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The Pub / Re: Lets get to know each other!
« on: November 23, 2009, 10:12:54 AM »
Name's Rich, I live in Rochester, MN.  I'm 31, married for 7 years to my best friend, dad to 4.5 and 1.5 year old boys, master of a black lab named Porter, got a cat, 2 turtles and some fish.  I teach US History and World Geography to 7th and 8th graders, which is why I drink.  In my free time I'm outside hiking and walking, canoeing, fishing, camping, backpacking, messing around, and growing vegetables and hops.

I've been brewing 7 years thanks to a starter kit as a wedding gift, the last 3 years I've been much more serious about it, upgrading to 10 gallon batches and bumping against the legal limit.  Started kegging over a year ago, finally went ag 3 batches ago.  Entered my first comp at the end of the summer and got a 2nd, so I'm starting to think about entering some more.  I help run my local club too (link is in my sig).

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Equipment and Software / Re: Coleman Extreme 70qt Silver
« on: November 20, 2009, 12:19:37 PM »
I got my blue one at Walmart for 39.99.  Might want to shop around if you're a tightwad like me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Patersbier ?
« on: November 17, 2009, 02:38:59 PM »
This is a fantastic beer.  I've got a bottleneck in my pipeline right now, but I will definitely be brewing a big batch of this for the spring and summer.  Everybody loves this beer, there's enough going on for the geeks to appreciate and it's so tasty that noobs aren't scared. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg, bottle or both?
« on: November 15, 2009, 03:16:25 PM »
I exclusively keg, save for the one comp I've entered (so far) and the occasional growler for when I have to leave my house to drink.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: spent grains
« on: November 15, 2009, 03:12:47 PM »
Compost bin for me.  I just started composting a month or so ago when I went all grain but didn't think twice about throwing the hops and trub in there too.  Will I have a problem with my compost not breaking down?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: November 15, 2009, 03:05:09 PM »
Two 6 gallon carboys 
Two 5 gallon carboys
Two 6.5 gallon buckets
6 cornys

If I had to do it all over again I'd have zero carboys, a bunch of buckets, and tons of cornys.  Carboys take up too much of my limited space when they're not in use.

OR

I'd have a dedicated brew house with unlimited space. :P

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starter's OG
« on: November 15, 2009, 03:01:07 PM »
In general, you'll get better yeast growth from a starter in the 1.020-1.035 range.  The easiest way to achive that is to use .75 oz. DME (by weight) for each cup of water in the starter.  You're not in serious trouble this time, but try to get that gravity down next time.

An even easier way is to go metric.  1 gram of DME for every 10 mL of water gets you right around 1.035.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 15, 2009, 02:58:33 PM »
I am.  There aren't any pub discounts around me, but I use the 10% discount at Midwest and Northern Brewer all the time.  I went to Colorado this summer and visited a bunch of breweries and pubs where I could have used it, but just kept forgetting.

Is this discount only in-store, or can you use it when ordering online?

I have only used it in-store, but a club member buddy of mine who told me about the discount uses it while ordering, he said he asks for it in the instructions box online and puts his AHA member # in there. 

This discount has saved me several times over my the cost of membership this year since I upgraded my kegerator in the summer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:08:43 PM »
I am.  There aren't any pub discounts around me, but I use the 10% discount at Midwest and Northern Brewer all the time.  I went to Colorado this summer and visited a bunch of breweries and pubs where I could have used it, but just kept forgetting.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Extract and DMS
« on: November 06, 2009, 07:51:31 AM »
Good point dhacker, the last 2 years or so of my extract brewing included late additions and still no issues.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lids?
« on: November 06, 2009, 07:49:12 AM »
Keeping the lid on while boiling is a bad idea.  Even with extract there is a risk of DMS (cooked corn and vegetable flavors and aromas), boiling drives this off, but with a lid on it'll go back in your beer.  In addition, if you keep the lid on you're much more likely to get boilovers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Divisions by State or Metro Areas ?
« on: November 05, 2009, 04:19:22 PM »
You could try the beermapping.com.  That has most of what you're looking for.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all-grain brewing
« on: November 05, 2009, 04:09:24 PM »
+1 to the cheap and easy method, if all you have left to get is a mash tun you can be on your way for 40 bucks or less.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FX Matt / AHA Rally - November 12, 2009
« on: November 05, 2009, 04:05:41 PM »
I personally challenge those of you who are near the FX Matt Brewery to try, just try, to approach the awesomeness that was the Surly AHA Rally!  Free wort, free yeast, free beer, hundreds of AHA members, it was one of the best days of my life.  I may or may not be drinking the beer that Surly brewed and I fermented right now.  Thank you AHA for all your work in putting these rallies on!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Extract and DMS
« on: November 05, 2009, 09:49:42 AM »
No science here, but I went through three 50 pound bags of Briess Pilsen DME plus countless other little bags before I made the switch and never had an issue and never did more than a 60 minute boil.

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