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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.

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....

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

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.

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.

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?"

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

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!   

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.   

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.

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.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is -20 too cold to brew?
« on: January 21, 2014, 06:58:15 AM »
I have an electric infrared heater like this for the covered part of my patio where I brew.  That helps keep the chill off, so I'll brew outdoors down to about 15-20 F.  Outdoor cleanup is a hassle when it gets much colder than that, so I switch it up and mash indoors and only boil outside.  Sometimes, I do 3-gallon BIAB on the stove when it's really cold - it's fun to use a different technique and/or an experimental recipe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Baby long is enough?!?
« on: January 08, 2014, 07:59:44 AM »
I didn't start brewing until my kids were in college, so I got nothin' to say but "happy wife = happy life."

I was self-employed, traveled a lot, and finished college through night classes when my kids were infants/toddlers - and my wife has always worked full-time.  The key for us was to know when one of us needed a break from the mayhem, and to give each other the opportunity to get that break.  Having my mom living nearby and happy to take the kids for an afternoon here and there helped a lot, too.

Best wishes, good luck, and brew on!

The Pub / Re: New Year goals?
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:07:41 AM »
In no particular order...

Celebrate 30 years of marriage in September.
Lose some weight.
Brew more and better beer. 

The Pub / Re: Beer menu
« on: December 31, 2013, 07:48:48 AM »
It's great when a menu is straightforward and not given to hyperbole.   ;)

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