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Congrats Fred and Justin!!!

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2013
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:36:57 AM »
Wow...the optimism is overwhelming. 

However, It's going to be a loooooooong season for the Phils.

Sorry...I should have put a few of these  ::) ::) ;) ::) ;) in.  ;)

Most sports writers in Boston and New York have the Sox and Yankees finishing 4th and 5th in the division (some homers are picking 3rd).  It's going to be a battle for the basement.

The Pub / Baseball 2013
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:48:03 AM »
Red Sox beating the Yankees 4-0 after 2 innings!!!

World Series, here we come!  ;)

Events / Re: NHC seminars
« on: March 28, 2013, 06:04:01 AM »
Not really fair to the one's that paid full price.  However, Michael and Berniece are always around and I'm sure are willing to chat with anyone about mead and chocolate.

Also, the seminar will most likely be recorded and be made available.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New to Lagering
« on: March 28, 2013, 05:55:52 AM »
1.  No...I actually pitch at 45 and let it free rise to 50 and hold there. 
2.  All my lagers are started at 45 and held at 50.  I ferment my alts at a colder temps, not 45-50 low but around 60F
3.  I have found that diacetyl is minimized when pitching lower and free rising up and holding at 50F.  I may jump it up the about 55F at the end just because I can ( temp controlled chest freezer ) but I'm not sure it's necessary.

Once you've done your first lager, you'll see it's not much different than other beer you've brewed.  Lower temp control and longer aging (lagering) time are really the main differences.

Good luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't clean fermenter
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:44:46 AM »
A several day soak of Oxyclean has always cleaned my better bottles.  Have you tried using warm water with Oxyclean, around 120F.  It's not hot enough to warp the BB but may work better with soaking.  Eventually it will cool but you should get a good few hours at warmer temperatures.

You could also stick a wash cloth in there with some warm oxyclean/pbw solution and shake the hell out of it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Connundrum
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:40:48 AM »
If you are brewing lagers anyways, I'd stick with RO.  My water is pretty good brewing water but for my lagers, I find it easier to just build from distilled.

Wow...that's a lot of sodium in there.  I think mine is 18.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition Bottle Shipment Worries
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:05:38 AM »
They received my yesterday at the new location with no problem.  I'm sure it was no one was available to accept delivery or they are getting overloaded with entries and need a day to catch up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA GC Election
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:56:56 AM »
Are you using your forum account to try to log in?  I know I have a different login for the forum than I do for the AHA site.  I just logged in and went to the voting section.

All Things Food / Re: Rabbits
« on: March 22, 2013, 08:22:42 AM »
My eldest daughter has already told me she will not eat rabbit.  And she has warned my youngest daughter that I have rabbit in the freezer.

More for me.

Or just don't tell 'em what they're eating?  :)

Tastes just like chicken anyways  ;)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition question...
« on: March 22, 2013, 06:25:11 AM »
Thank you Janis.  Now I don't have to track down the UPS truck and force him to the side of the road  ;D

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition question...
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:01:51 AM »
My entries are on their way.   Only bottle labels were required, right?  The rules and info on the region 11 site said to include your entry form and payment in box along with your entries along with bottle labels attached to your bottles (I know, rubber bands tape :) ).  I didn't see an entry form and the entries were prepaid as required by the AHA, so I assumed this was just the standard template for this competition software.

Good luck to all that are entering!

Are the results posted yet?  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: March 19, 2013, 12:19:43 PM »
As far as negativity, I'v found it's often a 2-way street. nothing against you montanagray, but if you spend time on some of the other forums out there, you'll find that alot of them are filled with snobs who would rather criticize than help. Not the case here.

Which is the reason I left the green board and Beer Advocate.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:15:47 AM »
Hold still you little bastard!

Officially...Congratulations Mississippi!!!!

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