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The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 16, 2012, 04:11:51 PM »
Sold my ten gallon equipment and brew stand some time ago. Here's my new fancy setup.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 15, 2012, 02:15:06 AM »
New homebrew store doesn't carry white labs. :( Brewing an Anchor Porter clone without Cali V. They have a ton of Denny's yeast though! Was very happy to see that. :) It'll do just fine.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 14, 2012, 03:45:12 PM »
1 pound is ~ 3500 calories, not 2000. For a 'reasonable' weight loss regime you should expect ~4-5 pounds per month loss.

Yep. For most people, losing more than a pound a week is a bad idea. Goodbye, sweet muscle.....

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 13, 2012, 11:48:44 PM »
Hey Ryan;  welcome back!  You know what I have if you want some. ;)

I assume you mean CTZ. Mine just won't grow, man. Sterling is going crazy though!

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:53:10 PM »
Coming from a guy who has been lifting weights somewhat religiously since I was 18 (and younger if you count school athletics), I can tell you it can be done. But it is difficult to stay lean and drink regularly. The only success I ever had was when I abstained from drinking for the entire week-days and then drank moderately (usually) on the weekends. The type of beer we like is so full of calories that two beers a night even pushes close to or over 500 calories. Have a few more on the weekend and you are up over a thousand. The entire week can climb over 5000 calories for the entire week in carbs, which is not a recipe for maintaining a low body fat count. And it gets worse the older you get.

Don't want to be a downer but just thought I'd share my experience. And when I did have a six pack back in my twenties I didn't ever even give it a thought. Was just the way my body was. There is no way I could work hard enough (or cut my beer drinking back enough) to ever have a sixer again. But that's just me - good on you Ryan. Very impressive.

That is all very true. Fortunately, I'm a giant. I lose weight on 3400 cals a day. LOL.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:16:08 PM »
I've actually decided to make brewing a hobby again. Got rid of all my ten gallon stuff and a bunch of kegs. Lifting/Bodybuilding is my obsession now. Most of my friends think that you can't do both. They're wrong.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 07:29:51 AM »
So what was your workout/diet regime? I have had close to zero luck losing weight (I need to get rid of about 70 pounds) with the one exception of my crazy college kid days where I was biking ±20 miles a day and eating only pasta and ben & jerry's. Got down to 190 then.

Calculated my BMR(google it) and ate 500 cals under that. Also lifting weights. Lift heavy to preserve muscle as you cut weight. Otherwise you'll lose a ton of lean mass. After a month or so you actually get used to being hungry. You shouldn't feel like you're starving though.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:00:48 AM »
When you say you lost over 100 lbs. are you refering to your ex?   8)

Welcome back.


Feels kinda weird digging out all of my brewing gear. Really looking forward to it though.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:07:02 AM »
Thanks, Major! I gave up on my hair long ago. LOL. Might grow the beard back though. Believe it or not, I still do a fair bit of drinking and still have the abs(barely).

The Pub / I'm back
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:36:30 PM »
After a year away from brewing, I've decided to give it another go. I'm not sure how many of you will remember me, but I used to frequent the forums quite a bit. Feels good to be back. I had to make a lot of changes in my life and that didn't leave a lot of time for brewing. Got divorced(amicably), lost over 100lbs and quit smoking and chewing. I had been fat my entire life. It feels so good to finally be in shape. That being said, I'll be brewing a high calorie IIPA this weekend. LOL. Anyhoo, it's good to be back and it's good to see so many familiar faces. Inb4 "dear diary."

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC First Round Results
« on: April 07, 2011, 10:42:41 PM »
Not officially a member, but I hang out on their forum a lot.  :)  What's so scary about Idaho? LOL.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC First Round Results
« on: April 07, 2011, 01:39:24 PM »
Got my scoresheets today. That was fast! :o True pros at the NHC! I couldn't quite break the 40 point barrier. It's a PITA. LOL!
Actually, that would be "True pros at the regional organizers" where you entered.  And yes, that is fast.

Uhmm...Ok. Thank you Seattle region!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC First Round Results
« on: April 07, 2011, 04:15:06 AM »
Got my scoresheets today. That was fast! :o True pros at the NHC! I couldn't quite break the 40 point barrier. It's a PITA. LOL!

The Pub / Re: How low can you go?
« on: January 07, 2011, 05:35:32 AM »
I'll drink just about any beer, but nothing labeled "Ice." Instead of making beer flavorless, it's like they intentionally make it taste bad. Not to mention the headaches. It makes good beer can chicken though. That's what happens to it when you leave a case at my house. :)

Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 17, 2010, 03:52:22 PM »
I'm not convinced that leaving the tubing attached is sure to keeps bacteria from developing.

I understand your concern, but like I said, I've been using mine for years without issue. Contamination or otherwise. I rinse it thoroughly with warm water when I'm done and then I hang it to dry.

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