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The Pub / Re: I have a fever
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:19:26 AM »
Has anyone seen my motivation?  Oh never mind.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bucket opening tool
« on: April 13, 2012, 08:32:59 AM »
I think bigchicken is a little touchie about the "finger lickin good" thing
That saying brings back some crazy memories! I worked at KFC as a teenager. To this day I still can't eat there!

I have the same issue with Hardee's.  27 years ago and I still can't walk into one.  It's the same idea as when I tell people they don't want to know how sausage is made.  8^)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chill haze
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:23:08 AM »
Maybe your proteins are really small and its taking longer for them to come out of solution.

Funny how stuff we want cloudy clears great and stuff we want clear stays cloudy.  I swear I think wheat in a beer is actually a good way to make it clear up.

My wheat beers usually end up being the clearest beers I have on tap.  I've never figured out what I'm doing wrong.  I just assumed it was me and no one else ever had this "problem".   :)


The Pub / Re: Anybody Fish?
« on: April 12, 2012, 01:50:37 PM »
I was trying to find my fishing photos, but I'm coming up empty-handed.

Instead, I'll post a favorite one of my son, at about a year old...

Hmmm, Sith young, he is.



The Pub / Re: Meaningless thread.
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:47:08 AM »
You're gonna love this:

Solid Potato Salad

WOW, just wow.

I hurt after just watching that video.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starters are for real
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:10:03 AM »
For me it was all just steps along the path. 

First batch was dry yeast and turned out well.  The second (and many after that) were just a smack pack or single tube of liquid yeast and my beer tasted even better.  Later, I tried making a starter and got even better results.  At some point I started all-grain and now I never make a beer without a starter and am getting quite a collection of gadgets.

Small steps get you there.  Everyone at their own pace.


I might try to make an American Wheat on Sunday.  It depends on how the Iowa State Small Group/Solo Vocal and Instrumental Contest goes on Saturday.  My wife and I got tagged to run it again this year at our kids high school site.  I may not have any energy left.  Coordinating 210 volunteers, setup and cleanup makes for a really long day.


The Pub / Re: Anybody Fish?
« on: April 12, 2012, 08:43:23 AM »
Fished all my life.  I love it.  Mostly I fish with my youngsters these days. 

I was going to make a joke about how you get the kids to stay on the hook but decided it's better to just agree with you. 

My kids love to drown bait.  We don't get enough days to go fishing anymore.


The Pub / Re: A letter to my wife during the NHL playoffs
« on: April 11, 2012, 03:14:38 PM »
Here I'm life "STFU" to all these bozos that come into my football thread and bash football, and I'm doing it to a hockey thread. Sorry dudes. :-X

Its all good. We understand that you can keep up with such a fast paced sport. You natural reaction is to bag on it.  ;D

You mean they are actually playing a game?  I always thought all the skating around swinging sticks was just rest periods between the fights.  /ducks for cover/   ;D


Ingredients / Re: Addtives, need some thoughts.
« on: April 11, 2012, 03:10:40 PM »
I've never used Fermcap so not much of an opinion on that one.

I use Irish Moss in most of my beers and can tell when I don't.  Not in final clarity but rather in how long it takes to clear.  In my brewery I wouldn't stop using IM or Whirlflock intentionally.


Pimp My System / Re: So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:18:29 AM »
They are typically used to move items that can be difficult or dangerous to move by hand.  They work well for moving heavy boxes from a shelf to another location without having to lift it.  I've used them for moving big rocks as well as computer systems around.  They are real back savers.


Pimp My System / Re: So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 08:29:27 AM »
Nice idea.  Definitely something to consider as I (apparently) keep getting older and weaker.

I use a furniture dolly (rectangle w/ 4 wheels) to move my boiling kettle from the patio to my deep sink area for chilling.  Saves the back and makes it so much less likely to dump 5-6 gallons of boiling water on myself.


Palmer gives a quick way on this link: .


Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: April 10, 2012, 01:53:31 PM »
Why do people say plant them horizontally?

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They grow best vertically, according to everything I have researched.  From my personal experience they grow well when planted vertically.

It probably doesn't matter a great deal either way.  If you watch the videos from Fresh Hops they plant them vertically.  If the pros do it, there's likely a reason.  I don't know what that reason is but I don't argue with people who make a living at it.   8)


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.


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