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Beer Recipes / Re: Using cinnamon in the mash
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:49:38 PM »
I think one of the BN shows said it was used as an antioxidant.

OTOH, since I've never used it and I've never had an oxidized mash, it doesn't seem like it has much value.

Great!!  What the hell am I supposed to do now?  Charlie uses it, Denny doesn't!  Who do I follow?  ;D

It's late on Friday...starting to get a little punchy!

Beer Recipes / Re: Using cinnamon in the mash
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:34:16 PM »
I think one of the BN shows said it was used as an antioxidant.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparge water won't fit?
« on: September 16, 2011, 08:19:56 AM »
If your numbers after the 3 gallon sparge are higher than you expected, you could just add the 1 gallon of water directly to the brew kettle.  Otherwise I would sparge twice, since it shouldn't take too long with batch sparging.  Just vorlauf after each addition and stir ( some let it sit for 10 minutes or so, others don't )

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build + some questions
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:03:15 AM »
Tom & Ibru...both good suggestions.  I may just end up building a new collar because I have to buy  a mitre saw for some other house projects and will want to just cut stuff up.

In certain homebrewing circles, those little kegs are called "Scotties" ( the BN Army guys know what I'm talking about )  :D

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build + some questions
« on: September 14, 2011, 05:13:05 AM »
Great...Thanks a lot.  now I need to do my collar all over again  :P

Nice build.  I actually need to do mine over because
  A.  It looks like crap
  B.  It's about 1 in short of allowing me to put a corny on the hump
  C.  Why the hell not

The Pub / Re: Where Were You on the Morning of 9/11/01?
« on: September 12, 2011, 05:35:57 AM »
I was in my office in Boston listening to the Dennis & Callahan sports radio show on WEEI.  John Dennis' daughter was in NYC on the phone detailing what was going on.  I ran to the cafeteria to watch the TV ( with several others ) and we were all looking out the windows at the planes leaving Logan ( before they knew what was going on and grounded all airplanes ).   I was working at the Westin Hotel which is right in the middle of the 2 tallest building in Boston ( Hancock & The Pru ).

Ten years ago today, we had to evacuate the hotel because a name on the terrorist watch list was registered at our hotel.  Quite a site to see the FBI raiding the hotel in full gear carrying shields.  Scary.  Turned out to be a false alarm, but everyone was certainly on edge.

The Pub / Re: American Football
« on: September 08, 2011, 12:28:37 PM »
Monday Night Football!!!!!

The Pub / Re: American Football
« on: September 08, 2011, 11:27:54 AM »
:), You are smarter than I am then!

I admit, the Jets are an exciting team with some interesting personalities.


 :D  :D  :D

The Pub / Re: American Football
« on: September 08, 2011, 08:54:51 AM »
Family affiliations require me to at least pay a little attention to the Eagles this year.  I'm not much of a Pro Football fan but one of my nephews is the new kicker for the Eagles this year.  I need to at least know if they're winning to keep my family happy.  ::)


Is this your nephew?   ;D

Sorry but it was a perfect setup!

The Pub / Re: American Football
« on: September 08, 2011, 07:42:03 AM »
I'll consider the season a success as long as the Pats beat the Dolphins, Jets, Colts, Steelers, and the other 10 teams they play this year.  ;)

I hope to make it to more than one game this year!


The Pub / Re: Anyone keep pot plants?
« on: September 06, 2011, 05:32:35 AM »
My wife would kill me if I put plants in her pots.  what would she cook with  ;D

Ingredients / Re: Setting up a hop yard
« on: September 01, 2011, 09:02:14 AM »
THIS!  People seem to think that after you plant them, they grow by themselves and that's all you have to do.  The harvesting, and especially the drying and packaging, are where all the work is.  This is not intended to discourage the OP, but just to make sure he thinks his plan through.

Well actually my brother found some in the wild and every September we go and pick them.  Still don't know what variety they are...maybe I'll post a picture in a couple weeks.

Thing that sucks is they look better than the ones I "take" care of.

Watching the first Penn State football game of the season on Saturday and drinking beer.  Brewing up a BoPils on Sunday.

I bet you have one of these:

The Pub / Re: Irene's fury
« on: August 31, 2011, 11:08:43 AM »
Is anyone keeping an eye on Katia yet?
I went to college with a girl named Katia.  She pronounced it "Ka-tee-ah"

Yeast and Fermentation / THICK Yeast Slurry
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:41:24 AM »
I didn't want to threadjack gmac's post so I'll start my own.

I just racked a pale ale to secondary to dry hop ( I want to reuse the slurry...I usually don't do secondary ).  When I went to pour the slurry into my erhlenmeyer, I didn't move ( or was moving very slow ).  It is the Wyeast 1968 strain so I expected it to be a little chunky.  I was able to get most of it into the flask, but it is thick. ( Think of the scene from Robocop where they show you what he eats, except thicker )

I was thinking of boiling some water, cooling it, and then adding it to the flask to loosen it up a bit.  I plan on reusing it this weekend for a pumpkin ale.  Does this sound like it's a good idea?  Kind of like a yeast rinse?

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