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The Pub / New ways to justify a keg fridge
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:07:04 PM »
Honey!  It's an emergency backup freezer!   :)

Yesterday we discovered one of the kids (assuming one of the kids) left the door of our 26cf upright freezer open a little bit.  By the time we found it $1000 of meat and veggies was half thawed.  I just got done pulling all the kegs and dropping the keg freezer back to 0 deg.  My son and I just moved half the beef to the chest freezer to make the big one cool faster.

At least the big freezer is starting to cool down again.


The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 18, 2011, 07:20:38 AM »
Two priests would go fishing every Monday to unwind from the weekend.  One day their bishop asked if he could tag along for the day.  The priests decided it would be okay.  They met at the lake on Monday morning, loaded the boat and headed out to their favorite spot.  As the day went on each priest caught a keeper or two but the bishop wasn't having any luck.  One of the priests announced he needed to go the bathroom, stood up, stepped out of the boat and walked above the water to the shore.  The bishop was shocked and then amazed by the event. 

When the first priest returned to the boat, the other priest decided it was a good idea and he too stood, stepped out of the boat and walked across the water to the shore.  The bishop was at a loss for words.  After a time the second priest returned and the bishop, not wanting to shown up by his subordinates, announced he also needed the facilities.  He stood, stepped out of the boat and immediately fell in lake and had to swim to the shoreline.

The priests looked at each other and said "I guess we should have told him about the rocks."


All Grain Brewing / Re: Refractometer
« on: August 18, 2011, 07:06:12 AM »
I got one on eBay for $50 or so. 

I really like the convenience of using a refractometer.  Make sure your get one that is ATC.  Automatic Temp Compensation (I think that's what it stands for) allows you to use the refractometer through out a range of air temps.  It does not have to do with wort temp so make sure to let your sample cool a bit before taking a reading. 

There are good conversion spreadsheets on the web that allow you to take readings in any phase of the fermentation process.


The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 11:17:58 AM »
My worst beer was a Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic.  I bought a few Holiday Beer packs back when I was getting started and needed bottles.  Each 12 pack had 2 Cranberry Lambics in it.  I forced 2 down and poured the rest out.  I've never found a lambic I enjoyed yet.

Sometimes it's just a lack of knowledge:

When we go out I will often order Boulevard Wheat because it's a decent wheat and is available pretty consistently in Central Iowa.  We go to a little hole in the wall restaurant once in awhile.  Normally we will get a bottle of wine but one night I ordered a wheat.  The owner is young kid (and I mean young, he bought the place at 18) and he brings my beer and my wife's iced tea and says he's interested in my opinion of the beer because they haven't sold much of it.  I took one sip and asked when was the last time he clean his beer lines?  He didn't know.  While we ate our meal, some friends happened to show up and sat down with us.  They kept my wife entertained while I cleaned the tap lines and faucets on his bar.  The next time we were in he comped our meal.  He said he's never sold so much beer and wanted to thank me for teaching him how to care for his taps.  

The next week another friend of mine complained that some jerk to went his favorite little joint and wrecked the beer.  The owner told him a customer had taught him to clean the beer lines.  8^)


The Pub / Re: Sharing small joys
« on: August 15, 2011, 03:49:41 PM »
I'm just happy that the call this afternoon from my wife, a fender bender my 16 year old daughter was involved in, was to let me know everything was okay and the man she backed into just wanted to talk about how to deal with the minor damage.  All 3 of my daughters were unhurt  and the gentleman driving the other car was understanding ,so no police, no insurance and no screwing up of my brand new driver's record.  It was a blessing and I am blessed.

My son totaled a car in January.  Icy streets, 8 inches of snow, no control, 15 MPH in a 25 and the officer threw the book at him.  Simply for the crime of being 16 years old +1 day.  In Iowa you have no rights as a 16 year old driver and he is suffering the consequences of bad roads and a (sorry) prick for a cop.  His sister backed into a man driving his son's car.  The son, 31 now, got completely screwed over by an adult for the same type of situation when he was 17.  Mad is a good driver and bumped the right guy.  I thank God for little favors.

Sunsets are great, but meeting people who understand kids are kids and sh@# happens is so much better at this point in my life.  Had her license for 3 weeks and ran into a situation you can't prepare for, the worst thing is the person who caused it probably doesn't even know it happened.

