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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy Disaster
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:52:28 AM »
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Equipment and Software / Re: Weird Gas Post
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:34:29 PM »
Got a couple like that.  Cleaned as usual, been using for 20 yrs. no problems.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 08, 2014, 05:58:21 PM »
Beautiful balance makes a beer eminently enjoyable. My favorite place to drink has about 11-12 rotating taps. 10-11 of them range from 3.2% to under 6%. Mountains of malty flavor and plenty of hop aroma and flavor and very, very balanced beers. There's usually one bigger one with massive IBU's for the "Xtreme tasters" out there, but the bulk of their offerings are brewed for those who want to savor the flavor and appreciate all that a well crafted beer has to offer. Good Food is also important in this establishment, and the hops bombs don't play well with many foods.

Ingredients / Re: making Torrified Wheat?
« on: February 08, 2014, 05:26:11 PM »
Torrified wheat is not malted. It is made from unmalted wheat berries. They are just heated. I saw a Youtube of a guy who did his in a popcorn popper. Heated until brown and aromatic, but not popped

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:11:10 AM »
Just got one.  They work very well. I purchased mine after using a friends. Good bye grubby little hop bags.
I special ordered a 6x16 with the center or side hanger option. Had it within 3 days. Great customer service from Arbor Fabricating in Ann Arbor, Mi.

All Things Food / Re: Beer braised pot roast
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:48:51 PM »
Stouts work well, like Guiness. Any beer really, but nothing over the top hoppy as the long cook evaporates the liquid and the hops concentration can get too bitter. The secret to a good braised dish is to brown the meat really well to start and don't skimp on the onions.

Going Pro / Re: Pros (or wannabes) - Propane or NG
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:38:13 PM »
Where I am I have no choice but to use propane, so it's a moot point. However, NG provides just over 1m btu's per cu. ft for approx. $.01 and propane around 2500 btu at around $.03 cents. Prices vary a lot by time of year
and region of country.  Both sort of track up and down with crude prices. NG is lot cleaner burning than propane.

Propane pricing is not controlled. Propane cos like to lease you a tank, you are then a captive customer and they bind you to a contract or price gouge you. We made the mistake of leasing a tank when we first moved rural, but quickly learned the game, purchased our own tank, convinced the neighbors to do likewise and now collectively bargain for the best rates. We actually get better rates by having an independent Eugene distributor (who is 60 miles away) supply us than large companies in our own town. And I'm talking dollars per gallon cost differential, not pennies. We were mad as hell when we first discovered this.

Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:02:16 PM »
We've got Umpqua Valley Truant Amber, Timothy Taylors Tenant Bitter and Bare in Public Razor V IPA.

The Pub / Re: Be glad....
« on: February 03, 2014, 07:25:19 PM »
Perfect...I have a friend that soooooo needs that today.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How long to leave stir plate on
« on: February 01, 2014, 03:52:21 PM »
I let it spin until the solution turns really milky looking. I have some stored yeast and outdated packages that took their sweet time to get to that point. Up to 3-4 days in 5-800ml of starter wort. I also always taste the decanted beer after cooling to make sure that the extended time period has not allowed any unwanted yeast or bacteria to propagate.

The Pub / Re: This is where...
« on: January 31, 2014, 06:24:18 PM »
As they say....hasn't God been good to Oregon. We've got a beautiful coastline....and we've got you!
Spoil yourself and the missus. Congratulation on 34 years. Your wife must be a lot like my husband. Very longsuffering ;)

Indeed, Diane!  How she's stayed married to me I'll never understand.

I think it's in your smile the fact that you're sweet, kind, patient, delightfully good natured and have a kind of chemical/animal magnetism.

The Pub / Re: This is where...
« on: January 31, 2014, 05:45:20 PM »
As they say....hasn't God been good to Oregon. We've got a beautiful coastline....and we've got you!
Spoil yourself and the missus. Congratulation on 34 years. Your wife must be a lot like my husband. Very longsuffering ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Whirlpool Rest
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:49:16 PM »
Nicely done Jim. Good pictorial.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:08:57 AM »
Bloody show off! Very pretty though, I must say.

The Pub / Re: RIP Pete Seeger
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:38:58 PM »
Thank you for the music and the humanity Pete. You made such beautiful noise.

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