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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Using "Twist-off" beer bottles
« on: December 23, 2010, 12:42:33 PM »
I used to use leftover Shipyard bottles, which have the threads on them.  some would seal, some wouldn't.  Figured it wasn't worth the bother so I recycled them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Micro VS Home, Lager VS Ale
« on: December 23, 2010, 10:06:58 AM »
Gordon Biersch majors on lagers in their Brewpubs.  I haven't been to one yet, though.  Are they good?  Do you think they're true lagers? or faux's?

After hearing Dan Gordon on The Brewing Network, I would bet they are true lagers.  I am still waiting to try my first GB as well.

Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: December 22, 2010, 12:02:48 PM »

Thanks Drew!

Was wondering why the RSS feed kept reloading.

The Pub / Re: If You Could Meet Anybody, Whom Would It Be?
« on: December 22, 2010, 06:24:10 AM »

The Pub / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
« on: December 21, 2010, 12:09:11 PM »
The clouds blew in too so I didn't get to see the whole thing. Pretty cool though. Once in a lifetime.

Just think, the next time this happens in 350 years or whenever they will be saying, "This type of event hasn't happened since the time of internal combustion engines, and computers were operated with a mouse and other words, the Dark Ages."

edit: So I guess the next eclipse during Northern Winter Solstice will be in 2094.   Maybe by then InBev will be owned by a collaboration of craft brewers.

The Pub / Re: Avatar change
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:59:05 AM »
If you are using IE8, it doesn't support images created with CMYK color profiles.  IE9 is supposed to fix this.

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.

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