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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ether smell coming from carboy?
« on: July 24, 2011, 12:38:19 AM »
Yeah, the important part is the end result... if you like what comes out of the bottle or keg, it doesn't matter what the smell is during initial fermentation.  I've had some awesome beers come out of a weird smelling fermentation.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Plastic starter vessel...
« on: July 13, 2011, 04:37:31 AM »
I agree with mtnrockhopper. My inclination is to say no, but if you are confident in your ability to sanitize a plastic jug, you will probably get  by. Not sure about long term use, though. I prefer growlers myself, and have 4 I use for starters, and for storing yeast.

The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: July 05, 2011, 02:18:41 AM »
Just finishing "Given Up For Dead" by Bill Sloan.  Excellent book about the battle for Wake Island, which started hours after Pearl Harbor. A rather forgotten corner of WWII history.  True courage and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds.  Makes me proud to have been a Marine. Semper Fi

I have 2 brews going...  a nice metheglin mead with ginger, clove, and cinnamon, and a Belgian style golden strong ale!

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead question on acid addition...
« on: June 29, 2011, 12:32:47 AM »
Thanks to you both, I'm kinda in awe to have both of you give me advice. Ken, I just bought your book "The Complete Meadmaker" this afternoon... looking forward to expanding my brewing knowledge! Thanks again! :D

Other Fermentables / Mead question on acid addition...
« on: June 28, 2011, 01:16:26 AM »
I am looking to make my first mead, and on studying some recipes, they call for an acid blend of citric, malic, and tartaric acids. Could I use just citric, or is using all 3 acids truly important? I know the use of the acid blend is optional. Just wondering if I can get a similar result with just citric? Thanks...

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 22, 2011, 03:56:56 AM »
All 3 top clubs hail from California...  hmmm. A state with more people that 48 other states. Might as well say clubs from Cali should be disallowed from entering because Cali has a higher population, and more people to be in clubs, (hell, probably have more clubs period) than the other 48 states...NY, where are ya?

The Pub / Re: Weazemobile Now with pic!
« on: June 22, 2011, 02:50:06 AM »
It's a 1 ton, 454, manual 3 speed with granny gear, 155.5" wheelbase, and it weighs in at 12,000lbs!!  ;D
Sounds like my mother-in-law! :D Just kidding

The Pub / Re: for Denny
« on: June 19, 2011, 03:11:58 PM »
Good one, Denny, I fell for it, tried to flick the bug off my screen!

  It was late, been drinking a few...

I didn't want to be the first to say anything :D :D

we're you drinking? I was...... how many times did you try to flick the little s.o.b.?
Took 3 attempts before realizing why I couldn't hit the little bugger... and yes, alcohol may have been a factor... was drinking a 750ml bottle of La Trappe...

The Pub / Re: for Denny
« on: June 19, 2011, 04:36:12 AM »
Good one, Denny, I fell for it, tried to flick the bug off my screen!

The Pub / Re: RIP Mr. Fabulous
« on: June 17, 2011, 01:08:52 PM »
Alan "Mr. Fabulous' Rubin passed away on June 8.  RIP Mr. Fabulous.

I guess Jake came and told him they are getting the band back together...  Man, can you imagine the horn section he's playin' in now?

Time to watch Blues Brothers again. I didn't know they actually toured.
They actually toured rather extensively, I have several live albums of theirs

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: June 17, 2011, 01:03:41 AM »
Hot, cloudy, and windless... kinda quiet, kinda strange... high was about 88*

The Pub / Re: Way to go Bruins !
« on: June 16, 2011, 11:41:29 PM »
Congrats to the Bruins and their fans! Speaking on behalf of many Blackhawks fans, thank you for beating the Canucks.
+1   I'm an Avs fan, so yeah , it was nice to see them choke.  23 goals for Boston to 8 for Vancouver. How'd they even take it to 7 games?

The Pub / Re: RIP Mr. Fabulous
« on: June 15, 2011, 04:07:03 AM »
Holy crap!  No way!  The music world is a much poorer place, without Mr. Fabulous.  I truly loved the Blues Brothers, and Alan made that group happen. Wow. Never will there be again a trumpet player of his quality.
I have a Blues Brothers tattoo, and his face is on it, along with all the others.  Truly, a sad day. RIP

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash out questions
« on: June 13, 2011, 11:39:01 PM »
1.  Mash out basically stops the enzymatic activity, stops the conversion of starches in the grain to fermentable sugars.
2. Raising the temp of the mash to approx. 168* and holding for 10-15 mins.
3. Debatable, I have and I have forgotten, and noticed no difference.

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