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All Grain Brewing / Re: PH question
« on: April 22, 2012, 09:44:05 AM »
I wouldn't worry at all.  First of all, when measuring at room temperature, 5.4 is just about where you want to be.  Water spreadsheets are just a way to estimate what your pH will be, and the actual result will vary, often by a lot.  If you look at the lot analysis for malt online, you can see that even the same base malts produce mashes of different acidity from lot to lot.  If you are trying to hit a certain pH and it measures higher than you want, use the calculator to estimate how much lactic or phosphoric acid you need to drop by 0.1, add that, and measure again.  Repeat if necessary.

Going Pro / Re: "The Grand Timeline"
« on: April 21, 2012, 10:33:27 AM »
On the other hand, a little dose of reality is good.  ;)  The people who are serious will still open breweries.  Remember the 90s when "microbrewing" was a fad that everyone wanted to get into?  The result was lots of bad beer, a bubble, and a crash that set back the whole industry for a while.

Beer Recipes / Re: Is it CDA or BIPA?
« on: April 18, 2012, 06:21:46 PM »
As I see it, "American India" pale makes as much sense as black India pale ale. 

The acronym for India pale ale, IPA, has become it's own unique creature.

Thus I support Black IPA

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It's not a style in its own right so much as its a modification of the IPA style, and the name should reflect this IMO.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Flask size...pilseners
« on: April 16, 2012, 10:20:42 PM »
Multi-step starts will actually grow more yeast than a single starter of the same total size.  From everything I've read, there's no worry about the additional step causing stress to the yeast.  Stepping up during yeast propogation is not considered a "generation" if you do it properly.

The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: April 16, 2012, 09:21:14 PM »
Also, as much as I enjoy that classy lady in the Sox outfit depicted above (for her assets), I enjoyed the last game of the season in 2011 more.  When I was at the yard, outlasted a rain delay, and saw the O's come back from behind and beat the Sox, and literally two minutes later they showed the Rays on the jumbotron beating the Yankees and eliminating Boston.  :D  We watched the NL games in the club level during the storm and saw the amazing game between the Braves and Cards as well.  One of the best baseball days I can remember.

The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: April 16, 2012, 09:08:43 PM »
Nice game tonight!  This is the year... that the Orioles break 500... maybe.  What is encouraging is that the young prospects who were rushed to the majors are getting more comfortable, with more experience and some depth in the organization.

If everything goes well, it's going to take at least another year or two for the team to really be competitive.  So, they shouldn't do too well this year.  I'm hoping the new regime knows how to draft, given the picks they've wasted in the past decade.

This doesn't make sense to me.  But, I'm too lazy to investigate.  :)  All I will say is don't bottle to Champagne pressure in a standard bottle -- they make 11 oz champagne (and Duvel, Orval, etc) thick for a reason.

The Pub / Re: Running - What have I gotten myself into?
« on: April 16, 2012, 04:49:02 PM »
Yeah thats what I was gonna say, its probably not the BEST way to exercise out there, but its better than nothing. If you accepted the 5k challenge go for it, never go looking for excuses not to. However, if you want to lose weight, the most important thing its your diet.

Good luck!

I agree, diet is the best way to go and unfortunately, homebrew packs a LOT of calories and carbs.

Now THAT I don't agree with.  Beer has dietary fiber and is better than other booze.  Definitely control your portions, but staying active is the best thing you can do, no matter what exercise you choose.  Avoid fad diets.  Eat everything including carbs, meat, and fat, in moderation.  If anything, avoid too many simple sugars.  Live to a ripe old age like an old Italian guy :-)

The Pub / Re: Running - What have I gotten myself into?
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:56:03 PM »
I'm almost regretting posting this clearly contentious topic.

who knew huh? folks are more militant about their choice of exercise than they are about brewing! For what it's worth I think it's awesome to set a goal for yourself like that and really fight through to acheive it. I really didn't mean to discourage you. I think you should go for it, just take it slow. and if you have the time and opportunity check out some yoga claosses. I really like classes because then you have someone there to help correct your postures before you hurt yourself. I have also injured myself doing yoga. one word of advice when in plow position (on back with feet all the way over your head, toes touching ground) DON'T TURN YOUR HEAD!!!! not even a little. my neck hurt for a week.
anyway, let us know how the 5K goes!

Yeah, I was gonna say, I am shocked that homebrewers are also passionate about other hobbies ;)

Good luck, I like running but will never be an extreme marathoner like some of my friends.  Keep at it and go at your own pace.  The health benefits of those first few miles are far more important than becoming a pro.

The Pub / Re: Running - What have I gotten myself into?
« on: April 16, 2012, 01:12:07 PM »
Never mind, I found an article that says to pretend you're holding potato chips in your hands and that your bowel is a bowl full of marbles.   :D

The definition of good form is pretty anecdotal.  Does good form cause good running?  Or are good runners born with bodies that display this supposed good running form?  It's not like throwing a curveball... I find it hard to believe that you can alter your running form that much without significant training.  You're moving your entire body in concert, and it depends a lot on your strength, body shape, center of gravity, etc.

The Pub / Re: Running - What have I gotten myself into?
« on: April 16, 2012, 12:49:29 PM »
So, what exactly is poor form?  What the other guy is doing?  ;)

I hear it a lot but honestly never see a stick figure diagram that tells people how to run.

The Pub / Re: I have a fever
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:13:01 AM »
Fred Garvin, male prostitute.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starters are for real
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:10:35 AM »
I have zero reason to never do another starter. It is truly amazingvhowcfast it took off.
Okay, but you're selling yourself short.  I collect yeast and repitch from the jar, works very well.  I don't think lag time necessarily determines the quality of the beer either.

Well, yes, but you're (hopefully) pitching an appropriate amount of yeast, just with another method.  I assume he meant he wouldn't pitch just the 1 vial/smack pack anymore.

Ingredients / Re: Hops for Pilsner
« on: April 10, 2012, 05:50:40 PM »
I like the German style with Tett and Hallertau.  A little Saaz in there can be good, too, like Prima Pils.

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