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The Pub / Re: Guitar talk moved over from main forum....
« on: May 11, 2016, 08:51:56 AM »
I have a couple guitars and a couple basses. 

The most interesting, and only one of them likely to be collectable, is my 1983 Steinberger XL-2 "boat oar" bass - serial number 563.  I bought it new and have been the only owner.  It's the version with EMS humbuckers and the curved bayonet "plug-in" leg rest (which somehow I've managed not to lose through the years).  The original gig bag bit the dust a few years ago after lots of wear and tear from gigging, so not I keep it in a custom road case.  I don't get to play it a lot, but I don't think I'll ever let it go.  I'll probably pass it on to my son who also plays.

I also have a Mexican Fender P-bass.  I've made a few cosmetic mods to it, but it's pretty much "stock."

I've always run my basses direct to the sound board through an Intersound IVP  preamp/DI combo - so I don't even own a bass rig anymore.

I have a Larrivee D-03R acoustic that I like a lot and play the most.  It's a dreadnaught with rosewood sides & back and solid sitka spruce top.  The neck is mahogany with ebony fretboard.  I added a Fishman passive piezo pickup and run that through an external Fishman preamp.

The last is a Mexican Fender Telecaster that I've made some mods to.  I swapped-out the pickguard for cosmetic reasons and added some shielding in the cavity when I did that.  I'm planning to swap out the factory pickups for the NS-2 noiseless ones.  I keep the pedals pretty minimal - overdrive, chorus, flanger, compressor, delay.  My amp is a Fender Blues Junior NOS.   

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oxygen cleaners
« on: November 17, 2015, 02:03:46 PM »
I see that the Alkaline Brewery Wash is not recommended for use on soft metals like aluminum or zinc.  Does anyone know if it's okay on brass or copper?  I have a copper dip tubes in my kettles, and some brass valves and QDs,

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The Pub / Re: Made me laugh
« on: November 06, 2015, 10:16:46 AM »
My sentiments, exactly!  I'm sure there are great pumpkin beers, but they're just not for me.  The only part of the pumpkin I care to eat is the seeds when they've been roasted.

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The Pub / Re: New tap handles
« on: November 06, 2015, 09:44:52 AM »
The folks at Fat Head's are very friendly to homebrewers.  They've hosted and sponsored our club's annual competition [Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers (SNOB) - "Son of Brewzilla"] for the past five years.  We'll be holding this year's competition at their production brewery / taproom tomorrow (11/7/15).  I'm spoiled - my office is less than a mile from there.  Head Hunter straight from the fermenter sample port is wonderful.

Wort H.O.G. - have you tried the Bistro Chalk Markers on your tap handles?  They're pretty narrow, so you can fit more info - and they come in colors, too.

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The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 26, 2015, 03:45:02 PM »
For me, it used to be working on recipes and tinkering with building my system - but now it's the company of fellow Homebrewers.  Honestly, I've met some of the best and most interesting people I know through homebrewing - especially those I've met through our local club and a few clubs from neighboring areas.

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The Pub / Re: Officially a dad
« on: January 26, 2015, 03:32:08 PM »
Congrats, and best wishes!

Sounds like a great opportunity to do a brewery "reset" and think about the things you might do differently this time around.  We all learn a lot as we build out our systems.  However, sometimes we're far enough down a particular path that it's not practical to change.  Give it some thought....

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The Pub / Re: Best Album of All Time
« on: December 24, 2014, 10:12:20 AM »
On my list in no particular order:
  • Kinda Blue - Miles Davis
  • Time Out - Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Discipline - King Crimson
  • Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magic - Red hot Chili Peppers
  • You Are What You Is - Frank Zappa
  • Gaucho - Steely Dan
  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

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The Pub / Re: Huge news from The Weaze
« on: December 24, 2014, 09:45:18 AM »
No. Sigh.... she made promise not to wear it on wedding day. I respectfully agreed.

Wow!  She's taken "pantsless" to a whole new level!   ;)

Hopefully, she's a Browns fan - it's a 50/50 chance around Youngstown/Warren. 

Seriously, though, I'm happy for you.

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The Pub / Re: What to read
« on: December 24, 2014, 09:32:54 AM »
Looks like this hoopy frood  has some reading to do. As soon as I find my towel, that is. ;)

Don't overlook the two Dirk Gently books Adams wrote - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; and The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul.  I actually like them more than the 5-book Hitchhiker's trilogy.

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The Pub / Re: Movie Quote Game
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:45:29 AM »
The Great Gatsby.

"Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"

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+1 to Micromatic.  I've had good pricing, selection and service from Rapids Wholesale: www.rapidswholesale.com

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What in the tun this weekend?
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:14:42 AM »
Yesterday was a brew day.  I racked a German Pilsner to a lagering keg to make way for this year's Maibock.  I brew the Pils, ferment it, then reuse the yeast (WY2206) for the Maibock.  Checked on the Pils in the fermenting fridge a few minutes ago and there is steady activity in the airlock.  Pitched at 46F, and primary is running at 49F. 

I definitely picked the right day to brew this weekend.  Yesterday, it was sunny and almost 40F outside.  This morning, we've had 3" of snow (so far) and it's holding steady at 10F outside.  Gotta love winter in Cleveland!   

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 27, 2014, 12:06:14 PM »
Sanitizing with StarSan in a spray bottle uses much, much less than filling a vessel - even if you only fill the vessel half way.  I can usually make it through an entire brew day with less than 16 oz of StarSan this way.  StarSan is a contact sanitizer - only the surface to be sanitized needs to be wetted.  The rest of the sanitizer filling the vessel is unnecessary.  Of course, if you save the StarSan to reuse on another brew day this is a moot point.

Like others, I save leftover hot water from the HLT for cleaning, and use water from cooling for cleaning/rinsing.  Cooling water also gets put into empty 1-gallon water jugs and frozen for use when recirculating ice water to chill lagers.  Remaining chilling water gets used to water plants in the summer, and to fill the washing machine in winter. I let my mash sit a while after sparging and collect the last of the low-gravity runnings for starters.  Even if those runnings are too low a gravity for a starter, it's that much less DME and water that I need to use.

I do these things, and I live less that five miles from Lake Erie - so there's really not a water shortage here.  I think conservation is a good practice regardless of whether there's a shortage.  I do things like turn off the water faucet while brushing my teeth.  That might only save a little water, but it also saves all of the energy used to treat it and pump it to my house, as well as reducing the amount of chemicals that need to be used, produced and transported.  It's remarkable how far a little forethought can go toward reducing and conserving the resources we use.   

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:39:44 AM »
We have a terrific new concept we're working on here in Michigan. It's called "Inside"...
Unfortunately, full-scale brewing indoors just isn't an option for me.  It should be around 20-25 F here this Saturday, so I'm going to sack-up and jury-rig some tarps to block the wind and brew outside.  The part of my patio where I brew has a roof and I have an infrared heater to take the chill off.  It's really the wind that's the problem - it messes with my burners and really impacts my boil-off rate.  That just means more monitoring during the boil with my refractometer so I hit my target OG.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 22, 2014, 02:05:43 PM »
This polar vortex thing is driving me nuts.  It's probably not going to make it over 20 F here for a couple weeks.  That's messing with my brewing schedule, and I'm going to be behind on my Maibock. >:(  The temperature I can deal with - it's the lousy wind chill that's keeping me from brewing outdoors.  It's time for some more small batch BIAB experiments on the stove, I guess.

GO AWAY POLAR VORTEX - I GOTTA GET MY BREW ON!!!! 

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