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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cleaning bottles
« on: March 04, 2015, 06:17:46 PM »
Why bother removing labels? I used to spend all that time removing labels and just decided to go and buy stickers from office supply store. Print out some information on it like name (or what your brewery would be called :) ) and brew then past over the top of the commercial label.
The only time I remove labels now is if for some reason I have to soak a bottle because it will not clean up from a hot pressure rinse.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Yellow Profile Blocks
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:58:55 AM »

Or it could be a flatulence meter.    ;)

In that case, I fear for the people that have red blocks. Does that mean they are ready to explode?   :o

Questions about the forum? / Re: Yellow Profile Blocks
« on: March 02, 2015, 07:10:02 PM »
Yes. Those

Questions about the forum? / Yellow Profile Blocks
« on: March 02, 2015, 06:25:50 PM »
I noticed on the left side every post has the user name and a set of yellow blocks. I thought the blocks related to the number of posts until recently. I see some that have less then 100 posts that have two or three blocks and others that have more than 3000 posts that only have one.
What do the yellow blocks represent?

I'm no lawyer. But from the PDF linked how do they reconcile the last section to that police statement? It says:

§25.206 Removal of beer.

Beer made under §25.205 may be removed from the premises where made for personal or family use
including use at organized affairs, exhibitions or competitions such as homemaker's contests, tastings or judging.
Beer removed under this section may not be sold or offered for sale.

The Pub / Re: Doctors Orders. Now what?
« on: February 28, 2015, 05:27:04 PM »
Macbrews and erochrph,

Believe me I am taking this very serious. I lost my father to pancreatic cancer a few years ago. If I wasn't I would not have posted the original question.
All my CT and MRI tests did not show any stones or anything. So at least I have that going for me.
But it does suck that the one thing they know can cause an issue is something I like a lot.
Alcoholism is not my issue. I have always been a light (weight) drinker. So no worries there.

I guess my friends will benefit the most out of this. They are going to be getting a lot more stuff to drink. :)

The Pub / Re: Doctors Orders. Now what?
« on: February 28, 2015, 01:57:49 AM »
OK. So I guess I was a little overly cautious about posting medical info on line. But we are all friend here.
This all is about me having two bouts of pancreatitis about 9 months apart. It was no fun. Down and out for 5 days. Think the flu without the projectile from both ends but three times the pain. After too many blood draws, CT scans and MRIs, all 4 Dr.s have no clue as to what is causing it.
GI Dr says no alcohol to see if it returns to rule out that as a problem. I tried to assure him that I am a light to moderate drinker (true) and the week before this last one I had only two drinks over a 6 day trip. But he was not swayed.
So that is my story. I have started sampling Kombucha and hope to have a starter culture in a few week.

The Pub / Re: Doctors Orders. Now what?
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:07:08 PM »
Have you thought of getting into Kombucha, Kefir or some other fermented beverage? That may be a way to scratch the itch without consuming alcohol (or at least minimal, Kombucha is usually in the sub-1% range). Or maybe some other kitchen-related hobby like cheese or breadmaking? When I can't brew, I still get the itch to create.

Is this permanent or temporary? If it's just short term, maybe brew some beers that need long aging like sours, barleywines, etc.

I have not thought about Kombucha. Will have to look into it. Was thinking about doing a barleywine. Don't like sours so that is off the list.

More tests are being done. I hope it is only temporary. But until they can say for sure what is causing my issue Dr thinks it is best to not drink.

Thanks for the input.

The Pub / Doctors Orders. Now what?
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:55:24 AM »
Got some very unhappy news today. Doctor wants me to abstain from alcohol use. I KNOW! I haven't had any for the last month (OK, almost none) and he again confirmed the request.
I don't want to get into the whole medical reason here on line. So please don't ask.
I plan to continue brewing. The tasting part of it will need to be practiced as I have never spit out beer before. I am not sure I can. But I will see how it goes until the orders are changed.

Just curious, does anyone else taste but not drink?

Hop Growing / Re: Potted Hops and Freezing Temperatures...
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:38:25 AM »
I wish I could remember the source on this but I remember reading that some need to have freezing temperatures over winter. Others just have to be cold.
I have mine in half wine barrels in my back yard. All I do is  add a nice layer of compost over top in the fall after I cut them back. I am sure they froze solid a couple of years back. No problem.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs...Used kegs>>>Sales
« on: February 15, 2015, 12:36:50 AM »
Its getting to the point that I am ready to switch over to Sanke kegs.  You can get the 7.75 gallon for around 100 bucks.....  So it will only take two kegs to keg 15 gallons of beer vs. three corny kegs.  I could sell my three used corny kegs and buy two new sanke kegs! Very tempting....
I'm not familiar with sanke connectors (I know what they are just haven't used them) but I am wondering how hard it would be to turn that into a fermentor? Remove the connector and you have a ss 7.5 gal container.

The Pub / Re: Red Bull Disputing Old Ox Brewery
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:40:46 PM »
Me thinks the lawyers have consumed too much of their clients product.
One more reason not to drink this junk in a can.

when on your morning walk you look into the recycle buckets for usable bottle. And run home to get shopping bags to collect the 20 or so perfect bottles that someone just put out yelling as you enter the house, SCORE!!

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 14, 2015, 05:09:12 PM »
I t has been touched on by a couple of people but I think Seattle and Portland are a good bet. You say baseball so I would suggest you start in Seattle for a Mariners game. I would think flights in should be close to what you LAX is. Lots of food and fun in the city.
Then drive to Portland (only 3.5 hours drive through some great county). Lots of food and beer. Good public transportation. During the spring/summer there are beer festivals every weekend (or most weekends anyway) and the last full weekend of July is the Oregon Brewers Festival I have meet people from many countries that come just for that and stay for everything else.
What ever you decide, have a great time.  :D

The Pub / Newly unemployed and want to brew
« on: January 05, 2015, 11:48:03 PM »
So I am out of a job. Layoff notice was unexpected. But I have a severance to keep me going for a little bit.

But I was thinking that now that I have some days open I would like to "work" in a brewery. Not full time mind you, just to get a feel for it. I would be able to learn some stuff that would support my home brewing knowledge.

I will have to get a "real" job that will pay the bills and I know a rookie won't make but maybe minimum wage. And that will not pay the mortgage or the utilities for that matter.

So for all you pros out there, how should I approach this? Just walk into a place and say put me to work for one or two weeks? What you you say if I came up to you and asked you that?

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