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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you want Santa to bring you?!
« on: October 30, 2011, 07:17:42 AM »
Whoa now! It ain't even Halloween yet!  ;)

+ a billion!

The Pub / Re: CD to mp3
« on: October 30, 2011, 07:15:09 AM »
I can guarantee you that you'll like the Jimmy Guffre 3, 1961 on LP.  cheers, j

I might love the music, but I guarantee you that the sound quality would put a damper on my enjoyment.  I can't tell you how many concerts have been ruined for me because I spent more time thinking about the poor sound quality than the actual performance.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 tank in the fridge?
« on: October 30, 2011, 07:11:43 AM »
Either way you're using up space that could be used for 1 more keg

THAT'S pragmatic thinking!

Beer Recipes / Re: A Wiki Plea
« on: October 30, 2011, 07:10:20 AM »
Denny....How about starting a sticky thread, "Favorite Recipes" that can be put into the wiki. It would then have to be input by someone just as an emailed recipe would but might generate some interest.

I agree it would generate interest, but until there's a plan to get the recipes put into the wiki I'd rather not get ahead of myself.

Beer Recipes / Re: BVIP Final Gravity
« on: October 29, 2011, 11:23:51 AM »
Somewhere in the 1.026-28 range.

Beer Recipes / Re: A Wiki Plea
« on: October 29, 2011, 11:11:38 AM »
The wiki is underutilized and maybe under publicized.  It would be great to see more stuff there.  Maybe we should put a reminded in every BrewTechTalk and Zymurgy that goes out.  In the meantime, all we can do is keep reminding people (like this post) and asking them to put recipes in.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Switching to Whole Hops!
« on: October 29, 2011, 08:57:55 AM »
My experience is that Dave can be slow to answer emails.  Give him a call.

Beer Recipes / Re: A belgianish IPA
« on: October 29, 2011, 08:55:29 AM »
Hoppy belgian beers just taste like a train wreck to me. Give me a clean yeast characteristic with hops or let the belgian yeast character shine through. Different strokes, I guess.
I'm totally with you on this Keith.  To me, they clash more often than not.

Well, you guys have inspired me....guess what I'm gonna brew for NHC next summer?   ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning a Cold plate and a Therminator
« on: October 29, 2011, 08:53:27 AM »
The products you mention are sanitizers, not cleaners.

Beer Recipes / Re: English/American Hybrid
« on: October 29, 2011, 08:52:14 AM »
Ninkasi (and others, I'm sure) makes killer AIPAs with English yeast. 

The Pub / Re: CD to mp3
« on: October 29, 2011, 07:34:18 AM »
Well then that leads to the question:

If the analog recording technique used on vinyl records is better, could modern methods and materials be used to make the records more robust?  And convenient?

ANALOG RECORDING IS NOT BETTER!  In addition, pressing any recording to vinyl severely degrades the frequency response.  Especially the low end since the needle can't track a recording with full low end without jumping out of the groove.  I can make a digital recording sound just like vinyl...roll of the high and low end and add some distortion and hiss.  Voila!  Now, if you prefer the way analog sounds, fine.  But as someone who had to put up with the shortcomings of analog for many years before digital recording, there's no way I can say analog sounds better.

The Pub / Re: CD to mp3
« on: October 29, 2011, 07:29:09 AM »
Thanks, Denny.  I appreciate the advice from someone who's knowledgeable.

Any experience with an RCA to USB adaptor?

When I was transferring albums before (through the mic-in), my recollection is that I had to bring it in through an amplifier.  I can't recall for sure why (it's been a few years) and I was going at it ad hoc.  My assumption is that the unamplified signal from the turn table just wasn't enough to register without the amplifier.  I don't know if that would be an issue going with an RCA/USB adaptor.


Without seeing the adaptor, I's guess you would still need a preamp.  The output of a turntable is miniscule.  In addition, phono preamps apply a special RIAA equalization to the turntable signal.  without that a turntable won't sound right.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wisconsin Bill 290
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:59:19 AM »
You should have pitched it as a jobs bill since homebrewing and all that goes with it is a source of jobs in small businesses.

That was one of the things we kept pointing out when we were working on getting our law passed here.

The Pub / Re: CD to mp3
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:48:12 AM »
What software does/did yours come with?  

I've used Audacity and have to say it's got some pretty powerful features for editing audio.  And it's free.

Also, in your experience, do you think that the data transfer on the USB is superior than bringing the sound in through the microphone jack on the sound card?

In the past, I've run my old turntable through an amplifier and in through the mic-in.  Sound quality is pretty good, but I'm also dealing with some old old vinyl that has some warping and scratching.  I could also probably use a new needle.

And do you have a recommendation on a USB turntable?  When I looked at USB turntables a few years ago, my concern was that they seemed relatively cheap compared to the high-end turntable I bought oh so many years ago.

They come with a variety of software, none of which I use.  As a veteran of the digital audio scene, I have a lot of pro quality software around.  I typically use Sound Forge.  But the software that comes with the TT shpould automatically recognize tracks, making thisngs a bit easier.

USB will be vastly superior to using the computer mic jacks.

You don't need a high end TT just to do xfers.

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