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The Pub / Vibrant local markets
« on: April 15, 2011, 05:50:16 PM »
Market season is here. We're all excited to head down the the Eugene (OR) Saturday Market tomorrow.  I live outside of Portland, OR which does have a big Saturday Market (it's also open on Sunday).  While the Portland market is big, and well attended, it's also somewhat of a junk sale- lots of cheap imported junk.  There's also some cool local stuff, but the vibe just isn't there for me.  Anymore, I rarely go.

On the other hand, the Eugene Saturday Market is limited to only handcrafted items, including the food.  It's a vibrant scene with a substantial farmers market (pretty much all organic), great food and some pretty cool handcrafted items.  I'm ready to dig into my first Ritta's Burrito of the season.  I know you guys like tacos, but Ritta's is better  ;D  Oh yeah- the people watching is pretty cool too.  I may have to buy the kids another joke book from Frog (it will depend on when he had his last bath)

How bout it?  Do you have, or know of, a great local market?

Questions about the forum? / Getting weird "index" downloads
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:45:15 PM »
Sometimes, when I click on a topic (or a page within a topic) I get a download labeled "index (#).php".  The #'s are labeled sequentially (every time it happens, the # is one higher than the previous download).  This seems to be random, but does happen in groups on specific dates.  Looking back, it happened on 12/20, 12/22, 3/19, 3/30 and today 3/31.  I'm running a Win 7 machine and Chrome browser.  This odd download even happened when I tried to post this message.  Nothing actually happens, it just downloads the file labeled "index (#).php"  I frequent a few discussion boards and have never seen this anywhere else.

Is anyone else experiencing something like this?

The Pub / He had his own Boogie Woogie
« on: March 23, 2011, 12:43:26 AM »

The Pub / Does every state poke sport at the state to the south?
« on: September 14, 2010, 10:35:04 PM »
I've lived in Oregon for a while and Oregonians definitely like to poke sport at California.  I also lived in Indianapolis for a while and Kentuckians are definitely made fun of.  I grew up near St Louis, MO and, same thing, Arkansas is the target.  My favorite jab of all is the old Missouri joke that if you cut the bootheel off of Missouri and give it to Arkansas then the IQ of both states would go up 50 points. Sadly, the gulf states have nothing to laugh about  :(

Is this true all over, or have I just randomly run into the 3 states that do this?  Iowans- lay some anti-Missouri smack on me.  Any other funnies out there?

General Homebrew Discussion / Keg sanitation is over rated?
« on: July 22, 2010, 02:54:04 AM »
Over the years, I've wondered how critical it is to sanitize the keg before racking in the finished beer.  It's fermented, so what's the risk?  To begin with, I'm not one of those types that takes everything apart after each brew.  In fact, at best the kegs get a good take apart cleaning every 2,3 maybe 4 or 5 years. 

My standard MO is that when a keg kicks, I just disconnect the CO2 and store it full of CO2.  When I'm ready to fill, I just release the CO2, rinse and sanitize.  Works fine for me.

I recently kegged 10 gallons of Beerfan's SNPA clone into 2 kegs with just a water rinse (no sanitizer).  It seems to have worked fine.  I did this about a month ago, in preparation for the Oregon Country Fair in Denny's backyard.  We killed that keg (plus 2 more) at the Fair and everyone loved it.  I just tapped the other keg and, again, it tastes fine.  I plan to try and keep this keg around for awhile to see if any off flavors develop, but I don't see it happening.

Anyone else do this?  Please share your experiences.

My methods have served me well for many years, so please don't bother telling me how I need to clean everything all the time.

The Pub / RIP John Wooden
« on: June 10, 2010, 05:01:05 PM »
What a life-  small town Indiana country boy.  As a player, won an Indiana state high school championship (big doins in Indiana) and the NCAA National Championship as a Purdue Boilermaker.  He only had one losing season in a very long coaching career- his first season as a high school coach.  Served in WWII.  In 1946, he refused to let his team play in the NAIA championship tourney because blacks weren't allowed to participate.  This from a guy that grew up around Martinsville Indiana- a known hotbed for KKK activities, with a racist reputation to this day.

