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    Bayou Classic KAB4- differences in models.

    While I was planning out my Installation, I decided to take some measurements on my Burners so people would know there is a difference in the KAB4 model. These are ordered about 2 years apart, both from Amazon. It looks like they took the Wind Screen issues to heart, and adjusted the way it's...
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    Did I ruin my beer? Controller 10deg off!

    HAHAHA... sorry, I couldn't resist... I just came upstairs from checking my chest freezer fermentation chamber and found the blow-off water (where I have a floating themometer) @ 50*F despite the 60*F setpoint on my Freebie controller. All I could do was laugh about it, and adjust the stat up...
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    PLC-Automation Interest.

    Hey guys, I'm a (fairly senior) Building Controls Technician by trade. Currently 7 years with Siemens. I've been curious about the PLC side of controls for a while. Building Controls is the Red-headed stepchild of the PLC world. I'ld like to talk to someone who is on the other side, and I...
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    Coming for a visit. (Canton, Ma)

    Hey all you Canton area Mass-holes, I figured I'ld drop the HBT'ers a message since I'll be coming out to your area for a few days the end of June. Just made my reservations for June 25-29 for some company training there. I'ld like to check out a few locations and maybe catch a beer or two. I've...
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    Ugly Junk got the job done.

    Awe yeah... 2nd AG brewday went great. I've been building my AG gear up since Xmas. I have one small batch under my belt and this was all in for a 10 gal batch of NutCastle (Newcastle clone from the Northern English Brown out of Brewing Classic Styles). I hit ALL the numbers spot on. It was...
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    A better bottling 'bucket'?

    I've been discouraged with the bottling bucket and the amount of aeration I get from the spigot. I can't seem to get it to be bubble free, like some have discussed here. I wonder if people have other options for bottling buckets? I do keg, but bottle alot for gifts+parties. I've thought about...
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    Reaver's next step: IC

    Got my Immersion Chiller started tonight. I got my hands on a big box of tubing from an old plumber. He liked my beer. This is the first attempt and what will be my 5gal IC and pre-chiller (as needed). I didn't even have a tubing bender handy today. I'll have it ready to do make a 10 gal IC. But...
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    I get to give brewery tours...

    Our Local Brewery is the Olde Saratoga Brewery. It's a contract brew house owned by Mendocino. They do Medocino, Saratoga, Kingfisher, Smaltz (Hebrew and Coney Island), and lots of others. Our Homebrew club meets there and the Club members give tours on Saturday. So I got to go over today and...
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    Rotten Beer Shower

    Man, after seeing the crapstorm from the earlier Keg post... I almost didn't post mine... But I figured you could all get a good laugh at it. Picked up a keg to start my keggle project this week and got around to opening it up today. Well the night I got it home I checked it for pressure...
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    Hot Break: Extract vs AG...

    Ran my first AG batch today and I was extremely worried about the hot break. When Extract (w/ steeping) my hot break has always been REALLY large. My wort usually foams up and fills my entire brew kettle (7 gal turkey pot) and takes ~5min's to settle out. So today, I only filled to 5 gal's to...
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    Suggestions for Craft Beers from Ohio-Cincy area .

    I have someone coming to New York from Ohio this weekend and I'ld like to have them pick up a couple of Ohio area Craft beers. Something that is available in a grocery store perhaps. I don't want to make them drive all over... just pick up something easy that I don't normally get out here. They...
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    Starter Rookie...

    So how long before you remember not to dump the stir bar from your starter into your brew!?!?! DOH... i even remembered it was there, set the starter down... was sanitizing everything and then started dumping... and PLOP... there goes the stir bar!
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    Ginger Beer options....

    Has anyone made this Ginger Beer in the old thread? https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/ginger-beer-wine-yeast-104007/ I've got everything I need except the small bit of Hops it calls for. I'm wondering if anyone's had good results doing it w/o the hops.
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    Raisins in Skeeter Pee.

    Has anyone tried putting raisins in Skeeter Pee to see how it will affect the taste? I tried it on the batch I whipped up this weekend. But I'm not sure how it will compare since I've already got a definite difference due using a different Lemon Juice. I didn't think it would matter but it was...
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    No-Glug Carboy Pour.....

    Posting in the Wine forum first for feedback. Is this a known idea and I never heard about it...or what? But I thought it was a good solution. So today I'm cleaning up a couple carboys and I generally fill them all the way to soak for a while. Trying to pour them out takes forever, and when...
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    Skeeter Pee sanity check

    So I've had my Skeeter Pee going now for a while. I Racked, Stabilized, added Fining per the recipe a little over 2 weeks ago. Pulled a sample last night to measure for back-sweetening (have had no change in SG). As I was checking I found what looks to be "Yeast Rockets" and some bubbling. No...
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    How many gallons of Skeeter Pee have been made.

    I started my 5 gal's this morning and looked for an existing tally. I did a search and couldn't find a one so I thought it would be interesting to start a tally thread for the Skeeter Pee like the Apfelwein. Seems that people try one or the other or both at some point. Post your batch and...
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    What's this green crap?!?!

    What the hell is this sticky green snot on my bucket (and implements)? This junk feels like the glue the stick beer labels on with! It's NASTY. I assume it's pectin or some such thing from squeezed elderberries in my primary. I tried some hot water and Dawn dishsoap, but it didn't really...
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    Skeeter Pee yeast slurry

    I've read the "Washing Yeast" thread over on the Beer forums. And i've read thru some of the Skeeter Pee thread on using a Yeast slurry. I had 3 Gal's of orange wine (each in a 1 Gal jugs) I just racked them off and collected the lees in a pint jar. I pretty much pulled the whole slurry off each...
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    Elderberry 2.0...

    Started my 5gal batch of elderberry wine. Had enough frozen from this summer to mix up a full batch. Boiled the water on a Turkey Fryer setup and it was SOOO much better. Even @ 30*F and cold water I was done in 30 minutes! It's cooling to room temperature before I add the additives. This is the...
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