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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter? Psshhhhhh.... Whatever ;)
« on: March 01, 2015, 03:50:43 PM »

Science...fluoride in the water supply prevents cavities and is harmless...Really?

Worked for me and a lot of other people I know.
You better be careful Denny.  Fluoridation may be a communist plot to control our minds.
It's your money they are after...your mind may already be controlled...

My mind is already controlled by C2H6O and my mash tun.

Do NOT ride the bomb.   ;)


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter? Psshhhhhh.... Whatever ;)
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:02:07 PM »
I can't disagree that most of the time it works just fine for ales.  Lagers really do need starters to finish out properly though.  Every beer is different.  Making starters has become a habit for me so every beer gets one but they may not all need one.


Going Pro / Re: The most expensive ingredient in beer...
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:33:23 AM »

And don't even get me started about the taxes on gasoline that are hidden in the purchase price.  Should we include that as a brewery tax as well?

Hell, why not.

Our gas tax here in Iowa goes up by $.10/gallon on Sunday.  Law was signed this week.  The explanation was literally "gas prices are down, now is the time to raise the taxes before the prices go up again".  I don't deny we need funds to repair roadways but they could, at the very least, not openly sell it as "the public is too stupid to notice the tax went up and will blame the oil companies".

Iowa liquor stores (they were all state owned at one time) used to have a poster that had a liquor bottle on it with %'s of the cost marked off.  Under 10% was product cost.  The rest was taxes. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hulk Smash
« on: February 20, 2015, 01:00:04 PM »
the last one I popped was a little inflated already.  It was probably a little older or had gotten warm at some point.  I don't recall if the fist one was swelled at all.  That could make it more prone to happen I guess. 

I always assume stuff like that is somehow my fault.  Like twisting a bolt off when tightening it down.  8^)


Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Break-In
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:55:40 PM »
This time of year the static is a real pain when milling into a plastic bucket.  You don't lose enough dust to worry about but it can be a real pain to clean up.

I'm in the process of adding acrylic panels to my mill table so I can hook up my workshop dust collector to suck up the dust while I'm milling.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hulk Smash
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:48:11 PM »
I've blown out two packages of 1056.  For what it's worth I lay them down on a counter, find the packet and push (not smack) the packet till it pops.  Both times it was the side seam that opened up.  I was able to salvage one but the other was a total loss.

It been in the last year that both packages went bad.  I had never had it happen in all the years I've used Wyeast until now.


The Pub / Re: Tig welding
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:27:35 AM »
Looking pretty good! 

It would be fun to do some of that type of thing again.  Maybe someday.


The Pub / Re: AHA governing committee elections
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:34:42 PM »
Okay Mort, you got my vote but you really do need to fix that URL.



Other Fermentables / Re: Bee Hive Honey Tap
« on: February 17, 2015, 03:15:35 PM »
I did a quick scan of the patent application.  It looks like the idea is to create an artificial honey comb where each cell is angled into a collection grid.  When the honey is ready for harvest the back of the comb is able to move and open the cell without removing the wax cap.  The honey then drips out of the comb and runs down to a collection trough and into the pipes that empty into the jars.  way over simplified but that's the gist.

I know nothing about keeping bees but this seems too simple to actually be a new idea.


The Pub / Re: Did you drink your Alzheimer's medicine today?
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:04:21 AM »
It's nice to think that a little beer/wine can help your health but recent studies have also shown that there is no correlation between moderate alcohol consumption and health improvements.  It all depends on what you read and what you choose to believe.

Personally, I think light or moderate alcohol use is not going to hurt a healthy person but I can't see where it can be all that beneficial either.  If it improves your personal quality of life, great!!  Don't expect it to heal you though.


The Pub / Re: Ordered a nuc and hive
« on: February 16, 2015, 01:28:58 PM »
A friend of mine started caring for bee hives last year.  He gave us a half pint jar of his first harvest.  He was joking that based on his start-up costs and size of his harvest that half pint would have to sell for about $250.   ;D

It was very tasty and so much lighter in body than the store bought honey.

Good luck with your hives!


Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Grain Mill
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:56:27 AM »
I use my shop vac to clean up the bottom of the board it's mounted on.  Since I'm already there and the vac is running I do a quick pass through the hopper to get any big stuff. 

If the static didn't cause a bunch of chaff and dust to stick to the board above the bucket I wouldn't even do that much.  Humidity in Iowa (and many other places) can go from 15% to 95% in a few hours several months of the year.  I don't want to have dust clumping everywhere in the shop so I vacuum, a lot.


Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:07:40 PM »
In the past there was such a thing as returnable bottles. You would pay a bottle deposit and you would get your money back when you returned the bottles.  If you never returned the bottles would that constitute stealing/theft?  Isn't the keg just one big returnable bottle?

But I returned the bottles.

It's possible these two things can be viewed equally.  I'm not the master judge of right and wrong.  To me there is a difference between the two ideas and that's my choice.  A case of bottles just sitting in you basement could be returned at any time to the store.  A stainless steel container with the top cut out of it can't.  To me the difference is intent.  If I forgot I had the bottles it isn't really theft but if I choose to destroy (in terms of original usage) someone's property it is; two different things.  That's just me though.

Seriously, I am not judging anyone.  I have often told my friends and family "to each their own and then some".  Unless I am directly affected, it's not my problem.


Equipment and Software / Re: Ghetto Mash Tun
« on: February 07, 2015, 04:57:50 AM »
I haven't run mine that way but I've seen pictures of folks who've done that same basic thing.  One option I recall it just pushing the tube through the existing spigot and rigging something to hold the end of the tube above the end of the height of the mash (eliminates the clamp too) .  You really don't have to get too fancy. 


Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:37:59 PM »
I get it, and we shouldn't be stealing kegs.

But the big breweries don't really care and that contributes to the problem.

I tried to return some empty kegs a few years ago that got left behind by a caterer.  Returning the kegs was hard to do.

The distributor didn't want them.  The brewery (Budweiser, if I recall correctly) didn't want to be bothered.  I don't recall the resolution, but we finally found someone to take them.  We might have just taken them to liquor store and left them.  There's a thread on here somewhere because I posted about it at the time.

This was experience when a neighbor gave me a keg that he feel like returning.  I called the liquor store and the distributor whose label was on the keg.  They didn't care and seemed put out that I was insisting that I didn't want to steal their keg.   ???

I took it back to the distributor and basically made them take it.  Seemed kind of crazy.  I don't condone stealing kegs but they make it very hard to be honest.


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