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Can't brew this weekend.  Going on a short camping trip in our RV/travel trailer.  My son is smart and is staying home.  I'll be going with my wife, 2 daughters and one of their friends.  So, I will have to endure a weekend with SWMBO and 3 teenage girls!  Give me strength!  Better yet, give me beer!   :P

You just describe the next year of my life.  My son graduates high school this year and then he's off to Iowa State U. for engineering.  After he's gone it's SWMBO, 3 daughters and me.  Pray for me.   ;)

Paul

Oh!! and no brewing this weekend.  Mother's Day and getting ready for the graduation parties.  (one of my daughters graduates from 8th grade this year too.)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Rose By Any Other Name
« on: May 09, 2012, 10:25:22 AM »
When I decided to name my brewery I went with a Information Technology is driving me crazy theme.  Hence the "Slowly Losing IT Brewery" was born.  I tried to give beers names that fit the theme.  Here are a few (along with, hopefully witty, tag lines:

"Just park'in son(s)!" Pale Ale (Named for my Dad in last days)
Ma's By Paul'er Bock
Alzheimer’s Amber Ale - "I'd love another!  First beer I've had tonight."
A Damn Hoppy Dubble  (ADHD)
Psychotic Psour Mash
Strawberry Savant Pale Ale
October Chill Dunkels (OCD)
Barley Fit For Society Stout
Halfway House Wheat
Loose Screw Stout
The Doctor's Loose Nut (brown) Ale
Electro-Stout Therapy - "This shocks for you!"
Psychopathic Porter
Schitzo Sour Mash "We told you to have a drink with me!"
Hallucination Hefe "Listen to all the pretty flavors"
Bulemic Bitters "'cuz sometimes what goes down, must come up"
Antisocial Amber Ale “Pull me another and leave me alone”
Sympathetic Scottish /70 “If I could still feel anything, I’d know how you feel”
Phobophobic Pilsner – It saves time to be scared of phobias.
Paranoid Pilsner “Is it just me or is this beer watching me?”

I even made sure to get the approval of friend who's son has OCD before I put a label on the tap for Oktoberfest so I wouldn't offend them. 

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Cleaning grill grates
« on: May 08, 2012, 02:13:28 PM »
If I let my grates get bad enough that "cooking off the excess" isn't good enough, my power washer does a fine job of stripping them clean.  Then you can reseason them.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Moon Shots
« on: May 07, 2012, 02:02:23 PM »

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The Pub / Re: Moon Shots
« on: May 07, 2012, 01:58:33 PM »
Did anyone think the moon looked bigger last weekend?

I didn't see it myself but I did run across some articles about the "Super Moon" this past weekend.  Here are some cool shots of it from all over.  http://www.space.com/15561-supermoon-2012-photos-full-moon-images.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+spaceheadlines+%28SPACE.com+Headline+Feed%29

Paul

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing with my dad
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:56:15 AM »
I think anything that isn't too complicated would be good to use as an intro.

It's funny, I read the name of this thread and wondered if I could have made a Falstaff clone with my Dad.  That was his favorite beer for years.  By the time I came across a recipe, Dad was gone and hadn't been able to have a beer for 7 or 8 years before he passed.  I hope you have fun and really enjoy your time.

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:05:59 AM »
I have buddy who reloads ammo for himself and his shooting friends.  He always says we should live well after the revolution, ammo and alcohol will make us a good living.  You could do both.   ;D

On a more serious note you can always become a BBQ/Smoker expert or a lawn fanatic like my neighbor.  Maybe wood carving?

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Squeezing wort out of hops
« on: May 04, 2012, 08:56:34 AM »
I don't squeeze the juice out but I do let the bag hang on the side to drain out while I chill.

Paul

*** Edited to fix my typo.  Bag makes a lot more sense than back.   ::)

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Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:46:59 PM »
There are projects under way to produce bio-diesel from chicken by products too.  Pretty much any fat can be modified to work as bio-diesel.

Keep in mind that with Mr Diesel designed his engine his plan was to make if run on vegetable oil.  It was later that petroleum companies made "diesel" fuel the standard.

I agree ethanol is a boon-doggle but I am looking forward to all the stainless steel that will be on the market in Iowa when the industry collapses.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Raise the flag, beer through the mail?
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:04:57 AM »
At least shipping to comps might be a bit cheaper.

I hope they do find a way to save the post office.  I really can't imagine this country without it's postal system.

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 02, 2012, 02:50:12 PM »
Try doing IT in a "mega-bank" for awhile and you'll understand why I sometime wax nostalgic for my days cleaning the hog barns with a pitch fork when it was 110F out.   :-\

I felt cleaner when I got back to the house most days on the farm than I do i this place.

Paul

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Beer Recipes / Re: Summertime Wheat IPA Recipe Opinions?
« on: May 02, 2012, 02:39:14 PM »
My first thought was "that's a lot hops for a wheat" but to each there own.  As euge said you may want to keep a bit of sweetness in there for balance.  Maybe 4oz. of Honey and no 40L or 2oz of each would give a good balance. 

Others with way more experience than I have already spoken so this just me talking.  8^)


Paul

This is what I was saying originally, don't think you need to remove the crystal and drop the honey to 2 oz. Maybe just do 4 oz of honey malt, or 2 oz of each, or 4 oz of crystal.

Great minds, man.  Great minds.   ;)

Paul

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I need to look at the calendar to see what's going on this weekend.  If it looks clear i have and Oktoberfest to get started.  I may not do it though because my oldest is graduating HS on May 25th.  The party will require all of my fridge space.  Hmmmm, I'll have to think about that.

At a minimum, I need to keg a wheat I made 2 weeks ago.

Paul

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Beer Recipes / Re: Summertime Wheat IPA Recipe Opinions?
« on: May 02, 2012, 11:01:26 AM »
My first thought was "that's a lot hops for a wheat" but to each there own.  As euge said you may want to keep a bit of sweetness in there for balance.  Maybe 4oz. of Honey and no 40L or 2oz of each would give a good balance. 

Others with way more experience than I have already spoken so this just me talking.  8^)


Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How does my grist look?
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:36:04 AM »
I haven't checked my mill gap lately but when I set it up it was .029".  I typically only run the grain through once and get a fair amount of flour.  The husks are intact (for the most part) with or without conditioning my grain.  My efficiency stays pretty constant.

I have had a stuck sparge or two but I only recall them happening when I cranked the mill down to .025".  that was just a bit too tight.  I have more issues with rye malt than with wheat but that's a slow sparge, not a stuck sparge.  I cause most of my own sparging problems.

Cleaning out the gutters last Saturday I thought about kilning the maple tree seeds.  They had already sprouted.  I'm not sure I could ever get that flavor out of my mill though and my wife was quite opposed to the idea.   8)

As was said earlier, do what works for you.  There are many paths to the same destination.   ;D

Paul

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