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The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: September 29, 2011, 12:55:38 PM »
OMG a late nighter on IFC. Monty Python and the Holy Grail! Haha I can appreciate it more than ever!

"It could be an African swallow! ... but of course, African swallows are non-migratory."

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The Pub / Re: GABF 2011 Pics
« on: September 29, 2011, 12:47:10 PM »
Looks like it's gonna be a ton of fun!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter finished in 10 hrs?
« on: September 29, 2011, 12:42:16 PM »
I had read that 1pt to 1/2 cup was about 1.040, but I didn't check the gravity so I don't know. I will add another liter tonight with less than a cup and see what its gravity is. My dad used to have dozens of old whiskey bottles & gallon jugs of carlo rossi sangria. I'll have to see if he still has any of them or if his wife finally made him get rid of them.

Don't measure the extract, weigh it.  I use .75 oz./cup of water.
I think I may try this my next starter.  I usually try to measure out a cup, bounce it a little to settle the DME, and add more.  Level cups, as they say in baking.

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Asteroids II
Millipede
Joust
Pole Position

I used to love Time Pilot, that was my favorite game "back in the day".

Tron was another great one.
The bike shop I frequent has Joust in it.  I never play it, but all my friends who go there are all about it.  It's a pretty cool game, but I never got much into gaming.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter finished in 10 hrs?
« on: September 28, 2011, 03:15:17 PM »
Another liter would be better than nothing, but it's a long way from optimal.  In addition, your original starter seems like it was awfully strong.  You want to shoot for a 1.030-1.040 starter gravity.  Try to pick up a larger container for your starters.  I use a gal. glass jug that originally held apple juice.

I had read that 1pt to 1/2 cup was about 1.040, but I didn't check the gravity so I don't know. I will add another liter tonight with less than a cup and see what its gravity is. My dad used to have dozens of old whiskey bottles & gallon jugs of carlo rossi sangria. I'll have to see if he still has any of them or if his wife finally made him get rid of them.
That's what Palmer recommends.  I make 1 liter starters, typically, and use a cup of DME.  Always works out pretty good for me. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whoaaaaaa!!!!!!!
« on: September 28, 2011, 03:11:53 PM »
Didn't you starting brewing only last year?  Took a long time for the spark to catch, huh?  I think my mom gave me a 1st or 2nd edition a while ago that I don't know where it is now...oh well.  I already had a 3rd edition, so I was all, I don't need it, blah blah blah...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small-batch brewing versus extract brewing
« on: September 28, 2011, 03:07:35 PM »
I have had great success with concentrated extract boils. Sure you take a hit in utilization, but that is easily compensated by using a bit more hops. Then have a couple gallons of cold water ready for a top-up after you've chilled the gallon or two of wort in the sink.

Takes less time to bring to a boil and less to cool. This can be done in a couple of hours. Also starting the bittering additions at 45 instead of 60 helps shave off a few minutes.

I don't necessarily recommend this for really light beers but darker extract like amber works really well.

Say what you will about Alton Brown's brewing episode, his idea about doing a concentrated boil and adding to a bucket with 6 lbs of ice and a gallon of cold water is great. If you buy the ice at the store it is sterile (UV sterilization) and it chils your whole batch down more or less instantly. When I did all grain this is what I would do. You get a lot of cold break in the fermenter but that's not been a problem for me.

Really?  It is?  I wouldn't trust it.  And you have to consider the possibility of hot side aeration, if it exists.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
« on: September 28, 2011, 03:01:13 PM »
Damn, now I feel like I'm the only one who didn't know this trick.  I usually just cut the bag open with scissors.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small-batch brewing versus extract brewing
« on: September 27, 2011, 02:16:08 PM »
I brew 3 gallon all grain batches on the stovetop, it's great.  Ferment in 5 gallon carboys, keg in cornies.  Simple, easy, clean, compact. 

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I think Lennie is a 3 gallon batch brewer, such as I am.  Kitchen all grain brewing.  Takes me about 4 hours to brew a batch.  If I'm brewing during the week I mill the grains the night before so I'm ready when I get home from work to heat up the mash water.  7 hours to brew a batch? Yeeesh.

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The Pub / Re: Finally happened.
« on: September 26, 2011, 05:56:49 AM »
Sorry to hear it man.  Not a fan of tats on women much either.  A couple is okay, but it's a little too masculine (maybe that's not the word I'm looking for...) when they have full sleeves, etc.  The tramp stamp depends on the girl though for me.  If my girlfriend had one, I don't know what I'd think.  She doesn't seem like that kinda girl...

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The Pub / Re: Goodbye R.E.M.
« on: September 24, 2011, 10:05:40 PM »
There's a lot of bands today that have been around just as long that I wish would break up.  R.E.M. wouldn't have been one of them though.

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The Pub / Re: drink a beer to fight discrimination
« on: September 21, 2011, 11:41:24 AM »
Wow, really...

Eh...fakk 'em...

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The Pub / Re: To counterbalance...
« on: September 20, 2011, 10:51:32 AM »
Less greed and war machines, more this...
Hear, hear!

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The Pub / Re: To counterbalance...
« on: September 20, 2011, 09:41:11 AM »
Awww, that was nice.

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