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The Pub / Re: A Christmas Story
« on: December 16, 2010, 02:34:59 PM »
My son has been a Harry Potter fan since he was two.  Each year Harry's owl, Hedwig, would come and take my son's Dear Santa letter from our mail box to the North Pole.

Now what are we going to do?   :(

Errol is still around, isn't he?  Of course the letter may take longer to get there.

The Pub / Re: A Christmas Story
« on: December 15, 2010, 01:43:08 PM »
Personally, I like this "A Christmas Story"


The Pub / Re: Every episode of Star Trek, ever!
« on: December 15, 2010, 06:26:56 AM »
Watching "Family" -STTNG S04E02 - where Picard returns to his home village of La Barre. What I love is that every single person in that village seems to have been straight out of central casting for A Christmas Carol. Could they not find anybody with a French accent?

Bunch of no good wine drinkers!!!! :)  And love the fact that Rene ( Picard's nephew ) looks like he's 10 or 11 and his father, Robert looks like he's 80 years old.  Way to go old man!

I've been plowing through the Voyager series...currently in Season 4 after the introduction of Seven of Nine, but she still got all that gross Borg skin  :P

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First Kegging!
« on: December 14, 2010, 09:52:24 AM »
I like the set and forget method.  Your settings will give you about 2.1 volumes of CO2 which seems appropriate for the style.  I usually leave it for a week before pulling a pint or two.  

So, good move and congrats on your first kegging!!!

If you like IPA's, I say go with an IPA.  A lot of people start out with Pale Ales, but I think they are harder to do for your first, since there's not a lot to cover up any off flavors you may get.  Start with a kit, get your process down and learn the ingredients.  Later you can start to develop your own recipes or get your ingredients seperately.

Dry or Liquid doesn't really matter as long as they are fresh.

I personally do not do secondaries.  I feel the potential danger of exposing it to oxygen or bacteria doesn't warrant it.   Some things you should do secondary on, like adding fruit or longer fermentations.  I dry hop right in the primary with no adverse affects.  I went the same route as this kit and have 2 5 gallon better bottles that I never use.  I now wish I had just got another 6 gallon better bottle.

Good luck and welcome to the obsession.

The Pub / Re: Blah, winter sickness
« on: December 14, 2010, 07:07:24 AM »
You probably feel like dat cuz you watched DA BEARS! last night.

Funny...I watched the Da Bears and felt great. :)


There is a lot better entertainment on Sirus/XM IMO.  Cheers!!!!

My wife likes Cosmo radio...dirty girl :)

I dropped mine because I listen mostly to brewcasts!

To each his own, I'm not knocking anyones taste. But for me, I can olny listen to many chicks ride the Sybian (and my limit on that is about 15 seconds) He makes me sick how he rips on metally challanged people, High pitch Eric, Gary the Retard, etc...As faras I'm concerned, they do not get any lower, or sleezier than Howard. And to hear him tell the audience one more time about how he pretty much, single handedly, invented radio, and he was the first to do everything, UGH! Get over yourself already!!

For a guy who hates Howard Stern, you seem to know a lot about the show  ;)

I used to love listening to him on K-Rock in the early 90's then he was syndicated in the Boston area.  Haven't listened to him in a while, but I did love Private Parts.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re:
« on: December 08, 2010, 02:57:40 PM »
Yeah...I think it needs time and a lot of input.  After entering about 15-20 beers, I noticed further down the list I had Bud Golden Wheat and Coors Light.  :D

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: December 08, 2010, 02:09:16 PM »
Excellent news...and funny too.  I don't know Jeff but he sounds like a great guy.

Commercial Beer Reviews /
« on: December 08, 2010, 01:04:03 PM »
I heard these guys on The Brewing Network last Sunday.  Their site allows you to setup a login, search and rate beer ( 1-5 mugs ) and it will give you suggestions of beer that it thinks you will love or like.   There is also an option to follow you friends who are on it and see how they rated stuff.  The more you rate, apparently the more accurate it will be.

I may not be for everyone, but it gives me an opportunity to find out about other beer that I never hear of because it's not available where I am.

The site is:

The Pub / Re: Idea for a Heretic Brewing Collaboration
« on: December 08, 2010, 12:48:48 PM »
I think Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, OR would have some issue with this.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Camping at San Diego NHC
« on: December 08, 2010, 11:20:02 AM »
Winnabego Warriors!!!  That sounds like a great way to go!  Have fun!

The Pub / Re: Happy Day!
« on: December 08, 2010, 11:01:54 AM »
That's awesome, congratulations!  Hopefully I'll finish my own degree by NHC . . .

I would shoot for that since you'll probably lose a semester's worth of brain cells at NHC. :)

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