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Equipment and Software / Re: Reliability issue with Chest Freezer/Keezer
« on: August 27, 2012, 07:53:59 AM »
I would think being outside the coils would get pretty dirty.  If they are dirty, the compressor has to work harder to keep it cool and with the high heat it may be enough to cause it to crap out faster.  Another possibility was that the freezer was moved and then plugged in before the oil/coolant settled back. There could have been damage to the compressor.

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The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:36:52 AM »
The wonder wash machine is interesting.   Good luck with the purchase. The house projects never end.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Roggenbier yeast alternative
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:30:13 AM »
Really? Thats interesting. What temp did you ferment at? I've found that the strain more close to 001 than a hefe yeast. But I fermented at 62.

Good question.   It was about 4 years ago and I didnt use temp control then, but would write down the air temp of where it fermented on some batches. I would guess upper 60s/lower 70s.  The hefe flavors were there, but very subtle. It was definitely not like a German hefe. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Roggenbier yeast alternative
« on: August 23, 2012, 06:39:51 AM »
What about using White labs American HEfe WLP320? This strain has muted hefe flavors and I would imagine that you could control that with temp to make it even more subtle.   I used it in an American Hefe and the hefe flavors were subtle. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: composting spent grain
« on: August 23, 2012, 06:13:16 AM »
Its imperative that you avoid letting the mass of grain go septic (anaerobic).  The smell is horrendous! 

Absolutely.  The best way of doing this is to add in a lot of carbon(brown material) like paper or wood and to make sure the pile is well mixed so there are no pockets of anaerobic activity. I use free woods chips from our county.  Spent grain has a lot of moisture in it already so this is even more important to mix well and add carbon. Vegetables scraps, Coffee, Grass clippings, and green leaves/plant cuttings  are green material. The more you have of them in the compost pile the more carbon you have to add to the spent grain.  If you have a compost pile already, cover the grain with composted soil after mixing in the carbon.  Covering the spent grain will help keep the smell down and unwanted pests like mice and rats away.  I live in an urban area and our yard is small, so I have to pay attention to our compost pile or our neighbors will complain.  I think the most I put in my compost bin in a week was 40 to 50 lbs without problems.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:11:22 AM »
Doin' Time-Sublime

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Beer Travel / Re: Tips for a family trip to the Jersey Shore
« on: August 16, 2012, 07:18:24 AM »
Like rbclay said, Oc is dry so I would definitely stock up on the way.  I was in OC last year and there was a store outside that had some craft beer but it was overpriced.  I dont remember the selections but it was the closest place to get beer and I was glad that they had something not BMC.  You should be able to find a Joe Canals liquor store on the way. They usually have a decent selection.  Or a Buy-Rite, but I don’t know if they are in Southern New Jersey. I know the Buy-Rites by me have a good selection and will fill up growlers.  If you have a two year old, I'm sure you will be stopping. and if your 2 year old is like mine, he/she will need to use one of the dirtiest bathroom. I would imagine a liqour store one would count.

Here are some that I can think of off the top of my head, not necessarily must have, but some good beer. I'm sure I forgot some and you may have had them already. I dont really know distribution.
Riverhorse
Stoudts
Flying Fish
Ramstein
Boaks
You probably have had.
Troegs
Victory
Weyerbacher

There also have been some newer breweries that have popped up recently, but I haven’t gotten to try them yet so I can't vouch for their beer but who doesn't like brewery tours.
Tuckahoe brewery and Cape May brewery are probably about .5 hour from OC

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The Pub / Re: Backcountry beer
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:03:21 AM »
It's funny, I thought the point of backpacking was to spend an ungodly amount of money on ultralight equipment so you can carry more unnecessary s*** that you should have left at home. At least that's how someone I know thinks of it.

I would be interested in seeing this.  Until its like one of those space age food pills where all you have to add is a drop of water and a carbonated pint of beer is produced, I don't think I would buy one.

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The Pub / Re: Spider in living in woman's ear canal! Fun pet story!!
« on: August 10, 2012, 12:01:30 PM »
Great, as if wondering if they are going to crawl in my mouth while I'm sleeping wasnt enough.

