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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 30, 2015, 02:28:26 PM »
Just looked at my phone and it's 73F outside today.  Raspberries are starting to sprout and last years canes are leafing out.  Hostas and tulips are peaking out of the ground.  I'm starting to believe it may actually be Spring.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 26, 2015, 05:33:22 AM »
Somewhere above it asked how the "decoction makes maltier" idea got started.  My take on that question (with likely, little basis in fact 8^)  ) is the original lagers were malty and were decocted so "decoction = malty".  We all know that decoction was originally the only way to get poorly malted grains to convert enough starch to make a decent beer.  With today's malts decoction isn't really required but is traditionally the way you brew certain beer styles.  It does seem to make minor contributions in flavor but isn't really required to get the results you are looking for.

Basically it fits in the do it the way you want category for me.  RDWHAHB.   :D

Paul


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Now we need Tom Schmidlin and Carl (Punatic) to come back and another non-beer-related BlueFoxIcy thread.  Then we'd be all set.

Now you've done it.

Welcome back all!

Paul 

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The Pub / Re: Last night I dreamt
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:20:47 PM »
I normally don't advertise products for free but we have had good luck using Ortho Home Defense.  I pour it into a garden sprayer and apply to the whole foundation and all the base boards in the garage.  That tends to keep the ants at bay fairly well. 

A couple of years ago I pulled off the garage baseboards and power washed the sills.  the ants had moved up into the walls on the south side.  After it was good and dry I sprayed the Home Defense stuff in around the sills really heavy and put the base boards back on.  It seemed to slow them down.

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:04:17 PM »
I'm looking for a combo of drippers and soakers but our water is real hard. Not sure how well the drippers will last.

Yeah - that's something else I need to consider. :/

At any rate, I'm looking at a website called Drip Depot. They have plenty of stuff to learn from.

You may want to consider some rain barrels too.  We put out 3 of them last year and typically had more water than we could use.  A 20'x24' roof will fill a 55 gallon barrel from .1" of rain.  It's pretty cool to get 150 gallons of garden water from a light shower.  All kinds of options out there.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grains Before Water (Mash question)
« on: March 14, 2015, 07:50:43 AM »
I didn't see the way I mash in mentioned so here is a different option.

I add 1/2 of the mash water to my cooler and then add the grains.  I sprinkle in the grains until there doesn't seem to be any water left to absorb them and then just pour the rest in so they are evenly spread across the cooler.  Then I add the remaining water using my 1 gallon pitchers.  I pour from 2' to 3' above the grain bed and use the water to mix in what I can.  What is left gets stirred together using a side to side motion and basically scraping the edge off the remaining dry grain "island" until it's all mixed in. 

I usually find 2 of 3 small dough balls but they break up easily.  Any final temp adjustments are made with a little cold water (I tend to over shoot my temp by 3 to 5 degs every time).

Slightly different but it works for me.

Paul

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone's new beer sounds terrible
« on: March 13, 2015, 11:56:50 AM »
The bucket is pretty. 

I can't imagine actually selling (much less buying) a product like that but there are people out there that will buy anything.

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Pretzels
« on: March 06, 2015, 01:35:10 PM »
Use that recipe all the time.  We've found that not using baking soda or the egg wash and just using the traditional lye makes them perfect.

Those look great in the picture!!

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cleaning bottles
« on: March 04, 2015, 01:57:08 PM »
I've been know to use a razor blade on really stubborn labels.  Like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-1-1-2-in-Razor-Scraper-28-500/202262010

Just be sure to push away from yourself at all times. I can showy ou some scars that prove it is a valid rule.   ::)

Most labels came off with a good OxyClean, PBW or Straight-A soak.  User as hot of water you can get out of the tap and let them sit for a day or two.  Leinenkugel bottles were the worst for me.  Most of the craft brewers labels would just fall off.

For already used bottles I'm in the rinse well after pouring and eye ball the inside for gunk camp.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:26:18 AM »
I have followed several homebrew forums and agree that a couple of them to have some snobs, put politely. One refers to Asshats and has a few "snobs", but will remain nameless. I'm a Boomer and being older and maybe wiser don't have time for dumb shi# . That is why I like this forum and I also go to Northern Brewer forum. I can read threads I'm interested in and comment on them with mature people. As for searching for answers I don't always get the info I'm looking for, besides I've never taken a typing class and am not that good on the computer. This is also why I can't get a Avatar the right size to use. Some people don't comprehend written answers, not me but some friends, they must be shown or talked through the process. That's my two cents, thanks AHA forum and members for a quality place to enjoy my hobby.   

Here is a simple, easy to use tool that may help.  http://www.shrinkpictures.com/create-avatar/ .

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 03:18:34 PM »
The potential for uncivil responses rises for users that have avatars that are not attached to their actual identity. I've suggested that users be a little more open and put "themselves" out there personally so that your fellow user gets to know you and who you are. All it takes is a little extra info on your signature line.

Take responsibility for being a civil member of this forum.

But Martin, I actually am a crazy, cartoon rabbit with an obsession for tea parties.   ;)

Anonymity does give many people a feeling of power.  Lucky for all you folks I've been both married and an IT employee of a major financial institution long enough to know I have no power over anything.   8)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Beer Themed Baby Bottles?
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:52:32 PM »
I know a few people that this would be a great baby shower gift.  Most of them would use it too.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:47:03 PM »
My biggest pet peeve is "this has been asked before...search the forum before asking the same question again"  While it is good advice, sometimes the search functions don't provide the results you are looking for.

And it truly hate the "LMGTFY" posts...You go to all the effort to type the search into this website, then post the link on a forum to basically call people lazy.

Bottom line:  Rule #1 of the Brewer's Code - Don't be a dick!

 I don't mind a little good nature razzing.....its what we do sometimes. I did chuckle when i got the LMGTFY- it wasn't meant to be mean in that case.
I know I am a rookie brewer but I now feel really stupid for having to google LMGTFY! Doh!

I had to think about it for awhile to remember what it stood for.  I've done that to someone once and it wasn't on this forum.  He was full time, paid, computer geek just like me and kept asking questions that would all be answered if he just bothered to do a search himself.  Everyone else on the thread thought it was hilarious.  Him, not so much.   :-\

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:31:25 AM »
Looks like central Iowa is finally coming out of the freezer this week.  Looks like 40's this weekend!!

I have 4 more beers to brew before all the kegs are full for the summer.  The timing will work out about right this year for once.  Warm days, grounds water still below 40F and no major yard work needing to be done yet.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:27:25 AM »
All true.  Although I sorely wanted to throw a rant as a joke.   ;)

No one knows the number of responses I have typed and deleted while proof reading.  Most often because the comments weren't constructive and would only have hurt the persons asking the questions.  I, for one, very much appreciate the polite discussions on this board. 

Paul

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