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Nothing so far, too busy smoking grain while the weather is still nice.
4 lbs smoked with pear wood.  Delicatesweet smoke.
4 lbs on the smoker with Beechwood.  I want that complete Bamberg flavor experience for my next Rauchbier.  Will do 4 more lbs so that I have enough.

Maybe an IPA later in the week.

Never smoked grain before.  Making a Smoked Porter sometime soon & will smoke myself.  Plan to use Alder.  What's your process for smoking grain?  Maybe a new post???  Thanks!!!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: spent grains
« on: November 10, 2009, 12:29:12 PM »
We usually have at least 4 deer that stop by daily.  They love 'em!!!!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast tips from Fermentis
« on: November 10, 2009, 12:25:49 PM »
Very helpful.  Thanks for posting it!!!

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The Pub / Re: Big Day Tomorrow!
« on: November 09, 2009, 03:57:13 PM »
Well,  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUBERCLE!!  Ya, I was shouting.  They say the hearing is the first to go you know.... ;D

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The Pub / Re: Getting ready to grill/smoke
« on: November 09, 2009, 01:01:55 PM »
That does look awesome.  It's a good thing you're like a million miles away or you definitely would have had company...  ;D  I did detect a slight hint of BBQ on Saturday now that you mentioned it.  Na couldn't be....

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The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: November 09, 2009, 12:52:16 PM »
I have found that it is not so much the elevation but the rate of ascent. ;)

Here ya there!!!  We used to live in Colorado Springs.  Hiked Pikes Peak once.  ONCE!  I was 20 years younger then.  Do miss the mountain hikes though!!!

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The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: November 09, 2009, 12:40:00 PM »
;D  Actually I enjoy fishing, walking (it would be called hiking where majorvices lives but we just call it walking here ;)),

LOL! I think you would find the terrain behind my house surprisingly challenging even though it barely tops out at 2000 ft. Or maybe not.  8)
Ha I bet you're right.  We're at about 2,200 ft. and rolling hills, not mountains...  That's why we call it walking I guess..  ;D

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The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: November 09, 2009, 12:23:50 PM »
Work, so I can afford the homebrew.  ;D  Actually I enjoy fishing, walking (it would be called hiking where majorvices lives but we just call it walking here ;)), gardening and most importantly, spending as much time as possible with the family.

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The Pub / Re: October 2010 Wedding - What to brew?
« on: November 09, 2009, 12:17:16 PM »
How about a nice American Wheat for the masses? It's easy to make and I'll bet it goes first.
That's what I did for our Daughter's rehearsal BBQ this year & it went over well.  Had a little Mead on the side for some hardcores as well... ;D

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Pics from TAF 2009
« on: November 09, 2009, 11:56:31 AM »
Here are some pics from the Cascade Brewers Society TAF 2009 event, held at my house.


Coolers on parade...as you can see, there are a lot of Cheap'n'Easy brewers in the club



Le'me guess.  Yours is the one on the right, the well seasoned one....  Thanks for sharing the PICs!!  Hopefully I'll do the same next week after our TAF on the 14th.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weaze's "So Long" post deleted.
« on: November 09, 2009, 10:47:55 AM »
How bout we move on and make some new history on THIS killer forum?

Here Here, and AMEN to that!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dropping By
« on: November 09, 2009, 10:35:02 AM »
So do I detect a bunch of NB outcasts here?
Can I ask what happened?

FWIW, I'm part of the McNugget revolution.


NB closed Brewhaha.  No biggie, just upset a few folks.  Nuff said...  Lovin' this forum for sure!!!! Happy to see so many familiar faces.

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Equipment and Software / Re: RO system Qs
« on: November 07, 2009, 06:34:57 PM »

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The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: November 06, 2009, 02:13:53 PM »
Finally, there is an AHA forum I know how to use. I never could figure out or really take the time and patience to participate in the old email message board.

Anyway, a bit about me. I am Steve and I live in South Louisiana right outside Baton Rouge toward New Orleans. My regular job is as a Paramedic with the City of Baton Rouge. I have been a  medic for right at 30 years. I am married with 3 kids still at home.

Brewing wise I brew all grain and started out brewing that way. I bought a keggerator from a dude on Craigslist and he threw in all of his beer equipment hence how I got into brewing beer all grain. I had brewed one extract batch with a buddy prior. I have worked my way from the coolers to a commercial sculpture system.

I actually started out as a winemaker and still make wine. I am a moderator for a large winemaking forum and an Administrator for another. I am a member of a few beer forums but this is the forum I have been waiting for. I don't know how many times I wrote AHA requesting it. If the info here is as good as the email list, it is gonna be a leader. I am a forum freak and look forward to learning, sharing, and helping this forum grow.

Hey Steve,  I look forward to sharing ideas with you as well!!

Side note:  I was a Purple Panther in 1969.  Is Woodlawn still going strong?  My Dad took a sabbatical & worked on his PHD@ LSU then...

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Equipment and Software / Re: How do you chill your wort?
« on: November 06, 2009, 08:42:30 AM »
40' copper IC double wrapped.  Once around a coffee can & once around a 5 gallon pail.  My well water is ~54F year round so it cools great.  I manually whirlpool & fill a party tub with hot water for cleaning stuff later. Once its full I run it outside onto the yard. It cools 10 gallons to ~60 in about 20 minutes.  Some day I'll add a march pump to whirlpool & other duties.

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