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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spent Hops and Canine Hyperthermia
« on: December 10, 2010, 02:33:53 PM »
i grow my hops on the side of the house where the dogs can't get to them.  that said i don't think that dogs would like or eat enough of the growing plant to be a problem.  i think they like the sweetness of the wort soaked hops which they suck down and cause the problems. there have been other threads on this but i couldn't find the link

The Pub / Re: Getting a dog
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:11:09 PM »
I have two standard poodles (and no, they are not shaved and prissy),  one now has three legs due to bone cancer.  they are great dogs.  one was about 6 months old when we got him from a shelter and was nearly potty trained.  the other a little more work since we got her younger.  remember as puppies they like to bite and nip to get you to play. my wife hated that and thought the dog was being aggressive.  they also teethe like human babies.

The Pub / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 06, 2010, 04:31:09 AM »
just remember two rules.. limber up and double tap

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling straight from spigot
« on: December 06, 2010, 04:28:04 AM »
i bottle from the spigot with a hose and a racking cane.  works fine. 

All Things Food / Re: Peppers and oil
« on: December 05, 2010, 08:18:01 PM »
i get peppers in ohio every year.  various types all fried and packed in oil.  i used to make them myself but way easier to just buy a jar.  i put them in eggs, spaghetti, sandwiches..... mmmmm

The Pub / Re: What a job!
« on: December 04, 2010, 10:20:54 PM »
there was a line from an old western movie where the local marshal was losing his sight or something and felt demeaned by taking a job in a general store.  then another old marshal said "there is nothing wrong with any job, so long as its honest"

i started a boat cleaning business on lake erie when i was in high school.  should still be doing it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Wort, beer and mash titration experiment
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:39:35 PM »
very interesting
reading your article you comment on the difference in buffering capacity going one way with the acid and the other with the base.  most noticable in the wort and not the beer.  i can understand a little error in the beer as measurement, technique etc.  any ideas on what i would call this apparent "hysterisis" to take a term from old physics/electronics curves?
not that it matters for my beer.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small batches.....
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:29:41 PM »
In light of downsizing and the recent turkey dinner I have pondered this:  We cooked turkey in an 18qt electric roaster oven.  I am pondering using this for almost the entire brew day.  for 2 gallon batches, it can be used as a tun, heat source is controllable, can pull the grain out from a grain bag (similar to brew in a bag)  then boil in the thing.  anybody have any thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small batches.....
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:02:09 PM »
dave thanks for the info. it is really the kegging issue that i have been struggling with.  though i shouldn't worry

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small batches.....
« on: November 23, 2010, 04:51:18 PM »
dry yeast should keep fine.  could also pitch the whole thing and harvest the slurry.  manner of taste, time, motivation.  dry yeast not particularly expensive. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small batches.....
« on: November 23, 2010, 04:15:51 PM »

do you make many lagers, or keg any?  I am thinking of alternatives to the normal kegging process, and i am not a big fan of bottle conditioning.  i think i may just use one or two corny or even the hdpe spray bottles you can buy at home depot for lagering, conditioning, and then transfer under co2 to bottles. maybe it is a waste of time

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small batches.....
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:26:21 PM »
for the most part you can do a direct ratio at the volumes you are brewing. you can store hops if you are careful. the yeast you may want to consider not pitching the entire packet and building a small starter out of part of it.  should work fine. I still ferment in a bucket and mine have drain valves on the side. my big issue is kegging.  kind of disheartening to put 2 or 3 gallons in a 5 gal corny and smaller kegs are expensive.  I have thought about lagering in them and then transferring to bottles, but then don't get to use a keezer very well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I feel guilty
« on: November 19, 2010, 09:13:57 PM »
all though it would cost a few dollars, and the distributor doesn't want to help (i think you said he accused you of being a thief) you could just send a letter, tell them that you came across it and offer to buy it (maybe share the cost amongst your club.)  that should alleviate your guilt.  the other thing would be to find a pub that has the stuff on tap, and take it there.  that will get it in to the distribution process i would think

Equipment and Software / Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:42:37 PM »
almost exactly like that.  that is probably 1/3 bigger than the truck i saw.  I hadn't thought about putting some shanks on the side.  my mom has a 3 acre lake at one end of her farm.  could just drive it down, fish, and drink. man i need to find some company going out of business. 

Equipment and Software / refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:26:19 PM »
just curious if anyone has done this.  yesterday i saw a small frozen fish delivery truck.  container was probably the size of a small shed.  thought it would be neat if i found one of these somewhere (minus the truck though that would help with transport)  and put the thing in the barn on my moms farm.  I think it would make a kick a_ _ fermentation or lager room.  any thoughts?  large enough to handle the needs of a few homebrewers.

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