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Stan Maddock
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My latest brews, going for something light for a change.  I am doing a few small batches and experimenting with changes here and there to see the effect.  

The one on the left spent 1 week in primary, on the right is another batch that has spent a week in secondary after 1 week in primary.  Same beer, same recipe, very different clarity levels!  The only difference from one to the other was the use of a grain bag during the mash when brewing the one on the left.  OG for both batches came in pretty well spot on.

The bag certainly does make a difference in clarity!
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Hi +Joe Posillico 
I'm still rather new to this, so bear with me!  The batch is all grain and the bag was used for the entire mash time.  My tun is simply a steel pot.  The boil and cool down times were kept as similar as possible from batch to batch.  

I just realized what can't be seen in the photo.  I had a light shining down into the one on the left to highlight the clarity difference.  Also, these are only 1 gallon jugs as I am a 1 gallon brewer!  :)
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A couple of knife display boxes I made.  I incorporated a hidden sliding door on the bottom of the large one to contain the sheath for the knife.  My first time attempting something like that...  Also installed with humidor style locks, again, another first!  Woods are cherry and walnut.
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Just checked out this video on RoomAlive.  The face of gaming could change quite a bit with something like this.  Some impressive ideas IMO.

Now, if they could just make the images holograms next... Hmmm..
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I Want one of these they are soooooooooooo cool!
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A post I just put up in the Homebrewing community.  Has anyone ever built their own grain mill for milling beer grains?  Looking for info or advice!  Thanks!
 
DIY Grain Mill?

Has anyone ever built their own grain mill?  My other hobby is woodworking.  Given that, I really don't think it would be hard to make a roller style grain mill at all.  I am sure it would be much cheaper than buying a mill.  However, what to use for rollers?  I was thinking a good hard wood such as maple?  I could fashion some rollers on the lathe perhaps?  Any suggestions for what to use for rollers?  The other question is spacing?  How far apart should the rollers be?
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Yes, yes, yes.. If the grinder can cut the berries lets say into an 8th of its size, that will be perfect.  Also, coffee added to stout beer does some wonders.  Considering coffee beans are about 4X larger than wheat or barley, oats, etc... It might work. 
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Just heard a pop!  Looks like my blow off tube got clogged and released into the container!  This one is about 4 hours into the fermentation process, off to a great start!  This batch is a brown ale.  I bottled my chocolate oatmeal stout prior to starting this batch.  

Now, on to my next newbie question!  I'm wondering about storage of milled grains and pelletized hops.  As I tend to have leftovers due to doing 1 gallon batches, I was thinking of vacuum sealing them to maintain freshness.  Any ideas as to what kind of shelf life to expect in this packaging?  Would freezing or refrigerating help?  
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Knowing what I do about food chemistry, I don't know of that I would recommend freezing them (hops). Like coffee, I don't feel it should be frozen, as the super low temperatures will really break down flavour chemicals, and instead, cool, not cold, and dry is better, but as always, to each their own. In the event freezing isn't an issue for you guys, go with it, of course.

And vacuum sealing is a big plus as stated above. 
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Re-purposing again!  This time an old bed frame and rails are becoming two benches. One down, one to go!  

A simple design, but useful.  It was great to be able to re-use the bed rails in this case.  The length of the rails worked out to be perfect to form the base for the seat.  
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Brilliant, Such a simple and fantastic idea.
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I'm only about 6'4", nowhere near this guy... but, sure can relate to most of what he says! A good read for the tall folk!

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Another cutting board!  
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I love this cutting board!  Alice in Wonderland?
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A quick and fun woodworking project done this afternoon by myself and my daughter!  She chose the design, I cut and sanded, she painted!  I think we make a good team!  
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DIY Grain Mill?

Has anyone ever built their own grain mill?  My other hobby is woodworking.  Given that, I really don't think it would be hard to make a roller style grain mill at all.  I am sure it would be much cheaper than buying a mill.  However, what to use for rollers?  I was thinking a good hard wood such as maple?  I could fashion some rollers on the lathe perhaps?  Any suggestions for what to use for rollers?  The other question is spacing?  How far apart should the rollers be?
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+Stan Maddock Perhaps make a form out of a PVC pipe which can be cut away later.  You mentioned a lathe - perhaps you can use the lathe to cut yourself some centered end plugs.  Run a knurled shaft or similar through the holes in the end caps.  Seal one end with some wax or similar so the form doesn't leak - vasoline perhaps.  Also use some oil or vasoline on the form itself as release agent.

The shaft should be pretty thick, I'd say 3/4 inch or thicker to prevent deflection and cracking/spaling  of the concrete.

Use as little water as possible and vibrate / tamp the concrete into place.

Let it harden for at least a few weeks - I'd suggest inside a plastic bag to prevent water evap.  Concrete needs to remain moist to cure.

Alternatively you could cast it larger than needed and machine the concrete itself - green concrete can be machined to some degree.

Fiber reinforcement might be a good idea too.

Let us know how it goes!  Or search google - maybe somebody has done this already (stand on the shoulders of giants)
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This would be a very cool project to do!!!!
 
Just wow!

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Very creative thinking and well executed. Great job.
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Harmonica and woodworking, my two main passions as of late.  I just started getting into woodworking in the past few years.  Last year I decided to try to learn how to play the harmonica.  It's, well, going ok so far!  I enjoy it, just not that great at it yet.  But, I love to practice!  Love the outdoors, camping, hiking, canoeing, etc.  And then there is beer, of course!  I love sampling all different types that are out there.  I like variety.  I've often thought that I would like to try home brewing, but just haven't made an attempt as of yet.  It may be on the horizon...  
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