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Equipment and Software / Re: Mini-mash tun
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:21:03 AM »
Jim, you do come up with some gems.....

Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 12, 2015, 01:49:43 PM »
Sounds like a plan. I wonder what instrument Steve plays for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra?

Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:43:35 AM »
The grower probably "knocked them back" for harvest timing purposes. After consulting with my hop guy, I didn't trim my plants back this spring. I've got some monsters.

Jim- give me a heads up when you're in the area, it would be fun to have a beer with you.


I've been brewing for 20 some years and this will be my first NHC. I'm looking forward to meeting the people and taking in the sessions. I've been to a few of the smaller homebrewing events and always had a good time and picked up some good information. Now that I'm semi-retired I may be taking in a few more.

So, I urge you to just do it.



Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Location
« on: April 30, 2015, 07:44:18 AM »
My brewing area and tap room in the shop. It just makes life easier and like HoosierBrew said, "It's a really nice spot for it there." It also gives me a place to go while the wife watches "Dancing with the Stars" and all those other shows of great viewing. If I want to watch TV, I can catch "Hogan's Heroes" or other reruns on the shop TV while enjoy a homebrewed beverage.

Events / Re: NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: April 25, 2015, 09:15:25 AM »
I fell within the homebrew demography when I started brewing, now I'm nearly 20 years too old. Guess that makes us young for or age. Here's to 60, the new 30!!

See you guys in SD.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:23:36 AM »
Found Nooner on tap the other day. Very nice Pils! Had two pints with a brat sandwich for lunch in Leavenworth, WA.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY2278 in a BoPils?
« on: March 23, 2015, 09:23:42 AM »
WY2278 is the yeast that I use when brewing my Czech Pils. I have 10 gallons brewed February 18 that is lagering at around 33 degrees (I'm testing it about every other day). Of all the styles of beer that I brew, this this is probably my favorite.


The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 08, 2015, 08:59:33 AM »
To me it's setting aside a day that is mine to spend doing something I love to do. Drinking coffee, snacking on salted in the shell peanuts and an occasional cigar in order during the process. Look to the west and see the mountains (only when not obstructed by the steam of Jim's brew kettle).

Oh and don't forget the "Hot Scotchies" when draining the mash tun!

So, my answer is having a great way to spend a day!


The Pub / Re: Intervention
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:46:05 PM »
Good one Denny.

Somewhere I have a t shirt that says something like, "Give a man a beer and he'll waste an hour, teach him to brew and he'll waste a lifetime."


The Pub / Re: ABInBev acquires 10 Barrel Brewing
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:21:06 PM »
Boy, I hate to see that. It's been a stop for us the last few times we been in Bend and always enjoyed it. Haven't been to the other ones in Boise and Portland.

We used to have a sign in our office that was lost in our remodel that said, "Quality, Service, Price- Pick any two". We are the best, in my opinion, in quality and service. We are not the cheapest however we are the best value. I apply the same principles to my brewing suppliers even if he is sometimes a little more expensive.


Another Geezer here.

I got a fairly deluxe kit (for those days) for Christmas in about 1992 and brewed a 4-5 extract batches before my wife kicked me out of the kitchen. I joined the local homebrew club the next year and started brewing all grain and kegging.

Although I enjoy the process, the flexibility making what I want and the end product, one of the reason I love to brew is for therapy. After dealing with the public and employees all week, it's like taking a mini vacation for a few hours.

The best reward is that I've met a lot of great friends through homebrewing and enjoying a craft beer.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flashback Brewday
« on: November 05, 2014, 09:07:29 AM »
I'd have to find some crappy old extract and yeast. The ingredients weren't that great 22 years ago. The beer was still better than most of what was available back then. That being said, I might do a kit just for kicks.


Equipment and Software / Re: Three tier brew stand
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:52:56 AM »
It's not a true gravity stand, but my stand looks a lot like the Sabco Brewmagic. Of course it depends on the size of the kettles you are going to use, but I think they even have the dimensions at their website. You'll need to pump water from the HLT to the mash tun. I didn't want my HLT to be too high off the ground. Works great.


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