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The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 09, 2010, 03:30:48 PM »
Works the same way for me (although telecommuting is possible).  Would suspect much of the private sector is that way.

that blows. 

How timely, they just sent around a reminder on the inclement weather policy...

"It is the policy at the site to remain open at all times, provided services such as heating, lighting, water, parking, etc., are available, and local jurisdictions have not officially closed the roads."

The Pub / Re: 100 Yr Old Scotch Whiskey recovered
« on: February 09, 2010, 03:13:14 PM »
It would be interesting from a historical perspective, but I was always under the impression that once a spirit was bottled its character changed very little after a short maturity phase.  So it may only be 100 year old, 6-year whisky.

From what I've read, they don't expect the taste to be all that.  The biggest benefit that they talk about is that, since the original recipe is long lost, they may be able to analyze this stuff to re-create it.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 09, 2010, 03:11:29 PM »
Calling for 12 - 20 at my house.  Looks like I'll be taking some vacation again. >:(

wait, you have to take vacation if its snowing to the poitn you can't get to work?

Works the same way for me (although telecommuting is possible).  Would suspect much of the private sector is that way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Baltic Porter - Guideline ?
« on: February 09, 2010, 03:08:56 PM »
yeah - if you use enough 120Lthe plum and raisiny aromas'll  jump out of the glass and grab your nose if you're not careful.

Special B sounds similar - "147 L. An extremely dark caramel malt with a sharp, almost toffee like flavor. It will impart a heavy caramel taste and is often credited with the raisin-like flavors of some Belgian ales."

Does it give more or less of the plum/raisin/prune than the Crystal 120?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Shops Plus and Minus
« on: February 09, 2010, 01:46:27 PM »
Like they say about real estate... location, location, location

Our LHBS is about 20 miles away which is about an hour with the stupid traffic around here.  Way too much easier to have stuff shipped to my door.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: so the debate is
« on: February 09, 2010, 03:30:06 AM »
After reading this thread, I think I'll put off all grain for the time being and get my fermentation under control.  Do most people use the single stage (heat or cool) or the dual stage (heat and cool) controllers?

Single stage (cool) here.  Don't think I've ever had a fermentation where I needed to warm it up.

The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: February 09, 2010, 03:06:48 AM »
how do i put up a pic on here. 

Welcome.  To see how to post a pic, check out this thread...

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 08, 2010, 09:23:00 PM »
Now they're calling for another 8+ inches here tomorrow  :(

yep, we got bumped from a watch to a warning and from 1-3 to now 7-14 inches.  yikes!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping ?
« on: February 08, 2010, 09:15:52 PM »
I am not a big fan of FWH.
I did about 6 brews with it and all of them had harsh bitterness (my term).
I tried it with Saaz (Zatec) and Hallertau. 

I've recently tried it with Cascade and Centennial and it's the smoothest hop flavor I've ever come across.  Definitely a keeper for me.

The Pub / Re: bone marrow donation
« on: February 08, 2010, 03:58:33 PM »
+1, that's a great thing to do.

Also, imagine the look on her face when she's told she's received bone marrow from a "darkerpower" :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How worried should I be about DMS?
« on: February 08, 2010, 03:04:12 PM »
Can't help you much with the DMS issue but, assuming you use portble propane tanks, there's a couple of things you might want to consider.

First off, the colder the weather the colder the tank the harder it is for it to push the gas out.  Partially submerging the tank in a tub of warm water helps there.

Second, it's a good idea to always have a second full tank around.  That way, when the first tank starts to wind down, you can just switch over the second.  Then it's just a matter of refilling the first tank whenever it happens to be convenient.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp Control
« on: February 06, 2010, 10:06:15 PM »
I use a homemade "sorta son of fermentation chiller" setup.  And yes, I agree that fermentation temperature control is the single most important improvement you can make to you brewing process.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 06, 2010, 03:48:06 PM »
Just finished my second shoveling.  Pulled about 10 inches off so far.  Thinking about just drinking and shoveling all night and sleeping tomorrow.  I hate the thought of having to shovel a foot or two all at once.

Just finished my fourth shoveling.  Almost two feet so far and still coming down like a mutha.  House one behind us and one to the right had a big evergreen (40+ feet) come down...  took out a section of the behind us neighbors fence and is now mostly sitting in his in ground pool.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 05, 2010, 02:59:06 AM »
Yeah, me too.  I wouldn't be surprised if this one dumps three feet on us.  The whole area will be shut down for a week.

Yeah, they made the decision to cancel our kids school for tomorrow at 2:00 today.  Who knows if they'll be open at all next week as there's also talk of another storm Tuesday or so.

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