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1981
The Pub / Re: If You Could Meet Anybody, Whom Would It Be?
« on: November 27, 2010, 06:20:06 PM »
Do I get to bring my 12 gauge? Adolf in '34.....

Adolf who?  That was a pretty common name back then in Germany.

I'd choose Bill Hicks.

1982
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Midnight brewing...
« on: November 27, 2010, 06:14:22 PM »
One of our club members, Craig Birkmaier, has hosted an event a couple of times that he called Night of the Barleywine. As the name would indicate, it was a brew party where they'd make a barleywine at night - at or near New Year's Eve. Now Craig has gone pro & is the brewmaster at Swamp Head Brewery, here in Gainesville, FL. The details aren't firmed up but he's talking about making it an annual event at the brewery. He'll brew up a large batch of wort, & everyone brings their kettles to boil & hop it as desired.

There's a hotel very close by his brewery. They serve the Swamp Head beers & the manager loves the brewery. They'll give us discounted room rates & we can party around the fire pit/barbecue in the pool area - and not have to drive home. In subsequent years, we can bring bottles of the last year(s) aged bwine to share around the fire. It should be pretty cool. He's got to get buy-in from Swamp Head's owner, but I'm sure he'll go for it.

Wow that sounds like a blast!

I don't brew late at night.  When I brew it's usually 12 or 1pm and get done by 5 or 6.  Then start drinkin'.

1983
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Late Dry Hopping
« on: November 26, 2010, 11:40:23 AM »
I frequently dry hop in the keg.  I pout the hops in a sanitized bag and tie the bag to the diptube with monofilament.

What kind of bag do you use?  I was thinking of just throwing a tea ball in there with an ounce or so of hops in it.

1984
The Pub / Re: Old Baltic Shipwrecked Beer
« on: November 19, 2010, 01:10:17 PM »
"The fate of the bottles is yet to be determined. According to local laws, objects older than a century are considered to be relics and belong to the Aland authorities."

This is just preposterous! Seriously?  Who are they to claim something lost is theirs even if someone else found it?  Idiots!

1985
The Pub / Re: Old Baltic Shipwrecked Beer
« on: November 19, 2010, 08:58:30 AM »
There's some legal issues involved.
What legal issues could there possibly be?!?!  They found it, they can do whatever the hell they want with it!  What is it with making everything a LEGALITY these days??  jeeeesus...

1986
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I feel guilty
« on: November 19, 2010, 08:33:57 AM »
I didn't think about the possibility it was stolen. That sucks!  Hope you get it sorted out, man.

1987
Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:37:26 PM »
I don't have the AS, but I don't need to suck on it either.  I drop the dip tube in the carboy full of sanitizer, then pour sanitizing solution into the open end of the hose (maybe I just have steady hands) and when its full, close the hose clamp.  Gravity does the rest when I drop the hose down and reopen it.
This is tough to do with a 30" stainless steel racking cane.  I've tried over and over and over.  I could do it just fine with a 24" cane, but not this longer one...

1988
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I feel guilty
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:30:59 PM »
Good luck.  I might look into it more too, but he traded you...an exchange is an exchange.

1989
I saw The Final Word and thought of the pre-prohibition cocktail...

I don't secondary unless it's a high ABV beer and I want to age it.

1990
Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 18, 2010, 08:55:03 AM »
I think people are more paranoid than they need to be.  I don't think sucking on the hose is a problem, then dipping the end in sanitizer for a bit.  It's not like you're blowing bacteria back up into the tube and into the beer. 
I agree it's probably ok, but the lactobacillus and other things in your mouth would be a potential concern.  To me, it's a small thing to sanitize my hand briefly rather than put my mouth directly on the tube.  But maybe it's not actually doing anything, it's not like I've tested it.
I suppose one could gargle Listerine or something beforehand to kill off most of those germs...

1991
Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 17, 2010, 03:14:14 PM »
I know most people are going to freak when they know what method I use for starting a siphon, but it works.  I use a stainless steel racking cane, clip for the neck of the carboy, and suck on the hose to start the siphon.  Let it drain, initially, into a bucket, close off the clip on the tubing.  Then let the end of the tubing sit in sanitizer for a couple minutes.  Then when I'm ready to rack into the keg or secondary, just unclip and go.  I'm surprised not more people use this method.
It's rare, but when the wort doesn't flow from my kettle through the CFC (full of sanitizer) I suck start it and stick it in some sanitizer for a few seconds while the sanitizer empties from the CFC. But I don't put my mouth directly on the hose, I dip my hand in starsan, wrap my hand around the hose tightly, and put my mouth on my hand.  It works fine, as long as you don't need to much suction to get it going.

I think people are more paranoid than they need to be.  I don't think sucking on the hose is a problem, then dipping the end in sanitizer for a bit.  It's not like you're blowing bacteria back up into the tube and into the beer. 

1992
Hey, this is a great idea.  I maybe switch to a chest freezer for kegging eventually so this gives me inspiration to use my old keg fridge for fermentation.  I could finally do lagers!  Brilliant!

1993
Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:14:14 AM »
I know most people are going to freak when they know what method I use for starting a siphon, but it works.  I use a stainless steel racking cane, clip for the neck of the carboy, and suck on the hose to start the siphon.  Let it drain, initially, into a bucket, close off the clip on the tubing.  Then let the end of the tubing sit in sanitizer for a couple minutes.  Then when I'm ready to rack into the keg or secondary, just unclip and go.  I'm surprised not more people use this method.

1994
The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 16, 2010, 09:03:59 AM »
Because it's a bad movie.

1995
The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 15, 2010, 11:58:36 AM »
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein
The Three Amigos
Airplane
Spaceballs
Ace Ventura movies
The God Father
The Matrix movies
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Anchorman

I like comedies, see!

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