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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is -20 too cold to brew?
« on: January 06, 2014, 05:05:15 PM »
Smaller batches and stove in kitchen for me when it's cold. More of a pain to do clean up inside, but gotta keep the pipeline full.
Outside when it's cold is just not enjoyable. Sitting in a chair sipping a beer and contemplating the zen of brewing while you wait for your mash or boil is half the fun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bo-pils frustration (saaz problem??)
« on: December 30, 2013, 10:52:46 AM »
Probably not the answer for you, but I have experienced the same disappointment in my 2013 Pilsners.
I order all my years hops in advance and usually from the same supplier. A previously multiple 1st place
German Pils recipe has been most unsatisfactory this year. Brewing my last batch, I was out of the repacked
smaller amts. and went back to the original bag. It was US Saaz not the imported which I have always used in the past. A little brain fade when I ordered I guess, and I just never caught it.

I'll go straight to the fermenter if the wort temp allows yeast pitching. In the warmer months,  sometimes I have to recirculate, then once the wort temp is down between 80-90F I will add an immersion chiller in a bucket of ice to the water hose going into the plate chiller to get the temp down enough for pitching. This is most often necessary if I'm doing a lager and want a pretty low pitching temp.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Links on AHA Page Broken
« on: December 26, 2013, 07:57:14 PM »
Buggy ever since the new layout. Lots of errors loading pages, broken links and wrong ID on log in.

All Things Food / Re: Christmas Dinner
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:17:02 AM »
That was on our menu today too. You can never go wrong with a beautifully cooked prime rib roast. Now to pay off the mortgage. ;)

The Pub / Re: Merry Kegmas!
« on: December 24, 2013, 09:08:12 PM »
Here's to all my mentors, problem solvers and mirthmakers on the forum.

woah, hope this really is the Alewyfe. 
The use of the word mirthmaker makes me think it is
but that new user name and the Bruce Willis deal is freaking me out.

Best wishes to all you brewers for the Holiday season!
May all your kegs be usable and not stacked in the hall!!

Hey think it's freakin YOU out. Now I'm someone else again with the Bruce Willis Quote. Weirdly, it's the very first post from whom ever that person is.....YIKES.
I don't know what's going on with the forum log in, but I hope they get it fixed. If I'm not myself anymore
my husband is going to be really pissed. Wonder if my old wardrobe still fits??????

Made me chuckle, Alewyfe.  Very clever, in an accidental way.

No Jeffy, it was quite on purpose. I don't know WHO they are, but they're out there and they're nemesismessinwithis. Cheers!

The Pub / Re: Merry Kegmas!
« on: December 24, 2013, 08:06:49 PM »
OMG...I'm feeling like myself again. That was most out of forum body experience.
I gotta go refill my glass................

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Faster Carbonation Idea
« on: December 20, 2013, 05:33:03 PM »
What about laying the keg on it's side to expose more surface area to the CO2?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:24:25 AM »
The chemists here will have more info I'm sure, but from my canning experience, killing unwanted mircro-organisms is a function of time+temp+pH.

I'm thinking you can stay well under the boiling point of alcohol and do this much more safely by reducing the temp of your water bath and extending the time. I would leave one taller (above water line) bottle uncapped and check temp in it to make sure content temps were high enough. The capped bottles are going to be under pressure so their temps will be higher than the uncapped one.
I'd think it's worth a try, and the lower temps are less likely to impart a cooked taste to your product.
Here's a USDA paper on pasteurization:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: English Pale Ale with Citra
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:01:34 AM »
Had a NW adapted english bitter yesterday on cask at Falling Sky in Eugene. The cask was dry hopped with centennial and us goldings and it was wonderful. There was a note of citrus along with lots of floral flavors and it worked very well indeed IMO.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 18, 2013, 11:22:43 AM »
I found pictures of the rig I was talking about with the boiling kettle hoist.
Also found a pic of my first gravity fed system :)

Safety First!
Oh Goodness! I don't feel so McGiverish now.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio - David Scheil
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:06:49 PM »
Thanks David. Not likely I'll visit though. I've retired now and moved from Minnesota to heaven out here in Oregon.

Glad to hear there's a good beer scene there though as I've left many thirsty friends behind who still probably attend the UNI conferences.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio - David Scheil
« on: December 15, 2013, 02:55:50 PM »
Used to visit Cedar Falls every year for continuing ed. at UNI. Was always happy to find a few decent beers
there on tap at various establishments. Also, started brewing about the same time you did.

Lot's of nice folks in the part of the country. Enjoyed my trips there.

Welcome to the forum. Look forward to seeing you post.

The Pub / Re: Getting old
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:12:25 AM »
It's the drug ads that amaze.  They all list why you should be on this or that for 10 seconds and then 50 seconds on side effects and outcomes that could be life threatening.  The worst one I've seen is the testosterone replacement ad that talks about doing all the things young men can do but then says don't let members of the opposite sex come in contact with treated areas.  Isn't contact with the opposite sex the primary driver for taking the drug in most men's minds?  Do these adds really work?

My son had to write a commercial in some class in grade school and he added a list similar to this at the end of his add.

"Do not use if you are/have ever been/ever plan to be/know anyone who ever has been/is/plans to get pregnant.
Do not use is you currently process oxygen.  Do not use while driving or have ever smelled exhaust from a 2 or 4 stroke engine, have touched or ever think you will have to touch any petroleum derived product.

It went on and on.  The teacher thought it was hysterical.

Ah, perhaps there is hope for the future after all.

The Pub / Re: Getting old
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:07:16 AM »
My favorite shows used to have commercials for Tonka trucks. Then they had commercials for beer, condoms, and rock albums. Now they have commercials for hip replacement law suits. How on earth does my TV know what I need?

What about Viagra and Cialis? 
I've privately polled the rest of the responders on this thread Denny, and they are not getting any ads for Cialis or Viagra. Sooo, what's up?

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