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Something tells me, there will still be hoppy beer . . . .

The Pub / Re: self driving car
« on: May 29, 2013, 11:31:50 AM »
I've often wondered if this concept would ever be realized in my lifetime. :)

You and Dan Listermann . . . don't hold your breath!

The Pub / Re: Another book thread
« on: December 12, 2011, 09:23:05 AM »
Just finished reading this for the second time, first time was back in college:

Amazing how prophetic this book was, having been first published in 1985. Note that this was much of the inspiration for Roger Waters album "Amused to Death".

Turn off the TV, children, and open your eyes.

The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 08, 2011, 02:58:16 PM »
I had tried several "different" beers (read as "not Coors") throughout college but never really had any interest in anything (other than Coors) until the summer of 1990 when I was working out of the Twin Cities for the historical society. One Saturday morning a friend took me to the Summit brewery. When we got done with the tour we were each handed three tokens for three free beers. My first pint was Summit Extra Pale ale. I took one sip and my eyes opened like they never had before. Delicious flavours! I was hooked. And that was just the beginning . . .

The Pub / Re: A tragic accident on Iowa today
« on: December 05, 2011, 03:00:49 PM »
The hazmat team had a big job dealing with that toxic waste spill!

Actually, shortly after this happened it was reported that the site was swarmed by people with ISU Cyclone plates and stickers on their cars. Not a single bottle of Bud Lite was left for the clean up crew . . .

The Pub / Re: Why hide behind a Alias?
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:20:28 AM »
This post has convinced me to change my user name from my real name to an alias. I am a wanted man in Australia, after all . . .

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: October 17, 2011, 06:36:58 AM »
Did someone say pork?

Perfect time of the year to order an acorn finished hog for roasting!

Without a doubt the most delicious pork you will ever have the opportunity to eat.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cream Ale vs. Blonde Ale
« on: September 15, 2011, 09:22:26 PM »

As above, but for me its roasted barley, not black patent, that defines stout / porter boundaries

Indeed, you are correct, roast barley does produce a flavour any would recognize as being a stout. In fact, I would abstain from using either of these two in my porters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cream Ale vs. Blonde Ale
« on: September 14, 2011, 09:33:18 AM »
Dave, when it comes to an American Stout vs. a Robust Porter, I have always contended that a porter, any style of porter for that matter, should not have black patent in the grist bill. If it does, it's a stout. That's just my opinion, but one I feel is accurate.

All Things Food / Re: Wood Pellet Grills
« on: July 14, 2011, 10:48:23 AM »
I've got a Char Grill with the side firebox that I use frequently for smoking. I've never done any mods to it and it works fine as-is for me.

The Pub / Re: Beer making gifs
« on: July 08, 2011, 06:25:36 AM »
Sam has a lot of the same drive Ray Kroc had.

An all Liberty (hops) Classic American Pilsner, of course!

All Things Food / Re: Weber "Q" 200, 300 Propane Grills
« on: June 23, 2011, 07:47:55 AM »
Late to answer, but I got the Q300 a couple years ago for the reasons you state. Easy to come home, turn on the gas, and be cooking in a matter of minutes. It's also easy to take camping, tailgating, etc. I've got a large rubbermaid container that I put it in with a couple bottles of LP and all my grilling essentials. Set it in the back of the truck or trunk of the car and go. I've been very pleased with mine and did spring for the adapter hose to use a 20 lb. tank. 

Tomorrow night I'll be kegging a barleywine that I brewed over the xmas break and an Irish Red Ale brewed a couple weeks ago. I also need to rack a batch of orange blossom mead onto five pounds of peaches. Saturday AM I will be brewing my Simcoe IPA and using the Wyeast 1469 slurry from the IRA to ferment it. Sunday I'll be dry hopping a batch of Steam beer and a SNPA clone while drinking a delicious Summit Winter Ale clone. Life is good!

Equipment and Software / Re: Drilling through my kettle .....
« on: February 14, 2011, 09:14:27 PM »
The step-bit/unibit is the way to go. It will cut a nice, smooth hole. Start with a 1/8" bit and just drill a small pilot "divot" so the step-bit doesn't wander on the surface of the kettle when you start to drill. Use plenty 3 in 1 oil and drill with low speed and pressure, if you go to fast the SS will heat up it will get harder to drill. Clean up the oil with oxyclean and a blue scrubbie. I have installed weldless fittings on a dozen or more kettles/fermenters/kegs for myself and friends and this method has always worked well.

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