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The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:06:46 AM »
Didn't you acquire some swords a while back?  You're set.

1.  Bokken.

2.  My bare hands work better as defensive weapons.

Although katana are the choice weapon of self-defense around JHU...

Reading through this thread is just another reason I'm happy to live in Iowa, I guess.  I've honestly never considered "defensibility" as a feature when buying a home.   ::)

Of course, in Iowa 30% of the population now have concealed carry licenses so anyone attempting an invasion will likely be stopped long before they get to my house.

Of more relevance, I like turtles too.


The Pub / Re: Someone stole a whole canning line
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:11:51 AM »
How do you fake a fire? cardboard cutouts of flames?

 ;D ;D

Maybe some cotton batting and spray paint to simulate smoke.

Thanks for the laugh this morning.  I needed one.   ;D


All Grain Brewing / Re: composting spent grain
« on: August 23, 2012, 05:44:12 AM »
I have a large enough yard that I can simply spread the spent grain on the lawn.  I basically put it in a homer bucket, use a large spoon and broadcast spread it as if I were planting wheat in the days before modern equipment.  The squirrels love it and it decomposes without any issues.

The only time it has ever gotten a little ripe was a year or two ago in the spring.  I had brewed quite a bit over the winter.  When the snow melted I had a lot of grain on the ground and it was all wet.  A little sun and a couple passes of the lawn mower got rid of it though.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:31:40 AM »
I typically bring my starter wort up to a rolling boil and then turn off the flame.  Then I let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes and then cool it down. 

I figure a rolling boil is over 212F and the wort stays above 200 for quite awhile after you turn off the heat.  I've never had a problem.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: how long does dry hopping last?
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:23:33 AM »
The hops will fade over time but I don't think you will any big changes in 4 - 6 weeks.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 20, 2012, 11:32:46 AM »
Brewing outside in January/February was probably the hardest time for me to not throw in the towel. 

A few years ago we put on an addition to our house and "my room" was a wood shop with a walk out to the backyard in the basement.  I still brew outside (technically) but the only things outside most of the time is the propane burner, the kettle and a remote BBQ thermometer.  I setup my mash cooler and everything else in the shop and only step out to manage the hot break and add hops.

I don't know if I'd still be doing this if I still had to wear long johns, insulated coveralls and heavy gloves to brew.


The Pub / Re: Ebay Ban
« on: August 17, 2012, 03:01:00 PM »
no, Ebay is free market, and should remain....sell away.

The AHA/BA should reduce the membership buy to 1 ticket per member, and require you show your membership card and id at the fact, this should hold for any member purchased ticket on any day....(a ticket you got before anyone else could).

I also believe that the GABF should increase its days to 5 days with 2 members (daytime). sessions.  If anything, reduce the number of booths per day....entice people to come back on multiple days.  Beer fans will, mere consumers will not.

I agree.

The problem with limiting any "type" of item is where does the limit stop?  Does beer related mean CO2 tanks and regulators?  How about bottles or hops, yeast, bottle caps?  The only way to stop a scalper is to not buy from him/her.  Supply and demand will drive the market, just the way you learned in econ class.  If someone is willing to pay 2X or 5X the retail price of a ticket, that isn't your (or my) problem.  The event organizers got all the $$ they were looking for so it's all good.  The AHA could limit the number of tickets per purchase but that is about where it stops.



The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 17, 2012, 11:39:10 AM »
Time is on my side - Rolling Stones

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:30:12 AM »
Time in a bottle - Jim Croce

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 16, 2012, 02:16:41 PM »
I guess I'll give a different slant. Brewing isn't for everyone. It's a craft and it is a craft you can spend your whole life perfecting. There is always something new to learn or something you can do to fine tune your beer. But some people aren't craftsmen at heart and that is just the way it is.

I tried to get into motorcycle mechanics. I really, really wanted to build my own custom bike. But about 1/3rd way through the project I quickly realized mechanics is not for me. It holds no interest for me. Maybe it's the same way for you.

That said, for me, the beer has always been the driving factor. When I found that I enjoyed my beer as much or more than what you can find on the shelves that is when I got addicted. And, of course, the gadgets are a lot of fun. But the beer was always what did it for me and it is what forced me to learn to start perfecting the process.

I can agree with this. 

For a long time I really wanted to learn more programming languages and take on a big DIY development project.  Sadly, every time I would start teaching myself a new language I would, literally, fall asleep.  I finally decided that it's cool other people like to program but it's not for me.  Same with intricate wood working projects.  I'll build you a bookcase, a shelving system, a portable power system for your marching band pit (real project, by the way) but ask me to make you an intarsia wooden picture and it won't happen.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:30:09 PM »
I say this only partially tongue-in-cheek... Drink Bud Light for a few days.  You'll get interested again.   ;)

Seriously though, pick a new style that you've always wondered about.  One that changes your process in some way that is challenging.  Maybe a decoction mash, a sour beer or something else completely different. 

I get bored now and then too.  When I do, I try to find a new recipe, process step or toy, uh I mean, necessary brewing tool, to spice things up a little.  Sometimes I just put everything brewing related away and do some other hobby for a while but I'm always drawn back in in a couple of months.


Ingredients / Re: Ordered 2-row got Maris Otter
« on: August 16, 2012, 11:30:42 AM »
So, I ordered some grain last week.  I just picked it up today, it turned out to be Maris Otter, after I got it home and started distributing it into my buckets.   I normally get just 2-row pale ale malt from them.  I paid the same price for the M.O.  Anything I need to adjust for my recipes?  Isn't M.O. usually more than two row?

Btw it's Crisp Malting.

If you paid basic 2-row price for the MO, you got a deal.  Even at my wholesale prices, MO is 40% more than domestic 2-row.  And it's the base malt for my American Amber.  It does make a difference.  A positive difference.


I love to use MO.  It add a bit of a nutty flavor to English recipes.  Usually a lot more expensive.  You got a deal.


I got 2 brewed last weekend (American Wheat and a Belgian Ale).  Not brewing this weekend as it is still way too hot to make cooling the wort reasonable.


The Pub / Re: Stay off my f'ing driveway!
« on: August 08, 2012, 02:48:15 PM »
Steel posts with "Police - Crime Scene - Do not cross" tape stretched across the drive.  Make sure to paint body outlines on the drive near the street and scatter some pieces of red and yellow plastic around. 

It might them wonder if it was their car?   :)


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 07, 2012, 03:01:01 PM »
Happy Christmas - John Lennon

I couldn't resist looping back on the thread.   8)


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