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All Things Food / Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« on: October 26, 2016, 02:04:36 PM »
I know this will sound like heresy here but for the Turkey Day meal we prefer to serve a nice cold Riesling.  Light body, slightly sweet and compliments the turkey and all the calorie laden foods.

Later in the day, it's whatever I have on tap.  Late Fall usually means an American Wheat, Golden Ale, Fat Tire clone, a Sour Mash and/or a RIPA or a Red.  I try to keep a wide range available.  I usually have a bottled Porter or Stout in the fridge.

I just prefer wine with the meal.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making a no rinse sterilizer
« on: October 26, 2016, 10:57:22 AM »
Is there any good reason to not just use Star-San?  I am a bit wasteful but I know plenty of people who spend practically nothing because they use distilled or R/O water and reuse the sanitizer pretty much indefinitely.

I do this with distilled water.  I can tell you that "pretty much indefinitely" is over stating it though.  Six months is about the limit before it really doesn't work anymore.  Looks fine and acts normal but isn't nearly as effective after that.

I pushed it a bit this and lost one beer due to a nasty infection.  Plus, every year I use the last of my bucket-o-starsan to soak my IC just before throwing out the solution.  This year I think it promoted the growth of whatever was on the coils.  It got nasty.  I mixed up a batch with tap water to soak off the grey/black crude before I start up again this Saturday.


The Pub / Re: Spelling and Grammar
« on: October 26, 2016, 08:05:48 AM »
I think this is a forum about homebrewing.  If there is a proper English forum you may want to seek it out and discuss your grievances.  I for one could care less if someone doesn't practice proper English during informal conversation.  You may call it what you will, but I would bet you a round of beer that you wouldn't correct someone at a bar.  What's the point of doing it here?

Sent from my SM-S820L using Tapatalk

Not every person who reads the forum counts English as their first language. Improper spelling and grammar can be confusing to somebody who is not familiar with common misspellings and incorrect grammar in English. We could certainly scare off some of these readers with:

Let's eat Grandpa!


Let's eat, Grandpa!

My kids all loved that joke.  It usually starts with "Commas save lives..."  8^)

One mistake that used to drive crazy was misusing Affect and Effect.  It isn't all that hard to see the difference but so many people type it incorrectly.

My biggest mistake, generally, is dropping out words as I type.  I think "we cannot go into that" and type "
we can go into that".  Many  a battle has ensued in work emails because of that little tick.  Unfortunately, even rereading the sentence won't always show it to you because your mind fills in what is missing.  That's why you tell kids to read to the wall.

If you want to see pedantic fights get out of hand spend some time on  It used to be a great tech site but has sunk really far in recent years.

I promise to do my best to be clear and ask for forgiveness when I fail.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old brewing magazines
« on: October 24, 2016, 10:48:23 AM »
I keep them all on a shelf in my shop.  Along with many years worth of Handyman Club of American, Wood, Wood Workers Journal and American Woodworker and Wood Craft magazines.

It took me years to let go of all the PC Magazine, Byte and InfoWorld rags from decades ago.  If anyone needs Zip Disks or VHS tapes let me know.  8^)

And yes, I can see myself on one of those "Hoarders" TV shows when I'm 90.  Nothing of mine will have any real value though.  8^(  It took an hour of discussion to throw away 9 sets of baseball/softball cleats that haven't fit any of my kids for 8 (or more) years.  Nobody wanted them but it didn't seem right to throw them away.

Don't forget the wood scrap collection!!


Equipment and Software / Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
« on: October 19, 2016, 12:32:56 PM »
All my equipment is in the basement but I have a walkout so the move out on brew day is pretty easy.

I have Gorilla shelves and they can't be beat for strength and stability.  They are not mobile though.  When you put them in place, they don't move.

I use plastic storage containers with lids to keep the dust under control.  All the little parts that fit are in a closed box. 

I'm still trying to figure out grain storage.  If I was in a garage I would definitely be using air tight containers to keep the furry critters our of it.

