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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Better Beer Scores-Craft Beer U
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:27:15 AM »
The BJCP exam study guide also has suggestions to doctor beer for certain off flavors.

The Pub / Re: S.T.O.
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:30:23 AM »
Not yet but I hope to soon...just been really busy at work and at home lately.  My son is into DC Universe, but then he's only 9 and has all the time in the world.

How is STO so far?

The Pub / Re: So i have this "friend"...
« on: February 24, 2012, 06:13:02 AM »
My wife just finished the first book and want sme to read it too.

At least Jennifer Lawrence is hot, so you should be able to forgive your "friend".

The Pub / Re: How important is spelling?
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:02:34 PM »
Actually what bothers me more is the overuse of acronyms these days.  I've actually heard someone say, "For your FYI".  I just wanna scream.

Right up there with "ATM Machine"

The Pub / Re: How important is spelling?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:02:25 AM »

The Pub / Re: How important is spelling?
« on: February 22, 2012, 12:31:21 PM »
I get annoyed at things like using 'there' in place of 'their' or saying 'a email' instead of 'an email', but that's all grammar stuff and not so much to do with spelling.

So basically you are saying your point is mute  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lager starters cooled?
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:50:49 AM »
Room temp then crash cool and dump off the funky stuff before you pitch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing podcasts?
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:17:07 AM »
I think there is probably no doubt where my loyalties lie ( see signature ).

When I started listening to brewing podcasts, Basic Brewing Radio was one of the first I found.  It is very informative, but too dry for my tastes.  Now call me a low-brow, knuck-dragging heathen if you wish, but to each their own. 

I think getting a list of podcasts should be your first step, weed out all the opinions from others, and give them a listen.  Then make your own decisions.  If the BN or BBR aren't your thing, at least you gave them a fair shake.

All Grain Brewing / Re: batch sparge question
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:43:53 AM »
I follow the Denny Cheap'n'Easy method and add sparge water at 185-190F, stir, vorlauf, and sparge.  I believe the fly sparging people use 170 degree water since it is constant, and will keep the grain bed at 170 once it reaches there.  But you are correct that your water needs to be hotter than 170 to raise a 148-155 F grain bed to 170. 

Let us know how the extended rest on sparge goes.  Some have said it doesn't seem to matter, but 'm curious since I can never seem to get above 70% myself.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization Bill in Alabama
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:14:05 AM »
Let's hope there are some new reps in place this year, or you get a sponsor that will defend the bill a little more aggressively.

If anything, we'll get more audio gems from Alvin Holmes.

Good luck!

The Pub / Re: Ha ha... so true...
« on: February 16, 2012, 06:45:18 AM »
Had to fix that last picture:  ;D

The Pub / Re: proper use of bottle rockets
« on: February 16, 2012, 06:34:07 AM »
That darn near wrecked 'em  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forum Withdrawal coping suggestions?
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:10:06 AM »
Isn't there a chat room that is posted here from time to time?  I wonder if an integrated chat room will be in the new software release, rather than going to a separate site?

Either way, I'll be driving home from work at that time.  And I rarely post on the forum from home...I get enough computer time at work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Surpasses 30,000 Members
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:31:41 PM »
So which Charlie is member #1 and which is #2?  ;D

Congrats to the AHA...I expect 1.2 million by 2015  ;)

Events / NHC Guide and Tips for a Newbie
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:25:11 AM »
I'm not talking about what speakers to see or what events to attend.  I am more concerned on the veteran's tips on surviving 3, possibly 4 or more days of drinking.

I know the old saying, "It's a marathon, not a sprint".  And believe me, my intention is not to get full out wasted...I can do that a lot cheaper at home  ;D  I fly in on Tuesday, hitting BN7 on Wednesday, then the conference events Thurs-Sat and fly home on Sunday.  I doubt I will ever leave the hotel/conference unless there is something close by.

What I would like to see are people's tips like drinking in moderation ( yeah right! ), drinking water between each beer, or what is you best cure for a hangover ( I think I heard a big, greasy breakfast does wonders for that), etc.  Any other tips would be appreciated.

Thanks and see you ( and Bigfoot ) in Seattle!!

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