Sideshow_ben

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Date registered: January 11, 2011

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  1. Upgrading the “portable-keg charger” — October 12, 2013
  2. $15 carboy cooler — July 15, 2013
  3. Total Eclipse Chocolate Milk Stout — November 14, 2012
  4. A DC motorized grain mill — April 4, 2012
  5. 10 healthy reasons to drink beer — January 15, 2012

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Oct 12

Upgrading the “portable-keg charger”

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I coughed up the $20 for the portable keg charger from Genuine Innovations but I’m not entirely happy with it for a slew of reasons.  First, the instructions say over and over again that you have to fully discharge the keg before attaching this, otherwise the back pressure can break the unit.  That’s stupid because …

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Permanent link to this article: http://csibrewers.org/content/?p=1693

Jul 15

$15 carboy cooler

If you need to cool your beer about 10 degrees below ambient, here are two great ideas. The first is the age-old “pot-in-pot” method, where you put the carboy inside a large unglazed terra-cotta pot, and fill the pot either with water, or a mixture of water and sand. Then blow a fan on the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://csibrewers.org/content/?p=1594

Nov 14

Total Eclipse Chocolate Milk Stout

Here is the recipe for the chocolate milk stout that took first in the Nov 2012 meeting. OG: 1.067 FG: 1.029 SRM: 40-deg IBU: 26 ABV: 5.1% 6 lbs 2-row Pale 2 lbs Munich Malt 1.25 lbs Chocolate Malt 1 lb Crystal 60 1 lb flaked oats 4 oz roasted barley Mash at 156 for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://csibrewers.org/content/?p=1439

Apr 04

A DC motorized grain mill

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I thought I’d toss up pics of the grain mill that I just motorized using a 90-VDC motor. Unlike AC motors, you have to use a power supply to control a DC motor, and on e-bay, gear motors that have enough torque at the slow RPM’s needed (i.e. more than 40 in-lb at 120 RPM …

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Permanent link to this article: http://csibrewers.org/content/?p=1341

Jan 15

10 healthy reasons to drink beer

As if you didn’t already have enough reasons, check this out: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/10-surprising-health-benefits-beer

Permanent link to this article: http://csibrewers.org/content/?p=1256

Jul 28

My “cheap” pressurized bottle filler

Once I got my kegerator set up (will post pics soon) I discovered the hard way that filling bottles from the tap is a mess.  I found BierMuncher’s “We don’t need no stinking beer gun” on homebrewtalk.com and this video from BobbyFromNH on youtube where you tap into the liquid-out post of your keg. However …

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Permanent link to this article: http://csibrewers.org/content/?p=969

Apr 22

Whiskey Barrels on craigslist!

http://baltimore.craigslist.org/grd/2340044579.html They sell unfinished barrels for $179 each.

Permanent link to this article: http://csibrewers.org/content/?p=696