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Beer Recipes / Re: Is it CDA or BIPA?
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:32:07 PM »
Nice lesson, even the happiest among us go through bitter times. Seems he was able to work through it and get to a good place.  Created a hell of a good beer in the process. Cheers!

The Pub / Re: Dick Clark R.I.P.
« on: April 18, 2012, 05:27:32 PM »
Yeah, my first reaction to this was "well, bummer". Second reaction was "thank god they won't drag him out every year for New Year's now." It was just sad, although I'm fairly certain that Dick was the primary reason he was still out there.
I caught a few minutes of last years show... painful to watch.

Beer Recipes / Re: Is it CDA or BIPA?
« on: April 18, 2012, 04:14:31 PM »
Black IPA, lame
India Black Ale, okay
American Black Ale, not bad
Cascadian Dark Ale; If it's made in Cascadia by Cascadians, with water from the Cascade watersheds, malt produced in Cascadia (Great Western or Gambrinus) and hops grown in Cascadia (most all domestics), and yeast cultured in Cascadia (Wyeast) then it's a fricken Cascadian Dark Ale if that's what the brewer want's to call it. 
If for BJCP purposes it's American Black Ale, big deal.

Equipment and Software / Re: My letter to SWMBO
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:54:06 AM »
And remember, sometimes it's easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. :)
I love that one.

The Pub / Re: Running - What have I gotten myself into?
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:52:48 AM »
Running is bad for your knees and joints.   

I disagree.  Running with poor form is bad for your knees and joints. Humans are made to run. Unfortunately, most of us have devolved away from our intrinsic physical capability.

The Pub / Re: Running - What have I gotten myself into?
« on: April 16, 2012, 10:03:54 AM »
Well, good on ya for stepping up to a healthy challenge. But as Ron hinted you need to train and you should really start slooooooow. If cardiovascular activity has been light for you for some time, you'll put your frame and your heart at risk if you go after it too hard, too fast.  The second thing I would offer is that YOU have to really want to do it. For whatever reason that motivates you, if being competitive with your buds is enough that's great. If you half-ass it though, don't expect great let alone enjoyable results.  Good luck, you can do it!

The Pub / Re: I have a fever
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:54:35 PM »
Really explore the studio space this time. Roll it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:34:18 PM »
Just to clarify, the LHBS is also a bottle shop that does keg fills on a large selection of commercial and craft beers.  They gave me their standard $30 deposit credit for returning the kegs and I assume they will in turn return the kegs to the appropriate distributor.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanke Kegs; How do you clean and fill them?
« on: April 13, 2012, 01:35:48 PM »
You could spend $80 for that tool and have to deal with swapping fittings, or you could buy a couple of cornies that work with what you already have.

Are you 100% sure that your friend owned those kegs and didn't just fail to return them?

Well, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.  He's a stand up guy moving his family, live-in Grandma and four dogs to San Antonio from Portland. He's also giving me a 5 lb. CO2 tank (full).
No benefit of the doubt - anyone who leaves Beervana for TX is immediately suspect. ;)

There are places you can return kegs for the deposit, even if you didn't pay the deposit.  The breweries want their kegs back.  Take that cash and buy yourself a corny or two, fewer headaches.
Good advice Tom. I went to a LHBS this morning and traded the ponies for a Corny a 5000ml flask a stainless racking cane and some lactic acid.

Ingredients / Re: Hops Direct Yard Sale
« on: April 13, 2012, 01:21:12 PM »
Thanks Mark!
I snagged a lb. of Amarillo and a lb. of Mittlefruh for less than thirty bucks!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Metal rod for measuring volume
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:43:51 AM »
A sight glasses is something else that has to be disassembled and cleaned and can cause a leak. A marked dip stick, spoon, mash paddle, etc. is just so easy and an exact volume measurement isn't really that important anyway.

I have never disassembled mine and I can't see why I'd need to.  I just rinse it out when I clean my kettle.

My boil kettle is a Blichmann with the sight glass attached at the top and bottom so wort can actually flow through it. Makes a reading during the boil virtually impossible. But I digress.  I decided a couple batches ago that I ought to disassemble the tube and clean it out. Wow. I'll just say I clean it out after every boil now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wedding favors
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:04:36 AM »

This is my first time so not much help here, but I'm going to try zig-zagging the bines up and down from the ground to 8' and then back down...and repeat over and over.

If all grows as planned, I'll post up some pics as it goes.
Yeah, like Mort said. Hops don't like to grow down. You're better off getting them to go latterally if vertical isn't an option.

The Pub / Re: soft serve beer?
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:37:37 AM »
I'm hungry now... and thirsty.

The Pub / Re: soft serve beer?
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:35:21 AM »
Now that I could get behind Ron.
I was just thinking the soft serve thing might work (for me) if there were some cream infused to create sort of a mousse to serve on a nice stout. Like a float with beer mousse instead of ice cream.

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