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The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 09, 2011, 12:51:00 PM »
Agree on the marketing vs beer thing.  I tried PBR for the first time recently.  I ended up staring at the can and thinking, so what gives?  I guess what you are paying for is the marketing, its sort of a fee to assuage the guilt of hipsters who want to drink cheap beer, but want to still feel good about themselves, like there is something really "authentic" or ironically blue collar about PBR.  I personally have no misgivings about this, and would feel comfortable drinking a much less stylish cheap beer were I so inclined to abuse the ol' liver, so the extra expense is wasted for me.

New owners do sound a little trashy, but I don't feel sorry for the old owners.  Business is business, get over your whininess and get another job, build up another beer brand.
It's this attitude that is perpetuating PBR at a "hipster" beer and it makes me angry. I'm not saying I started drinking it before the hipster PBR craze, but I had no idea it had that stigma attached to it, if it did yet, when I started drinking it.  And I'm still pretty young; haven't been drinking beer for much more than 7 years and I started out with good beer for the most part.

I like microbrewed beer a lot, but there ain't nothin' wrong with drinking some blue ribbon from time to time.  My beer consumption is mostly homebrew though.

But your avatar makes you look like a hipster.  ;)

Aw it does not!  Bill Hicks was an American hero!  Zim zam?

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The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:40:55 AM »
Agree on the marketing vs beer thing.  I tried PBR for the first time recently.  I ended up staring at the can and thinking, so what gives?  I guess what you are paying for is the marketing, its sort of a fee to assuage the guilt of hipsters who want to drink cheap beer, but want to still feel good about themselves, like there is something really "authentic" or ironically blue collar about PBR.  I personally have no misgivings about this, and would feel comfortable drinking a much less stylish cheap beer were I so inclined to abuse the ol' liver, so the extra expense is wasted for me.

New owners do sound a little trashy, but I don't feel sorry for the old owners.  Business is business, get over your whininess and get another job, build up another beer brand.
It's this attitude that is perpetuating PBR at a "hipster" beer and it makes me angry. I'm not saying I started drinking it before the hipster PBR craze, but I had no idea it had that stigma attached to it, if it did yet, when I started drinking it.  And I'm still pretty young; haven't been drinking beer for much more than 7 years and I started out with good beer for the most part.

I like microbrewed beer a lot, but there ain't nothin' wrong with drinking some blue ribbon from time to time.  My beer consumption is mostly homebrew though.

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The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 08, 2011, 07:17:41 PM »
As long as PBR stays PBR, I don't care much about this.  This has been my summer/go-to beer for years.  F*ck all that hipster bullsh*t.

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: June 07, 2011, 04:55:56 PM »
Wow, that's encouraging.  What a battle...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 07, 2011, 09:41:26 AM »
You can pasteurize milk in 15seconds at 161F.  I think putting the IC in at flameout is probably enough but if you can get 10min of boil that would probably give you peace of mind.
Well, thanks for your advice, my friend.  Haven't done this 3 gallon thing for a couple years, so I guess I needed some guidance.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 07, 2011, 08:40:33 AM »
You think sticking the chiller in there after "flame out" would be enough to sanitize it?  I don't think it'd hurt to remove the kettle from the burner to stick the chiller in at 15 minutes left and bring it back up to boiling.  The temp doesn't drop more than 10 degrees; that shouldn't affect the hop utilization much, I wouldn't think as it's still at 200 F or so.  It's kind of a pain, but I guess I could just boil for an extra 10 minutes or something.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 07, 2011, 07:59:37 AM »
That is an interesting story.  I'm gonna do what Lennie does and make sure to wipe the condensation regularly.  Another obstacle I found was that my kettle is a taller, narrower one so it's difficult to get the chiller in there without taking the kettle off the burner.  Unless I can boil the whole time with the chiller in there, say, putting the chiller in the kettle during the first or second runnings, I suppose. 
I also thought about covering half the kettle with foil so as to keep anything dripping back down from the hood out of the kettle.  Not sure if that would increase the chance for DMS though since there'd be less surface area open.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 07, 2011, 07:01:11 AM »
Ah, thus one thing I discovered tonight while seeing how long my stove brought 4.5 gallons of water to a boil was that eventually condensation builds up on the hood over the stove and starts to drip back down into the pot.  Problem?  It's pretty annoying and makes me worry about contamination.


I just wipe across the hood every so often to prevent this.  I also have to wipe above the hood once in awhile.  I'd also clean it enough that no grease would fall into the pot if it were to drip back in.  Otherwise I don't think it matters, the boiling sterilizes.

Frakkin' awesome, dude.  Thanks for the reassurance and advice.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 06, 2011, 07:41:35 PM »
Ah, thus one thing I discovered tonight while seeing how long my stove brought 4.5 gallons of water to a boil was that eventually condensation builds up on the hood over the stove and starts to drip back down into the pot.  Problem?  It's pretty annoying and makes me worry about contamination.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 06, 2011, 02:56:51 PM »
I use 5gal kegs, as long as you purge I wouldn't see why this wouldn't be acceptable right?
Yes, I think so.  If you fill it with sanitizer and pump the sanitizer out it will be full of CO2.  If you push the beer into it then there's no problem.  You can easily push the beer in by venting the keg, hooking the racking cane to the out post, and pushing with 1-2 psi from the carboy.  Or you can open the keg and rack and RDWHAHB. :)
Awesome.  I'm not buying any 3 gallon kegs then as I've got 3 cornies already.  All I need to do is swap my ball valve from my 10 gallon cooler to my 5 gallon cooler and make myself a smaller wort chiller.  This is exciting!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 06, 2011, 09:05:05 AM »
Man, this has gotten me thinking about brewing 3 gallon batches again.  That was fun and turnover was faster so I could brew more often, stretch out ingredients a bit, brew inside on the stovetop, etc.  I need to get a smaller chiller and some 3 gallon kegs though.  Before I bottled and chilled in an ice bath; don't think I want to go back to doing that.

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The Pub / Re: Something for you kilt wearers to keep in mind...
« on: June 03, 2011, 12:52:45 PM »
Wow, and they stayed married after that brawl?  Why was he sitting on her lap?  She bigger than him?

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The Pub / Re: One of the most important topics of our day
« on: June 03, 2011, 10:35:56 AM »
I put mine under on account of my cats just loooove spinning the roll like crazy. If I put it over the top, I come home to piles of shredded TP in every bathroom.
Damn that's funny and I bet it's frustrating as hell.  I hate it when people put it on underneath, bothers me so much!

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Ingredients / Re: Cold Steeping Roasted Grain
« on: June 03, 2011, 08:57:04 AM »
So what would you do then?  Steep your roasted grain in a pot with half a gallon of cool water while mashing and add it to the kettle while taking the first run off?

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The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 02, 2011, 10:11:47 AM »


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My cat's name is Roots, named after the awesome thrash metal album by Sepultura.  He's around 9 years old; got him from the Animal Shelter.  He meows more than I care for, he's a lap cat sometimes, which rocks, and he knows how to piss me off by getting into things and making noise while I sleep.

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