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Pimp My System / So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:44:24 AM »
I bought this jacking table at harbor freight.

With the use of a hydraulic jack it raises my Mash Tun high enough to Vourloff comfortably

Then lowers to the perfect hieght to run off into my kettle

This thing is truly a back saver :)

I use the hand truck in the back ground to transport my fermenter to my basement after brewing.

The Pub / Re: Craft beer sales
« on: April 08, 2012, 07:38:47 AM »
That was a great read. They said beer consumption has dropped by 1.2%. I wonder how they quantified that. If it was by total amount of beer sales that drop might represent beers not bought because of home brewing.

The Pub / Suprisingly Good Movie
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:03:40 AM »
I was at the redbox yesterday looking for The Heist. With Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy it must be pretty good. It wasn't there. The  only other movie that box had that seemed even vaguely interesting to me was Super 8. I have not seen any advertisements about this movie. I only remember seeing a trailer from it. In the trailer there was a spectacular train wreck. Then something mysterious after that. I figured it was only a buck and a half so what the heck!

BTW I have a nice theater set up in my man cave and I love kicking back with home brews and watching movies. I particularly like movies that light up my big plasma TV.

Anyway this movie really reminded me of the old Speilburg. From back in the  day he did that "Amazing Stories" series on TV. It was a very original concept and very well done. The first half of the movie reminded me of the old Alfred Hitchcock technique of presenting the graphic with no graphics. What made him "the master" was he would build the details to the scenes in your mind without presenting them on the screen.

The plot to the movie slowly unfolds piece by piece as the movie progresses. Leaving a lot of question in your mind but answering them all in its own time. I am really surprised this  movie didn't get more hype. But maybe that is why I enjoyed it. Often movies that get a lot of hype are anti climatic when you see them. Because you have already seen all the best parts in the trailers.

This movie borders on the realms of family movie. It does have a monster in it that might be scary to small children though. There was very little swearing in it. And the violence was not of a really graphic nature.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: my beer proved itself tonight
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:13:58 AM »
It really is an awesome story. But it begs the question...did you wear pants?

The other night I came home from work and found a bag of empty tall necks on my front deck. As I was peeling the labels off of them after a good soaking, it occurred to me, some people wouldn't like finding that sort of thing on their deck.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 27, 2012, 07:55:04 AM »
It is interesting how times have changed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 25, 2012, 05:01:53 PM »
Someone has a wife that home brews? I guess dreams do come true.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Specific gravity issue...Dump or Keep?
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:51:21 AM »
Am I understanding that you collected 2 gallons of wort, topped to 3 gallons for the boil, then did a 5 gallon batch? Does that mean you topped with another 3 gallons of water in the fermenter?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash thickness question
« on: March 24, 2012, 05:11:43 PM »
Thankyou for your replies.

All Grain Brewing / Mash thickness question
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:33:09 AM »
Is it true a thick mash produces a fuller bodied beer? If so what would be considered a thick mash?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:28:55 AM »
I have found myself buying beer for research as I delve into producing better beer. I choose a style and then select a few different commercial beers to sample that characterize's the best homework I've ever had to do!

That was the reason I bought the six packs of red ale. Red Ale is my favorite style and I have been tweaking and perfecting mine since I started brewing. And I must say...I actually liked mine better than the Sam Adams or the Odell's. I think I am "there" with that particular style.

Beer Travel / Re: Road Trip City ?s
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:19:36 AM »
You appear to be traveling I80. I went to this place in Omaha once...I HIGHLY recommend it. I went to their west Location.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:35:41 AM »
I hadn't bought any beer in several months. Last month I bought a 6 of Sam Adams Red Ale, a 6 of Odell's Red ale, and a 6 of Sam Adams Alpine Spring...the tab came to $28. I thought "geeze I could have had 50 beers for less than that". I don't think I will be buying beer other than my 2 pints when I go out anymore.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: grassy flavors and dry hopping
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:21:53 AM »
I routinely use 2 ounces of fuggels to dry hop my red ales. I have never gotten grassy flavors from that. So it will definitely take more than that. I am going to take a stab at 3 to 4 ounces.

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