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The Pub / Re: Happy Halloween
« on: November 01, 2010, 05:38:04 AM »
Had about 100 kids last night ( and kids were stretching it for some ).  Down about 30% from last year.

What's nice is we have set hours in my town for Trick or Treating...6pm - 7:30pm.  That way were not getting people at 8, 9, or 10pm.  Besides I had the Pats game on Tivo and was for damn sure not going to get up to hand out the candy that I was munching on.  :)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
« on: November 01, 2010, 05:32:59 AM »
Does the selection still contain the dreaded cranberry lambic?

No...that's the best part...been replace with the bock!!!

I cannot taste the cinnamon in the Winter lager...maybe the ultra-trained pallette can.

The Pub / Re: skunks in the neighborhood
« on: November 01, 2010, 05:29:19 AM »
I live at the point where all skunks (and Possums) over the face of the globe spring forth. They are everywhere as they start the trek to your location. Many encounters, with cars mostly. Nasty b@sterds do carry rabies. That myth that if you dispatch them outright they won't spray is just that, a myth. >:(

  .22 very far away from the house. Just don't follow too close behind :o

My brother used to shoot them in the smell.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Sam Adams Winter Classics
« on: October 29, 2010, 01:40:07 PM »
They are including Chocolate Bock this year!!!

Woohoo!!  Usually only get that every other year.

Gary...when I win will you tell my wife she can't come.  She's not a beer drinker and it seems wrong to bring her :)

Thank you AHA!!!

The Pub / Re: Blackout in a can
« on: October 27, 2010, 12:09:43 PM »
Goin' loco for 4 Loko

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: payment plan for lifetime membership
« on: October 21, 2010, 01:07:20 PM »

It doesn't seem like the lifetime option is available online.  You may need to call the number at the bottom of the site I listed above.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I miss TechTalk
« on: October 21, 2010, 10:35:41 AM »
I would like to suggest that TT2 be an opt in service, rather than just automatic.  This may give you some accurate numbers as to how many really want this service.

I actually dropped TT before the term date because I've found the forum much more useful.

Equipment and Software / Re: Denny's Mash Tun
« on: October 21, 2010, 10:32:38 AM »
Just make sure you get the blue one.

I love this setup.  I actually just cut my braid because it was too great.

These are the instructions that I used:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I miss TechTalk
« on: October 20, 2010, 05:19:27 AM »
Yup, TT2 is in progress and mostly held up by real life.
So you're sayin' you've got one Drew?  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2011
« on: October 19, 2010, 10:46:11 AM »
Someone should really change the heading on that page...just sayin'   ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fermentation woes - chlorine?
« on: October 19, 2010, 08:42:25 AM »
Here's a link to the Morebeer site that has an excel document:

Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle Stoppers and Dry Traps
« on: October 19, 2010, 08:05:12 AM »
No brushes ever on BB.  I usually do an extended Oxiclean ( or PBW ) soak and then rinse them out thoroughly to clean them.

Others have stated that they have used BB for extended periods of time without any oxidation issues.  The longest I've gone has been 4 problems.

Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle Stoppers and Dry Traps
« on: October 19, 2010, 05:40:23 AM »
I use the Better Bottles with the carboy cap but I've never done the siphon.  I've seen people put a rubber o-ring on the neck to make the carboy cap sit tighter, as well as using packing tape.

In my opinion, the dry tap and all the other accessories for the BB are just too expensive ( spigot, racking arm, ported BB, etc. ). 

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: October 19, 2010, 05:36:30 AM »
Great news Frank.  Thanks for the updates.

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