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The Pub / Re: Passsword problems
« on: November 23, 2010, 08:57:23 AM »
I would suggest a rootkit scan.  Some virus and malware scanner won't pick up a rootkit.

If this is a windows systems, you could use this:

Bitdefender also make a rootkit scanner, and I believe the new AVG antivirus software has rootkit scanning ability. 

See if that finds anything.  Good luck.

The Pub / Re: Where are the experts?
« on: November 23, 2010, 06:17:25 AM »

The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: November 22, 2010, 06:57:59 AM »
I taped it.

People still use tape? :)

Got my season pass set on Tivo.  Couldn't watch last night because I was watching the Pats game that I Tivo'd from earlier in the day...too stressed out to watch anything else after that.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Comment on proposed keg cleaning procedure
« on: November 19, 2010, 01:53:39 PM »
First, I'm not sure how affective a cleaner Star San is.  I know on the Brew Strong episode with Five Star they said it would be affective in cleaning inorganic compounds but organic stuff should be cleaned with an alkaline solution, like PBW.  Also, when I kick a keg, I usually have more than just a bit of residual beer in the bottom.  I wouldn't feel like I could get all that stuff up the diptube.

Secondly, it seems like a waste of CO2 to push 5 gallons of sanitizer in then push 5 gallons out the other side when it's just as easy to open the top, dump in your cleaner, and then dump it out.  I do push a little sanitizer out to kill the bugs in the line and diptube but not 5 gallons worth.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beginner's Post, Seeking Vertan's Advice
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:37:59 AM »
BTW who is this "Vertan"? Never seen him/her post before... ::)

Isn't he that robot made up of 5 other robots? Oh wait, that's Voltron :)

Good luck jlowsho with your new obsession!

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:49:10 PM »
I'm going on Thanksgiving night to see Part 1.  Going to be too crazy this weekend to see it.

The Pub / Re: "The Denny Level"
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:23:21 PM »

The Pub / Re: My apartment smells funny
« on: November 18, 2010, 02:21:00 PM »
Soon after he called the land lord who was quick to do nothing. A day or so later a clear liquid began dripping from the ceiling. He called the cops. The fire dept went to the apartment above and broke down the door. Inside they found the tenant dead and decomposing. The clear liquid was from the decomposition process.

Dude!!!!!  That's when I'd say to the landlord, "No that's can just keep all my stuff.  I'm moving out"

You're right about the complex thing.  My eyes used to water somedays from the smells coming from next door.   MMMM...Curry!

The Pub / Re: My apartment smells funny
« on: November 18, 2010, 01:46:58 PM »
Baking soda down the sink every 4 months or so will help with the smell in the drain.

Is it possible some food feel behind something or under the stove?  My brother once had a plate of clams and tripped.  He thought he got them all but one had snuck under the baseboard heater.  The next time the heat came on, the whole place reeked of rotting clams.

I'm lazy ( or pragmatic as Denny would say )'s that for a reason :)

I've done a couple secondaries but don't anymore.  For the styles I do, it doesn't seem to affect anything.  For clarity, I use Whirlfoc in the boil and for the first time did gelatin in the keg.  I did the Lagunitas Brown Shugga clone and after 3 weeks and the intial pints, I can read a book through it.  I've never had a beer that clear before.  

But it all comes down to laziness on my part :)

Equipment and Software / Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« on: November 18, 2010, 06:32:39 AM »
Not to complicate this any more... (well... yes just to complicate this a little more), here's the NB 10 gallon kettle, which goes for $230 (with 1/2" ball valve and thermometer):

Yup...this is the exact one I have.  If you want to save a couple bucks, you could drop the thermometer.  It's nice to have but not a necessity.  Good construction on the kettle, solid, and it has an aluminum layer sandwiched on the bottom between SS for better heat dispersion.  I picked mine up with a 10% off coupon for the 10th anniversary of Brewing TV ( now expired ).  With Black Friday and Christmas coming up, they may have some discounts available.  If you're not in a big rush, wait it out a few weeks ( sorry Jake ) and see what they offer.

Equipment and Software / Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« on: November 17, 2010, 02:25:27 PM »
10 gallon SS kettle with weldless fittings for $25 more

I'm thinking your going to say the last one.

10 Gallon, weldless.

Equipment and Software / Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« on: November 17, 2010, 01:54:56 PM »
I hate to say this but even an 8 gallon pot is a little small, but not undoable.

I had a 7.5 gallon pot to start, filled it to within 1/2 inch from the top and still never ended up with 5 gallons in the fermenter.  I now have the 10 Gallon pot from Northern Brewer and I love brew day is a little less streeful  I got mine with a ball valve and thermometer ( probably didn't need this as much ).  I set all my recipes to have 6 gallons left at the end of boil, 5.5 gallons to the fermenter and 5 gallons to the keg.

NB has a 10 gallon w/ ball valve for $185.

Good luck with your new kettle purchase.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New user Intro
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:40:10 AM »
Welcome from the great state to your North!!!

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 16, 2010, 06:12:19 AM »
Gee, I'm real sorry your mom blew up, Ricky. 

I want my TWO DOLLARS!
He keeps putting his testicles all over me.
Excuse me?
You know, like octopus? Testicles?
Ohhhh. Tentacles. N-T. Big Difference.

Christmas is coming...I hope I get that Reindeer coat and those TV Dinners I asked for :)

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