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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?

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:15:18 PM »
A pump. It saves my back, increases my mash efficiency and reduces my cooling time.

It also takes longer to set up and tear down and makes more stuff to clean. (more hoses, trub filter and chiller)

Does it help me make better beer? Doubtful. It does save a fair amount of lifting, but if you don't like ditzing with it, ditch it. We mostly brew because we enjoy it. I say get rid of anything that interferes with that enjoyment.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: December 12, 2013, 10:54:13 AM »
Wow, I'd totally watch that!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:14:15 AM »
Diane, that's not the book that Drew and I are doing.  This is another one, where I just contributed a few recipes.  "Experimental Brewing" is still in progress, hopefully finished by the end of this year and released next Nov.
You're supposed to be retired now! Good-oh for having an opportunity to do even more in a pursuit you're both knowledgable and passionate about. (See, I don't hold any hard feelings about the "16" you scored my beer in that "mystery beer" challenge....btw, you were the high score of the 4 slime sucking !@$$#) I still think it was funny you guys had to taste that stuff.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:51:01 AM »
Sounds like Pro Brewer advice for the home brewer? If so - I'm in!

Billy Broas has a nice homebrewing blog: He also writes for Both he and Denny are good candidates for picking brewers' brains.

Couldn't find much info via Google search... is it still in the works?

Available on Amazon for Pre-Order. Looks like January release.

Ships Dec. 16. goes on sale Jan. 1.
Glad you got'er done Denny. I was hoping that photos would've given me an excuse to head to the hinterlands for a visit though. Look forward to perusing my copy. Bet you'll even sign it for me.;)

Going Pro / Re: CSB (Community Supported Breweries)
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:21:58 PM »
7 Devils Brewery in Coos Bay sold investor pints at $100 ea. They limited to 300. All proceeds went to employ/ hire local artisans to supply items to the pub. Local muralist did a wonderful antique type mariners map painting on the outside of the building. Woodworkers crafted the interior tables and bar. Glass blower crafted a custom chandelier for the taproom. The place is just lovely.

All holders of an investor pint are entitled to one free pint any Weds. or Sun. for a year. They limited it to 300 as they were concerned about being too crowded. They are slammed busy on Weds and Sundays. Most people come in with friends and relatives in tow. It has worked very well for them. All pints sold out prior to the official opening.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration is out again
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:42:08 AM »
Definitely a great beer and I buy it every year. However, I've got to agree with Sean. My memory is that it is different now. Very possibly, we're exposed to so many great IPAs now that it seems less outstanding.
When I first discovered it, probably late 80's or early 90's, it was on tap for the holidays at a little dive bar across from the original Summit brewhouse. It was not anywhere near where I normally went in my daily travels, but I remember detouring on my way home, or even sneaking out of work to go grab a pint. That stuff would literally call to me across the miles........come....I'm here, and I obeyed. ;D 

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