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  1. pbrosnan

    Latest Non-beer Gear Purchase

    Hi all, Just had this delivered from a mob in SA called UCook. It's a gas fired smoker. I've been inspired after our all-meat tour of the US earlier this year. Anyone else got one or similar kit? Going to smoke some brisket this weekend, storm permitting of course.
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    Where's The Best Place To Get Camlocs

    Hi all, I camloced the brewery a while back but the fittings were rubbish, didn't close properly and I went back to garden connectors. Where's the best place to get decent ones? Mine were aluminium and the place I bought them from had SS but I can't find it, it was online. Any camloc users out...
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    Electric Kettle Project

    Hi all, Here's a couple of pics of an electric kettle I built using one of the Winequip 100L tanks. It's powered by two elements, a 3.6 and 2.4k. ATM I can only mash up to about 35L and it takes about 15mins with both elements on to get to a rolling boil after which I can shut down one of the...
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    Recent Us Beer Experience

    Hi all, Spent about 3 weeks in the US with the family. I never get over the range and diversity of the US craft beer market, and of course the availability and price. Here's a (incomplete) list of what I had, all were very good unless specified. The US obsession with hops continues, and I don't...
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    Element Sizing For Electric Kettle

    Hi all, I'm thinking about going up to a larger system, may be 100L. I thought I saw somewhere some information about sizing electric elements for a given volume of liquid. Anyone have an insights? cheers Patrick.
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    Anyone Fancy The New Moo Brew?

    It's an imperial stout but I'm afraid it's a bit out of my league, $600/carton or $100/4 pack if ordered from the brewery. Pity, Moorilla make good beer. Moo Brew Stout
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    Stupid Urn Question

    Hi all, I could have sworn that I was looking at an urn a few months ago that had a 15A 3.6K rating. I've been back to and looked at Birko and Crown but they all seem to be 10A 2.6k. Did I dream it? Anyone else see this?
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    How Big Can A Herms Get

    Hi all, My current system consists of a 36Lt cylindrical esky and 2 30Lt urns, one for HL and the other is the kettle. I have a 20Lt urn that I use as the heat exchanger for the HERMS. I've had this setup for a few years and I feel the itch to upscale. Question is how big can a HERMS get. Could...
  9. pbrosnan

    Is Beer Too Expensive?

    Hi all, Always good to have a whinge about the price of Austrlalian craft brewed beer so I'll indulge myself. I received an email from the Micro Beer Club telling me that they've got a limited release Mad Abott Dubbel and Tripel for sale. So I was seriously thinking of buying some ... until I...
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    American Brown With Belgian Twist

    Hi all, I've just done a dubbel using 3522 so I thought I'd throw this on to it: 101 Recipe Specifics ---------------- Batch Size (L): 27.00 Wort Size (L): 27.00 Total Grain (kg): 8.35 Anticipated OG: 1.078 Plato: 18.84 Anticipated SRM...
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    Monster Mill Problems

    Hi all, Been using my 2 roller MM for about 12 months (12 or so brews). All was fine up until last brew. I started up the motor and began to fill the hopper. I quickly noticed that the level of grain in the hopper wasn't dropping. After some investigation (i.e. taking off the hopper and sundry...
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    Cooling Recir Problems

    Hi all, I recirculate the wort after the boil through a MashMaster plate chiller. The problem is that after a short period of time (i.e. 5 mins) the flow is contricted down to little more than a trickle. The cause is hop debri clogging up the outlet in the kettle. I recently installed a...
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    2009 Prbs - Rule Change

    Hi all, Have received the rules for this years PRBS and note that at section 6.2 the requirements are now for not less than 6 bottles having a total volume of not less that 1.98ml. This looks like they are wanting 6 330 ml bottles. This is a PITA as I have a number of brews ready to enter...
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    2008 Cherry Harmony Festival Comp - Wa

    Hi all, The comp in Manjimup is on again. Not long to prepare though entry forms in by 28/11/08 and entries by 9/12/08. Perth people can deliver to Roy at TWOC. See the attachments for rules and entry form
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    Wells Bombardier Recipe

    Hi all, Been drinking a bit of this lately after purchasing a carton on the cheap. Was thinking of having a go at a clone. The Wells' site says Challenger and Goldings with pale and crystal malts so no surprises there. The question is what yeast? I use Wyeast and have never really been happy...
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    Mill Mounting Designs

    Hi all, Have recently taken delivery of a Monster Mill as part of the bulk buy. Have had it on the corner of my desk for a couple of days and I've found it induces a Zen-like state as one searchs for the perfect mill design. But that's too time consuming so I was hoping that people would be...
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    Plate Chiller With Thermo Pic

    Hi all, I just received a stub thermo from BeerBelly to mount on to my plate chiller (bought from MM when it was still under development) and I recall seeing a pic around here of said thermo mounted on the plate chiller. Trouble is I don't think the topic referred to the pic so searching has...
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    Wa: Norword Demolition

    Todays Worst says that the Town of Vincent has approved the demolition of the Norwood Hotel on Lord Street. This is a bloody disgrace, it was built in 1898 and would have made a fine watering hole if properly restored. This part of town is devoid of pubs and it stinks that some greedy bloody...
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    Staines Fights Back

    Hi all, Interesting story in the SMH regarding the new ad campaign being run by the SA gov't in the UK to encourage more settlers. It includes a bit of a swipe at the locality of Staines (chosen because of its nasty name). However Staines has proven rather stubborn: "Andrew Hirst, the Mayor...
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    How Clear Is Your Beer

    Hi all, Was both stunned and amazed when I poured a sample bottle of this. It's a Czech pilsener but, for an unfiltered beer, very clear. Any opinions?