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The Pub / Re: No Politics, just the news
« on: April 25, 2011, 07:23:54 AM »

Again, you don't have to be groped.  It's the people in opposition to the scan that CHOOSE to be groped.

That is absurd!  What we have is a government agency that is so concerned with being politically correct that it refuses even considering using effective means of insuring terrorists do not board airliners.

I find the TSA's methods highly offensive and see them for what they are; an egregious violation of my rights under the Fourth Ammendment to the US Constitution.

I'm not sure what you're getting at here.  What are these effective means that they aren't using because of "political correctness"?  Only groping people wearing turbans?

Balancing individual rights with the safety of the public in public places has always been an issue.  There are laws and precautions taken on the roads, in schools, in courthouses, etc that can seem at odds with individual privacy.  

My biggest problem with the TSA is that I don't think they're doing a good job :)  But please, stop flattering yourself -- no one wants to look at your genitals, especially not the poor guy making a crap salary behind the scanner.

The Pub / Re: No Politics, just the news
« on: April 25, 2011, 05:28:27 AM »
Bad people can be everywhere, but it seems like the American nudity taboo has kicked into hyperdrive these days.  Soon women will be banned from giving birth as the process will be considered some unnatural form of child molestation... 

Seriously???? You let the TSA agents grope your kids. I think I'll say "no thanks" and find another way to get there.

Again, you don't have to be groped.  It's the people in opposition to the scan that CHOOSE to be groped.

The Pub / Re: No Politics, just the news
« on: April 24, 2011, 04:17:08 PM »
I guess I don't see the point of the OP.  How is this different from the priest, policeman, or teacher that were arrested for child porn here?  It's a travesty no matter who does it.  Profession doesn't seem to equal proclivity.

Because  the cop, the priest or the teacher are not legally allowed to pat down your child, at will.

They aren't touching any children unless the parents opt them out of the scan.  And even then, they see less than a pediatrician, gym teacher, and even the kids own parents (those pervs!).

Bad people can be everywhere, but it seems like the American nudity taboo has kicked into hyperdrive these days.  Soon women will be banned from giving birth as the process will be considered some unnatural form of child molestation...

The Pub / Re: No Politics, just the news
« on: April 23, 2011, 11:18:14 PM »
Uploaded "nude-o-scope" images?   This seems like nothing but speculation on the part of some armchair internet sleuths.  As goes all conspiracy theories, if he had truly uploaded images from the scanners, wouldn't someone have leaked them by now? No evidence is usually indicative of nothing happening, not a cover up.  Yes, he's a pedophile, and it's a horrifying thing, but that doesn't mean it's systemic in the TSA.  The man in the bathroom, the school nurse, or even your kid's doctor could be a pedophile, too, you know... at some point, the rampant paranoia has to be tempered with some reality.  I don't like the scanners either, but that doesn't mean that everyone is out to peek at your genitals.

As for the image of the fake book... not created by the TSA, but at least the guy working there has a sense of humor.  My biggest problem with the TSA is that they usually don't.

Equipment and Software / Re: Initial Therminator sanitation
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:39:06 PM »
I wouldn't bother doing anything special before your first brew.  Cleaning with PBW and rinsing with hot water after each brew session is important to prevent any buildup inside. 

Right before chilling circulate some boiling wort through it for a couple of minutes before turning on the cold water.  I think that baking the unit is overkill.  How does the outside of an immersion chiller get clean?  In the boil.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belgian saison
« on: April 23, 2011, 02:35:15 PM »
Looks like you are almost there  :)

One thing I would say is that an OG of 1.070 is high for a traditional Saison... you are pushing 8%+ and this is more in line with Dupont Moinette and other "Super" Saisons.  You would have a much easier and quicker time getting it to finish low (1.004 - 1.006) if you started around 1.055 - 1.060.

My current all-malt Saison had an OG of 1.057.  I just checked the gravity this morning, 6 days after brewing and it's under 1.008.  I used WLP565, mashed long and low and have been fermenting at 85+.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cinq Cents
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:17:18 PM »
According to BLAM, the OG is 1.069 and FG is 1.007 and  IBUs are 35.  The other details are sketchy, with rumors about using wheat starch being thrown around and refuted. 

I think Pilsner malt and sugar (10 - 15%) is a good compromise, and Hallertauer hops as well as WLP500.  Beveragebob's recipe looks good except that I think the gravity is high.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil vigor
« on: April 22, 2011, 05:09:52 PM »
Being in the process of working my way through a case of Duvel, I can assure you that it's head retention, not just carbonation.

Denny, you're definitely right about the head retention the more I think about it.  Other highly carbonated belgians like strong dark and even gueze don't form much of a head despite their constant bubbling.  It seems like only the lightest of the high alcohol beers have great foam, though I don't know why.

It does seem like high carbonation prolongs already good head (insert joke).

Equipment and Software / Re: Working with a pump
« on: April 22, 2011, 03:24:27 PM »
Can you attach a ball valve directly to the outlet port threads or should it be a minimum distance from the valve?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil vigor
« on: April 22, 2011, 12:23:55 PM »
This reply is pure speculation, but I wonder if it has to do with how much protein is being dropped out & turned into the break.
A thinner, less proteinaceous (sp?) beer will likely have less head retention...No?
Good speculation.  IIRC he did say something about it causing excessive hot break.

Regarding the thinner/less proteinaceous beer having less retention, I'm not so sure.  The classic head retention example frequently cited is Duvel...tons and tons of head that lasts.  It has lots of alcohol and a low FG and I assume it's made mostly with continental pils and lots of sugar; which I wouldn't expect to render a high protein beer.

It's also extremely highly carbonated... you can see the stream of CO2 bubbles in the glass for at least 10-15 minutes after pouring.  It's hard to tell if it's actually good head retention or just more foam that keeps being generated.

Equipment and Software / Re: transfer hoses and quick connectors
« on: April 22, 2011, 11:07:17 AM »
I put the female ones on my hoses, since they are more expensive and therefore have to buy fewer.  Between my coolers, kettle, pump, and wort chiller, I have 7 male and only 5 female.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ommegang Three Philosopher's
« on: April 21, 2011, 06:50:23 PM »
This one was never one of my favorites.  Despite the blending, it seems to lack the complexity of a simpler Trappist dubbed.  I also don't think it ages very well... the year prominently displayed on the labeling seems to encourage vertical tastings that always disappoint.

The brewery is fun to visit, however.

I like Ommegang, don't get me wrong.  Hennepin... yes please!

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Quadrupel ideas
« on: April 21, 2011, 11:50:31 AM »
I wanted to try this recipe for a while.  Lots of sugars but also much more malt backbone than I've done before in a quad.

I've also messed with fermentation temperature a bit.  My last quad with that yeast was pitched at 68 but fermented up to 80+ degrees.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Silly liquid yeast question...
« on: April 20, 2011, 06:39:23 PM »
Silly liquid yeast?  Does it have a yeast strain number?   ;D  (just kidding)

Isn't the date stamped on the liquid brewing yeast package the packaging date?

Bread yeast has an expiration date on the package.  The 2# package of Red Star Bakers Yeast's expiration date is usually two years after the packaging date.

White Labs has an expiration date on the tube of 4 months after packaging.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Counterpressure filling too much foam
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:01:12 AM »
Chilling the bottles might help.  I'd also try to slowly release the pressure by pulling up on one side of the stopper ever so slightly instead of yanking it out, if that's possible.  I just use some tubing that is stuck through a rubber stopper and connected to a picnic tap, and this works fine for me with little foaming at 12 PSI.

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