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The Pub / Dark Shadows
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:34:10 AM »
I remember when I was a kid everybody wanted to get home as fast as we could so we could watch the series Dark Shadows. It was a "soap opera" type series. The acting was awful but it had a vampire, a werewolf and various other creatures so we loved it.

I just rented the new movie with Johny Depp. It was hilarious. The actors were all playing their parts badly just like in the original series. They bring you up to speed on who everybody is as they are introduced. But I don't know if someone who didn't watch the series would get a lot of the subtle humor poked at how the show was originally presented.  We all took it very seriously when I was a kid. The series ran from 1966 to 1971.

This is the first comedy I have seen in a long time that I would actually go out and buy.

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The Pub / Battleship
« on: October 09, 2012, 08:27:36 PM »
Has anybody seen this movie? A couple of weeks ago I was looking through Red Box and saw it. I know it didn't get very good reviews but it looked like a fun watch while drinking home brews so I dropped a buck and a half and brought it home.

I was very surprised. I thought it was actually very well done. Superb special effects, good story, great action. And even featured a bunch of WWII Navy Vets.

I liked it because the Aliens weren't insurmountable foes. Their weapons weren't that far advanced over ours.

So I went to our local Family Video tonight to see if they had any used copies. They wanted $12.95 for used blu rays. I did some quick shopping on my phone and discovered Best Buy has brand new ones for $19.99. For $7 more I went that route.

I figure going to the theater I would drop $12 on admission, then if I wanted any snacks they would really gouge me. At home I can drink beer while watching, pause the movie if I have to go to the bathroom, I don't have annoying people around me, and I don't have to worry about getting bed bugs from the theater seat :) And I get to watch the movie as many times as I want.

Gotta love my big screen tv and surround sound system.

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Ingredients / Just gotta pay a compliment
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:49:07 AM »
I recently bought a pound of Willimette pellet hops from someone called Yakimavalleyhops on ebay. They were asking $7.99 plus another $5 for shipping. This works out to 81 cents an ounce which I was happy with. It was a buy it now thing. I put in my order on 9/26 and they were in my mailbox on 9/28.

I generally like US Fuggles in my red ales but I thought Willimette would be a good substitute.

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Equipment and Software / Software Question
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:36:39 AM »
Exactly what is, if any, the advantage of Beersmith over free softwares such as Brewtarget or Brewmate?

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Beer Recipes / Rough draft of a recipe
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:50:10 PM »
I am formulating a recipe for an altbier. How does this look so far?

5lbs Munich 10L
3 lbs 2 row
.5 lb Caramunich II
.5 lb aromatic malt
2 oz black patent
1 oz of hops around 7.5 percent for bittering

I am thinking about eliminating a half a pound of 2 row and replacing it with half a pound of white wheat.

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Beer Recipes / Recipe of the week
« on: June 30, 2012, 08:54:18 PM »
Is there any way to access the recipe of last week? I thought I saved it but didn't. It was an altbier.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast equivilant question
« on: June 24, 2012, 07:52:05 AM »
Is there a dry yeast that is somewhat similar to wyeast 1007?

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The Pub / Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:41:43 AM »
I just got a good deal on an hellaciously well taken care of old Buick. Biggest downside to it is it has a cassette deck. I could almost live with that but the cassette player doesn't work. So I am looking at aftermarket systems. I want just a nice radio with a CD player and a USB port to play MP3s off of thumb drives.

The local auto audio dealer showed me this one
http://mobile.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL029041&pathId=54&page=2

Back in my day JVC was an excellent name in stereo systems, right up there with Bose, but I have been out of the loop on stereo systems since the late 70s.

For what I want a 50 watt system would be fine. Does it even make a difference what I get for an entry level system like this?

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General Homebrew Discussion / cleaning question
« on: May 31, 2012, 02:16:14 PM »
I just got a really nice stainless steel strained. Would it hurt to throw it in the dishwasher after use? Or would that put too much chlorine on it and affect my next beer.

145
General Homebrew Discussion / posters
« on: May 29, 2012, 05:09:16 PM »
I have been looking at my brewery and decided I know what it is missing. Beer maiden posters. Anybody know where I can find some of those.

146
General Homebrew Discussion / Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 03:23:48 PM »
I have been using my non FDA approved garden hose to clean my equipment after brewing? Is this a big mistake?

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General Homebrew Discussion / May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:26:05 AM »
But I just gotta ask. Is there any reason I shouldn't use water from my garden hose for brewing? It sure would make life easier. I have thought about the food grade thing, but as a kid I used to drink out of the garden hose all the time. I suppose we are using different materials for garden hoses these days though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / I always liked Tallgrass Beer
« on: May 18, 2012, 01:57:32 PM »
But I like them even better now. They obviously support home brewers.
 http://www.northernbrewer.com/tallgrass-pro-series-kits-244345/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Small Batch Question
« on: May 17, 2012, 09:41:13 AM »
Would a food grade 5 gallon bucket be too big to use for a 2 gallon batch? Or would the CO2 just take longer to fill the head space?

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Beer Recipes / Aroma hop question
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:14:01 AM »
I have a Citra hopped IPA one week into fermentation. I am planning on dry hopping it. I was going to use Cascades for the dry hop but noticed I have 2 oz of Kent Goldings on hand. Any opinions on which of these would be better?

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