Yeah he's famous for all those championships at UCLA, but he was so much more than that.  Even after he retired, in 1975, he continued to mentor untold numbers until his passing last week.  Thats 35 years of dedication AFTER he made his mark with all those championships.

I love to see the decent guys win.  I'm humbled by John Wooden's accomplishments and proud to call him a fellow Boilermaker.

RIP John Wooden.

General Homebrew Discussion / 5 month dryhop Denny's RPA
« on: May 27, 2010, 06:56:40 PM »
I've been quite busy lately (started new business) and left two 5-gal cornies dryhopping for over 5 months.  The recipe was Denny's Rye IPA and it was dryhopped w/ Columbus pellets.  The beer was out in my partially insulated, unheated shop and subjected to local temperature swings.  I just kegged it yesterday and, amazingly enough, it tastes fine.  Of course, it's also very clear and that beautiful golden amber color.  I'll be seriously sampling this beer with friends over the Memorial Day weekend and I'll report back the final result.  I was surprised to find this beer even drinkable, much less tasting as good as it seems.

This has me wondering about all the posts I've read warning of grassy, or vegetal, off flavors after prolonged dryhopping.  Maybe it's the pellets (I mostly use whole leaf, but rarely find Columbus whole), or the Columbus or a combination of both.

The Pub / Chet Atkins on PBS
« on: May 25, 2010, 04:50:43 PM »
There's an old Chet Atkins special being shown on PBS these days.  Chet is one sweet guitar player.  Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Waylon and Willie and many others are on hand.  I really like the old Chet Atkins/ Mark Knopfler stuff.  Here's a link to a preview on YouTube-> 

Fortunately, Michael MacDonald only "Michael's it up" a little bit (I'm not a fan as everything he's involved in just sounds like him).  I think PBS is still rebroadcasting this special at odd hours.  I highly recommend the DVR for this one.

Chet Atkins- Certified Guitar Player?  Hell Yeah!

The Pub / RIP Ronnie James Dio
« on: May 17, 2010, 03:51:37 PM »
This is weird.  For years, I've really liked the band Government Mule.  On Friday, my youngest brother told me that Gov't Mule sounds like a classic 70's band.  I hadn't really thought of them that way, but he was right.  I grew up in the seventies, so it makes sense that I'd like a 70's sounding band.

Here's where it gets weird- I was splitting firewood this weekend, listening to my MP3 player...........Gov't Mule comes on.  I thought of my brother's 70's thing and noticed that Gov't Mule sounds alot like Rainbow.  The more they played, the more they reminded me of Rainbow.  I haven't listened to, or thought about, Rainbow in forever.  Now, I wake up and find out that RJD has passed away- trippy.  RIP RJD.

Questions about the forum? / I don't exist?
« on: April 22, 2010, 05:57:52 PM »
Just bought a new laptop.  When I try to log in, on the new puter, it says "that username does not exist".  When I click on the "I forgot my password" thingy, I get the same message.  I even copied and pasted my username directly from my profile and got the same message.  I stay logged in on this computer (home desktop) and it logged me right in as usual.  Weird.  Any suggestions?

The Pub / OxyClean your thermos
« on: February 20, 2010, 06:20:58 PM »
I started noticing a weird film in my coffee cups when the coffee was poured from my thermos.  Its been several years since I really gave it a good cleaning.  I decided to clean w/ OxyClean.  Oh my, what a disgusting mess.  After an overnight soaking, the Oxy water looked like cola and the black flakes just kept comin- rinse after rinse.  The "flakes" looked like black, soggy corn flakes.  I had to OxyClean a second time as the flakes just kept comin.  After the second soak (24 hrs this time), it just took a few rinsings and the inside is spotless.

I know many of you will come on a tell how spotless you keep your thermos, but I'm betting some of you will find the same disgusting mess that I did.  Soooooo- hit your thermos w/ OxyClean and tell us how it went.

Equipment and Software / Parts source to "Pump my rig"
« on: November 09, 2009, 05:13:40 PM »
I'm upgrading my brewery and introducing a pump.  What's a good online source for the pump, hoses, valves, fittings, etc?  I'll need a few QD's as well.  I'll post the new brewery in the next few weeks.  Thanks.

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