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The Pub / Re: Bufo in the yard (pic)
« on: August 01, 2011, 12:55:02 PM »

Pinnah, I ain' saying the name of that toad cause if I say the wrong thing, then all of a sudden
my entire world crashes down into a "Habitat" and I loose .....Edit: besides that I ain't  no Herpatologist.

 :D Fair enough.  Toad is a toad, and having habitat to get one in is good stuff.

I was just out moving water in the pasture,
kicked up a snipe
went over to where it had been and found a dismembered frog.

I did not know snipe were frog hunters?

I didn't know snipe even existed!

News to me too.  The next thing you know someone will actually figure out how to, successfully, go Cow Tipping.   :o


The Pub / Re: trojan asteroid
« on: August 01, 2011, 12:51:47 PM »
I can't wait for this movie to be produced. It is about an asteroid that shows up in earth orbit...
read the book WAY WAY back perhaps they will make a flick...

The site is down for maintenance right now but if this is for the book Eon it would be a very interesting movie.  Read the book years ago and really enjoyed it.


Ingredients / Re: Elder flowers?
« on: August 01, 2011, 09:48:28 AM »
My grandma used to make elderberry wine.  It was before my drinking days so I can't speak to the flavor.  I do know my oldest brother took a few gallons of it to college and even his friends who would drink pretty much anything wouldn't drink grandma's wine.

I don't know if it was her recipe, technique or the flavor.  I would be interested how your beer turns out.


The Pub / Re: what not to name your brewery
« on: July 25, 2011, 01:19:29 PM »
So what are some of the worst brewery names (real or imagined) you can think of.  I've got one . . .

Fluke Brewing Company.  If your beer tastes good, it's a Fluke. ;)

I have aunts, uncles, and cousins who are all Flukes.  ;)

Every time I read this thread all I can visualize is the parasite called a fluke.  maybe that's another name not to use "The Parasitic Brewery".


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: this forum is awesome
« on: July 25, 2011, 09:04:06 AM »
The folks this board and Northern Brewer's forum have helped me become a much more successful brewer.

They have also gotten me to roast my own coffee, start playing around with smoking meats, read a few books I would never have found without their suggestions and made me more popular and better looking.   ;)

All kidding aside, we can learn a lot for each other.



All Grain Brewing / Re: Egads! Mold?
« on: July 25, 2011, 08:00:08 AM »
I use 2 clamps on input side.  With only one I always had a slow drip.  After adding a second one about an inch away form the first (rotated 45 or deg. from the first) it doesn't drip anymore.  It might help.


Equipment and Software / Re: anyone need an 880K BTU burner?
« on: July 25, 2011, 07:55:28 AM »
Would the water absorb the heat fast enough to not melt your pot? Maybe steel would be okay, but I'd be afraid of using an aluminum pot on there. Maybe I'm crazy.

That was my thought too.  Especially on the 3pqt pot mentioned in an earlier post.  You gonna need a bigger pot to use that burner.


One add I thought really was great was for Rainier Beer.  It was just a guy on a bullet bike accelerating through a forest.  The engine noise was rrraaaaaiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnieeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrr...... beerrrrrrr.

That was it.


The Pub / Re: Russia decides beer is now alcoholic
« on: July 22, 2011, 10:58:32 AM »
In America, you abuse alcohol.
In Soviet Russia, alcohol abuse you!

Sounds like /.

I for one, welcome our new beer overlords.

Can the % be converted to content/library of congress please?

I heard this on NPR this morning just chuckled about it.


You can always tell if Corona is skunked.  Just look if there's beer in the bottle.   ;)


Equipment and Software / Re: Rubbermaid vs. Igloo Cooler
« on: July 22, 2011, 08:19:38 AM »
I've used both round coolers (Rubbermaid, 5 and 10 gal) and rectangular coolers.  My experience: Round holds temp better (than standard rectangular cooler), rectangular coolers are easier to work in (the max-cold, eXtreme types hold temps very well.  The only note I'll make on the 10 gal rubbermaid is the inner wall of mine cracked after 12 or 13 batches.  It may not be a common problem but it was disappointing.


Sadly we can't assume the general population has any idea how the process of brewing works.  By telling them "it's brewed longer" puts in the mind of the average Joe the idea that it is a more finely crafted product.  Chemistry be damned.  It's exactly the same as "triple hops brewed" to me. 

A friend actually pulled that one out one day at work.  He was stymied when I asked him what it meant and how that improved the beer?  He was also at a loss to identify how the beer had changed now that it was "triple hops brewed"?  I explained what they were, sort of, saying and that most all of my beers, and most of the beers in the American market, have 3 hop additions in the brewing process.  It didn't make him buy better beer but he now knows the adds are pile of poo, so that's something.

All we can do is softly educate our friends and hope they spread the love.


is it possible there is a fault in the tubing? or the cane? like a little crack or cut of something that is letting in air along the route?

what is the ID of the tube in comparison with the OD of the cane? all the clamps and such should make that moot but it's a thought.

I was going to ask about tubing sizes too.  I had some tubing that I was sure was the perfect size.  It went on nice and easy and fit like a glove.  A loose glove with big air leaks but a glove non the less.  8^) 

The next smaller ID tubing will fight you when you put it on the cane but it won't leak air.


My solution is probably still a little "red neck" but it works really well.  I cut a corny keg sized hole in the top of am Ice Cube cooler with wheels.  All I need to carry in is the 2.5lb CO2 bottle, cobra tap and pull the cooler behind me.  It keeps the keg ice cold for days (even in temps like we've been having this week) and fits right in with any other coolers that might be sitting there.

I have seen people do the same type of thing other coolers that can hold 2 kegs.  People also use paintball CO2 bottles to make the outfits lighter.

I used to have a Party Tap and 5L kegs but they were too small for most parties and I'd have to haul in 2 or 3 anyway.


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