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  1. jmp138

    Cost of Secondhand Brewing Equipment

    I just wanted to seek some others opinions. Does it seem that people have a rather out of touch opinion of the value of the equipment they are getting rid of. I keep an eye out, as many of of us do, on craigslist for good deals and regularly see ball look cornys for 70 dollars, carboys for...
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    NC Triad Brewers Groupon Deal

    Just an FYI for you folks brewing great beer in NC. Fifth Season in Greensboro is offering a Groupon right now. 30 dollars for 50 worth of supplies. I thought it was a good deal and picked up a couple, just thought I'd pass on the information. Heres the link...
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    NC Triad Brewers Groupon Deal

    Just an FYI for you folks brewing great beer in NC. Fifth Season in Greensboro is offering a Groupon right now. 30 dollars for 50 worth of supplies. I thought it was a good deal and picked up a couple, just thought I'd pass on the information. Heres the link...
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    Chest Freezer Not Cooling

    So I made a stupid decision and bought a Craigslist chest freezer that I wasn't totally sure of. I paid 75 for a 12 cubic foot Kenmore and as soon as I left I just had a bad feeling about it. Got it home and plugged in and the compressor kicks on, but after being plugged in for 24 hours it's...
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    North Carolina 20 Lb CO2 Tank FS

    I have an extra tank for sale. I bought 2 from a restaurant going out of business and just need one for my keezer. Everything is in working order and I'd be happy to provide a picture if you'd like. I paid $85 for each and just picked up the extra thinking I could help out a fellow...
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    Corny's Without Pressure Relief Valve

    Is this a problem at all? I know the pressure relief valve is convenient, but is it absolutely necessary?
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    Keeping a whole hog warm.

    So today I cooked my first whole hog, it was 120 lbs and has come out just perfect. The problem is, in my fear of having 60 people arrive and not having the hog ready, it's done about 3 hours ahead of time. Just wondering what the best plan is, I could cover in in foil and turn off the heat or...
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    My kegerator lid got stolen!

    I was moving my kegerator from my old house to my new house yesterday and stopped at the grocery store to pick up some dinner. It was early evening, light out, nice part of town so I didn't think anything of running in the store for 5 minutes with the kegerator in the back. Five minutes later...
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    You guys see any problems with this pot?

    I'm going back to college and I'm not going to have a great deal of space to set up the rather cumbersome rig that I have now. I'm going to try and go as basic as possible and want to do 10 gallon batches to keep the pipeline rolling. Just wondering if anyone has any objections to cheap...
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    Why 2" for Brutus Build

    I am about to begin work on a decent approximation of a Brutus 10 build, just going with manual operation for the time being. I was looking at the spec's and it calls for 2" stainless steel. Now I know stainless is totally unnecessary and the cost is just ridiculous. I don't see why 1" square...
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    Bee Cave Haus Ale Substitution

    So I ran to the LHBS to pick up the ingredients for Edwort's Haus Ale which calls for: 8 lbs 2-row 2 lbs Vienna 8 oz Crystal 10 They unfortunately only had 1 lb of vienna left which left me in a bit of predicament. I racked my brain, couldn't come up with anything even remotely...
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    Smoking Country Style Pork Ribs

    I got a new smoker for christmas and after smoking three chickens for christmas yesterday, which were absolutely awesome, I am going to do some country style ribs today. Basically just big meaty sections of meat from the rib cut that aren't on a rack. I was just wondering if anyone had any...
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    Pitching Washed Without Yeast Without Starter

    So due to lack of planning and holiday activities I just started brewing and realized I didn't make a starter for my s-o5 yeast. I was wondering if anyone has had any success with using some preboiled water poured over the decanted yeast, and then just pitching the washed yeast. I have a mason...
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    Gelatin is no joke!

    I have been battling cloudy beer for most of the year. The only thing that has really seemed to work for me is really extended cold crashing. Basically if I could let it go for 2 months it would clear. Just used gelatin on a batch of BM's Cream of 3 Crops, oh man, that stuff is amazing. I...
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    Info on Aging a Belgian

    So I am thinking of buying a case of st. bernardus abt 12 because I am absolutely crazy about it and I can get a good deal on a case. I was thinking of buying a case and laying it down for a few years. I was just wondering what the general opinion is on laying down something like this. The...
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    Met a girl from uruguay this weekend

    So I met a girl from Uruguay this weekend, we had an enjoyable time, but she introduced me to something pretty amazing, siete e tres. Literally seven parts red wine, 3 parts coke. You are probably thoroughly disgusted at this point, but give it a try. Put on some salsa, find a pretty woman...
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    Could be an ultimate burger

    Tonight I am trying the oven bacon method with a wire rack suspended over a calphalon pan, thusly creating perfect bacon and catching all the drippings. Since its pouring rain, Im not going to do the charcoal but rather use a bit of the bacon grease to cook my burger in the pan. Using local...
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    Saint Bernardus Abt 12 formulation

    I have recently been drinking alot of Sint Bernardus after discovering a local bar with an amazing selection of draught belgians. The abt 12 is just absolutely phemomenal and I thought it would be something nice to give a try. I want to create something around 10% to lay down for a year or...
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    Is mashing low a problem?

    Basically I am not terribly knowledgable on mash profiles, but I just mashed in on BM's cream of three crops and after infusing some boiling water, I am done messing with it and its settled out at about 151. After a 90 minute mash its going to be around 148. The recipe calls for 152 and I am...
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    Dying a beer, I know, I know...

    So I'm brewing a beer for my dad and his buddies for the NC State Carolina game at the end of the month and my dad is dead set on having that beer be red. I'm brewing the cream of three crops ale, so it will be nice and light. Basically I'm wondering if I can just drop red food coloring in the...
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