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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another one biting the bullet
« on: December 17, 2010, 10:39:00 AM »
Congrats, I know if I hadn't started kegging almost right away I would have given up on brewing long ago.  What's your plan for the fridge?
You'd be surprised, I've brewed 94 batches over 8 years, and I've bottled every one.
The only part of brewing I don't truly love is bottling.  And since I've been doing 10 gallon batches for the past 11 years bottling would have doubly sucked.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another one biting the bullet
« on: December 16, 2010, 09:17:45 PM »
Congrats, I know if I hadn't started kegging almost right away I would have given up on brewing long ago.  What's your plan for the fridge?

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The Pub / Re: Blah, winter sickness
« on: December 16, 2010, 03:17:30 PM »
This crap just doesn't go away.  My wife is fighting it again, she already had it for 2 weeks and it kicked me in the crotch again yesterday after I thought I was finished with it.

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The Pub / Re: What are you Thankful at the end of this year?
« on: December 16, 2010, 03:16:05 PM »
Happy that my parents and siblings are all still alive, though in various levels of health.
Happy(most of the time) I'm still married and about to celebrate 30 years to marriage.
Happy to have a good job that I usually enjoy.
Very happy to have both of my children working for me.
Happy that we met some truly wonderful and generous people on our vacation this year.
Very happy that the bogus lawsuit against our company is finally over.
Happy to have all my taps flowing with beery goodness AND have enough good store bought stuff to suit any taste.

On the downside I lost my boss/best friend this year to cancer.  I wish he had survived long enough to see the end of the lawsuit, he could have died happy but he knew we had it in the bag.

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The Pub / Re: bobcat in my yard
« on: December 15, 2010, 02:49:56 PM »
My boss bought one of these for his farm.  I wasn't there to witness his inaugural attempt to scoop manure from the cattle pens but nobody showed him how to stop the bucket once he started up with a nice big load.  His wife and daughter tell me the bucket went all the way up and dumped the entire load of manure on his head.  I guess the next day he got out the instruction manual and did a few "dry" runs until he got the hang of it.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 14, 2010, 10:34:03 PM »
I grilled chicken tonight in the backyard, nearly froze my southern ass off, it got down to about 65F before I had the yardbird on the platter.  Tomorrow should be warm again, but the 60-80 mph winds we were supposed to have today are now scheduled for tomorrow

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General Homebrew Discussion / My stout is too sweet
« on: December 14, 2010, 10:28:14 PM »
I brewed an oatmeal stout, 10 gallon, and I realized too late that the hops I used for bittering may have been too old-when they came to the surface they were brown instead of green.  Now my stout is very sweet and I can't stand it.  I can get away with calling the first keg a milk stout but I really want to enjoy the other keg.  Can I boil an oz of fresh Challenger in plain water and add to the second keg?  I've always been against trying to "fix' a beer but now need your sympathy and help. I will finish the first keg of overly sweet beer as a self punishment but lease help me with the second one.

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The Pub / Re: Language Revived
« on: December 14, 2010, 03:57:27 PM »

ummm,
ok

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:20:09 AM »
It's sunny and plenty warm here today, but tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 80's.

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The Pub / Re: Blah, winter sickness
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:17:54 AM »
My wife is a school nurse and she seems to catch whatever crap the nasty little buggers are passing around. She was sick for almost 2 weeks,  now I've had it since Thursday and it does suck. 

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 12, 2010, 08:49:51 AM »
26F on it's way to 75F by mid afternoon.  Sunny with just a few very high clouds that should move out soon.  Fairly typical for this time of year.

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The Pub / Re: Vuvuzela makeover
« on: December 10, 2010, 09:38:03 PM »
We bought ours this summer in the train station at Koln.  I'll keep it as is to irritate the neighbors.

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I watched him on TV for a while-about 5 minutes and that was plenty.  When Sirius came out I was doing consulting work in southwest Texas and could only get Mexican stations so I got one for my pickup.  Then I got one for the house, my car and my wife's car.  She only listens to Bluesville(channel 74), I listen mostly to NPR or classic rock(channels 14 or 16).  Life without Sirius would suck, especially out here away from civilization.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval
« on: December 10, 2010, 07:23:02 PM »
Orval is indeed the nectar of the Gods.  I try to keep 10 or so on hand of varying ages, right now I think my oldest is about 2 years old.
I always have a beer on tap that I partially ferment with Orval dregs.  Right now it's a big saison, around 1.090 OG with dregs from 2 Orval bottles.  I've never tried a true Orval clone, but I don't think it would be that comlicated.

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All Things Food / Re: Coffee roasting
« on: December 09, 2010, 06:15:36 AM »
I did it for my Chocolate and Coffee shop that got nailed by the economy. We shut down but, kept all of our toys. You don't even want to see my espresso machine or my commercial coffee brewing equipment.  :D
Where was your shop, what was the name?  I think I may have been in there.  My wife is getting a MSN from NMSU so she goes over there a couple of times per semester.

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