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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 18, 2009, 05:56:36 PM »
As far as the tube v. SS thing is concerned, I think there is just a fundamental difference in the sound.  The general wisdom, as I see it, is that tube amps are a little warmer, offer a bit better response, and have a fuller sound when pushed into overdrive, all of which I believe to be true.  They also give a nice bell like sound on some of the older Fenders.  However, I think with the advances in SS amplification, it is a lot easier to emulate, if not duplicate, that tube sound without the added cost and weight.  For instance, I play though a Henrikson Jazz Amp when I'm playing my electric (2001 S.E. American Tele).  It's got great tone, great volume (I played with it the big band and could be heard on recordings just fine) and it only weighs 16#.  The question for me is this:  Why would I spend thousands of dollars more on an amp that has marginally superior tone and weighs 4 to 6 times what my current one weighs.

Although, for the record, it sure is hard to beat a 60's twin reverb and a Fender Strat.

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 01:43:53 PM »
A lot of nice electric guitars and amps out there.  Anyone play acoustic music?  I'm a bluegrass player myself.

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The Pub / Re: The Wheel of Time
« on: November 12, 2009, 07:29:37 PM »
I just read The Long Walk.  That was awesome.  Crazy story, great character development, perfect ending.  The Stand was also great...oh, Randall Flagg...what an amazing character

If you haven't read the Dark Tower, he plays a huge part in that book.

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The Pub / Re: Are some beers better than others?
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:42:24 PM »


Is this a subjective or an objective measurement?

To properly evaluate anything you need a defined standard.  What are the requirements of a "Good" beer? 



Precisely.  Now we are getting to the heart of the matter.  What makes a beer "good?"  Is it the standard by which is is made?  The care put into crafting it?  The means by which it is crafted?  The quality of the ingredients?  Or some other thing?

On a side note, it amazes me that we can talk this way about wine, but not about beer.

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The Pub / Re: Are some beers better than others?
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:06:38 PM »
[quote author=denny link=topic=237.msg2360#msg2360 date=1258044060

Its funny though, people are willing to try damn near anything put on a plate in front of them but once a beer is anything other than piss yellow they act like you kicked their dog



I've experienced that too.  I think that's what drew me to this question (plus I was a philosophy major).  It just seems that what beer is considered to be has changed a great deal.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not all about the Rienheitsgebot but at the same time, doesn't there come a time when we have to draw a line as to what constitutes beer and what doesn't?  Also as to what constitutes quality and what doesn't.

I understand that Bud Light may be a great example of a light American lager, but the deeper question is this:

Is light American lager a good example of beer?

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The Pub / Re: The Wheel of Time
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:01:33 PM »
Yeah, the Dark Tower is really great.  Plus, when you think of it, King created a world far more intricate and intriguing than many authors of the style, with several of his books taking place in the Dark Tower universe.  They guy made a mechanic to support the Tower and intertwines it into many of his books (Insomnia, 'Salem's Lot, Heart in Atlantis etc.) to create a tapestry of the world beyond the pages of a single series. 

After reading the Tower and the other books that occur in the same world, I was hard pressed to read anyone else's style of writing.  King is a genius.

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The Pub / Re: Are some beers better than others?
« on: November 12, 2009, 06:46:00 AM »
I guess I just think that the whole "to each his own" thing is problematic.  All of us here no what "beer" is.  We've read about it, we've drank our fair share of it, and we've made a good deal of it too.  So, I think that we should, without fear of snobbery or alienation, be able to talk critically about the aesthetics of beer.  In the same way that some music is objectively better than others, beer is too.  As with all forms of art, it comes down to craftsmanship.  Is AB/Inbev beer crafted well.  Absolutely.  But where is the creativity?  I suppose its the difference between a mass produced Chinese painting (they redo famous works of art in the original medium on an assembly line) and an original Maxfield Parrish. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Slow Yeast?
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:49:38 PM »
I would say that the conversion may have been the problem.  I haven't mashed with dark grains before and I've never really felt the need to do a conversion test (and it's worked fine thus far).  The drop in pH could have been the problem.  I will be sure to check for that next time.  With the fermentation, the krausen fell really early and I still gave it a full week in the primary beyond that.  So, given that it carbonated, the temp in the mash was right, and I gave it a good 2-3 weeks of fermentation time, I'm inclined to say you're right about the mash pH being too low.

Although, I did nail my target gravity...

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Classifieds / Re: Best Online/Mailorder Homebrew Supply Shop
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:42:34 PM »
Try the Grape and Granary in Akron, OH.  They have a great grain and hop selection as well as a whole lot of equipment and other necessities.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjunct mash procedure
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:38:46 PM »
With this I will be using raw wheat. 

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The Pub / Re: Who is a famous person that you've had a beer with?
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:30:08 PM »
Likewise.  Although, if I could drink with one, it would probably be Billy Joel.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Slow Yeast?
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:27:46 PM »
All grain with the following bill:

9# 2 row pale
1# black patent
1# choc. rye
1.5# flaked barley

Mash 150-152

Ferm @ room temp

Pitched wyeast Irish Ale, and it didn't take(it was fairly old) and then pitched fermentis english ale.  It did not over carbonate.

I checked the gravity after vigorous primary and it was at about 1.024, then I gave it a week in the secondary and it dropped to 1.020.  After another week in the secondary there was no change.

The sad part is, it is a great tasting beer.  It just doesn't scream stout when I poor it into the glass.  It's rather cloying and poorly carbonated.  But, this is the first one I've brewed.  I suppose I'll know for the next time :)

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Beer Travel / Re: Westvleteren 12 and other belgian beers
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:24:15 PM »
I've been thinking heavily on taking this trip.  What was the overall costs with lodging and everything.  Also, what language was spoken at most of the places.  I want to learn the necessary conversational Dutch or French before I go so I can get around and have a good time.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Slow Yeast?
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:05:59 PM »
I recently fermented a rye stout.  The OG was about 1.065, which is what I was shooting for.  I pitched my yeast and observed vigorous fermentation...but only for a couple days.  The gravity was at about 1.020.  I let it sit for a few more days after attempting to rouse the yeast a bit, but had no such luck.  I even added more yeast and it would not drop below 1.020.  It also did not carbonate very well, but it still did.

I know that my my dextrins were not too high, but I can't for the life of me figure out what happened.  I've never had that problem before and haven't had it since...is there some trick to fermenting dark worts, or is this just some sort of anomaly?

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The Pub / Are some beers better than others?
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:00:36 PM »
This is a conversation I'm sure we are all familiar with.  One of our friends is drinking back on a Bud Light Lime and we may say something like, "why don't you try drinking something good?"  Which raises a great question; Is my Pliny the Elder better than his Bud Light Lime?  If so, what makes it better?  It is all a matter of taste, or lack thereof.  Or is there some sort of intrinsic quality that makes Vinnie's crowning achievement superior to the dregs of Anhauser-Busch?

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