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The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: December 01, 2011, 12:29:42 PM »
Now hold it, it says this salsa is made in New York City!  New York City?!?!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: amazon sale
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:53:16 AM »
I have the 44qt one that I used when I used to do 5 gallon batches.  Now I just use some 6 or 6 1/2 gallon pot my stepdad gave me that he used with his turkey fryer for 3 gallon batches.  That 24qt pot is calling me though, the Bayou kettles are really nice.

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Oh weird, I just noticed that.  What's the deal

yeah - wasn't intentional.  I was just testing out the profile feature to change how your name appears on the forum to see what would happen (just in case I ever needed to for work/big brother, etc. purposes) and I did not realize that I would not be able to change it back.

bluesman is working to see if I can get things restored.
Phew!  Thought maybe you had another personality taking over. 

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The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: December 01, 2011, 10:26:13 AM »
You have to be from the east coast, specifically within 2-4 hours from New York City, to really understand Pizza.
I might disagree.  Chicago knows how to make pizza.  Chicago style with the sauce on top...nummers!  I used to eat Totinos all the time Nic.  Great drunk food.

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Probably keg my None More Black IPA on Sunday, but gotta clear out one of my taps before I can do that, preferably.  That shouldn't be a problem as there's not much left of it.  I had a sample of it and it's kinda bitter.  I accidently added 2 oz of fwh instead of 3/4 of an ounce so I had to adjust the rest of my hop schedule so it wouldn't be bitter as sh!t.  But apparently that didn't work.  It was a blend of Simcoe, Chinook, and Cascade.  
I also added debittered black at the end of the mash before taking first runnings.  Would the bitterness of debittered black malt come out more if I ground it to a powder?

I would think so. small particles = more surface area = more extraction of bitterness
Damn, might just have to give it some time to mellow out.  That was stupid of me.  Live and learn...

kegging a porter and brewing an american amber ale - still deciding on cascade or columbus for the flameout hops - might have to flip a coin.

Paul...I just realized you changed your name...What's up with that?

Blatz no likey.
Oh weird, I just noticed that.  What's the deal, Paul?

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The Pub / Re: Tinnitus
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:37:04 PM »
In the early 90's I flew back from France with a bad case of allergies and nasal congestion.  My eardrum burst as we landed in Houston which meant I still had to take one more flight, a flight I wouldn't wish on some of my worst enemies.  that time I had extreme dzziness-I tilted to the right when I walked and the doctors told me I had permanent nerve damage to my left ear and would be deaf in it forever.  Forever lasted 6 months until my ear popped and everything was cool.  For a couple of days I tilted to the left until I got equilibrium back. I've had problems with the left ear, sometimes both, off and on ever since but never anything like this time.   Thus my utter lack of faith in the medical/industrial complex to help me this time.

I had something similar happen, not nearly as bad, but quite painful.  I was developing a cold and on my flight home my ears just would not pop on the descents.  And at one point the pain was so bad I almost screamed out.  My ears didn't pop open for weeks.  Made me never want to fly again.
But I also have mild ringing in my ears all the time from drumming for the last 13+ years.  I've pretty much always worn ear plugs, but sometimes that isn't enough when you play loud.  I have to sleep with a fan on at night or else it's difficult to get to sleep.

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The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:29:03 PM »
That TJ's was nummers last night, I tell ya!  2 hard shell, 2 soft sheft beef tacos and a small order of oles.

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:25:57 PM »
I have the stainless steel shafted mix stir, it's pretty sweet.  I had some problems with it wobbling like crazy and figured out that the blades were coming lose enough to not hold the positions they're supposed to stay in.  So I tightened them up and that fixed the problem.  My drill isn't super high rev, so it doesn't whip up a huge amount of foam after several minutes.  Not sure if that's bad or not. Thoughts?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Where can I get an accurate thermometer?
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:20:08 PM »
The thermapen is great multiuse and "accurately precise" thermometer for a range of applications including cooking. Just don't submerge it past the probe in the mash or there will be problems.
Good to know because I just bought one and haven't used it yet.

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Ingredients / Re: Oat Hulls VS Rice Hulls
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:03:54 PM »
I use them sometimes too, but on some systems (Denny's and euge's apparently) they don't seem to do much.
It must be the difference between the braided hose and a bazooka screen.

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Probably keg my None More Black IPA on Sunday, but gotta clear out one of my taps before I can do that, preferably.  That shouldn't be a problem as there's not much left of it.  I had a sample of it and it's kinda bitter.  I accidently added 2 oz of fwh instead of 3/4 of an ounce so I had to adjust the rest of my hop schedule so it wouldn't be bitter as sh!t.  But apparently that didn't work.  It was a blend of Simcoe, Chinook, and Cascade. 
I also added debittered black at the end of the mash before taking first runnings.  Would the bitterness of debittered black malt come out more if I ground it to a powder?

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Ingredients / Re: Oat Hulls VS Rice Hulls
« on: November 29, 2011, 02:50:22 PM »
I can't imagine it would make much of a difference. As I understand it the hulls are there simply to provide structure to the mash so it does not stick on runoff.

My opinion is that they are useless. Slowing your lauter down will do more to prevent a stuck mash than the hull will.
I don't know man, I had a hellacious stuck runoff on Friday with my oatmeal stout.  I even conditioned my grain.  Maybe because I milled at .032" gap.  Either way, the crush looked good with husks in tact.  But got a stuck runoff even when running off slowly.  So I stirred in a few hands full of rice hulls and it helped tremendously.

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The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: November 29, 2011, 01:37:19 PM »
Would've been a long drive just for that.  Not worth it in my opinion.  For that matter, not many places are worth a 3 hour drive.  I sure would like to go to Great Dane brewpub & restaurant again in Madison, WI, which is 3 hours or so from me.  But I don't really have the time or money to make that trip often.

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The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: November 29, 2011, 12:42:51 PM »
I'm going to TJ's tonight!  It's Taco Tuesday!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How to obtain a water report
« on: November 29, 2011, 12:34:05 PM »
Check your city's website, they may have it posted there.  Otherwise you'd want to send a sample of your water to Ward Labs to get a report on your water.

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