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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Which craft beers are pasteurized?
« on: November 12, 2009, 12:07:47 PM »
I'm going to flat out say that virtually no craft beer is pasteurized!

It entails extra equipment, money and time and between you me and the tree - most craft breweries just can't afford any of those.

Not to mention the fact that since most craftbrewers have approached the field from the idea of making a more natural and "crafty" product, they take it as a point of pride to not pasteurize. Hell, think of the number of them who proudly state that they don't filter their beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Magnetic VS Peristaltic
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:56:10 AM »
Peeing gremlins I've dealt with big deal. ;)  So, what happens what the pump then is that impeller pieces break off?

What Fred said.. time for a new, well not pump, but a new head assembly.

The Pub / Re: Brew Dawgs!
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:48:48 AM »
I see a recurring theme of rescued dogs here. That's so awesome.

Rescues are so kick-ass. They usually so damn grateful to their new pack and super loyal.

I seriously cannot understand how so many animals end up abandoned (I'm not talking the feral ones). All of the stories we had last year of families abandoning their homes due to the mortgages were bad enough, but out here there were a number of cases where they abandoned their dogs too. One case, someone locked their German Shepherd inside the house with a big bowl of water and split open bag of dog food. It took so long for the authorities to enter the house that the dog was eating the dry wall out of sheer need.

Bastards deserve a righteous ass kicking.

The Pub / Re: The Wheel of Time
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:39:52 AM »
I'm not really much of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan (more of a mystery dood, myself), but I have been enjoying the following series (one of which is supposedly concluded and the other one is apparently about to)

Old Man's War's by John Scalzi - Think a more modern Starship Troopers with more sophisticated politics behind it. Should be done, there's 4 books in the sereis that I've read - Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe's Tale. There's also a novella called the The Sagan Diary, but I couldn't bring myself to spend $13 for 100 pages that I'll read in an hour!

The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher (Starts with Furies of Calderon) - Imagine a world founded by a lost Roman legion where humans access magic via spirit incarnations called Furies. (What I think is the final book is about to be published in two weeks)

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - This is what restarted me looking at Fantasy/Sci-Fi recently. It's a series of books that deal with a modern day wizard in modern day Chicago. He acts like a PI, but gets entangled in the ongoing war between humanity and creatures from the NeverNever including the Fae and the Vampire courts, etc. Lots of fun.

And like I said I'm a big old mystery buff. Lvoe the damn things.

One series I'm working my way through right now is the Beekeeper's Apprentice series by Laurie R. King about a young woman becoming Sherlock Holmes apprentice in the years following his adventures chronicled by Watson.

Also, I find myself constantly returning to Raymond Chandler's works as well as the Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald.(Deep Blue Goodbye  is the first of them) - Those novels are direct influences on the whole "Florida" genre of crime writers that exist today.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Unread posts?
« on: November 12, 2009, 10:51:45 AM »
We'll see what we can do about the unread posts appearance, but that may require an upgrade in board software (which is already in the planning stages)

Equipment and Software / Re: Magnetic VS Peristaltic
« on: November 11, 2009, 08:52:40 PM »
So, can you tell me what kinda "bad juju" will happen if I run my pump dry or umprimed? 

Pieces crack and fall apart and spit in your beer while gremlins pee in it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: air stone
« on: November 11, 2009, 11:26:33 AM »
Kegs on its side and I'm rolling it like I'm working dough. But constant motion, back, forth for the whole time.

Wonder if you maybe have a leak on the poppet?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long for your lagers to drop clear?
« on: November 11, 2009, 03:08:45 AM »
Either cut down the water with RO to reduce the akalinity or if it's not that far off you can probably bounce it closer in line with acidification.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: air stone
« on: November 10, 2009, 11:48:00 PM »
maybe i didn't pray enough or something.


Do you remember roughly how long you shaked and prayed for? I find that it takes me a good 10-15 before its done. (of course the last 5 is all about trying to squeeze in that last little bit.

The Pub / Re: Banned!
« on: November 10, 2009, 11:42:43 PM »
Did you ever have a mullet? ;)

Oh god yes, fortunately no one has ever decided to take my senior high school yearbook photo and put it online!

Quote from: rabid_dingo
Or Kevin Smith...(a.k.a. Silent Bob)

I met Kevin Smith once at a signing. He looked at me, did a double take and laughed when I told him "No seriously, this is my natural look"

Now for the fun embarrassing photo of me that a college roomie of mine posted a while back. This is me in my Freshman year of college.

What do I mostly wear these days? Black work boots, jeans and black t-shirts. Only difference is the beard, the gut and the grey hair.

Ok, I think I've now helped turn this thread into a complete "Embarrass Drew" thread. :)

Questions about the forum? / Re: Images
« on: November 10, 2009, 08:34:43 PM »

we don't host the pictures directly - you have to put them on anoterh site, like your own website or photobucket, etc and then click on the img button, place the url between the [img] tags.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: air stone
« on: November 10, 2009, 06:00:07 PM »
I tried, but it's tricky cause the right way to do it is with an airstone and a slow release mechanism for quick carbonation. (aka crack the vessel open slightly and apply the correct CO2 level for an hour as the gas bubbles through the beer.)

For me, I just look up my pressure on a chart, hook it to the keg and roll it back in forth for 10-15 minutes or until the gas stops hissing. It takes more time, but I get more precise that way than the old slam and shake.

The Pub / Re: Banned!
« on: November 10, 2009, 05:45:39 PM »
Another board had a poll recently - I knew there were some old guys on the board. Didn't really realize I was one of em until the bar graph showed the poll results. As far as the bell curve went - I was definitely over the hill.

Its only going to get worse (aka better). I look forward to a younger crowd and their ideas, but they better respect their elders! (Says the 35 year old)

Seriously, looking at the crowd at the AHA conference since my first in 2001, the shift if very apparent and has been accelerating ever since the Denver Conference.

The Pub / Re: Brew Dawgs!
« on: November 10, 2009, 05:35:20 PM »
The fiancee has a 10 year old white terrier mix rescue guy named "Toby" who's help on brewdays usually consists of coming over every 20 minutes or so to check out that I'm there doing my thing before finding a quiet place to collapse.

Tomorrow we pick up another rescue guy... an 8lb red squirrel looking Chihuahua named Sammy. He's 5. We'll see how he does as a brew dog. Gotta remember not to lose him in the mash tun!

MO should be fine. They're both very similiar. Halcyon's a cousin, lower protein levels, lighter in color

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