot

    Advice on making my own false bottom

    The coolers are straight-sided, same dimensions all the way down, if that's what you mean. Feet alone generally won't work because the grain will sneak around the sides and underneath. But, if you wanted to make that work, you'd want the feet to be really small, so the vertical gap between the...
  7. Sir Humpsalot

    Advice on making my own false bottom

    Well, you need a little bit of space under there for the wort to collect and be siphoned off. There's several ways around that though. You could run silicone tubing around the edge to give it some height. You could also bend it in half at a small angle and put a long skinny triangle along the...
  8. Sir Humpsalot

    stainless steel bucket fermentor

    Now that makes a TON of sense! We all have brew kettles already. Why mess with a bottling bucket? It might even have a lid that can be used to minimize the risk of anything falling in during transfer. Actually, all you would need for this is a ball valve on your kettle (which most already...
  9. Sir Humpsalot

    stainless steel bucket fermentor

    55 gallon SS drums are actually available in sizes other than 55 gallons... they just don't call them "55 gallon drums". LOL I never thought about it personally, but that might be worth looking into. I'd check out mcmaster carr first, then maybe a few other SS barrel suppliers. Good luck...
  10. Sir Humpsalot

    Good Deal on Material?

    Ummmm.. buying a cooler vs having one pre-converted... that difference could be worth an extra $30. SS ball valves alone are $25 or so, and it's already been done for you. A corona grain mill isn't optimal, but if you don't have one, that's another thirty bucks. Ale pales are sorta junky, but...
  11. Sir Humpsalot

    Sick of Worm Clamps

    I'm going to rethink these. I used to use them a lot on my water-cooled computer. But I always had trouble getting them tight enough. Like I edited in my post above though, I'm going to rethink it. It looks like they should work well... I've just not found them to be very dependable... but then...
  12. Sir Humpsalot

    Sick of Worm Clamps

    I have used those before, didn't find them to be much less fiddly than worm clamps... better in some ways, but not quite the perfect solution... I'll rethink this though... maybe they deserve another shot...
  13. Sir Humpsalot

    Sick of Worm Clamps

    Man, I hate those things. They're fine for semi-permanent connections, but when it comes to using them for siphoning, it's kind of a pain. I have found one thing though that helps, and I had a little idea that might also be good. First off, if the connection is solid, but just not quite...
  14. Sir Humpsalot

    Hollow lid on mash cooler = easy fly sparge setup?

    Good point. But it could be rinsed out with soap and water. You could even use a bottle brush to clean the inside, so I don't think it would be too bad. If you did this though, you might want a second lid for mashing, otherwise heat will escape through the holes... OTOH, 10 gallons of mash...
  15. Sir Humpsalot

    Mash Pump

    On the cheap, I would probably buy something like a winch on a swivel that could lower a bucket into the mash. Not a perfect solution as you would have to push the grains into the bucket somehow. But what if you were to put a pre-measured fraction of your grains into BIAB bags... Then just fish...
  16. Sir Humpsalot

    Extremely Filthy Moldy Fermenter

    There is. It just isn't food safe and may etch the glass or plastic. Just dump it out on your neighbor's lawn and be done with it
  17. Sir Humpsalot

    Extremely Filthy Moldy Fermenter

    You have to embrace the nastiness. After all, you created it. Didn't your mother ever tell you, "You're the one who made the mess, so now you have to clean it up"? Yeah. That's why I don't add a lot of funky things to my beers anymore. :-P
  18. Sir Humpsalot

    Best equipment to invest in next?

    That's a good temperature. You can improve it further by keeping your carboys in a water bath, such as a large plastic storage tub. But honestly, if I had a steady 66f basement, I don't think I'd even bother unless I wanted to lager or cold crash, or make a really cold ale such as an alt, in...
  19. Sir Humpsalot

    Best equipment to invest in next?

    Look at the issues of time and money. It sounds like you have the time to brew more but lack the funds. If this is the case, go for BIAB. Also, remember that while brewing is a hobby, the end product contributes to the household. If your hobby is cutting grass, your purchase of a lawnmower isn't...
  20. Sir Humpsalot

    What should I make Vinegar in?

    On to a more vinegar related question... I am just finishing up a quart of honey vinegar. I started it with a Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar, added a bit of of mead, let it convert, then added some more, let it convert, etc. So, I have a total of 3 slimy mothers in the bottom of my quart...
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