I used to think Iowan's knew how to drive.  Now I know it depends on where you were raised.  In Des Moines, wear a helmet and mount a camera on your dash, you'll be glad you did.


*** Edited to fix my usual missed word and modifiers.  ***

The Pub / Re: Beer Quotes
« on: August 15, 2011, 02:17:59 PM »
PJ O'Rourke on Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me - "Beer at our house just meant we were out of whiskey.  Or it was breakfast time." 

They were discussing the Beer Summit.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stairs
« on: August 12, 2011, 09:25:31 AM »
Happy to hear none broke and everything is okay.  My basement stairs end in concrete so I likely would not have been so lucky.

I can only imagine what my reaction would have been.


The Pub / Re: Crazy Eyes
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:03:59 AM »
I thought the same thing about that picture when I first saw it.  It seems strange  but the more pictures of her I see (I'm in Iowa so lots of political press right now with the Ames Straw Poll this weekend) that seems to be one of her standard looks.  I not attacking her personally, all the candidates scare me right now.


The Pub / Re: Debt downgrade, my car loses value?!
« on: August 10, 2011, 09:18:05 AM »
No asset depreciates faster than an automobile.  You lose 20% just driving a new one off the lot.  The US credit rating probably didn't have anything to do with it.  Just wait another month, it will depreciate even more.


Sandwiches depreciate pretty fast.

So does beer.

Neither are considered assets in most accounting systems I've worked on.  Inventory maybe, but not assets.  ;D


*** Edited to insert word my fingers didn't type.

The Pub / Re: Debt downgrade, my car loses value?!
« on: August 10, 2011, 08:14:32 AM »
No asset depreciates faster than an automobile.  You lose 20% just driving a new one off the lot.  The US credit rating probably didn't have anything to do with it.  Just wait another month, it will depreciate even more.


The Pub / Re: You should all be fired
« on: August 10, 2011, 08:11:02 AM »
On Friday night when I heard S&P was downgrading our debt the first thought I had was "How long will it be before a scandal over all the S&P Execs being primed to short the market, prior to the downgrade, comes out?".

That's really the only reason I can see for them doing it.  Everyone knew if the US lost it's AAA rating the only fast money to be made would be in short trades.  If you knew exactly when the downgrade was coming you could make out like the criminals these guys probably are.

Whatever the correct rating is, the folks at the S&P were manipulating the market.  We just need to wait and see who they were doing it for.


we all got back together to sample the beer we made and have a meal together.

That's a great idea; who was it (which pub)?

The class was run by the original owner of Heartland Homebrew.  I've lost track of him over the past few years.  It was held at Raccoon River Brewing Co in downtown Des Moines.

Both establishments have changed hands a couple of times in the last 10 years but are still around and supporting the homebrew community.


The all grain class I took was held in a brew pub.  The instructors used and cooler for a mash tun and had the grain crushed before class.  The pub systems supplied 175 deg water on demand so they did an intro (10 minutes or so) then mashed in.  They showed how to handle dough balls and adjust the mash temp then put the lid on and went through a technical discussion of what was happening in the mash and the basics on recipe formulation.  We all took a small break, got a fresh beer and then we went through the sparging process as a group.  Once the wort was collected the boil was proceeding back in the brewery and we could wonder in and out at will, ask questions or just order another beer and hang out.  You could leave whenever you wanted after the boil started and not really miss anything.

The meat of the class was done in about 2.5 to 3 hours.  About 3 weeks later we all got back together to sample the beer we made and have a meal together.

Holding the class in a brewery made the task of water prep and such much easier.


The Pub / Re: Aren't some of you guys drummers?
« on: August 04, 2011, 02:07:38 PM »
I was so into the jackets that I forgot to look at the drummer!

He has a "Flock of Seagulls" worthy comb over that's for sure.   ;)


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: IPA turned Belgian
« on: August 04, 2011, 02:03:59 PM »
From the recipe I see 1oz of hops but the text under the list might indicate 3.75 oz.

If it's 1oz. you won't get anything resembling an IPA.  Did you dry-hop?

The timing of the additions and better understanding of the quantities added along with fermentation temps and durations would help us quite a bit.


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