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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:25:21 PM »
1) My recipes are generally stored in Word docs
I started to write this in my initial response, but yeah, I have all my recipes saved as well, in Evernote. I have around 30 recipes, but I tend to repeat my favorite 6 or 8 of them over and over. So, really, I don't very often do anything that software would be useful for.

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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:02:52 PM »
I started brewing before I ever owned a computer. (Hell, almost nobody owned a computer when I started brewing.) Now that I think of it, I don't believe I've ever seen a homebrewing program, even now.

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The Pub / Re: Officially a dad
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:12:34 AM »
I don't really post enough to have built up much of a relationship with anyone here on the boards, but nevertheless wanted to chime in here and offer my congratulations. Good for you, man. It's always nice when two people find each other.

Everyone loves to poke fun at marriage, and I'm no exception -- I enjoy a joke as well as the next guy. But all kidding aside, my wife is the greatest thing that ever happened to me, and I can't imagine having lived my life without her.

All the best to you.

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The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:39:22 AM »
I don't not like the feeling of being drunk, (or even tipsy really). Hungover however...
I've never been hungover, but I'm pretty confident that I wouldn't enjoy it.

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The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:23:41 PM »
When I have a drink --whether it be beer, wine, whisk(e)y, or cocktails-- I like to sit, relax, and enjoy it. So, depending on how busy I am, I routinely go for days without alcohol. I don't really keep track, but I'm sure it's not unusual for me to be dry for a week or more at a time. I doubt there have been many times when I've gone for a full month, but as I say, I'm not keeping a record.

On the other side of the coin, I also don't place any particular constraints, per se, on myself when I do drink. But that's not really a problem because I HATE the feeling of being drunk (or even tipsy, really), so there's never any chance of me drinking to excess in the first place. 

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 10, 2014, 12:43:44 PM »
I'd live to try ancient ancient age. Can't find it but regular old ancient age is a decent sip for the price. Better than decent actually.
You may already be aware of this, but Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year (as opposed to "10 Star") has been discontinued. This was a tough blow for me; it was my go-to sipper for years. Before it was discontinued, it was only available in KY. I had a network of friends and relatives who would replenish my supply whenever they happened to go to or through KY. This past June, one of said friends stopped to pick some up and ... nope.

I've never had the 10 Star, but reviews are pretty nearly unanimous that it doesn't measure up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:54:49 AM »
Welcome!
I'm a relatively new AHA member, too. I joined in order to support this organization and to get the magazine. Honestly, until I just opened this thread, I actually forgot that there were member discounts! HA!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:26:52 PM »
I use my plain old ordinary municipal tap water. It tastes fine and my beers taste fine, so I don't question it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Free Beer Bottle Labels
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:56:47 PM »
I have a standard "Brick Pig Brew" label, black logo & text on white background. At the bottom there's a space for the name (usually just a style, but sometimes I come up with something more creative), and below that another space for the date. As someone above said, I use a find & replace function to do the name & date. The label is laid out to print 9 per page. I stick 'em with milk. Takes me about an hour to label a batch, including cleanup. Time well spent, as far as I'm concerned.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:36:03 PM »

My .02...avoid the kits if they include glass carboys. You'll eventually want to get rid of them for something safer.
That gonna be a matter of opinion. (Although I realize a complete beginner is not going to have an opinion yet at all.) All I use is glass carboys. Otherwise, FLbrewer pretty much describes my setup.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Countertops and Homebrewing
« on: June 25, 2014, 12:19:36 PM »
...But everything is generally well contained by laying down a cheap $3 bath towel on the floor while I'm brewing. I bottle on the towel, too. This way if I break a bottle I can just dispose of the whole thing.
About once a year we buy about 20 of the cheapest towels we can find at Costco. They belong to the dog, mostly, but I always use them to cover the floor on brew day and bottling day. Just like you say, if things get way messy, the whole business gets wiped up with / wrapped up in the towel(s) and goes right into the trash.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Felt Like Cheating
« on: June 25, 2014, 12:15:06 PM »
A 5.5 gal. batch sparged AG batch takes me about 4.5 hours from the time I start heating water until I finish the cleanup.
Well, that's not bad at all. It usually takes me just under three hours for an extract batch (5 gallons), if I'm really paying attention to cleaning as I go.

Since others mentioned it, I will say that I am sometimes unhappy with the coloring in my beers, which I am sure would improve with AG. It's a minor concern, but there are occasions when they definitely should look lighter than they do. (Interesting, the idea of quicker boils and how that might affect color. I'll have to look into that.)

And just for the record: I was not at all offended by the term "cheating." I completely understood the OP's meaning.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Felt Like Cheating
« on: June 25, 2014, 06:03:42 AM »
Doesn't feel like cheating to me at all. For me, it's a choice between extract brewing or store-bought beer. I simply don't have the time to go all grain. If I went AG, I wouldn't get in more than two or three brew days per year.

On the very, very rare occasion that I have a full day to devote to something, I spend it tending the fire in my offset smoker, cooking something low and slow, to go along with my homebrew.

The science geek in me really wants to go AG at some point, but it simply has never yet been in the cards for me. Mebbe when I retire. If I'm ever able to retire.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Countertops and Homebrewing
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:33:03 AM »
Whoever owned our house before us scrubbed the Formica counters to the point that there is no longer any resistance to stains whatsoever. Anything wet almost instantly produces a stain. We can keep it to a minimum if we're really quick with cleanup, but pretty much every time I brew or bottle there's a record of my latest activity left on the counter somewhere.

We have a woman who cleans for us each week who somehow manages to get them (mostly) white again, but my guess is whatever she's using is actually making the problem worse over time. I fully expect when/if we ever sell, one of the buyer's stipulations is going to be new counter tops.

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I agree with everyone else: the hot dog water story is awesome. Coolest sad story I've ever read.

@factory: I've never had great luck with lagers. They're always perfectly drinkable, but they've never measured up to my ales. I simply don't have the resources to keep them at a constant-enough cool temp to be really successful.

I think my luck with not having had any batches go so wrong as to need dumping stems from two pretty obvious factors: 1- Since I began brewing, I've always lived in places with decent water, so I very, very rarely do any treatment, and 2- I am absolutely maniacal about sanitizing my equipment, before, during, and even after, every brew and every bottling.

I also very rarely take readings, so most of the time I'm not opening my fermenters at all except to rack or bottle. (I'm only brewing for my own drinking, so I'm not much concerned with my ABV and whatnot. Sometimes if I'm trying something I've never done before, I'll keep a closer eye on things, but not often.)

Or, maybe the odds have just been stacking up against me all these years, and I'm coming due for a run of disappointments. Yikes.

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