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« on: November 01, 2011, 12:54:01 PM »
here we go Steelers, here we go...
nothin' better than beatin' the Pats...
until next Sunday when we get revenge on the dirty birds of Baltimore...

We lost power and I didn't get to see/hear the game, so it never happened  ;)

DAMMIT!!! >:(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you want Santa to bring you?!
« on: November 01, 2011, 12:50:41 PM »
We promise to leave out milk & cookies for you & carrots for your reindeer.

I hear the reindeer really like spent grains.

Santa...I'd really like a SS chugger pump...maybe you can find one in stock somewhere  :o

Thanks for the update. We'll have this changed and it should reflect on the Supply Shop Directory tomorrow morning. If anyone else notices any information that needs to be changed in a shop's listing, please send any updates to




Can we suggest homebrew shops to list, or is that something the actual business would need to do?


The Pub / Re: Watcha planting this fall?
« on: October 27, 2011, 02:11:11 PM »
My wife planted some chipmunk food, otherwise known as tulips.   With snow expected today, I'd say the growing season for me is well over.  I even cut back my hops and mulched them for the winter.

Next spring, a whole new garden will have to be done since we are installing a pool where the current one is.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: October 27, 2011, 12:30:26 PM »
We are supposed to see some snow today.  Probably no accumulation.  Guess I better get that pellet stove cleaned out.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bazzoka in Cooler Style Mash Tun
« on: October 26, 2011, 02:00:50 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  I have the 72qt Coleman Xtreme cooler ( blue one of course ).  The toilet supply braid is getting pretty beat up and I just happen to have this bazooka screen and thought it would work great.

You use ss clamps on this?  I would assume the threaded connection would hold.

Last question, does it matter what type of SS coupler I get ( i.e. 304 vs 315 stainless ) as long as it's the right size and stainless ( i.e. not galvanized )?  The LHBS doesn't carry couplers so I was going to hit Home Depot and pick one up.  I could order one online, but I was hoping to get the mash tun back together by this weekend ( and don't want to pay $7 shipping for a $4 part ).


Ingredients / Re: Passion fruit flavour
« on: October 26, 2011, 12:22:23 PM »
Not sure what was said on the brewing network RE Simcoe,
but I love it combined with equal parts Amarillo.  Have fun.

They said that in some beers, Simcoe has a cat piss character.  It can if used to heavily, but used with other hops it makes a great beer  ( Pliny & Green Flash West Coast IPA come to mind ).

Equipment and Software / Bazzoka in Cooler Style Mash Tun
« on: October 26, 2011, 12:00:35 PM »
Does anyone use this:

in a cooler style mash tun?

If so, is the mess tight enough to filter out grain particles and will it maintain its shape with 12-20 lbs of grain on top of it?


Luke Skywalker: "Is batch sparging better?"

Master Yoda: " Quicker, easier, more seductive - once you start down the batch sparging path, forever will it dominate your destiny"

"I do not fear batch sparging like you do.  I will bring maltiness, bitterness, and body to my new brew empire"

Events / Re: NHC 2012 Hotel
« on: October 25, 2011, 05:04:36 PM »
Thanks Gary.

Events / NHC 2012 Hotel
« on: October 25, 2011, 02:44:38 PM »
Ok...I'll be that guy.

Anyone has an idea, hint, rumor, clue, etc when the hotel room block for NHC 2012 will be released?  I know from the lastest eZymurgy Full Glass article, that NHC registration is 2/1/12, but I thought hotels were released sooner.

I know it seems a long way off, but plans and budgets need to be made soon if I can even consider attending ( hopefully my 1st NHC).

Thanks.  ( and please no RWDWHAHB responses  ;) )

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: eZymurgy
« on: October 25, 2011, 12:43:56 PM »
Thank you, the e version is much appreciated. I do need to mention that the bottom of the pages
are cut off for me in Firefox v7. Anyone else? And, will/are the eissues downloadable?

I found that if I had resized the window, some of the screen did not re-populate.  Maximizing the window and then resizing again seemed to bring everything back.

Hopsdirect has released some of their 2011 crop in pellets on their website today. Among those listed... Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Citra. Get 'em while you can.

Amarillo and Chinook ordered!! 

« on: October 24, 2011, 12:41:07 PM »
Miami was ahead 15 - 0 late in the 4th quarter, and then lose 15 - 18 in overtime.

Suck 4  Luck!  

Bye bye Tony Sparano

Sparano should have gone for 2...oh wait, he already did that  :D

And another thing...San Diego...YOU SUCK!!! 

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