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Zymurgy / Re: Haven't seen the Nov/Dec issue yet
« on: December 29, 2011, 03:44:57 AM »
Thanks all. Given that some Zymurgys have just arrived for some of us, there is yet hope. You know what they say, 'A watched airlock never bubbles.'

Zymurgy / Haven't seen the Nov/Dec issue yet
« on: December 29, 2011, 01:20:10 AM »
Gosh, I renewed my membership and all, but, I haven't seen the latest issue yet, except in the LHBS, not my mailbox.

Anyone else not received their copy yet?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: over pitching yeast
« on: December 03, 2011, 10:57:45 PM »
I'm not laughing, more shaking my head. :-\  You can find repeated posts around here that airlock activity is not a reliable sign of fermentation in a bucket. ;)

That said, while three packs is a lot it is not so much that I would expect any off flavors.  RDWHAHB.

The Pub / Re: Brewery Oops's.....
« on: November 27, 2011, 04:51:19 PM »
At least it was in the sink, better than all over the floor.

Now, get thee a better bottle as a replacement

I've been using Better Bottles for years. They cost much less than any trip to an emergency room.

The Pub / Re: Brewery / bar done!!
« on: November 27, 2011, 04:49:30 PM »
I hope your father's health improves.

The Pub / Re: Digitizing Vinyl Records
« on: November 27, 2011, 04:47:21 PM »
I have used Golden Records' vinyl to CD program (since it works on Mac's Power PC) with less than perfect results. You have to title all the information yourself, add/remove pieces of bits of music, and generally fiddle a long time for mediocre results (muddy sound quality and skipping portions of songs--due to buffering problems) . The modest plus this program (and Audacity) is that no usb turntable is needed, you can use a standard turntable and use the output from the headphone output.

Here's a thread from when Weaze announced he was planning a "6 day IPA." A starter yeast was recommended, but if you're just getting started that could be too big a step.

The Pub / Re: Major announcement (pic added)
« on: November 22, 2011, 04:13:55 PM »
... I'll be brewing in there this weekend!!  8)

What is in the queue for the inaugural brew?

The Pub / Re: Bleh.
« on: November 11, 2011, 01:52:07 AM »
Best advice I can offer is to seek information concerning career changes at places other than a beer forum. :D

Maybe a Ouija board.
A beer forum, several beers, and a Ouija board. That trifecta should provide the answer. In all seriousness, there is no *right* answer. Make the one you want to live with for a few years, would be my advice (but I've only had one beer - my own, an IPA, but only just one - so, I can't say with any certainty).

I could be wrong, but I think BeerSmith would know enough to exclude the water stuck in the grain.
I don't use it either. I use Beer Alchemy, because at the time it was the only program that would run on a Mac, and Beer Alchemy doesn't calc the absorption automatically but has a calculator. Nevertheless, absorption would account for around 1.25 gallons missing in a 10# grain bill.

Does someone who uses BeerSmith know if it automatically accounts for the absorption of water into the mash?

Did you factor in water absorption by the grain? I usually figure water loss based on an absorption of  0.125 gal./lb

(snip) Although the industry has advanced in the years since Michael Jackson's "BEER HUNTER" was produced, I'd like to see them air that series again.  It was a well made, informative, and dignified effort to elevate beer and show that it's more than just the fizzy yellow stuff that most folks see it as.
"BEER HUNTER" put it across without being snobby or resorting to gimmickry.   Some of the players (and rules) have probably changed in the intervening years, but the message put forth in the series still holds up quite well, I think.

I'd watch that, could be done with the original Michael Jackson footage enhanced by a "where are we now?" update...
Apparently Don and Jim of the Beer and Whiskey Brothers blog were considered for such a show before Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewing took the prize.

Whether it is true or not...Would you really be shocked?
Not at all. It's the nature of human competition and politics that propels a person/company/nation to try to get an advantage.

I don't if anybody has been following the this story, but it sounds as if Brewmaster's the Discovery Channel about the Dogfish Head Brewery was canceled due to Coor's putting pressure on the Discovery Channel.  It would appear that they threatened to stop advertising on their channel unless they cut the show.  I'm continually baffled at the lengths that "Big Beer" has gone to try to stop  craft beer from servicing their niche market.  It's starting to become a trend that big companies go out of their way to destroy small businesses that don't even pose a threat to them at all.  Gotta love capitalism.
Anthony Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel's No Reservations program, tweeted on March 29, 2011 that "big beer" threatened to pull their commercials from the Discovery Channel if Brew Masters was left on the air. Apparently, No Reservations and Brew Masters shared the same production company.

Being a beer geek, I liked the program and even downloaded them to my computer from iTunes. Yes, it was predictable: Sam decides to do something "never been done before" and goes off to search for exotic ingredients, then back at Dogfish the crew tries to continue plant operations while dealing with some crisis, miraculously they pull off the beer with mere moments to spare to accolades from discerning beer aficionados. Nonetheless, it was an opportunity to entertain and educate people about brewing beer. When I toured DFH in August I had the chance to ask about those crises, the three that I asked said that during the six weeks of filming each episode took there were several crises to choose from.

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