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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)


The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:35:46 AM »
I think my favorite part is the disasterous meeting with the Rabbit of Caerbannog and the consequent use of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. 

It's just a wee rabbit!

"Thou shalt countest to three. no more, no less..."  My kids favorite screen in whole movie.  Even when you add in the singing monks with wooden tablets (Dona nobis pacem <WHACK>).   ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What are you paying for your yeast?
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:54:22 AM »
You made me pull out my last receipt (last week's trip) to find out.  I paid $6 each for Wyeast American Ale and American Wheat. 

I think I would delay my brewing schedule before I paid $11+ for a smack pack.


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 03, 2012, 11:02:02 AM »
Smokey Mountain Rain - Ronnie Milsap

The Pub / Re: I'm sick of summer.
« on: August 03, 2012, 07:32:29 AM »
I agree.  I'm ready to get out of the 90+degree days along with the 75%+humidity.  The dog days of summer are getting a little old now.  My favorite season is right around the corner though.  :)

Heck Ron, here in south-central Iowa we consider 90+ with only 75% humidity a great day to be outside.  We typically have weather you can wear this time of year.  95+ with 90% humidity is pretty common.  After the 2 weeks straight of 102 to 108 my life guard kids were complaining it was cold at 95.   8)

Soon enough it will be Fall and then Winter at -5F and I'll complain about that too.   ;D


Going Pro / Re: New monastic beer in Italy
« on: August 03, 2012, 05:57:05 AM »
Bless me Father, I drank your beer...  If I ever get to Europe, that is.

Congratulations on getting the operation going!!!


Ingredients / Re: Hot peppers in an IPA
« on: August 01, 2012, 12:49:13 PM »
I've only made one pepper ale and that was 11 or 12 years ago.  I used jalapenos and added them with 15 minutes left in the boil.  It took a very large dose of courage to drink that beer.   ::)  It finally mellowed out about 3 years later.  It had no head and fizzed like champagne.

Lately people have been suggesting that you "dry-pepper" the beer.  Just split the peppers and add them after the primary fermentation is done.  This seems like a way to better control the heat. IMHO


The Pub / Re: I want to toast to Euge's father
« on: August 01, 2012, 08:26:55 AM »
I'm sorry to hear about your loss.  We'll keep him (and his family) in our prayers. 

It may sound odd but enjoy your time with family you don't see often.  Good visits come out of sad events.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Alabama Beer Success
« on: August 01, 2012, 06:27:16 AM »
I heard that just before I got to work too.

Congratulations to Alabama!!!  One hurdle down.


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