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  1. Re: Any woodburning barrel stove users out there?

    Well I appreciate the offer Tom! Maybe you could point me to some affordable options for the insert that would be likely to be available locally? Can't imagine shipping isn't prohibitive.
  2. Re: Any woodburning barrel stove users out there?

    Maybe it's a regional difference CtyAcres... I went to three places and installed and everything, anything I'd want was easy into the mid 4 figures.
  3. Re: Any woodburning barrel stove users out there?

    I'm sure. Is this really an ill-advised idea? I get that insurance companies have to be all by-the-book and all, but I've been telling myself that adding a stove that is fully contained inside a...
  4. Re: Any woodburning barrel stove users out there?

    Hmm... that's the kind of info I need :). So small and hot it sounds like (within tolerances).
  5. Any woodburning barrel stove users out there?

    I'm halfway through planning the conversion of our open fireplace (used to have doors but they were gone when we bought the house, so pretty much unusable for heat). I'll be doing a barrel stove that...
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    Re: First timer

    I rack to secondary before the vigor of primary has completely waned. The yeast activity will scrub any O2 that the racking might incidentally introduce (but still be careful to avoid splashing),...
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    Re: Beer Keg to Kettle Conversion

    If I'd known it could work that well I'd have tried it myself years ago! Nice work.
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    Re: Hunters: anyone use electronic ears?

    Anyone have a set they'd recommend/review?
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    Re: Hunters: anyone use electronic ears?

    Good thoughts. Yep, it's all spot-and-stalk out here, which is great on one hand. Lots of beautiful country and you never look at terrain the same after scouting a few remote drainages from a game...
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    Hunters: anyone use electronic ears?

    OK, some background. I'm a recovering musician and have always worn earplugs at live music, on the table saw, etc. so I still have very good hearing. Most concerts I need the earplugs because it's...
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    Re: Beer Keg to Kettle Conversion

    Looks great Barry, nice work! Good catch on the full-port ball valve.
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    Re: my honey has turned

    +1 on cultured yeast. But I'm a bit of a control freak in the brewery :D
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    Re: Beer Keg to Kettle Conversion

    I've never used a sight glass but they are kind of cool looking. They're OK for just water in the HLT but don't in the boil kettle (too hard to clean out). You can get the combo ones that mount off...
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    Re: Beer Keg to Kettle Conversion

    First, good on you for not stealing one :thumbsup: ! It's a bad practice and brewers stealing from brewers is a darn shame. All-grain is super fun and it doesn't take much more work to make 10 or 15...
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    Re: Is this normal? or did Imess up?

    Not to worry. Airlock activity is not a good gauge of fermentation activity, as pressure differentials vary with barometric pressure, temperature, etc. Tap water won't harm anything unless your tap...
  16. Re: Peach, orange, and cantaloupe mead. Questions on how to start.

    The package should have a dosing rate for the pectic. Freezing fruit doesn't necessarily improve the mead, just improves the extraction of fruit juices by pulverizing the cell walls, allowing juice...
  17. Re: Peach, orange, and cantaloupe mead. Questions on how to start.

    Sounds like mead to me :)! Consider waiting on the nutrient, acids and tannins: they can be added as needed/to taste later. The pectinase is a good idea. I tend to make mead based on the SG readings...
  18. Re: Peach, orange, and cantaloupe mead. Questions on how to start.

    Usually you'll want to crush and strain the fruit (like you would wine) for mead. Don't cook. You could also just cut it up, freeze (to pierce the cell walls) and then add to the fermenter. Have you...
  19. Re: Benefits of Raw Honey Lost When Making Mead?

    I also don't heat, but the "consensus" online suffers a bit when put to the test: many award-winning meads are heated or even boiled. There are multiple paths to great mead, just as there are to...
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    Re: Gonna try my hand at meade making...

    Pollen is/was a traditional way to add nutrients, but today has largely been supplanted by yeast nutrient. If you are into the traditional thing, please be sure to boil the must with the pollen in it...
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    Re: Balloon hand

    Nothin' but time. Local swelling is a normal reaction. If you go to a doctor in addition to the outcomes noted earlier, you may well be mis-diagnosed with an allergy due to "defensive medicine"...
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    Re: High Elevation Beekeeping?

    Not sure what PS is, I'm in Lyons.
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    Re: High Elevation Beekeeping?

    Hey neighbor,
    Sure, lots. Come to a Northern Colorado Beekeepers meeting sometime and meet a bunch of us :). You'll definitely need to be prepared to feed if the drought keeps up, depending of...
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    Re: screened bottom boards

    I close mine up when overnight temps are <50F, but several years I've found a few hives I forgot and left open were doing great too.
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    Re: fermented honey

    Aw, let 'em have some fun. It's been a long winter :). It's unlikely to be alcoholic, as ETOH production requires an anaerobic environment.
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