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we all got back together to sample the beer we made and have a meal together.

That's a great idea; who was it (which pub)?

The class was run by the original owner of Heartland Homebrew.  I've lost track of him over the past few years.  It was held at Raccoon River Brewing Co in downtown Des Moines.

Both establishments have changed hands a couple of times in the last 10 years but are still around and supporting the homebrew community.


The all grain class I took was held in a brew pub.  The instructors used and cooler for a mash tun and had the grain crushed before class.  The pub systems supplied 175 deg water on demand so they did an intro (10 minutes or so) then mashed in.  They showed how to handle dough balls and adjust the mash temp then put the lid on and went through a technical discussion of what was happening in the mash and the basics on recipe formulation.  We all took a small break, got a fresh beer and then we went through the sparging process as a group.  Once the wort was collected the boil was proceeding back in the brewery and we could wonder in and out at will, ask questions or just order another beer and hang out.  You could leave whenever you wanted after the boil started and not really miss anything.

The meat of the class was done in about 2.5 to 3 hours.  About 3 weeks later we all got back together to sample the beer we made and have a meal together.

Holding the class in a brewery made the task of water prep and such much easier.


The Pub / Re: Aren't some of you guys drummers?
« on: August 04, 2011, 02:07:38 PM »
I was so into the jackets that I forgot to look at the drummer!

He has a "Flock of Seagulls" worthy comb over that's for sure.   ;)


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: IPA turned Belgian
« on: August 04, 2011, 02:03:59 PM »
From the recipe I see 1oz of hops but the text under the list might indicate 3.75 oz.

If it's 1oz. you won't get anything resembling an IPA.  Did you dry-hop?

The timing of the additions and better understanding of the quantities added along with fermentation temps and durations would help us quite a bit.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:33:39 AM »
Is there some kind of new-fangle thermometer that has a wind-chill table of contents in front and a heat index in the back?

You can get "Web Enabled Weather Stations" that will display all that stuff on a webpage for you.  A buddy at work has one at his house and he get up to the second weather info from his desk at the office (I don't know why this is important to him but he can).  The formulas are also available so you can punch in real temp, humidity, and such and get a "fells like" number. 

I usually just go with the old standard scale of Hot, Damn Hot and OMG!!! Why did we start this job today? Hot.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: August 04, 2011, 08:34:34 AM »
Too many of her her relatives live too far away.  It is terribly difficult for them to make the drive in December as they have little babies.  Iowa (I'm in Des Moines, the rest who are in Iowa live in the far NW corner (Orange City/Sioux Center areas).  Between ice and snow storms that time of year, it just never works out.

Friday I will be putting up a tree, putting the lighted inflatable snow men out front and watching my kids put out Christmas decorations.  I drew the line when my wife asked if I would put up the icicle lights.  8^[  I'll play along but only so far.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: August 04, 2011, 07:31:58 AM »
The finally broke here in Iowa yesterday.  Daily highs in the 80's instead of high 90s to 100+.  It may even rain.

My wife's family is coming for Christmas in Jul.. er.. August this weekend so the cooler weather is a nice occurrence.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Strange fermentation
« on: August 03, 2011, 05:01:15 AM »
It's definitely possible that the yeast are still chugging away.

I agree with stlaleman, take a reading see.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit Flies
« on: August 02, 2011, 01:56:33 PM »
Earwigs love to get inside my grill. They start running when I add charcoal.

For them, it's like the roach motel.  The get in, but they don't get out.

I had the same problem with grackles in my grill one year.  I opened it one day had 2 birds in my face.  I cleaned out the nest and the next day it was back.  Cleaned it out again.  The third time I turned on the gas and lit it without opening the hood.  They stopped building their next inside it after that.


The Pub / Re: Working on finances
« on: August 02, 2011, 01:47:08 PM »
I see a need to sever the love affair with automobiles.  New ones are definately a loose loose
proposition unless you have ALL the cash in your hand.  How can they justify the price of
an automobile at the current asking prices  ???  Heck even a 2 yr old with low miles is
Beyond recognitgion.... Yep priorities are wrong..

