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Ingredients / Re: Where to get cherries?
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:30:16 PM »
I actually got the quick frozen whole pitted cherries for my kriek, but they don't seem to be available right now.  I think the canned cherries would be good, though.

http://kingorchards.com/store.htm?category=Frozen%20Tart%20Cherries-%20IQF%20Montmorency%20and%20Balaton%20Cherries

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Ingredients / Re: Where to get cherries?
« on: October 02, 2012, 04:57:30 AM »
I've ordered from these guys before and was very pleased:

http://kingorchards.com/

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The Pub / Re: Credit cards
« on: October 01, 2012, 05:46:31 AM »
For better or worse, credit, debt, and spending drives our economy.  If all the people complaining about thrift and personal responsibility got their wish, their favorite corporations would suddenly become a lot less profitable.

I'm taking an MBA program right now. There's a huge emphasis on "corporate responsibility" and generating "value" for all parties involved, including stockholders, employees, neighbors, etc. rather than generating maximum short-term profits. This is all at a university in Missouri, which isn't exactly known for being "progressive." So, the times are a'changing, but maybe not very quickly.

Well, that's good to know.  But I wasn't even necessarily talking about unethical profits.  Our economic growth has in general been based on credit and spending over saving.

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The Pub / Re: Credit cards
« on: September 30, 2012, 02:55:51 PM »
For better or worse, credit, debt, and spending drives our economy.  If all the people complaining about thrift and personal responsibility got their wish, their favorite corporations would suddenly become a lot less profitable.

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Going Pro / Re: How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 26, 2012, 02:02:42 PM »
Summary: Know lots of rich people who will lend you money.  Thanks for the tip, Einstein.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Lightening extract?
« on: September 14, 2012, 04:13:00 PM »
Perhaps some bleach would do the trick.

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I don't think Blu-Ray players have built-in HDTV tuners.  At least none do that I've seen.  It's probably because every TV comes with one these days.  Get a new tv?

Right before the switch to digital-only OTA broadcasts they had an 800 number that old people could call to get a hdtv receiver so they wouldn't be cut off from the world.  Maybe you can find that number and call them... tell them the major fell and can't get up but still wants to watch the Titans lost this Sunday!   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you think of this commercial
« on: August 29, 2012, 04:14:51 PM »
It actually could be a pretty funny commercial -- if it were done by the AHA ;-)  A lot of humor is context, and I think something is lost when it's in the context of some mediocre chain making DIY seem stupid.  Whoever actually made the commercial did a good job, though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I once had too Many Beers.
« on: August 29, 2012, 07:27:17 AM »
wow, narvin and i are on the same wavelength. not good for society

 :D  Not as if we're speaking from experience or anything!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I once had too Many Beers.
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:57:02 AM »
... and couldn't hold back my leers
the gals at the pub
gave me such a chub
but I failed to get any rears.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Belgian corks
« on: August 25, 2012, 05:59:29 PM »
Belgian corks don't dry out like natural wine corks.  I've never had to lay Belgian bottles on their sides except for one time when I got some crappy off brand ones.

If the corks say "REF"on the side, they're the real deal.  Most Belgian breweries don't lay their bottles down either (an  exception is Saison Dupont;  you can see the yeast sediment on the side of the bottle).

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This is an interesting topic, and it's also interesting that O2 has been mentioned here.  I switched to pure O2 last year for a couple of reasons:

1) Ease of use - I was tired of waiting 20 minutes with an aquarium pump.  I was definitely tired of shaking, and I didn't feel like dealing with other apparatuses.

2) Oxygenating lagers - I wanted to get above 8ppm, which was claimed to be the upper limit using air.

So, is my beer better?  I can't tell.  The point was to maintain ales exactly as they were before, since over-oxygenation could change the character of estery beers like Belgians. I haven't noticed a difference in the ales, but I also can't say that lagers are any better.  But it's sure easier and faster than an aquarium pump.

I think my biggest change in the past year was focusing on keeping pH down even lower than before - mash pH of 5.4 or so for lagers, and 5.5 for ales.This means phorphoric acid in all strike water, lactic acid or acid malt in light lagers, and almost never using chalk since I rarely see a mash pH of a dark beer get lower than 5.4.  I even acidified the wort in the kettle for my last pilsner to 5.35 with more lactic acid.    This has definitely had a positive effect on my beer.

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The Pub / Re: Cell-phone woes
« on: August 24, 2012, 02:35:31 PM »
I think I had at least 3 RAZRs of the course of a few years... some failures we my fault, some weren't.  Stuff isn't always made all that well these days.

I'm still on an original Droid Incredible that's 2.5 years old right now.  No problems except for issues when updating the system software, which I fixed with a little googling.

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The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:27:59 AM »
Reading through this thread is just another reason I'm happy to live in Iowa not be paranoid, I guess.  I've honestly never considered "defensibility" as a feature when buying a home.   ::)

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