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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Attire
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:04:10 PM »
Not yet, but after my 20F rainy first-ever all-grain day, waterproof shoes have made the list of requirements.

Kilts? I could get behind that....  ;D

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:23:27 PM »
So they blame windows for not being able to handle it when the problem is the new program is configured for an updated OS and nearly all of the RAM than they have installed.

It seems like most of the issues I've encountered, with family and in my stint doing support in school, are with the massive amounts of garbage that come pre-installed. I've used (and still use, when I have to cross-boot) *very* stable Windows machines, but they all started as fresh installs. That's something an "average" user doesn't even know to do - nor should they have to.
What's sad is that most pre-built computers that you purchase today come with "recovery" disks that have all that garbage still present. Makes doing a fresh, clean install that much more difficult.

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 02, 2013, 04:00:57 PM »
What really amazes me is to hear people say that they have issues with Windows, especially Win7.  I have run every build of windows since before Win3, all of them heavily used in a technical business situation.  I have also run Macs for quite a while and taken care of Linux networks.  I have never found Win to be any more troublesome or difficult to administer than any of the alternatives.  I have no problems with crashing or viruses.  I have no doubt, based on what I've heard, that others do have issues.  My point is that it's certainly possible to have an efficient, trouble free system based on windows.
Windows Me wasn't that bad once I figured out that the switch on my power strip was the best method of fixing freezes.

/Running Xubuntu 12.10 now, only even look at Windows because I'm too lazy to bother figuring out how to run Moonlight so I can watch Netflix.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Tips on keeping wort cool?
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:27:31 PM »
Another vote for the plastic tub method. The advantage over a bathtub is that you can fill it fuller -- I'd recommend keeping it just an inch or two below your beer level, so you can maximize heat transfer from the beer to the water in the tub and minimize temperature fluctuations. (Also, those liquid crystal stick-on thermometers don't really like being submerged. If you mount it high and horizontal, you can avoid that.)  I found that even without adding ice, the temperature stayed 2-3F below room temperature just due to evaporation.  Since RT in my house is about 67-68F, that drops it to about where I want to ferment an ale.

All that said, I love my new fermentation chamber. I think I will love it even more now that I have a dehumidifier for it so it doesn't turn into a mold factory.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft beer sociology
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:14:47 PM »
I think it's all of the above. There is also a going prepper movement. What's the point of surviving the zombie apocalypse if there's no beer. Followed by, now that o know how, how do I make it better?

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot
Better know how to malt and kiln then, too!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Labels?
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:06:55 PM »
Mine are really boring, all text. But I'm just calling my series of beers "Nerd Girl Ale" and giving them number designations.  So something blocky and computer-formatted-looking seems appropriate.

I used Inkscape to make the initial "NGA" logo, then assemble my basic labels in GIMP. Turn that into a PNG, paste a page-full into LibreOffice Impress, and export it as PDF for printing. There's probably a better way of doing it, but I'm lazy and using Linux. For my quick-and-dirty labels, it works great.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: maintaining temps in freezer
« on: February 27, 2013, 06:13:08 PM »
A regular incandescent bulb works fine for this. The danger comes from full spectrum bulbs or bulbs that emit UV light.
True, UV is the main danger. I'm probably tending toward paranoia.

That said, you've got a sweet stainless conical there. Those of us with buckets and carboys would have more to worry about light-wise to begin with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: maintaining temps in freezer
« on: February 26, 2013, 04:47:47 PM »
Personally, I'd probably opt for a little space heater instead of a bulb. Probably overkill, but you don't want your beer light-struck before you even get around to bottling.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ultra Pale colored IPA problem
« on: February 25, 2013, 06:55:16 PM »
Maybe your store-bought water has changed the well or whatever that it sources from?

For temp control, try throwing your fermenter in a plastic bin of water, filled to just below the wort/beer level. Larger is better than one that fits close around your fermenter. I find that this keeps my fermenter a couple degrees below room temperature (according to the brewmometer on the side, which doesn't take kindly to immersion) and it should drastically dampen any temperature swings. I've had good results with this, even without adding ice bottles or wrapping my fermenter in a soggy towel to make the setup into a swamp cooler.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Absolute NEWB with a question
« on: February 25, 2013, 05:08:13 PM »
As long as the lake water is boiled then the beer should be fine.
And perhaps filtered. I wouldn't want to brew with the water from some of the murky lakes I swim in.  And pee in....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'n water spreadsheet
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:52:02 PM »
I'm sure this is an oversimplification, but if you want hoppy (my definition of an APA is basically a session AIPA), lots of sulfate is good.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:34:43 PM »
Forecast is calling for a coating of ice overnight tonight. Yuck!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Can I vacuum seal yeast?
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:28:03 PM »
I'm curious about how the cells would handle the negative pressure.
In a bag, I don't think it matters. A jar might be interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Need to clean bathtub...
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:14:14 PM »
Haven't tested it yet (and I should -- I've got scuff marks in my tub too), but I'd start with baking soda paste or Soft Scrub and work up from there.

The Pub / Re: Fly Fisherpeople....tyers?? BEAUTIFUL
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:16:50 PM »

Is that a magpie? We don't get anything like that in this half of the country.

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