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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Member Surveys
« on: May 06, 2010, 08:45:47 AM »
Wow, over 2000 responses so far since the survey email went out around 3PM yesterday!

If you give out free stuff, they will come.

Both surveys filled out.  I wish there was a section to put in comments like what a wonderful job the AHA is doing  ;)  ;)

The Pub / Re: Well, Stephen Hawking, if they do visit....
« on: May 04, 2010, 12:14:29 PM »

Supposedly time travel will be limited to between the time of the invention of the time machine to any point in the future there after. As in, you could only travel as far back in the past as the invention of the original time machine...

According to Quantum Leap, you can only travel back as far as your lifetime. 

Why is it when people wonder where the aliens are going to land, they always assume they will land in the US?  Maybe they'd prefer a Czech Pils as opposed to a West Coast IPA. :)

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer for Fermentation
« on: April 30, 2010, 12:36:36 PM »
My chest freezer is only 5 cu ft so it only holds 1 carboy at a time.  I have a 2-stage Ranco controller and a Fermwrap to control the heat.  I taped the fermwrap to the side of the freezer and the temp probe get place on the outside of the carboy and covered with bubblewrap.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Are First Round Results Posted?
« on: April 29, 2010, 07:58:31 AM »
Just out of curiosity:  Why would there only have been 636 entries in the East Region when the cap of 750 was hit?

The Northeast capped out at 750, not the East.

Equipment and Software / Re: Glass or plastic?
« on: April 28, 2010, 01:31:53 PM »
Richardt...I do the same as you. Soak it in Oxiclean ( and I usually forget about it for a couple days ), but I never use a brush on it.  I usually just dump the oxiclean water and rinse several times with hot tap water and it comes out nice and clean.

Regarding the flexibilty of the BB when fermenting something and using an airlock.  If you try to pick it up, it will probably suck back the stuff you have in the airlock.  I put mine in a milk crate so I can pick it up without the sucking action.

Equipment and Software / Re: Glass or plastic?
« on: April 28, 2010, 12:58:56 PM »
Don't forget plastic carboys ( Better Bottles ).  This is all I use.  I don't do Lagers yet, so I really don't need to worry about long term storage issues.  The orange carboy caps fit on the 6 gallon bottles perfectly and can be used with a blow off tube ( 1/2" ID tubing on the big port ) or an airlock.   The only disadvantage is they are only 6 gallons, so there's not a lot of headspace when you fill them up ( I try to fill mine to 5.5 gallons so I get 5 in the keg ), but that's when I use the blowoff tube and then switch to airlock when fermentation slows.

I figure when I do lagers, I use the BB, then lager in a keg.

I would like to see some agreement with the shipping companies ( Fedex, UPS ) the relax the restrictions on shipping beer for competitions.  Also, maybe a deal could be struck with them for contracted shipping rates at a discount. 

Questions about the forum? / Re: Deleting my own posts
« on: April 23, 2010, 12:20:53 PM » works.

The Pub / Re: Brew Music
« on: April 23, 2010, 11:42:59 AM »
Since a lot of us drink when we brew, I think this previous thread probably applies as well.

I usually listen to brewing podcasts when I brew.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Deleting my own posts
« on: April 23, 2010, 09:52:14 AM »
Maybe it just shows up for me because I'm a mod, but in the upper right hand corner of a post I see a red "X" that says remove.  Do you see that?

I think it's because you are a mod.  The solution...make us all moderators  ;D

The Pub / Re: Quick Demographics Question
« on: April 23, 2010, 08:14:26 AM »
Someone just put this up on Beer Advocate:

Official launch of the 2010 Homebrewer Census

Not sure if they will get 750k responses though.

Questions about the forum? / Re: I don't exist?
« on: April 22, 2010, 12:10:36 PM »
Thought that one sounded like a PIBCAK error!   ;D

or the id10t error  ;)

Ain't 'puters fun?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: is it too late to plant hops?
« on: April 22, 2010, 08:12:22 AM »
Where are you located?  I'm in New England and don't plant on putting my hops in the ground until after Mother's Day.  I think I put some in last year at the end of April and the suckers had popped back up this year.  

The Pub / Re: Its 4/22
« on: April 22, 2010, 06:49:26 AM »
Today is my 15th Wedding Anniversary.   Better remember the date :)

The faucets won't support the threaded couplers, like the kind you get with the bottle jet washers?

If not, maybe you could put water in the tub and circulate it through the wort chiller with an aquarium pump.

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