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The Pub / Oh, those wacky Oregonians
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:45:25 PM »

"What's in a name? Man goes from Smith to Awesome

The Associated Press
Monday, December 6, 2010; 5:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- An Oregon man has had an Awesome name change. Douglas Allen Smith Jr. says he changed his name to Captain Awesome last month because he was inspired by the nickname of a character on the NBC television show "Chuck" - Dr. Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb. The unemployed Eugene cabinet installer says he found it funny Woodcomb's father gave him that nickname because a "poor nickname builds good character." The former Mr. Smith says he faced a Lane County judge who questioned his seriousness. The judge that granted the request made him swear he wasn't changing his name for fraudulent reasons. Awesome says that judge also allowed him to sign his name as a right arrow, a smiley face and a left arrow.  He says his bank, however, has refused to accept the signature because it could be forged too easily.

Questions about the forum? / "Members" page suggestion
« on: December 05, 2010, 05:55:38 PM »
When you click on "Members", it takes you to the site member list and you can sort on the various columns which can yield some fairly interesting information.  The only thing I'd like to be different would be, instead of "Date Registered", to show the "Date of Last Post".  Seems it would be more useful to be able to tell who's actually active versus those who've just signed up and never done anything.

Ingredients / Weyerman CaraWheat?
« on: October 05, 2010, 01:28:09 PM »
The swag from the latest comp included a pound of Weyerman CaraWheat.  Had been thinking about a Dunkelweizen anyways so would CaraWheat be good in one of those?

Probably take my Hefeweizen recipe (Pils + Wheat) and replace a pound of the regular wheat with CaraWheat.  Would also need to replace some (all?) of the Pils with Munich.  Maybe replace some of that with enough CaraMunich II or III to get the color where it should be?


General Homebrew Discussion / USPS Shipping Beer and Wine
« on: September 23, 2010, 03:57:10 PM »
Sounds like it probably won't go anywhere, but according to the Washington Post, the proposed Postal Service Reform bill has a piece in it about legalizing the USPS shipping of beer and wine.

Beer Travel / Future Virginia Brewpub - James River Brewing - Scottsville
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:33:39 AM »
Looks like another brewpub may be in the works for central Virginia...

...toss in Devils Backbone and South Street brewpubs and Blue Mountain and Starr Hill breweries and you've got quite the nice "brew tour".

Seems to me the ads that are now showing up on this site could be a little misleading.  They say "Support the AHA" "Renew or Join Today" and then below that say that "only registered users can participate in the Forum".  Now, I know that "registered users" just means registered on the forum and not necessarily registered with the AHA but the ad sort of makes that implication.  Folks that don't know better might think they need to join the AHA to participate in this forum.

Maybe some sneaky marketing type did it on purpose in hopes of drumming up more AHA memberships but I'd like to think we (since we are all the AHA) are a little more ethical than that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Any membership promotions coming up?
« on: April 26, 2010, 04:33:16 PM »
Starting to get my renewal reminder emails.  Sure would be nice if I knew if there was going to be any sort of promotion happening before I renew.  Maybe a copy of the new "wheat" book?

Beer Recipes / Little help with Oatmeal Stout
« on: March 19, 2010, 12:55:03 AM »
Ok, I've got an Oatmeal Stout that has taken a gold but it seems to have room for improvement.  In the recent MCAB, the comments included...

Tasty beer that is easy to drink but may fall closer to a dry stout than an oatmeal stout.  Try to increase oat character.  Otherwise flawess.  Just kind of misses style but good to drink.

...and from another scoresheet...

Very nice beer that is very drinkable that seems to be missing the mark on a couple of style aspects. No noticeable flaws or off flavors.  Nice job with process. it sounds like my Oatmeal Stout could be more "oatmealy".  I already use a whole (18oz) container of oven-toasted 5-minute oats in the mash for a 5-gallon batch.  Should I use two containers of oats?  Does Oat Malt add much oatmeal character?  Other ideas?

Beer Travel / The times they are a changing - Sierra Nevada
« on: February 25, 2010, 03:04:42 PM »
While not travel per se, it does involve a journey of sorts.  While walking to/from work each day, I see plenty of the detritus the lower classes (and I only mean lower class in that they're lowlife enough to toss their empties out the window) leave on the side of the road and it's almost all Bud Light, Miller Lite, and, with our large immigrant population, Modelo Especial, with an occasional Icehouse or Steel Reserve throw in.  This morning, though, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a Sierra Nevada bottle laying there on the side of the road.  Does that mean that now even the litterbug type folks are getting into craft beer?

General Homebrew Discussion / Minnesota Homebrew Law - can this be right?
« on: February 25, 2010, 12:15:32 AM »
I didn't see it in the "statutes" section of the AHA website but this article...

...seems to imply that it's illegal in MN to brew in a basement (below grade).
For the home of Northern Brewer, Midwest, et al along with some kicka@@
homebrew clubs, this seems hilarious to me.

The Pub / How appropriate is this
« on: January 11, 2010, 02:27:28 PM »

Ingredients / Correctly reading ph test strips
« on: January 09, 2010, 11:48:41 PM »
Ok, I've seen all the discussion about the difference between ph at mash temp and at room temp... also the discussion of the test strips reading about 0.3 hi/lo.  And now I'm confused.

I wait at least 10 minutes after dough-in, collect a small sample that is, as much as possible, just liquid, let it cool to ambient temp, and then check it with the test strip.  Say I read 5.8.  Does that mean the mash ph was 5.5? (subtract 0.3 for temperature)...  or was it 5.2? (subtract 0.3 for temp and another 0.3 for strip inaccuracy)... or was it 5.8? (subtract 0.3 and then add 0.3)...  or am I adding when I should be subtracting or what?

Also, if ph differs at the different temperatures, when they say 5.2 is ideal, what temp is that at?

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Polo shirts?
« on: December 23, 2009, 06:42:05 PM »
Now that AHA is getting into today's world with these wonderful forums/boards, would anyone be interested if they were to make polo shirts available in the "shop" section?  They've got Brewers Association polos (in white, god forbid, wife won't allow me to buy any white clothes, call me pigpen) but what's the possibility they might do them for AHA?  Something like...

...and maybe even a "Support Your Local Brewery" version...

Tees are fine for a lot of things, but I can get away with wearing polos for work (not tees).  Love the looks I get on days when I wear my Beer Advocate polo - lot's of double-takes.

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