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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: June 28, 2016, 10:56:18 AM »
Arrieta is a headcase and he's going to implode in the post season.

/Or, I can at least tell myself that to feel better.


As a Cubs fan, I sure hope not. Hoping he can right the ship.

And Jesse, Bryant was just unbelievable in that game - first ever to 3 homers and 2 doubles in a game. I just wish Schwarber was out there mashing with him. 
Yeah, that was really something! Where was that when they were playing the Cards! Gotta beat the teams that matter, Cubs...

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: June 28, 2016, 07:00:21 AM »
I think we need a full on Baseball thread for this year. I just got back to my hotel here in Cincinnati having just watched my Cubs beat the Reds. It was nice to get a win. Been having a bad stretch here. Beautiful stadium here by the way. Kris Bryant had an epic game. 5-5 with 3hrs, and 2 doubles. This is a fun team to watch.


And they almost blew it for Arrieta. All the Cubs pitching staff seems to be slumping right now, but last night the hitting came through. Hopefully the All Star break will get them back to winning most of their series instead of getting swept by the Cards and losing 2 of 3 to teams like the Marlins! Can't be doing that sh*t...

Go Cubs!

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The Pub / Re: I'll be in Baltimore in late June
« on: June 27, 2016, 01:31:40 PM »
Met up with Chris (Narvin) and his wife, Kate, yesterday for beers and food and had a great time. Great to meet you guys and wish I'd have gotten a photo to share on here.
Prost!

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The Pub / Re: Curse is over in cleveland
« on: June 21, 2016, 09:28:56 AM »
Ironically, since winning in 2004 its just not the same being a Red Sox fan, no longer the hard luck underdog but the big salary big market team.

Interesting. I wonder how much the Cubs would seem this way if they won the World Series. I'm not thinking that far ahead though. I just love seeing them being such a great team this year. It's so much fun. Even when they lose, like yesterday and to the Nats the other day, it's just fun and great baseball.

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Ingredients / Re: shelf life of malt extract
« on: June 21, 2016, 08:18:32 AM »
I was given several cans of malt extract that had been stored in a fairly cool basement for aproximatly 30 years. the can are not rusty but are slightly bulged.  Are they usable?
Bulging cans = botulism

Not only would I never use them, I'd double-bag them then throwing them away
Really? Man, botulism to me is akin to yelling the word "bomb" in an airport. I wouldn't even bother with these cans of extract if there were even the smallest chance that botulism might've happened. Run away from them as fast as you can.

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The Pub / Re: Curse is over in cleveland
« on: June 21, 2016, 08:13:39 AM »
And the thing of it is, when they lose, they play amazingly. Last night's loss against the Cards was no cheap win for the Cards. The Cubs fought to the end, it really seems like post season play a lot of the time, even when the Cubs lose. It's felt that way especially with the close loss to the Nats and the Cards in the last couple games. That's the mark of a great team.


As a life long Cubs fan, I'm pretty excited. But the old school Cubs fan in me thinks that, since the stars are finally all perfectly aligned for it to happen, it probably won't. However the combo of Theo and Joe wasn't there before. That's how you build and manage a team.
Absolutely. They finally have people that know their sh*t, regardless of some curse. Personally, I'd like to just see them actually make it to the World Series. Winning it would just be the cherry on top. Since 1945 is a long long time for a team to not even make it there.

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The Pub / Re: Curse is over in cleveland
« on: June 21, 2016, 06:05:32 AM »
The only curse I want to see broken is the Cubs
Now you're talkin'. I'm really hoping for them this year, they're an amazing team. Thanks to Joe Maddon! Best manager the Cubs have had in a long time. They seem like more of a team than I ever remember.




+1 to that.
And the thing of it is, when they lose, they play amazingly. Last night's loss against the Cards was no cheap win for the Cards. The Cubs fought to the end, it really seems like post season play a lot of the time, even when the Cubs lose. It's felt that way especially with the close loss to the Nats and the Cards in the last couple games. That's the mark of a great team.

Anyway, I didn't realize Cleveland had some curse. I just knew Lebron James played on the team, based on what my dad was telling me, and that James said he planned to go elsewhere after this season. It's like, dude, why can't you just stay on one team and dominate? You need more f*cking money, ya a-hole? You need more MILLIONS? I mean, seriously people... MJ was a Bulls guy to the end...that is respectable and admirable. I like when players pledge themselves to a team, it's cool, it's loyal.

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The Pub / Re: Curse is over in cleveland
« on: June 21, 2016, 05:39:17 AM »
I never heard of Larry Bird being a douche.  Michael Jordan, either.



The only curse I want to see broken is the Cubs
Now you're talkin'. I'm really hoping for them this year, they're an amazing team. Thanks to Joe Maddon! Best manager the Cubs have had in a long time. They seem like more of a team than I ever remember.

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The Pub / Re: Curse is over in cleveland
« on: June 20, 2016, 06:11:14 PM »
I had ZERO investment in it, but my dad was explaining to me about Golden State and how they had some kind of amazing run and he was pissed that the Cavaliers came and ruined it for them. I didn't really care, but empathized with him, especially because LeDouche James plays for the Cavaliers. But it seems like all the greats are douches. Michael Jordan was, wasn't he?
This really is a question, I have never been into NBA.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ashy flavor?
« on: June 20, 2016, 05:35:26 PM »
Does anyone think that contamination could be a cause of an ashy flavor? Since the pH was in line, I have to wonder... I've used midnight wheat a few times and haven't gotten an ashy flavor from it. But I have gotten ashy in dark beers before and I often wonder if it was due to a low grade contamination of some sort.

I have had a contamination cause a smoky phenolic.  Could that be the same as "ashy"?
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I'm sure that's what I've perceived, was just seeing if this case is maybe the same thing. Don't know what kind of contamination would cause it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP830 slow start?
« on: June 20, 2016, 11:22:52 AM »
I'm thinking you under aerated also. At this point, I guess I'd warm it up to at least 55F. Not sure about aerating at this point...maybe it's a good idea?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ashy flavor?
« on: June 20, 2016, 11:19:43 AM »
Does anyone think that contamination could be a cause of an ashy flavor? Since the pH was in line, I have to wonder... I've used midnight wheat a few times and haven't gotten an ashy flavor from it. But I have gotten ashy in dark beers before and I often wonder if it was due to a low grade contamination of some sort.

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There's something about it that I just don't like. Probably the fermentation character, because I get the same flavor out of WY2007. I'd gladly take a Coors Banquet or MGD over Bud if I had to choose.


I agree. It's the yeast character I'm not a big fan of. Forced to pick one of the other macros I'd go with Coors Banquet or MGD, too. Though back when Schlitz actually had the 'kiss of the hops' like it said on the can, I'd have picked it hands down.
Man, seriously...I don't know why you'd choose either of those...that's bleak. I guess "forced" was the key word there. I'd go Hamm's or Peebs, myself if I had to choose swill. We don't get Yuengling here...that is actually good tasting beer.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: June 16, 2016, 04:49:21 PM »
I recommend not ordering it from ibrew.com . I knew ordering from Australia could be dicey due to the distance  - and it is.


Ok, I take back what I said - I got mine in the mail today. Gonna use it in the O-fest I'm brewing in a couple weeks, then on a German Pils. I'll definitely be posting the results.
Wow, that took long enough... looking forward to your results.

On the shelf stability note, I usually drink my beers in about 4 weeks after kegging, so I'm not overly worried about oxidation. Rather, once they're tapped, it takes about 4 weeks to drink them. I usually give them 2-3 weeks to carbonate. But there is always room for improvement.

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