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All Grain Brewing / Re: About being fresh.....
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:44:51 PM »
Keep it cool and dry, keep the bugs and mice out of it and a year is no problem for unmilled grain.  If you have to buy it milled use it fast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help a veteran
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:46:30 PM »
I've got one of my original buckets from 1993 that I still use-I need to rethink that also.
But I'm not really sure what question you're asking.  Is it just a general "what do I do now" or do you have a problem that needs fixing?
I agree with the others to practice more on your system as it is-10 batches a year isn't really a lot. 
Things to try are different yeasts in each bucket, dry hopping one, not the other, longer primary time, less or no secondary.  I've steeped specialty grain on the side to add to one fermenter so I have 2 very different beers from one 1o gallon batch.  But really the best thing to do is practice more.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick Kegging Questions
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:53:18 AM »
Just to check, the base of the post is hexagonal on the liquid side, and cerrated on the gas side
Not always,  I have 2 kegs that are hex on both posts.  That's one of the reasons I prefer my pinlock kegs.

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The Pub / Re: The Doghouse!!
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:09:06 AM »
Every year one of the family will get a gag gift from me, nobody knows who the target is except me.  I once gave my wife a "diamond necklace" all wrapped up nice in a jewelry store box.  It was a 1" diamond core drilling bit I got at work with a ceiling fan pull cord for the necklace.  Sure the diamonds were tiny but "honey there are about 200,000 of them".  Of course a gift like that requires something else extra special to stay out of the Doghouse.

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The Pub / Re: Thanksgiving Accident
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:57:24 AM »
Yeah, for those of you who haven't been through this process before (I've totaled out a few vehicles) the word "totaled" means it's a "total loss" to the insurance company - The repairs would be more than 70% of the value of the vehicle. Or in other words, it's cheaper for them to negotiate a cash settlement than it is to repair the damage and pay for a rental.

Prepare to get screwed.  I hate auto insurance worse than the IRS-the IRS is more honest and a lot fairer to deal with.  My wife and my son were both involved in accidents where they were hit by other people who were clearly at fault.  Bizarrely both times there were cops at the scene who witnessed the accidents.  The insurance companies tried to give us $300 for my wife's 10 year old Jetta, there was nothing wrong with it before the accident, it was just in their terms "fully depreciated".  We fought them and ended up getting about $4000. 
When my son got T-boned we only got $1200 for the Bronco II which had 256K miles so that would have been fair if I hadn't spent $1000 on repairs the week before, but I fought the other guy's insurance for almost 2 years to pay for his medical bills.  It cost him a college scholarship for track but they wouldn't even consider paying that.  We got totally hosed on that deal.
I truly hate the insurance industry-every aspect of it whether it's medical, homeownrers or auto, business liability you name it.  It's legally mandated thievery. 
End of rant

Nate, the best thing is that everybody walked away unhurt.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling straight from spigot
« on: December 05, 2010, 11:19:01 AM »
You'e definitely adding oxygen to the beer, buy a cheap bottling wand or at least put a piece of hose over the spigot that goes all the way to the bottom of the bottle.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Beer, but worthy...
« on: December 05, 2010, 08:01:10 AM »
We went to the town of Cognac last summer and thought about visiting a distillery but they are basically just huge factories, they looked more like refineries than anything else.  Instead we visited a small family owned distillery, more like a glorified homebrew setup but damn was the drink fine.  We brought back several bottles, one of each of their grades.  I'm not really into Cognac on a regular basis but this stuff made a believer out of me.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Negra Modelo
« on: December 05, 2010, 07:56:50 AM »
Yeah, but when you taste it side by side with an all malt vienna, you really notice the corn and overall thin flavour/body.
What is a commercial all malt Vienna lager I might be able to find.  Obviously Negro Modelo would be different, but for Mexican beers it ain't bad.  Are there any all malt Mexican lagers, Vienna or otherwise?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Negra Modelo
« on: December 04, 2010, 01:51:01 PM »
Same for me, this is always the best I can get around here at Mexican restaurants.

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I think I'll finally get to brew my sticke alt this weekend.  I'm shooting for around 1.065-70 for the OG with lots of hops.  I've never brewed an alt, but I have Hallertau Hersbrucker, Tettnanger, and Perle on hand.  Any suggestions?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Brew Software??
« on: December 02, 2010, 09:09:12 PM »
I bought Promash and Beersmith years ago.  For a while I entered my recipes into each one, but Promash always seemed a better predictor of color and IBU's.   One recipe came out to around 50 IBU's on Promash, around 75 on Beersmith but the beer was definitely not a 75 IBU beer.  I probably could have changed the hops formula in Beersmith but it just seemed easier to stick with Promash.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 02, 2010, 10:19:17 AM »
Today was a lot warmer than yesterday, and there's no wind yet.  It started out about 30F and should get close to 80F by sundown.  Not a cloud anywhere, it's damn nice outside today.

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Ingredients / Re: New bulk grain supplier
« on: December 02, 2010, 06:25:25 AM »
Their prices are at least twice what I was paying at the brewpub down the road(40 miles) but the new brewer there has no love for homebrewers and will not let us piggyback on his malt orders like the 3 previous brewers would.  After 10 years of buying ultra cheap malt I may have to pay retail again.  Last year I bought 4 sacks, 210 pounds and paid a total of $102.  I should have bought 400 pounds.

A brewpub brewer with no love for homebrewers?  I think I would find a new place to take my business.  Was this person a homebrewer at one time I wonder?
He never homebrewed.  He got a job at some mid sized brewery somewhere as a flunky and moved up the ladder.  Unfortunately it's the only brewpub within 200 miles of here, but since it's 40 miles away I rarely ever go there anymore.  He just doesn't want to be bothered by the dozen or so homebrewers in the area that might want to buy malt or hops.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Tepache
« on: December 01, 2010, 08:58:11 PM »
This stuff is anything but good.  Opened a bottle at thanksgiving (good thing I had 8 other varieties of beer available)  I'd have to say the red mold took hold.  
It tastes like I took a bunch of pineapples, tossed them in a black trashbag, and put them out on the curb in the summertime and then drank the nasty juices seeping onto the sidewalk a week later.  Out of love? (curiousity?, pain?), I will try another bottle at some point, but wow, I can't see this stuff improving much.  
I just read this to my wife and she spit wine onto the wall she was laughing so hard.  Thanks for giving another great idea of a fermented beverage I don't need to make.

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Ingredients / Re: New bulk grain supplier
« on: December 01, 2010, 08:53:34 PM »
Their prices are at least twice what I was paying at the brewpub down the road(40 miles) but the new brewer there has no love for homebrewers and will not let us piggyback on his malt orders like the 3 previous brewers would.  After 10 years of buying ultra cheap malt I may have to pay retail again.  Last year I bought 4 sacks, 210 pounds and paid a total of $102.  I should have bought 400 pounds.

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