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Stan Maddock
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I like woodworking and harmonicas and beer and camping and canoeing and...
I like woodworking and harmonicas and beer and camping and canoeing and...

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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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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!

VICE: The Ups and Downs of Being Extremely Tall. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw6abI2CE

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Another cutting board!  
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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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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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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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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?

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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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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