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Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: April 09, 2012, 02:18:31 PM »
I have not actually planted hops but did a ton of research a couple years ago.  If you soil is thawed, you can plant them now.  Mulch them in well with composted manure and get your trellis system figured out.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:02:41 AM »
I used a small counter-sink punch to mark 1 gallon increments.  Each mark is a divot and I count down to the level of the wort (i.e. my 12 gallon kettle has eleven marks and I count down from twelve, starting at the lip, till I reach the wort).


The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: April 07, 2012, 12:10:53 PM »
People visiting the ocean in Delaware go to the beach.  In New Jersey, they go to the shore.

In Iowa you go to the sand pit.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill
« on: April 06, 2012, 11:14:52 AM »
Thanks for the info everyone!  I actually just did a CL search and found a person that is getting rid of his entire brew system and he only lives 5 minutes from me.  With it is a mill that he's used for 10 years and he says it still works great.  Comes with a motor, belt, hopper, homemade stand, etc... and he agreed to sell it for $65.  It's adjustable and he said he hasn't adjusted it since he first set it up.  I'm heading over later today and take a look at it and he's going to demonstrate it for me.  If this doesn't work out, then I'll be looking into the JSP and Barley Crusher. 

Also, congrats to Ron and Denny on being elected to the governing committee.

That's a great find!  The motor alone would you that if were starting from scratch.  I love CraigsList.  I just (and I mean just, like 3 minutes ago) sold three shop lights via it.  Junk = cash on that site.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill
« on: April 06, 2012, 07:55:29 AM »
Here's my disclaimer: Everyone who has a mill, likes their mill.

I have a Barley Crusher and have motorized it and I have been very satisfied with it.  I do around 16 batches a year and not had any problems with it (that I didn't cause).  I can run 13 lbs through in less than 5 minutes.  Very good mill for the cost in a low volume shop.

Monster mills get very good reviews and are beefier than the Barley Crusher if you need to do a lot of volume.  They are a good option if speed is a requirement.  I believe you have to build your own chute with some versions.

As I said though people generally like the mill they have.


The Pub / Re: Meaningless thread.
« on: April 06, 2012, 06:55:36 AM »

It's like he's reading my mind.



[...] smoking chickens will take up most of my time.

How do you get the feathers to stay in your pipe?  :P

Use a large bowled pipe and then tie them down with chicken wire.  Once you get the oil and the fat going it works pretty well.   ;D

Beer Recipes / Re: American wheat
« on: April 05, 2012, 01:44:23 PM »
I've made a dunkel with 001. It was very good. I don't make it often, because I'm not that much of a wheat fan anymore.

I do not like 3068.

I have success with WY1010 - American Wheat.

My wife's family is coming in fro the weekend so no brewing.  Dying eggs and smoking chickens will take up most of my time.  When I'm not at church, that is.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Okay Princess Bride fans...
« on: April 03, 2012, 01:34:38 PM »
You could make a high ABV CAP or Blonde and call it Iocain or Duel of Wits.

Lots of possibilities to play with names.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Okay Princess Bride fans...
« on: April 03, 2012, 12:23:30 PM »
Hopefully drinking them will not introduce you to the Fire Swamps or any ROUS.  8^)


The Pub / Re: vote for Pedro
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:05:36 AM »
Kind of cool to if you really like the movie. 

I just don't get the appeal of that movie.  I've watched it and laughed but wasn't blown away by it.  To each their own and then some I say.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Election results?
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:36:58 AM »
If there's a tie, will there be a run-off vote or a wet T-shirt contest?

Well, at least I won't need lunch now.   :o


Paul   ;D

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:41:32 PM »
Wow, nice work morticai! 
You could interplant with fast growing spring things, bc it will take a while for the tater plants to fill out.

I have heard that when you cut potatoes in parts for planting, you need to let them dry out.  Any truth to that?

Apricot is in full bloom, so it snowed this morning. ::)

It's so mice to have a proper garden plot. My 16 month old is loving getting all muddy.
This is why you should have a garden-for the kids.  My kids grew up eating fresh veggies straight from the garden(muddy carrots, immature sweet peas, etc) and we never had eating issues with either of them.  I cringe every time I see a relative or friend's kid refuse to eat veggies.

On top of not being picky eaters the dirt makes them smarter.  If you can believe the study my oldest daughter read.


Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:54:12 PM »
I have friends who are lawyers and love to the scrubbed stories of their dumbest clients over the years.  Most of these are drop dead funny.  We also have hypothetical discussions too about case that are being tried in public media and it's eye opening to hear the "behind the current" stuff but I would never ask for advice that would require them to stand behind their answer.  If they might have to backup their advice, we have discussion sitting on opposite sides of their desk where I'm a paying customer.


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