Edit; I do not do 2 wheel transportation it is just too dangerous....I live too far out in BFE
to walk to town....guess I may have to ride my ATV.

You're right about new cars unless you plan to keep it for a long time.  I usually buy new but I drive it for at least 10 years.  Sort of evens out after a few years.


The Pub / Re: Working on finances
« on: August 02, 2011, 12:31:07 PM »
While it is true that it's a mistake to assume your home is an investment, I prefer to pay rent to me in the form of paying down my mortgage and having a asset that I own when it's done.  This position works for me because I have 4 kids and a wife.  I would be paying more to rent a place big enough for us to live in than it costs me service a mortgage.

That being said, there are major expenses you have to be prepared for when owning a home.  Some have already been mentioned so I won't repeat them now. 

Add to the list $4000 to replace the driveway last year.  It was buckling due to a 45 year old tree that had grown up next to it and was pushing the whole slab to the north.  It cost less to replace and reshape the driveway than to have the tree removed.  Plant any trees at least 4 feet from your concrete.

If you have a water problem in your basement (assuming you have a basement) that will hasten the death of your furnace, furniture, carpets, etc.  Mitigating the problem will cost $10K+.  Many home owners policies exclude coverage for basement water damage.

Home owners insurance is really hazard insurance.   Same as the insurance on your car.  It doesn't pay for for maintenance and up keep.  It for major unavoidable damages or liability for injury to others on your property.  It also excludes many specific situations so read your policy closely.  It will typically cover your roof if it's damaged by a storm but what is covered is prorated against the age of your current roof.  If you have a hail storm that destroys your 24 year old shingles, you will get a check for 1 year (out of 25) worth of roofing costs.  Same for siding, trim and fences.

You need to make sure you have a replacement cost rider on your policy if you would like to have the same house back after a fire.  If you don't, that $150k policy you bought 12 years ago will not cover the cost to actually rebuild you house today.  It will cover $150k.

To me all these things are worth it for not having to listen to my neighbors through the walls and not having my static costs change due to someone else's whim (excluding the taxing authority at least).


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit Flies
« on: August 02, 2011, 08:27:08 AM »
I've seen a few fruit flies this year but our biggest problem insect is earwigs.  They are harmless but they get into everything.  One year I pulled my transfer tubing out of the storage box and there were literally hundreds of them in the tubing. 

We had never seen then in Iowa until 6 or 7 years ago.  Now they are everywhere. 

Fruit flies can be a problem but earwigs are just too creepy.   :'(


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 02, 2011, 07:38:30 AM »
I've done 10 - 5gal batches so far this year.  I will likely do 9 or 10 more before 2012.  Some years I've done more, some years less.

I don't know that you can brew "too much" beer.  If your kegs (or bottles) are full you have a consumption problem.  Just schedule a party.  ;D 


All Grain Brewing / Re: Summer Beer
« on: August 01, 2011, 01:13:41 PM »
nice recipe... ill be afraid to of cumin to, but sound interesting for shure,

I dont really know who is the responsible for adding cumin to tacos!!? and the idea that Mexican food should be that kind of spicy haha, if you go for breakfast or dinner in a Home Town Buffet: tacos, menudo with a lot of cumin!, and adding cheddar cheese (supostly mexican style cheese) thats really fake mexican food, be ware!,


If you add just a minimal amount of cumin you get a very nice background flavor but no heat.  For spiciness I use different peppers whole, flaked or powdered.  Cumin just adds what folks in the States have been taught to associate with "Mexican" food. 

We have a small hole in the wall restaurant close to our house the whole family loves.  It will never be confused with Tex-Mex".

Great!  Now I'm hungry again.

Once you settle on your recipe I may have to give this beer a go.


The Pub / Re: Working on finances
« on: August 01, 2011, 01:02:50 PM »
The problem with your theory (one of them at least) is pitting greed against long term planning.  The majority of people will take short term gain over long term gain every time.  That's why arguments that say make coffee at home, save $4/day on Starbucks, save it and retire 10 years early, don't work.  Once the herd goes to get a latte all the calves follw right along so they don't feel "left out".

Does anyone else hear a clicking sound over by the door handle?   8)


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