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i thought the recent post page was gone. i havent been able to find it for some time
Scroll to the bottom of the "home" page, just above the "users on line within the last 15 minutes".

Never knew it was there...but then I use an RSS feed to view all new posts in the forum.

Also, 92 guests viewing the forum?  Wouldn't it be nice if they registered and joined the discussion?  I'm sure some of them are bots, but it couldn't be everyone, could it?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:38:31 AM »

Dean, what happened to make you this passionate against the Vittles Vault?  Did grain spoil on you?  I've had a good experience with mine thus far.

Dave

Same here.  I have 1 for 2-row and 1 for pilsner.  I will probably pick up another for Maris Otter in the future.  Mine seal up perfectly and nothing has eaten through them yet ( although they did eat through a bag of yeast nutrient  >:().  I also like that I can store a sack in 1 container rather than 5 or 6 buckets.  You can usually find them cheap when there are deals at the pet stores.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:37:36 AM »
It's not like the guy is calling his place "Mc Donald's Hamburgers" and putting a clown and golden arches on his building!
Look... me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's... I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.
This is exactly the first thing that popped in my mind when I read that line in his post  ;D

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Tony is great.  Do you think the winner will be able to brew with him?

Don't you mean "Tony is GGGRRREEEAAATTT"

I assume this is all stout styles, as long as they are under 8%?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:25:12 AM »
And for extra defense, set up some traps near where you store your grains.  Or better yet, set them near where they may be entering the area.  We've used these to get rid of any mice that like to enter our garage during the winter:

http://www.homedepot.com/Ortho/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1vZ2yq/R-202229592/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=mice&storeId=10051#.ULVibYe22jQ

These traps are great...no more snapping my fingers on the old style traps  :o.  Problem is I forget about them sometimes and when I go to check them, they have a dried on mouse.  Much easier to dump them when they're fresh.

And the plug in pest repellers don't do squat!

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Beer Recipes / Re: First lager!!
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:19:30 AM »
So you let it settle overnight and then just rack to primary and ferment?

That's it.

Big +1 to jamils method.  Made my first lager (ok fest) and it turned out GREAT.  Clean and malty.

Not necessarily JZ's method. This is standard lager practice.

Blasphemy!!!  Don't you know Jamil is an omnipresent, immortal time traveler ( kinda like Q ) that invented beer?  I'd be careful or he will go back in time and spit in your first homebrew, infecting it and make you never want to brew again  ;D

I assumed it was some ancient chinese secret, but I learned of it first from Jamil, so I give him some credit. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:25:04 PM »
Vittle Vaults.  They are probably thicker than the buckets, but either way, you have some pretty bad-ass mice.


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Beer Recipes / Re: First lager!!
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:04:47 PM »
My first lager ( last January ) was a Munich Helles and I got a silver at NHC.  Your results may vary (i.e. Gold :) ).

Temp control, big yeast pitch, O2, and time/patience.  I also use a method that I heard from Jamil Zainasheff about letting the wort sit overnight at fermentation temp, transferring to another vessel, hitting it with O2 and pitch the yeast.  I was amazed at how much break material formed just overnight in the first carboy.  It is now a method I use with all my lagers.  I pitch cold ( 44 F ) and let it free rise to 50 F and hold it there. 

Good luck!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mold spots in bottom of air lock bottle.
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:24:45 AM »
I just had a similar experience.  I had a blow off tube on a pale ale with the tube sitting in a plastic jug with starsan.  Some of the blowoff ended up in the jug and mold formed on the top of the liquid.  No mold was evident in the blowoff tube or the beer when I kegged it last night.

So I'm sure it will be fine.

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The Pub / Re: Global Bacon Shortage
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:08:29 AM »
This makes me want to cut myself:



What the hell would be the free toy?  :o

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The Pub / Any hunters here?
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:41:40 AM »
I used to hunt growing up in VT.  This was back in the day when I'd get home from school and walk thru town into the woods carrying my 30-30, past an elementary school.  Boy times have changed.

I stopped hunting when I moved to NY in the early '90's, where you carry a gun for a totally different reason.  When I moved to NH, I just never hot back into it.

Luckily most of my family in VT still hunts so I have a supplier of venison, turkey, and they even got a moose this year.

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The Pub / Re: Sandy vs. East Coasters
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:22:23 AM »
Thankfully Northern New England didn't get hit with this.  I had a lot of wind and rain, and lost power for about 26 hours. 

The devastation in NY, NJ, & CT was unbelievable.  Hope everyone is getting back to normal. 

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The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Ron!
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:19:42 AM »
Happy Birthday Ron!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg poppets
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:47:35 PM »
I do and I use a small screwdriver ( from a PC tool kit ) to help move the "feet" but not too hard.  Sometimes they just need a little nudge. 

I only take them out when I do a full cleaning and gasket replace...maybe once or twice a year.  Otherwise I just run cleaner through them with my keg washer.

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