HOMEBREW Digest #4648 Wed 10 November 2004

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  NPS Locknuts ("A.J deLange")
  New BJCP Continuing Education Program (Ed Westemeier)
  Electric Turkey Fryer ("Eric R. Theiner")
  Barley Crusher ("Steve Smith")
  copper v. stainless (Raj B Apte)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 13:18:39 +0000 From: "A.J deLange" <ajdel at cox.net> Subject: NPS Locknuts The almost universal answer to such questions is McMaster-Carr (http://www.mcmaster.com/). See (on line) p4 of their catalogue for vanilla locknuts and p7 for ones with a PTFE insert. A.J. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 09:17:12 -0500 From: Ed Westemeier <hopfen at malz.com> Subject: New BJCP Continuing Education Program The Beer Judge Certification Program has approved the creation of a Continuing Education Program (CEP). This may be the most significant initiative ever undertaken by the BJCP. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and judging skills of members in a comprehensive program. The program will establish new education opportunities and programs such as CEP sessions organized by third parties, development of CEP products and programs available directly from the BJCP, development of a Beer Vocabulary reference, and development of a Sensory Tasting Kit. In order to develop the program, we are looking for a Director for Continuing Education and one or two Assistant Directors. If you or someone you know might fit this role, please get a request for consideration in at the first opportunity. For full details, please visit our website at http://www.bjcp.org/news.html. Ed Westemeier BJCP Communication Director Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 10:14:35 -0600 From: "Eric R. Theiner" <rickdude at tds.net> Subject: Electric Turkey Fryer As someone who is considering converting to electric brewing ('cos it's too friggin cold up here!), I was pretty interested in the electric turkey fryer mentioned in one or two of the earlier posts-- http://www.turkey-fryers- online.com/electric_turkey_fryer.htm And I was even considering the high-end model as an easy way to short circuit the process of getting me brewing again quickly... but there's a caveat that I want to share with everyone. 1650 watts (from the element) is only around 5500 BTU's per hour. That's a long time to get to boil (Starting from cold water, you'll need around 6500 BTU's to get going, and you'll lose a few BTU's to heating up the vessel, the air around the boiler, etc.) I'm still thinking about it, but knowing how long this may take, I'm not quite so keen on the idea. Rick Theiner Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 12:06:07 -0700 From: "Steve Smith" <sasmith at in-tch.com> Subject: Barley Crusher Realizing that both the Valley Mill and the JSP MaltMill are excellent products I was thinking of buying one of them as my first grain mill, but after doing a little further research in the archives, I found a couple 2003 posts recommending a little or unadvertised mill, the Barley Crusher http://www.barleycrusher.com/barleycrusher.php. This mill offers some features that make me want to buy it instead, including lower cost. That is, it comes fully assembled for only $105 plus shipping (considerably cheaper than the Valley or the fully adjustable JSP), including a base and an aluminum hopper that holds 7 lb. of grain. It has an all-metal design, has two knurled cold rolled steel rollers adjustable at both ends (like the Valley Mill, the gap adjustment range is .015" - .070"), and a lifetime warranty. From the pictures on the website, I can see that the Barley Crusher uses standard gap adjustment knobs like the JSP has, so it lacks the benefit of marked settings found on the Valley. I can live with that. I was hoping that someone might let me know if they have been happy with this mill, or has any thoughts about its performance compared to the Valley or JSP. As usual, I have no affiliation with the company... I just want to know if it's a recommended product. Thank you. Steve Smith Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 11:12:07 -0800 (PST) From: Raj B Apte <raj_apte at yahoo.com> Subject: copper v. stainless Hi Paul, I have also been thinking along these lines. For me, the biggest problem is scorching in my thin, stainless pot. (I use a direct-fired mash tun). So I've considered 2 approaches 1. solid copper pot. Canadiense at mail.telepac.pt is a portuguese copper pot and still maker who will sell a riveted 40L copper pot for 169euros. Walls are 1.1mm thick, although thicker is possible. Larger pots are available. Unfortunately, shipping will double the cost. I have not found a coppersmith in the US who is interested in working with us small fry. Please let me know if you do. I'll bet Mexico would be a good place to look. 2. copper metal spray. Metal spray is a technique to use heat or plasma to deposit molten metal in an inert atmosphere onto a substrate. Start with a stainless pot, sandblast it clean, and spray on .050" of copper. I'm currently pricing this option. Let me know what you find out. I switched to 2.5mm copper pots for cooking and they are AMAZING. Nothing scorches or burns and things heat up fast. I did read somewhere that zinc deficiency in yeast is much reduced when using copper vessels. I don't know if this would be true for lead-free soldered pots. raj Return to table of contents
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