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The Pub / Re: My Newest Assistant Brewer
« on: May 26, 2011, 10:52:22 AM »
Congratulations!!!  New little ones are always fun!

Make sure to give him a copy of Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy, May 25 is "Towel Day".


The Pub / Re: wicked weather
« on: May 26, 2011, 10:48:19 AM »
Oh well, supposed to be worse tomorrow.

Or maybe later tonight :o

Tornadic is just a cool, wicked sounding word.
There is a fascinating power in severe weather.  
Like thunder and lightning at the same time above treeline.

I spent some time in Texas, and really wanted to see and experience a tornado.
The locals thought that was tweaked and I was obviously an ignorant outsider.

I feel the same. I would love to witness it clear an open field...No structures.
I share the sentiment. Add earthquakes, and volcanoes to that list.
I don't think it is wierd to want to witness and experience the power of nature..

as long as no one is hurt.
I have the same strange fascination. I've see a tornado live once in my life, and I have to say that while it was frightening, it was also one of the most exhilirating experiences I've ever had.

I watched one go over the farm when I was in high school.  Sounds like great fun until you watch one laying flat in a cattle lot while it goes over you.  and all you can do is pray it doesn't touch down until it gets past you.   :o

I'll just say, I don't need to see another one anytime soon.  Looking up the column of a tornado isn't as interesting as one might think.  I still love thunderstorms but you can keep the tornadoes.


Ingredients / Re: Deformed Hop Plant
« on: May 25, 2011, 02:30:01 PM »
I have seen some plants exhibit those symptoms, some that got some herbicide overspray.

Any chance of that?  Check out this article related to aminopyralid herbicides persisting in the ground and in compost,
not sure if it could travel with mulch?

Is it still growing?

That was my first thought too.  Used to see that kind of damage on Mom's grape vines after the fields were sprayed.  In grapes herbicide over spray will make them not produce fruit too.

I can't say with any certainty as I am not an agronomist nor did I stay in a Holiday Inn and Suites last night.  8^)


The Pub / Re: wicked weather
« on: May 25, 2011, 10:56:25 AM »
Tornadic system just went overhead, sirens winding down (Kansas City).  I'll take these over earthquakes though, at least we have advance warning!

I heard about the tornado in KC on my way back to the office after lunch.  Any damage?  I used to live down there so I'm have a soft spot for KC.

It's been a danged strange Spring.  All the nasty weather started too early.


All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Efficancy
« on: May 24, 2011, 02:25:21 PM »
I believe that. Has to be a reason why the big breweries stir throughout the mash.

Because they're not homebrewers and their systems are different?  I haven't found any benefits to stirring half way through.  That's not to say that it doesn't work for others.

I haven't done any formal testing so I'm definitely not saying its a wonder cure.  I've just seen my OG end a little higher when I do than when I don't stir.  A coupe .001s here or there so not a whole lot of difference.  I happened to have done the same 2 beers on two different brew days with the only difference being stirring.  Same bags of grain and .002 to .003 higher OG.  One of those things that made me go "Hmmmm?".


All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Efficancy
« on: May 24, 2011, 08:55:09 AM »
This is anecdotal but I get a little bump in efficiency if I stir the mash half way through.  It's not huge but it does seem to make a difference on my system.


The Pub / Re: What happened to this lightbulb?
« on: May 24, 2011, 08:50:28 AM »
Je suis né dans Fountainbleu et je ne peux pas parler ou écrire le français

One more reason I love the internet   8)

Pourquoi ce forum serait-il différent de ma propre maison? L'épouse parle le français, les enfants parlent l'espagnol et je ne comprends pas tout cela.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Spent grain
« on: May 23, 2011, 11:18:17 AM »
I've started just spreading it across the lawn.  Throwing it out in wide arcs with my brewing spoon.  It seems to breakdown into the soil pretty quickly, doesn't smell and it's fun to watch the birds and squirrels try to find it all back.

I used to spread it on the veggie garden and then turn it in but I no longer have a garden.


The Pub / Re: May 21 - What are you planning ot do?
« on: May 20, 2011, 02:25:44 PM »
I hope to be in heaven, but I've read the bible a time or two and know nobody knows the hour.

I'll be heading to heaven if the rapture comes. 

I'd like to know who leaked the schedule though.

If not I'll be SCUBA diving at Pu`uhonua O Honaunau.

Enjoy the dive!

In Iowa, diving involves a lot of "hey! look at that dirt cloud!  Where am I?  Which way is up?  AAAAAAAAH!... Oh, hold on, never mind, I'm okay."


The Pub / Re: May 21 - What are you planning ot do?
« on: May 20, 2011, 02:20:07 PM »
I'm only packing shorts and t-shirts.    ;D

It'll be warm and all my friends will be be where I'm going.  If you believe the Nuns, that is.


The Pub / Re: May 21 - What are you planning ot do?
« on: May 20, 2011, 02:05:58 PM »
Huh, first I've heard of it. I'm brewing. Would be a shame if I was taken and missed the 30min hop addition.  :-\

That even made my kids ROFLOL.  As the kids would text.


The Pub / Re: May 21 - What are you planning ot do?
« on: May 20, 2011, 01:58:49 PM »
Well if the rapture happens I'm going into work since it'll be a National disaster and I'm on the roster to respond. If I'm taken WTF will I care.

One more reason I don't miss oncall.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition letdown
« on: May 20, 2011, 01:45:11 PM »
How does everybody deal with competition letdown?

That's an easy one; I don't participate in competitions.


I've never submitted a beer to a comp but several BJCP beer judges have suggested I should.  I don't really care what a judge says, it's my beer and I make it for me and my wife and friends.  As long as they are happy, I'm happy.


The Pub / May 21 - What are you planning ot do?
« on: May 20, 2011, 01:41:45 PM »
Somebody has to ask this question.

I'm pretty sure, one way or another, I'll be here come May 22nd.  I'll be cleaning my Mom's house before she moves to a retirement community in Omaha.  8^)

If the rapture actually happens... what will you be doing on Sunday?

I personally will be arming up and getting ready for some gun play.   ;D


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 20, 2011, 01:35:49 PM »
So, if you don't brew your annual volume limit each year, do you get roll-over gallons?  If so, are they valid all the way back to 1978?   ???     ::).  ;D

That would be nice. But I don't think so. What if you brew at someone else's house and ferment there? Does this count?
I think it counts on them.  And for what it's worth, I think you can brew at your house and pitch the yeast and ferment at someone else's house, and it counts for them.  Up until then all you did was produce hoppy sugar water.  The alcohol is being made at their house.  :)

Anyway, it's irrelevant for me.  I might have time to hit my limit when I retire or when the kids get older, but I don't think I've ever even come close.

A certain recently published author made the statement it isn't beer until the yeast is added (Gordon?).  So... if I make 800 gallons of wort but only ferment 200 of at my house I should be okay.   I think I can talk 3 neighbors in to it.  :P

Edited to fix screwed up insert of my comment


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