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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brewing-related injury
« on: August 19, 2011, 10:04:14 AM »
Wow...hope you feel better.  Just think of what a shattering flask full of hot starter wort would have done.

I envision my brew house injury to be lifting related...maybe I'll make a case for a brewing sculpture with the wife.  ::)

The Pub / Re: Got Wood?
« on: August 18, 2011, 01:55:56 PM »
(grew up in Vermont with wood as primary heat source, stacked ALOT of wood as a teenager. All teenager/wood jokes implied)

Me too ( grew up in VT that is - Windsor ).  We never had wood as a heat source though, which explains my inexperience.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Wet Hops
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:20:43 AM »
If you were anywhere near me, you could come and pick all the Cascades you wanted.  I've got lbs. left from the last 2 years and I'm not looking forward to picking, drying, and packaging this year's crop.

I'm about as far away from you as you can get in the lower 48, but my question to you is how do you package your hops so they are still good 2 years later?

The Pub / Re: Got Wood?
« on: August 18, 2011, 10:41:51 AM »
I'm always amazed at how people can stack wood freestanding, with no walls or braces of any kind.  I tried and tried but finally game up and only stack bags of wood pellets now. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Freezer for a Keezer
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:13:07 AM »
A 7.2 cu ft chest freezer will fit 4 cornies and probably the co2 tank on the hump ( I have a 5lb tank so I don't know about the 10 lb one ).

If you want room for a carboy as well, I'd say go with a 14 cu ft chest freezer.  Should be plenty of room.  I know there are some 9 cu ft ones too.  Homebrewtalk has a thread on their forum regarding sizing your chest freezer.  They suggest making cardboard circles of the kegs ( and carboy  in your case ), taking them to the store, and placing them in the chest freezer to see how they will fit.

My chest freezer is a GE, and it is running great so far.

The Pub / Re: Done. Passed.
« on: August 18, 2011, 05:09:45 AM »
microfish (sp?)

This is what I get whenever I go fishing... :D

The Pub / Re: Beer Quotes
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:24:07 PM »
I thought Yoda said that.

Or perhaps Mr. Miyagi?

Yes Yoda.  And that ain't Dumbledore!!!

I am a truly "annoyed" Star Wars, LOTR, and Harry Potter fan.   :D

The Pub / Re: Beer Quotes
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:34:22 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Fresh Simcoe hops arriving soon....what to do?
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:00:27 PM »
If NB (who you ordered from) is 'Northern Brewer' then how did you pre-order?  I didn't see any such option & their site says they're out of Simcoe. 

I think the pre-orders are all done.  Brewmasters Warehouse had 1 lb wet Simcoe preorders through 8/10/11, although it looks like you can still order from them.

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 10:09:25 AM »
I think drinking this beer tastes like sucking toe fungus off of a frito lays monster.
I'm sorry,  I'm not familiar with that flavor, can you describe it to me?  Just can't seem to find a "frito lays monster" around here.


My first was that God-Awful!  :P

Zymurgy / Re: 2012 Zymurgy ideas
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:39:10 PM »
This was probably already covered ( I'm a few months behind on my reading ) but I would like to see an article on HERMS/RIMS systems and brewing with these systems.

Also, maybe a in depth article on the process of preparing a bid for hosting the NHC, followed by what needs to be done during the actual conference.

Water is a great idea.  I'm eagerly awaiting the water book by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski.

The Pub / Re: FIRE! FIRE!
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:32:50 PM »
Will that stuff get into your ground water and screw up your brewing?  ;D

Let's hope they get it contained...looks cool but I can imagine it must be really scary.  Especially if you feel the wind shift.

Good luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New AHA Logo
« on: August 16, 2011, 09:31:54 AM »
The old logo on a sh irt would get the question - "What is Ah - Ha?".

A really bad pop band from the '80s?

But a classic song video...even the Family Guy did a spinoff of it.  :D

This is from the Lallemand/Danstar site ( the 50% number is thrown around in the homebrewing world, and probably accurate ):

Why is rehydrating the dry yeast before pitching important?

Dry beer yeast needs to be reconstituted in a gentle way. During rehydration the cell membrane undergoes changes which can be lethal to yeast. In order to reconstitute the yeast as gently as possible (and minimize/avoid any damage) yeast producers developed specific rehydration procedures. Although most dry beer yeast will work if pitched directly into wort, it is recommended to follow the rehydration instructions to insure the optimum performance of the yeast.

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:14:26 AM »
Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red. I'm not into sours really but can usually stomach them, but this one is just gross.

Thank you...I was trying to remember this one but I guess I blocked it out.

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