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Equipment and Software / Re: Bucket opening tool
« on: April 14, 2012, 06:13:31 AM »
I think bigchicken is a little touchie about the "finger lickin good" thing
;D
That saying brings back some crazy memories! I worked at KFC as a teenager. To this day I still can't eat there!
Man....was it gross or something?  Or did you just totally burn yourself out on it?

I'd say it was more burnout than anything. The food prep was extremely strict so the food was fine. I will say that when it was time for cleaning, that was gross! A friend of mine fell into the grease dumpster one night because he had dropped a tool into it. He leaned over the side to try to fish it out, lost his balance and went chest first into it! That stuff was nasty!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bucket opening tool
« on: April 12, 2012, 04:25:36 PM »
I think bigchicken is a little touchie about the "finger lickin good" thing
;D
That saying brings back some crazy memories! I worked at KFC as a teenager. To this day I still can't eat there!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bucket opening tool
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:53:32 AM »
I use one like the black one. It's better than using my fingers,  but still a pain.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blow off
« on: April 05, 2012, 10:37:02 AM »
Just a thought,  but were the beers that blew all using the same hop? I had a horrible blowoff with a 5 gallon AG batch fermented in a 6 gallon better bottle. It was a 1.055 blonde with 1 ounce of pallisade hops and US-05 yeast. I held the fermentation at 64 degrees. To date, its the only blowoff I've had.

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Ingredients / Re: White Table Sugar
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:21:23 AM »
I've used table sugar and I've used corn sugar with no noticeable differences in the finished product. But I swear I read once that white table sugar created headache inducing alcohol and corn sugar does not. Is there any truth to that?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Specific gravity issue...Dump or Keep?
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:03:30 AM »
Did you add water before putting the wort into the fermentor too? That was enough grain for a 5 gallon batch. If you did top off the fermentor, my guess is you didn't get the sugars out of the grain. You should be able to add enough water to the grains through your sparging that no top off water is required in the boil kettle or the fermentor.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:29:20 AM »
Last summer my homebrew stock was up to 300+ bottles and I felt pretty comfortable. Now I'm down under 60 and am in a panic. I had to buy a couple cases of crappy beer just to take the tightness out of my chest!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is your perfect spring beer?
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:57:42 AM »
I agree with the others that a Pale Ale is a good choice. I also have to throw in an American Honey Wheat as my top choice. Make it a little higher than session strength at 6-6.5% abv.

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All Things Food / Re: anybody have a weber?
« on: March 11, 2012, 02:09:30 PM »
You get what you pay for on grills. I bought a Weber Summit 3 years ago for my wife. Huge grill with a rotis. kit, searing zone, and side burner. It cost a fortune $1800+ but we love it. Mostly stainless and has a 10 to 20 year warranty depending on the part. Way more than I ever wanted to pay, but we used up 2 other $500 grills in less than 10 years. We looked at the Genesis and nearly went that route. Weber has a good network of dealers if you ever need parts or warranty work.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 11, 2012, 09:52:34 AM »
If you were really doing something illegal, would you be doing it outside?

most of the time 8)

Before I started brewing, I had a neighbor that was super friendly and seemingly a good parent. I thought it a bit suspicious that he had so many late evening visitors, but I was trusting. I always thought it odd that I could smell a bleach like smell outside. After living next to him for 3 years, the cops paid him a visit one day. They hauled him off for making and selling meth. He'd been hiding his "hobby" in broad daylight for years, apparently making it in his garage. People get comfortable doing their thing, whether legal or not.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Exploding fermenters!
« on: March 10, 2012, 02:38:47 PM »
Thanks for posting this. I just bought that brand of airlock. Sure enough, it has the filter end. You may have saved me from a similar fate.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Finnegans Blonde
« on: March 04, 2012, 08:27:13 AM »
Try emailing the company to compliment them on their beer. Let them know you're a homebrewer and you'd like to try to make the beer. See if they'll give you a hint or two. I did this with Lakefront and they emailed me their Pumpkin Lager recipe.  I had to scale it down to 5 gallons, but I was surprised with the amount of detail they provided me.

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I'm not a huge fan of Tripels, but this one works for me. It is 8.5% ABV, but in no way seems like it. I found it really tough to sip. The only annoying thing is Tallgrass sells their beers in 4 packs of 16 oz cans now days. I miss their old 6 packs of bottles.

If anyone has tried this one, please tell me how you think it compares to other beers of this style. I'm always for trying a style till I find a few I like.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Software?
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:56:15 PM »
I'm very happy with Beersmith 2. Great support and lots of free add ons for different and new grains and hops.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: That extract "twang"
« on: February 18, 2012, 05:57:51 AM »
I do not notice a "twang" using LME, but a bit of unfermentable sweetness from using old LME. If your ingredients are fresh there does not seem to be a noticeable difference from an all grain beer.

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