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  1. Nightbiker

    Being a patient sucks big time!

    My birthday is December the 18th. I am an RN at a local level-1 trauma center and teaching hospital -I work in the ER as a care coordinator (first level of case management at our facility). 1/2 hour into my shift on Dec. 17, I was walking to my first post of the night to begin my shift duties...
  2. Nightbiker

    Aluminum Mash Tun?

    I need a bigger MLT (mine is only a 9gallon stainless) and after getting over the shock from the cost of stainless 'tuns (not to mention those big round coolers -boy are they PROUD of their product!) I ran across some (very) large aluminum cooking pots that my local 'mostly mexican' grocery...
  3. Nightbiker

    Decoction?

    I'm interested in trying out a recipe for a strong dark Belgian Ale, and it mentions that a decoction mash is required, but doesn't say how long or how much of the grain needs to be boiled. Is there a 'given' amount I could use as a rule of thumb? I've never done a decoction before, but look...
  4. Nightbiker

    Brewday from hell -or close to it.

    Started nice and early (well for me, it was about noon -but then I'm a night-shift worker) and got the rig ready, crushed grains, got the mash going (played hell trying to hit my temps though -just couldn't dial them in for some reason) -sparged and began the temp run-up to boil -then realized...
  5. Nightbiker

    Going into the hospital tomorrow (Dec 5)

    First the back-story: I work in a large trauma center, I'm an RN in case management -more specifically, an ER Care Coordinator. I'm a night-shift worker. (~~flashback effect~~) Back in June the 29th of this year I was working and about 4 hours into my shift I got one heck of a bad headache...
  6. Nightbiker

    Filter your beer...

    Pardon me if this has been addressed previously -didn't find it if it had. I'm attempting to home-roll my own beer filtration system to help clean up my my lighter-colored brews (I'll probably run my mead through them, for that matter) Anyway, I'm looking at a $22 cartridge housing at Lowes...
  7. Nightbiker

    My first mead x2

    This last weekend I set up a semi-sweet and a dry mead based on 14.5lbs and 12lbs of Orange Blossom honey (not hard to find in Florida). I've had mead given to me (love still meads -and they seem to age rather well) and decided to take some of my beer fermenters (after thorough sanitation...
  8. Nightbiker

    A GREAT score AND a general update

    Firstly, while at work at the end of June I had a subdural hemorrhage (brain bleed) -I was very lucky because I was already working in the ER when it happened -it was a decent size bleed and produced enough pressure to push my brain a centimeter past midline. I was incredibly lucky since I've...
  9. Nightbiker

    Dispensing Soda question:

    In about a month and a half I'll be throwing a birthday party for my wife, and rolling out the big porta-kegger with a few varieties of beer for the adults, and would like to have a (soda)keg of Coke for the kiddies -and would like to be able to dispense it from the kegergator as well (for...
  10. Nightbiker

    labels LABELS L A B E L S!!!!

    Does anyone here (and I know you do) label their bottles? I'm very interested in putting a personal touch to the package, as it were (hey, beer can be interesting IN and OUT of the bottle!) ALL I've managed to find are peel-n-stick label sheets, however. I'd rather have lick-n-stick so I can...
  11. Nightbiker

    Growing hops!

    SWMBO gave me the green light on growing my own hops. I know hops are traditionally grown in colder climates with shorter growing seasons than we have here in the Sunshine State, but I figured I didn't have a lot to lose -so I picked varieties that are supposed to do well in all climates...
  12. Nightbiker

    From MT to kettle via gravity or pump?

    The rig I'm building (HERMS) has two march pumps. My initial intent was to set up the plumbing to allow my sparge water to be pumped into the MLT, and the run-off to be pumped from the MLT to the boil kettle -both pumps have ball-valves on the output side to allow regulation of flow-rate. Now...
  13. Nightbiker

    putting a sight tube on my MLT. This ok?

    I'm planning on putting a sight tube on my mash/lauter tun, the opening being under the level of the false bottom. My idea is that I'll put a piece of tape at the level of the top of the grain-bed (after dough-in, once the bed settles while the water is recirculating) and I'll have an easier...
  14. Nightbiker

    Finally did it! HERMS here I come!

    Finally bit the bullet and punched in the CC numbers. 2 march pumps, some plumbing and thermometers, all on its' way from Austin Homebrew. Gonna need a long tug on a homebrew when the bill comes due, but in a couple of weeks (I'm taking thurs and fri. off on the 18th and 19th -my birthday is...
  15. Nightbiker

    reconditioning Corny Kegs

    not too long ago, I acquired some cornies that still had traces of syrup in them, along with rubber gaskets to recondition it with. SWMBO picked me up a family-size (grin) container of OxyClean to clean the kegs with. This weekend I expect to heat up some water, and use the oxy in the kegs to...
  16. Nightbiker

    where does the thermometer GO?

    made a great find on Ebay -a mash tun (Stainless 7 gal pot, with SS valve (welded) AND SS false bottom -for about a hundred bucks, new in box. ) I'm ordering up a brewmometer, but I'm not sure where to put the thing -should I put it below the false bottom, or above it (in the grain bed) ? My...
  17. Nightbiker

    BC Products Enterprises Inc. Barley Crusher Maltmill

    Manufacturer - BC Products Enterprises Inc. The Original Barley Crusher MaltMill, the "Home Brewer's Best Friend" has proven to be just that. A high quality grain mill constructed using materials that will last a lifetime, 1018 Cold Rolled Steel for the rollers, 6061 Aluminum for the mill body...
  18. Nightbiker

    BC Products Enterprises Inc. Barley Crusher Maltmill

    Manufacturer - BC Products Enterprises Inc. The Original Barley Crusher MaltMill, the "Home Brewer's Best Friend" has proven to be just that. A high quality grain mill constructed using materials that will last a lifetime, 1018 Cold Rolled Steel for the rollers, 6061 Aluminum for the mill body...
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