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The Pub / Re: Beer drinking and brewing music
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:01:07 PM »
Damn thats a good number bluesman!

That one lead me to this one.

Ingredients / british pale ale malt vs american 2 row
« on: April 13, 2012, 01:42:49 AM »
Is there a big difference? Can one be substituted for the other?

Equipment and Software / Re: Bucket opening tool
« on: April 12, 2012, 05:57:17 PM »
I think bigchicken is a little touchie about the "finger lickin good" thing

General Homebrew Discussion / Question for those who have grown hops
« on: April 12, 2012, 03:51:59 PM »
If I tie a rope to the faceboard of my roof to use as a trellis for the plant to climb. Would the plant eventually damage my roof?

Pimp My System / Re: So simple but so nice
« on: April 12, 2012, 03:26:00 AM »
I heat my strike water on my stove while drinking my morning coffee. Then haul it out to my garage/brewery on my two wheel hand truck. Grind and add my grain. Then, before getting this thing, I had to lift it onto an old thermal cooler fridge I used as a shelf for it. Now I wheel it out and set it on this cart in the low position and jack it up or down depending on where I need it.

The Pub / Re: Beer drinking and brewing music
« on: April 12, 2012, 01:29:28 AM »
Almost anything Gary Moore, absolutely anything Joe Bonamassa, or a little BB King or Buddy Guy once in a while.

Pimp My System / Re: So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:36:47 PM »
It was $159 and has a 500 pound capacity. I got it at Harbor Freight.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: how much S 05
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:12:36 PM »
This beer finished at 1.016. After just 2 weeks in the bottle it tasted very close to Breckenridge Christmas Ale in spite of the extra alcohol. But it has a really nice "creamy" mouthfeel. Thank-you all for your responses.

Pimp My System / Re: So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:24:41 PM »
Bluesman another nice thing is when I am done brewing I wheel (not carry) my tun full of spent grain to the driveway This thing really eliminated a lot of lifting. I am 56 years old and have had 3 hernia surgeries since I was 50. So eliminating bulky awkward lifting is priceless to me. I am thinking about putting another one of these in my basement so after racking to my bottling bucket I can just jack that up for bottling. Instead of lifting it onto a stool.

Pimp My System / Re: So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:00:22 PM »
Denny with the tubing I would still have to lift a mash tun after filling it for gravity to make the tube work. The idea of this table is to eliminate lifting. Like a tower does.

Pimp My System / So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 02:44:24 PM »
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, 02:38:47 PM »
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, 03:03:40 PM »
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, 03:13:58 PM »
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.

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