I also built a keg cabinet on an inside, underground wall that stays a constant temp.  Probably not an option with no basement.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« on: October 17, 2016, 11:36:31 AM »
Understand the EEWWWW factor but I think you'll be fine.  The blow-off tube should be under positive pressure so nothing can leak back into the fermenter.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: macro homebrew trends
« on: October 07, 2016, 09:08:19 AM »
No additional trends to add but I wanted thank everyone for connecting LODO and HSA for me.  I've seeing LODO and had figured out what the letters stood for but hadn't gotten beyond that yet.  Just like in teaching and IT, same conversations and "new" ideas every 10-20 years.


Run over by the wife as she leaves with the mailman and the just paid off truck.

Guys, I think I found a rhyme for truck.

Stuck.  Right?   ;D

For it to be a country song the numbers would need to be reversed and a dog would have to have died.   :D


All Grain Brewing / Re: Three brews today
« on: September 29, 2016, 01:44:25 PM »
My typical brew day is 2 beers (semi concurrent- back to back).  I get the second one into the mash tun while the first one is coming up to a boil.  Takes about 7 hours from lighting the burner to putting the equipment away.

I don't think I'll try 3 though.

Good luck!


Equipment and Software / Re: Brew Guru App.
« on: September 22, 2016, 12:26:29 PM »
It runs on my Droid Turbo fine.  The little bit I've played with it seems like it may be useful when out on the road.

One annoying thing it does is notify me every time I go past Granite City Brewery.  Which is everyday on the way to and from work.  Am I just missing how to turn off notifications or is there no way to do it?


Equipment and Software / Re: Keg Post Won't Come Off
« on: September 13, 2016, 03:45:56 AM »
Looking at the teeth that are left on it (it might just be the picture) I would replace it once I got it loose.  Some of them look to be ground down to almost nothing.

The suggestions give so far are all good ones.

Good luck with it.


Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: September 09, 2016, 12:06:56 PM »
Interesting idea. 

A conical that you can see into might ease the fears of some on how to dump the trub and yeast off without losing too much beer.  I admit it's one of questions I've always had (more of a "Hmmm" than a fear for me).

I'm still not in the market but I kind of like the idea.


The Pub / Re: Realizing a dream
« on: September 08, 2016, 01:45:01 PM »
Harley Davidson sure does make some beautiful machines, but as someone who purposefully lives on what I would hope to be a quiet country road, I wish they would stop using faulty mufflers!  ;)

I really like the tone rather than the volume.  However, I was going for performance (103.5" bore, head work, cams) and unfortunately noise comes with a free-flowing engine.  That is why the drag strips are so loud.  Mine is on the loud side but not painful, and I hope not obnoxious, though I'm sure it is to some.  No worries though, I'll be by you in a second.  ;)

Oh!  114 ft. lbs of torque, and 105 hp.  Dyno-tuned by a pro!

Sorry, Erik got me going.  I'll stop.  NO ONE bring up ham radio.  I can put you to sleep faster than my bike will go on that topic!
Not that any of us bores anyone talking about homebrewing...
I know there are good reasons for the noise and I think they sound cool but some go too far and obviously are trying to be loud. Honestly, I don't know how they stand it. Unfortunately there is a spot down the road from me that is a bit of a destination so during the summer when I am out gardening or relaxing and the only sounds on my little back road should be birds and pollinators I often hear Harleys, some of which are very noisy driven by men over compensating for who knows what. I'm not trashing most riders but some are pretty annoying.

I don't usually have a problem with the sound of a Harley.  I wonder how some of those guys can hear anything after riding their bike but that's not my problem. 

The only bike that ever really bothered me was the neighbor across the alley from a house I rented in Lincoln, NE.  He would light his soft tail up every morning at 4AM and then spend 10 minutes trying to get it warm enough to idle.   >:(  Ten minutes of rumbling straight pipes every morning before sunrise is not a way to be a good neighbor.  I have to admit I was not too upset when he laid it down on "O" street and totaled it (luckily he wasn't hurt).

The new bike is a beauty man!  Take care of it.


Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« on: August 26, 2016, 10:38:24 AM »
That's weird...I don't have any trouble wiht the lids on mine.  Must be a different brand.

Or you've just got powerful hands...

Or I've broken too many parts of my hands over the years and/or I'm doing it wrong.  8^(

The buckets I currently have use lids that look like paint bucket or 5 gallon drywall mud buckets.  They seal well but are a bear to remove.


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