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On having talented friends
So, Pablo just told me that he could make an immersion wort chiller. He has mad skillz.

I took the opportunity to suggest Mass Art to him again, if only because it was great watching his excitement when he was showing me around the metal shop. I want everyone to bust out, especially if it means getting to use "Big Hammers" and "The Burninator."
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mittenstein From: mittenstein Date: December 17th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
that is a beautiful piece of equipment.
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2003 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
It is my preciousssssss....
canonfire From: canonfire Date: December 17th, 2003 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
this seems different from the St. John's wort chiller he was talking about earlier, right?
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2003 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that one's reserved for severe cases of depressed beer.
mudguts From: mudguts Date: December 17th, 2003 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
question about the counter-flow chiller...
when talking about this, i had assumed the wort was pumped through the chiller. after looking at phill's counter-flow chiller, it looks like it uses gravity.
if such is the case, i could probably easily make one of these instead.
it seems like you would have to chemically sterilize it with each use though, since your not immersing it in the wort.
if you decide to go with the immersion chiller, i need an approximation of the dimensions you need.
what color would you like and, oh yes, can attach big hammers to it?
mudguts From: mudguts Date: December 17th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)

isfb

im sitting here clicking the refresh button again.
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2003 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: isfb

I can't tell you how long I've waited for something to happen.
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2003 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
The immersion chiller is submerged in the wort and cold water is pumped through it. The counterflow chiller pumps water around a tube through which the wort is passed.

I'm not sure one or the other would necessarily need more maintenance or cleaning. I do think that the counterflow chiller would require me to upgrade to a brewpot with a spigot, because I'm having a hard time conceptualizing how else to get the wort moving.

As for the big hammers? I'd be disappointed if you didn't. ^_^
mudguts From: mudguts Date: December 17th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
i wonder if we could get a tank of ln2 up your stairs?
mudguts From: mudguts Date: December 17th, 2003 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
refresh, refresh, refresh...
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
What's In2?
mudguts From: mudguts Date: December 17th, 2003 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
liquid nitrogen.

we could have beer slushies :D
kzookitten From: kzookitten Date: December 24th, 2003 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
so without knowing anything about beer brewing, this is the grossest sounding piece of equipment ever...


though I do appreciate the trogdor reference...
komos From: komos Date: December 24th, 2003 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
A lot of things used in homebrewing are kind of a shorthand for the machinery used by the commercial breweries. Use of something like this is to help keep the beer from getting infected with some outside bacteria... which is really gross. ^^

I have more of an issue with the siphon tubes. They're hard to clean, hard to control, and they get used a lot.

MassArt is a very cool place. The name, "The Burninator," appears on a forge in the metal shop. Someone also drew a remarkably good likeness of my favorite dragon on the ventilation hood.


I'm curious... How did you find your way here?
kzookitten From: kzookitten Date: December 24th, 2003 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)

random search

I clicked on first kisses, which is listed in my interests, just to see what sort of people and communities popped up... if it was mostly cheesy teenage girls, or romantic Amelie fans, or whatever else...
and then I pretty much just clicked on ones that sounded interesting...

being a pretty avid naturalist... the name caught my attention

komos From: komos Date: December 24th, 2003 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: random search

Heh. I can't tell you how pleased I am that I've been distinguished from lj's teen girl squad.

More seriously, I've met some very cool people doing much the same thing. You're right... the forum does make for excellent virtual people watching.

Could I trouble you to share your favorite moment in the mountains/woods/whatever?
kzookitten From: kzookitten Date: December 24th, 2003 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: random search

Honestly, I want to somehow be like, "yeah, there's this one place in Michigan..." because I absolutly adore this state. However, I have to say that there were places where I went hiking in Hawaii where I seriously thought I might just pop it was so spectacular. I mean, Im a sucker for islands as it is, but being at the top of a volcanic ridge looking over a valley where the ocean cuts in, and seeing all the grooves water has traced along its face. And to top it all off, just amazing birds and animals everywhere (granted a good half of them imported from somewhere else).

There was this one point where we were hiking through the woods at the Alakai swamp on Kuaii on a solitary hike. Which was truly wonderful because it was nearly impossible to get away from the group. I got to this one grove of Ohias and as I was listening to the fairly foreign bird calls, I heard this one that I was convinced was an Iiwi, which had been one of those animals that I just wanted to see more than anything. So I slow down and start looking around more, and sure enough... there was this Iiwi fluttering about in the trees. I think I may have been the only person on the trip that saw one, up close anyhow. But then, I was probably one of the only ones that cared to.

I have a million littles snipets in my head like that from Hawaii. (and actually, if you feel like braving it... I backposted the journal entries I wrote for the class into my lj. They start in may and end somewhere in june.)

Cheers!

p.s. and dont think im selling Michigan short... If there is one place on Earth that I think everyone should go before they die, I definitely feel like the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and accompanying N. and S. Manitou islands are in the top 5.
komos From: komos Date: December 26th, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's hard not to be awed by something outside of your normal experience. I've really enjoyed my time in the woods and mountains of New England, but when I start talking about my favorite experiences, they're usually in Arizona. There's an element of terrible beauty there that I can't seem to get enough of.

Is it strange that one of the things that I find so appealing about brewing is the fact that I can say that there's something alive in my closet?

Thanks for sharing, and thanks for dropping in.
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