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The Pub / Re: I have a fever
« on: April 15, 2012, 09:35:57 PM »
now, would you mind if i asked you a few questions about being a centaur?

All Grain Brewing / on a whim
« on: April 07, 2012, 10:36:21 PM »
i bought a kit at whole foods yesterday.  i saw it and though it might be fun to try a mini batch of all grain.  i figured at the least, it'll be a great way to ramp up some yeast for another batch.

i got it home and discovered there were no instructions, though having been brewing partial and full boil extract batches for a few years, i felt very comfortable knowing how to jump in.  i've also been reading tremendous amounts of info for my jump to all grain as soon as my tv work season wraps up in the next few weeks.

anyway, to my question.  i went online to discover the directions instruct one to make a very thick mash. the "consistency of oatmeal." this is for a simple 1 gallon batch of brown ale.  i'm pretty sure oatmeal thickness isn't ideal. i have run numbers for both miab and batch sparging and am determined that either is a better route. 

so my question: when would one ever need or want an oatmeal consistency for a mash?

i'm pretty sure it's a mass marketed kit, but still picked it up on a whimsical note.

cheers and happy almost zombie day everyone! 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: belgian ales
« on: March 30, 2012, 10:28:03 PM »
yes, it all helps, immensely. 

i know it's a brand new world.  i look forward to exploring! 

thank you.  really. 

i have learned way more here than i can possibly imagine. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / belgian ales
« on: March 30, 2012, 09:46:05 PM »
i love ales. 

hell, i love american ales to the end.  i live on the west coast and drink maybe too many west coast delights, of all varieties.

i usually don't care for the yeasty or fruity flavors/notes of their beers.  however, in an effort to expand my palate, i tried the chimays recently.  i really love the blue/grande reserve best.

can you please point me in the direction of more of the malty/sweetish belgians out there?

also, just in case i get bold, maybe point me in the direction of the yeast(s) used for this style of malty goodness. 

what can i say? i like what i like; but i love learning more about beers. 

isn't that part of why we are all here?  to learn?

thanks in advance.

i'll be brewing another wheat porter on sunday and am planning for a centennial/amarillo apa on tuesday.

The Pub / Re: Thanks Earl
« on: March 29, 2012, 03:45:23 PM »
saw him shred his banjo last fall in la. one of the best shows I've ever seen. he had a huge grin on his face from beginning to end.

The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:28:08 PM »
no time clock.
only sport where defense has control of the ball.
90' is a perfect distance(89' more base runners, 91' more throw outs).

i love this sport. even more so since i got the MLB internet radio package a few years ago.  any game, any place with real baseball announcers, not dry tv guys like buck and mccarver.

and, it means spring and long days of sunlight!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Would you pay this much?
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:17:22 PM »
i don't love most belgians but if i could get some i'd buy it for the cause.  why not?  only live once.  and i'd have a couple new glasses!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Supplier...Stir plate...Erlenmeyer flask
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:08:37 PM »
i got my 2000 ml flask from more

i got my 6000 ml flask from some lab equipment place on the inter webs.

and i got my stir plate from and it rocks.

i could have probably made one but it was just easier(for me) to buy one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Doomsday yeast vault?
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:34:37 PM »
i think i'd much rather have already brewed beer stored away.

it will be an amazing item to have on hand once regular currency is totally devalued and a total bartering system is reinstated.  people will need beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On This Day in 1989...
« on: March 18, 2012, 02:15:29 AM »
probably august 15 or 16 2009.

my ex-girlfriend took me to a learn to brew class and bought me starter stuff the week before, august 6 2009.

a wheat porter from the brew shop.  it wasn't bad.

i still tweak the recipe a couple times a year.  i've totally changed yeast strains.

i'm going all grain in a few weeks!

Yeast and Fermentation / st patrick's day
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:21:03 PM »
i wasn't quite sure where to put this but the article mentions Saccharomyces cerevisiae so i thought i'd try it here.  please move it where ever it should be, if need be...

anyway, enjoy a good day of merriment(safely) and may your sunday morning irish flu be but a touch.


ryan patrick lynch

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain brew
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:15:00 AM »
I did my first AG last month and made a very simple spreadsheet combining notes from Denny's site and Palmer's book.  It's pretty straightforward with just a handful of inputs (mash temp, grain bill, etc...) and I ended up hitting the calculated numbers just about spot on. I'll be more than glad to pass it along if you'd like. 

If you could email that to me that would be awesome. Thank you kindly

melferburque at

+1 for me too please, if its not too much trouble.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:17:23 AM »
"f*ck it dude, let's go bowling."

All Grain Brewing / Re: A BIAB Brew day with lots of pictures
« on: March 10, 2012, 09:57:58 AM »
hey tk, how are you calculating you're total needed water?

i've read a couple different things and thought i'd ask.


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