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  1. caspio

    March Mfg has awesome (if misguided) customer service

    A few weeks ago I had that moment many brewers dread. I was recirculating some leftover sparge water through my counterflow, warming it up before hooking it to the boil kettle and sanitizing it. I stepped away for a few minutes, and when I came back the flow had stopped. After spending a few...
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    26lb hopsdirect order just arrived

    26lbs of whole leaf hops were just delivered to the office. :rockin: They were supposed to show up on Friday, but UPS lost them in Sacramento. Anyway, they're here now and smell delicious. TwoHeadsBrewing showing off his modeling skills: As usual, HopsDirect is awesome. I'll...
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    Keg/Carboy Washer

    It looks like the keg washer I put together is catching some interest in the sanke fermenter thread, so I thought I'd post up a quick build log. I can't claim originality on this idea. I ran across several threads on HBT and other sites that got the wheels turning. Here's one, and another...
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    Question for Electric brewers

    Hi all, I wanted to pick your brains on a question regarding partial conversion to electric. Right now I'm kicking around the idea of creating a brewtroller-controlled RIMS setup. If I already have the brewtroller, then the additional cost of an element, temp probe and SSR is very minimal...
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    Exploding growlers

    Was on my way to a fellow homebrewer's house last night for a halloween party. I had just filled 2 2.5L growlers with my fresh batch of wheat, I figured it'd be good to bring a crowd pleaser. I don't usually bring a cooler when I take beer places, it usually comes right out of the fridge, and...
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    BlackHeart Stout

    Recipe Summary Recipe Type: All Grain Recipe Style: American Stout Batch Size: 12.00 gal Boil Time: 60 min Brewhouse Efficiency: 80.00 % Actual Efficiency: 83.37 % Beer Specs Estimated Original Gravity: 1.059 SG (1.050-1.075 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.062 SG Estimated Final Gravity...
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    Imperial Smoked Porter

    Type: All Grain Date: 3/21/2009 Batch Size: 11.00 gal Brewer: Caspio Boil Size: 13.14 gal Boil Time: 60 min Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 Ingredients 20.00 lb Pale Ale Malt 4.50 lb Smoked Malt 4.00 lb Munich Malt - 20 2.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 2.00 lb Chocolate...
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    Anyone make sauerkraut?

    I had some homemade sauerkraut last weekend while visiting family, and it was delicious. I already make my own beer, cheese, bread, sauces, etc, so I thought it would be fun to add another thing to the list. I was reading up online though, and it looks like sauerkraut is just naturally...
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    HBT R/C Pilots check in

    For the first time in over 5 years, I dusted off the RC equipment and went flying last night. During college I was too poor, and lately brewing has been sucking away all the hobby $$. Anyway, forgot how much of a blast it is to fly. I know I've seen other people post before, so who all on...
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    Where to buy beer decor

    Hey all, I've slowly been collecting beer swag, and I'm getting to the point where I'd like to start putting stuff up by the kegerator and in the garage brewing area. I have some posters and a whole bunch of coasters courtesy of the last local microbrew fest, but I'd like to expand the...
  11. caspio

    Hard plumbing the brew stand

    After spending a month or two gathering parts and putting things off, last night I finally got around to starting the hard-plumbing of the brew stand. Note that I'm only plumbing the cold water lines. While hard lines for everything would be pretty cool, I'd want to do that in stainless and the...
  12. caspio

    Bulk hop buy

    Now that the mechanics of our bulk grain buys seem to be running smoothly, it was time to move on to bigger and better things. Yesterday, our order of 9lbs of whole leaf hops arrived from HopsDirect. TwoHeadsBrewing and myself split pounds of EKG, Amarillo, Perle, Tett, Northern Brewer, and...
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    Help with Imperial Smoked Porter recipe

    So based on some commercial brews that I've had and recipes I've seen on here, I've been working on a recipe for an imperial smoked porter. Now that my grain order is finally in, it's time to get serious. Any help or suggestions with the recipe would be awesome! Amount Item Type % or IBU...
  14. caspio

    Extra ingredients in rolled corn?

    I've been wanting to make BM's cream ale, a mexican lager, and a CAP. My LHBS didn't carry flaked/rolled corn, so I picked up a bag and the local feed store. The question is: Other than the corn itself, there's two other ingredients listed. I'm not really sure what they are, if they're...
  15. caspio

    Fermentation Chiller v2

    At my old place I had this beast of a fermentation chiller: I lagered in the chest freezer, and had a second thermostat and fans to pull air so I could maintain proper temps for ales in the foam insulation box. Unfortunately, when I built it I didn't think much about getting it back out of the...
  16. caspio

    Any way to tell what type of metal?

    Is there any easy to distinguish between aluminum and stainless steel? When Mervyns was closing down a few weeks ago, I wandered through their store to take a look at the fixtures they were selling. I ended picking up this neat rolling display on heavy casters. Under each of those wooden...
  17. caspio

    Major equipment upgrade v. march pump

    I've been lurking around on HBT a lot lately, I had sort of an idea in my head about what I wanted, but cruising threads on here really helped me get things sorted out. As of a few months ago I was doing 5 gallon batches in a turkey fryer. This latest round of upgrades is the culmination (for...
  18. caspio

    Help me ID this antique homebrew equipment

    Hi HBT-ers, been lurking this forum for awhile and have gained some great knowledge from it. Now I need to specifically ask for your help. The husband of an old family friend passed away, and as she was going through her late husband's effects she found these two old hydrometers, and since...
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