The Brellis House

 

Cornhole #3

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by Susanna

The Brellis House Custom Cornhole Set

We made our first cornhole set for our wedding reception. It wasn’t too difficult by following directions from Cornhole How To. It does take some time and the lumber is surprising expensive (about $50-70). Even still, for Dan’s older sister’s wedding, we decided to collaborate with his younger sister and her boyfriend to make them a cornhole set as a wedding present. Lessons learned: an outdoor duck cloth fabric is crucial for the bags! We thought we’d get fancy with a cool canvas pattern, but unfortunately, the bags ripped after a few games… (cornhole is an intense sport).

Even still, one of her bridesmaids liked the idea so much that she asked us to make a set for a party celebrating her wedding. We saw this as a perfect excuse to buy a table saw- which we found at a yard sale. The table saw made it a lot easier and we used sturdy fabric and simple color patterns. She was happy with them.

The Brellis House Custom Cornhole Set Blue

 

Converting A Chest Freezer

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by Dan

Susanna and I have been brewing for about a year now. We’ve been having a great time with it, and have made about 14 different batches. Some better than others, but so far, all drinkable (and some have been really good). A few months ago we got a chest freezer from Susanna’s parents’ neighbor. Originally we have wanted one to store summer’s harvest, which we still plan to do, but we realized we could use it as a temperature control for lagers over the summer.

The problem is a freezer’s max temperature is something like 20°F and we needed to keep it at around 40°F. You can buy temperature controls which cycle the power on and off to maintain a higher temperature, but we thought we could do it for free. One website showed us that there are two screws which control temperature, a coarse adjustment screw and a fine adjustment. The fine adjustment is the obvious one with numbers on it 1-10 for instance.

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Chest freezer temperature control.

But, if you take apart some of the housing, you can see a tiny coarse adjustment screw. Tightening the coarse adjustment screw will allow the freezer to get to a higher temperature. The physics are explained here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/guide-set-internal-chest-freezer-thermostat-32f-eliminate-external-control-249612/

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Chest freezer coarse adjustment screw

With a good amount of trail and error, I’ve gotten the freezer at a consistent 39-42°F. This is perfect for lagers and, as it turns out a keg.

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