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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you want Santa to bring you?!
« on: October 31, 2011, 01:25:19 PM »
Dear Santa,

I would like a good saws-all and the time to fix that door in the shop that the carpenters didn't square up correctly before they sealed up the walls.  And if it's not too much trouble I'd like the address of the guy who framed the hole for said door so far out of plumb you can't square up the door without a saws-all.  I'd be happy leave a six pack at his house after I reframe his front door.



***The door really annoys me but I supposed a couple new pair of dress pants would work too.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:51:26 AM »
It's finally cooling off here in Central Iowa.  High 70's yesterday but predicted high of 55 today.  Now we just need a hard freeze to make the leaves drop and kill of the last of the bugs.


The Pub / Re: did you know . . . .
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:46:44 AM »
Power lines do some interesting things now and then.  When I was in tech school in Kansas City (circa '84) there was huge ice storm that knocked out power for a week.  During the storm my roommates and I sat outside in the rain under umbrellas and watched transformers explode all over the neighborhood.  It was like the 4th of July.  "Look!! a red one!!!"  Yes, there may have been a little ethanol involved, why do you ask?   :D

Very cool to watch happen but not so much fun to not have power for 6 days.


I will be brewing a Fat Tire clone and a Winter Warmer this Saturday.  As well as trying to ignore the leaves in the yard.


I don't know about you guys, but just think of how much you have learned from this forum (and others).  When I started brewing on my stove in the mid-90's, I couldn't just post a question or read a topic and become instantly educated.  I had to find the answer or experiment until I learned it from experience.  We have it so good now and the info is everywhere.

I still remember first trying to make a MT from the directions in the first Joy of Homebrewing book.  Drilling a million 1/8" holes in to the bottom of a plastic fermenter...........I gave up.

Now I'm all over YouTube taking notes on how I'm going to make my RIMS or HERMS (haven't decided yet) system! 

So, +1 to good sanitation, having a good process and being patient.

+1000 to have someone you know to pass on their knowledge........ ;)

So very true!

I started this hobby with the photocopied directions that came with my "Advanced Homebrewing Kit" from Wally Von Klop's Wine and Cheese Mart.  The directions were actually very good but they only got you started.  I really began to learn when I started reading books and found the old rec.brewing chat board.  I have learned a lot from BYO and  Zymurgy but when it comes to practical and usable advice, nothing beats a good forum.



Beer Recipes / Re: I need something for the masses
« on: October 25, 2011, 12:47:00 PM »
I made this Cream Ale for the non-realbeer beer drinkers for Oktoberfest this year.  Very easy, light body and very tasty.

Cream Ale

Brewed: 7/2/11
Bottled: 7/16/2011 -  1 keg

IBU 18, SRM 3, ABV 5.4%

4.41lbs. 2 row pale (MO)
4.41lbs Pilsner Malt
1.76 lbs. Flaked Rice
3.36 AAU Liberty pellet hops (1.12oz/32g at 3%) – 60 Min.
1.68 AAU Liberty pellet hops (.56oz/16g at 3%) - 1 Min

Irish Moss – 15 min.

Single infusion 90 Min. 149 deg.,  1.5qt/lb. grist
Batch sparge.     SG: 1.040
      OG: 1.061
      FG:  1.006

Wyeast 1056 - American Ale yeast (2 liter starter)

1/3 Cup priming sugar


Beer Recipes / Re: I need something for the masses
« on: October 25, 2011, 09:37:46 AM »
A clean and smooth Cream Ale is always a winner and easy to brew.  :)


A very popular choice.


I believe OPD is required for residential gas grill type connections but the internal LH thread is standard for commercial/industrial type installs.  100# tanks are generally for commercial/industrial or at least home heating type installs so they would use the internal LH threaded connectors.


IANAP (I am not a plumber) but that was my thought also.  The pressure in a 100# tank should be no different that in a 20# tank.

As always I stand ready to be corrected but the only difference I'm aware is the over damage you can do to your back due to 80 more pounds being moved.   ;D


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Disassembling cobra taps for cleaning?
« on: October 24, 2011, 08:41:39 AM »
I disassemble and give all the parts a quick soak after each use.  I don't use the cobra tap very often and would rather spend a few minutes each time than find something really nasty 4 months later.


*** My normal edit to fix a typo.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask The Experts: Denny Conn
« on: October 20, 2011, 01:53:30 PM »
Denny who?  ;D

This guy?

I didn't know his first name was Denny  ;D

I saw his picture in Zymurgy a couple of issues ago.  He must be buying hair gel by the barrel to keep this look going.  Where's his tie?  ;D


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Switching to Whole Hops!
« on: October 20, 2011, 11:39:38 AM »
I switched to all (well almost all) whole hops during 'the great hops shortage'.  They worked well, I made good beer but I went back to pellets.  My paint strainer bag was just another piece of equipment to setup and clean with very little gain IMHO.


The Pub / Re: Beer and womens health - a good thing
« on: October 19, 2011, 01:18:47 PM »
you know saying don't read the comments just makes people read them...god i hate the anonymity of the interweb

I know.  I couldn't resist.   ::)


The Pub / Re: Beer and womens health - a good thing
« on: October 19, 2011, 11:58:54 AM »
The article is interesting.  Just another good thing about our hobby.

Don't read the comment section unless you want a laugh (or to get pi55ed, it could go either way).  There are quite a few uninformed people on that site making comments.  The repeated comment about how 1 pint a day will give you cirrhosis of the liver is hysterical.  A lot more people should be on lists waiting for new livers if that was true.  "They have identified something healthy about beer, let the demonizing begin!!!"   ;D


you haven't actually done any plumbing repairs in years but you still have pipe cutters and a MAP gas torch you use at least once a month.


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