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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.

Beer Travel / Re: Things to do in Baltimore, MD?
« on: April 10, 2012, 04:01:38 PM »
In July, you really do need to get some crabs.  Crab cakes if you want, but steamed crabs with old bay are the best if you're willing to get your hands dirty.  Riptide in Fells Point, or Bo Brooks or Dockside in Canton are good choices.  Stay away from Phillips, its a tourist trap.

Beer Travel / Re: Things to do in Baltimore, MD?
« on: April 10, 2012, 03:39:49 PM »
People are getting killed all over that city all the time.  Yes, even the Inner Harbor area.  There are great bars you can visit, but do it cautiously and with a group, only!

People are getting killed in lots of cities, lots of the time.  Be cautious as you would in any unfamiliar area.  A lot of violence is isolated to illegal activities, specifically the drug trade.  According to the Sun crime maps, there was one murder in the inner harbor area last year, as a result of a drunken fight on the 4th of July and possibly in self defense.

If death is not an option, avoid any place with high population density and also car rides.

Beer Travel / Re: Things to do in Baltimore, MD?
« on: April 10, 2012, 02:23:13 PM »
Don't go anywhere alone.  Try to travel in large groups and keep your eye out for roaming youth mobs.   :(
Yes, but aside from that, Baltimore can be a lot of fun!   ;D

The take away from that article for me is to stay inside on st. pat's. any holiday that has become that much of an excuse for drunken rowdy behaviour is to be avoided in my book. call me a grumpy old man... but do it after  GETTING OFF MY LAWN!!!!!!

That guy was so drunk he didn't even know if he was on planet earth.  I'm not saying it was justified, but at times I'd love to do that to some of the blind-drunk college kids and frat boys from the suburbs who make my neighborhood hell every year on St. Paddy's day.  Just because you're out having a good time doesn't mean you need to break mirrors off of car doors and jump on people's windshields.  Only trouble I've ever had living downtown for 10 years has been from obnoxious douchebags partying.

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