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I just brewed my 399th batch...

Nice, Denny!  Doing something special for 400?

Something big and Belgian.
Nice!  I'd love to trade Belgian recipes with you, Denny! 

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 14, 2011, 05:40:22 AM »
How about: Jesus saves by using double coupons?  I also think it would be pretty damn cool if Satan signed on with the Devils. They'd have to give him a certain triple digit number...
Maybe Andy Greene would give up #6 for him.  Or maybe he could wear 36. :)

I think he's retired though. :(
Wouldn't be surprised, he's been around for awhile. I'll never forget the first time I saw him on ice, I couldn't believe someone actually had that name... 

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 14, 2011, 05:15:01 AM »
I saw one that said
But Gretzky gets the rebound, he shoots, he scores!"  ;D

Speaking of hockey, maybe some day my dream will come true and Miroslav Satan will sign with the Devils.  I think that would be the best selling jersey in NHL history.  Even Rangers fans would feel compelled to buy it.  Even people who don't like hockey.  It would be a thing of beauty.   :D
How about: Jesus saves by using double coupons?  I also think it would be pretty damn cool if Satan signed on with the Devils. They'd have to give him a certain triple digit number...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 14, 2011, 05:08:42 AM »
I think it's them being the jerks, expecting free beer just because they show up.  I don't mind giving a couple of bottles, but you gotta draw the line somewhere. As homebrewers, we can't charge for our beer, but maybe accepting donations for the ingredients? If someone comes by simply for a free refill, tell them you're tapped out, and the next batch is a little while out...
Or ask them to buy the ingredients, and you'll brew the beer for them?

The Pub / Re: Spider Video
« on: May 14, 2011, 04:53:19 AM »
The marijuana spider sat back and watched the caffiene spider go! Love it. Thanks for sharing

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 14, 2011, 04:08:53 AM »
I saw one recently that said "Don't tailgate me, or I'll flick a booger on your windshield"   
I also used to have one that said "Stupid people shouldn't breathe!"

OK so just to clarify I shake the holy crap out of it right before adding the yeast or right after I add the yeast?
Just before pitching the yeast.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: No fermentation?
« on: May 13, 2011, 02:15:59 AM »
Ignore the instructions with the kit

I think that was the biggest lesson I learned on the other board when I began brewing. Seems to me, the instructions that come with the kit are designed to give your neww brewers a fast and furious fermentation, so they feel good about what they did. You'll make a lot better beer by cooling it down, and fermenting it slower.
I brewed my very first kit beer following Charlie Papazian's directions in TCJOHB, and when I was cleaning up, realized there were instructions in the bottom of the box the kit was in. CP's method was better, and all was well with the world! I never used the instructions in a kit after that.  Now that I do AG, its a moot point.

Also if I can not control my fermentation temp for this next batch and it stays around 74 in my closet should I let it ferment a longer time than 3 or 4 weeks?
Also the only way I knew to aerate was to just stir the wort vigorously with a spoon. Ideas for cheap?.
To help keep temps down, I have used a plastic tub with water, and used old water bottles that were filled and frozen. 2-3 bottles in the tub, with your carboy or fermenter, help keep the temps down in the 60's.
Cheap aeration: cap your carboy (or cover your bucket tightly) and shake the holy crap out of it for 3-4 minutes. I use this method everytime, and along with a starter, get active fermentation within 8 hours.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Leaf Hops
« on: May 12, 2011, 01:02:19 AM »
Use a hops bag? Muslin or nylon. I buy single use hops bags from my LHBS, they're only 25cents each...

Equipment and Software / Re: My Take at the DIY Fermentation Cooler
« on: May 11, 2011, 03:54:29 AM »
Nicely done! Great idea, thanks fer sharing!

The Pub / Re: Thoughts about fights
« on: May 11, 2011, 01:30:53 AM »
Once upon a time, I was a US Marine. They taught me that there is no "fair" in fighting. Put your man down, any way you can.  If I get into a fight, it's gotta be pretty goll-durned serious. All bets are off. As well as being a combat Marine, I studied kenjutsu and learnd the bo as well.  Nothing like taking care of business mano-y-mano.

The Pub / Re: Another Lost Buddy
« on: May 11, 2011, 01:23:24 AM »
I love my dogs very much, and I can't imagine life without them. My heart goes out to ya, and I'm raising a pint with ya, brother!

Got ya covered, I whole heartedly encourage anyone who is not a member to sign up!  I've already gotten my money's worth with the local pub discounts!  Worth every penny!

Well, it is a Belgian style tripel, and I like to mash this at lower temps, (148-150*) to utilize the beta amylase that's appropriate to the style. Thanks for the info, and the graph I printed for future use!

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