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The Pub / Re: More craft breweries now than in 1890
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:55:38 AM »
Also breweries were consolidating before prohibition as breweries failed due to the public's change in taste for beer.    Prohibition eliminated (or severely damaged) the breweries that could not survive off investments or ones that could not sell other products like near beer, yeast, malt extracts, soda, etc.  Bigger breweries had a better chance to adapt to survive, and the ones that did had a huge advantage when prohibition ended.

Before prohibition, most breweries distributed their beer locally or through saloons. Saloons became one of the main targets of prohibition. Anheuser-Busch was the company that specially designed refrigerated box cars to transport their beer all over the country.    The big brewers were able to take advantage of improved packaging(better bottles and canned beer) and refrigerated box cars to dominate the beer industry. You can really blame prohibition and refrigeration/improved packaging equally for destroying the number of small breweries.

Ambitious Brew was a pretty good book, but a little too pro big-brewers. 

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The Pub / Re: More craft breweries now than in 1890
« on: August 08, 2012, 09:16:21 AM »
I would have liked to taste that. Trapp Family Lodge is doing some really nice traditional german beers with local ingredients. amazing place to sit on the deck and drink a beer to, overlooking the mad river valley.
I remember going there as a kid to go skiiing and it really was amazing.  Last year at the brewers fest they had a "Session Rauchbier" that I thought was really good. They werent going to bring it, but changed their minds and I'm glad they did.  Would love to go there now. 

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The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: August 08, 2012, 07:29:59 AM »
I just got to see Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds". The dude's a genius. I will have to watch this several more times to soak up all the little bits!

I love alternative history fiction, and Quentin Tarantino movies.  I agree, this is an awesome movie!

The acting is as good as it gets in this one.
I was surprised how good this movie was.  I love Tarantino's movies...well except Jackie Brown, based off Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard whose books seem like they would be an ideal fit to be directed by Tarantino, was a disappointment to me....and I was still surprised how good this movie was.

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The Pub / Re: More craft breweries now than in 1890
« on: August 08, 2012, 07:29:16 AM »
I agree about Magic Hat being supremely disappointing. Their "Not quite pale ale" was so fantastically disappointing. It was like a bad imitation of Pyramid's apricot ale. I believe any beer with fruit extract added to it should clearly state so on the bottle.

I used to be a fan of Magic Hat a long time ago, but it seems like their quality has gone down. I know they were bought not that long ago, but IMO the quality wasn't that good before they were bought.   Didn't they buy Pyramid or are owned by the same owner? They did brew a colaboration beer, a Gose, for the Vermont Beer fest with Trapps lodge that was really good.

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The Pub / Re: How to introduce a girl to brewing...
« on: August 08, 2012, 07:05:42 AM »
And then give her a vacuum for her birthday...
Right after I read this, I was in the breakroom and one of my coworkers was saying that her husband bought her a vacuum for her birthday.  I almost laughed out loud...she was really happy....to each his/her own.

I think the important thing here, and what I suspect will make the biggest impression on her is that you are sharing something important about yourself. Not saying you should brew something crazy that she will almost certainly not like, just that what you choose to brew with her is not as important as asking her to brew with you. opening up and allowing her to see a real aspect of who you are is going to win her over way more than what style beer you choose.

and +1 to euge, feed her, feed her with wonderful beautiful food that you crafted with the same care and love that you craft your beer with and she will be impressed.

Nicely put and totally agree.  I think its great if there is interest in brewing together.  My wife loves that I brew and loves my beer, but we kind of clash while cooking and brewing. Branching out into different beers may take a while.  For a while my wife only drank hoppy beers, then she started liking other beers and is only recently liking unusual ones.  She still isnt liking my no pants thing, but it is something she has become used to by now.  An English Brown is a good choice. Thats one of the non hoppy ones I made that she tried and liked.   I brewed a Southern Englsih Brown because I wanted to focus more on the malt/fruit than the malt/nut flavors.

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Or you could just have kids and then you end up with dozens of the things  ;)
This actually made me laugh out loud. After over 6 months of ear infections with our daughter, we had a small drawer full of these. They do work great for measuring small amounts of liquids.

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