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Tom Daniels
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Username: Tom_daniels

Post Number: 20
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 69.5.128.166
Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 07:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

(oops, first post ended up in wrong place.:-)
Greetings. After a 2 year hiatus in brewing, I have decided to clean out my 15 gallon system and jump right back in. My wife actually encouraged me (must have thought I needed a hobby again) and helped clean the system.

Anyway not thinking clearly, we invited a bunch of folks over to watch!
Boy, am I nervous. It's been a while and then hbd went down.

For the questions: I am substituting corn grits (which I will cereal mash) for flaked corn as the HBS was out. Any conversion factors or is it more or less 1 to 1?

Also, I want to build a thermocouple well out of some stainless tube and TC wire. My first thought was to seal the bottom of the tube with aquarium sealant and crimp it shut. I thought I could embed the heat shrink covered TC wire in a bit of the silicone. What do guys think?}
 

Paul Erbe
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Username: Perbe

Post Number: 581
Registered: 05-2001
Posted From: 12.37.128.66
Posted on Friday, June 09, 2006 - 06:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What kind of conversion factors are you worried about. If it is just for the amount to use I would think it would be 1 to 1 by weight.

Good luck on your first batch back. I hope you understand it is a requirement off this board to provide the first person who answers your I'm Back post several beers from the first batch for testing and quality control.
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 5709
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 140.211.82.4
Posted on Friday, June 09, 2006 - 08:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Keep in mind that unless you use instant grits, you'll have to do a cereal mash.
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Tim Wi
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Username: Riverkeeper

Post Number: 439
Registered: 03-2005
Posted From: 170.141.68.2
Posted on Friday, June 09, 2006 - 08:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think he was keeping it in mind DC.

 

Tom Daniels
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Username: Tom_daniels

Post Number: 23
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 69.5.128.166
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 03:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul: As far as the conversion factor, do I sub one 1 lb of grits to 1lb of flaked maize? And yeah, I have the extra fun of the cereal mash.

As far as the bottles of beer, I don't bottle :-) If you are in the Ames, IA area, come by in 6 weeks and we'll tap the keg.
 

Tom Daniels
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Username: Tom_daniels

Post Number: 24
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 69.5.128.166
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 03:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul: As far as the conversion factor, do I sub one 1 lb of grits to 1lb of flaked maize? And yeah, I have the extra fun of the cereal mash.

As far as the bottles of beer, I don't bottle :-) If you are in the Ames, IA area, come by in 6 weeks and we'll tap the keg.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 5586
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.224.243
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 11:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, you can substitute 1 lb. of grits for 1 lb. of flaked maize.

Tom, I'll be in Iowa in six weeks but it will be on a bicycle for RAGBRAI.
 

Tom Daniels
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Username: Tom_daniels

Post Number: 25
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 69.5.128.166
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 03:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill P,

Great to hear that you are still doing RAGBRAI. One of my friends, a colleague's husband, always does it. He was getting psyched up yesterday at the brew party. It's a long term goal for me to ride it. Once I have tenure, I think I'll try to go for it.

Looks like Waukee is the nearest overnight stop...not real close though.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 5589
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.224.243
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, Ton, Waukee or Newton are both about a 45 minute drive from Ames. Our group always has good beer on tap, so if you get a wild hair to sample the nonsense and pay a visit shoot me an e-mail and I'll tell you where we'll be staying.
 

Susan Walsh
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Username: Clover

Post Number: 12
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 128.255.152.109
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 03:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, Look up Team Good Beer during Ragbrai. This is Millstream Brewing's bike group. I believe they will have Millstream available. The Warsh Pale Ale was recently released and it is a great pale ale.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 5594
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.224.243
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 03:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I understand the volunteer fire department in Ladora will be selling Millstream beers when RAGBRAI is there on Thursday July 27.

Our group (Team Sprint) has a dual-tap jockey box and will be serving a variety of homebrew and micros (including from the Great Dane and Capital Brewery in Madison) in camp. It's one of the reasons to get off the road before dark.
 

Mountain Jack
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Username: Mountainjack

Post Number: 56
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 63.145.92.133
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 - 09:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, I might try to find you guys on the first night in Ida Grove. That's my hometown and I will be back for the festivities. It's the most exciting event in that little town in years.

Cheers,
Corey
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 5602
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Corey, send me an e-mail (address in my profile) and I'll let you know where we'll be staying in Ida Grove. We'd be more than happy to share a beer or three. RAGBRAI has overnighted there at least twice before, and it was a pass-through town six or seven years ago if my memory is worth anything. It is a bit of an odd place, with all that faux-medieval nonsense in the hills of western Iowa.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 1201
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 70.233.34.158
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does anyone know if people get together like this on other organized rides? I have done several rides (it has been a few years) and I don't recall ever seeing kegs of beer. I have done Ride the Rockies, DALMAC, TOSRV, Hilly Hundred and several other random centuries through the Midwest.
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

Paul Erbe
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Username: Perbe

Post Number: 589
Registered: 05-2001
Posted From: 12.27.22.67
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 04:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have only ridden in one Century but I am quite certain I would not have finished if I did not know there was beer at the end of the route.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 5606
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.224.243
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 09:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There is some craft beer on Ride the Rockies, according to reliable sources I know. Many of the other rides are one or two-day somewhat challenging affairs often attracting what a friend of mine calls "fitness fascists" to whom beer and bicycles don't mix. RAGBRAI is something of a one of a kind event in terms of its attitude. With 10,000 riders and lasting a week, it's everything from a church picnic to a college fraternity bash, depending on the group with whom you ride. The distances vary from day to day but average about 75 miles, and the small towns it passes through take on a carnival atmosphere.

Paul, beer has been my anesthetic of choice for many a ride, both during and afterward. For example, there is a very nice pub with good beer just over 30 miles from my door. It's a popular destination for my wife and I on Sunday rides. We always marvel at how the trip home seems so much easier than the ride there. Of course it doesn't hurt that the last six miles are almost entirely downhill.