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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/14 Edition
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:39:56 AM »
Nothing this weekend, but probably brewing _something_ early next week.

Ingredients / Re: IBU scales, why so different
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:39:06 AM »
The IBU calculators may provide IBU estimates of over 100 IBUs.  Such estimations are probably incorrect.  Some people say that people cannot taste IBUs in excess of 100.  Consequently I would go with 88 IBUs here.

But just because you can't taste it doesn't mean you can't measure it.  Admittedly, we generally taste our beers (!) but you can certainly have a calculated value above the taste threshold.

Ingredients / Re: IBU scales, why so different
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:51:54 AM »
I think Tinseth is the most universally used.  Years ago, I was told that Rager was most accurate for partial boils and Tinseth for full boils.  I use Tinseth and when I've had beers analyzed for IBU the results have been very close to what I get in Promash using Tinseth.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: September 13, 2012, 08:59:30 AM »
We've been harvesting green beans and potatoes recently.  It's also albacore tuna season, so I've been grilling and smoking tuna and making a lot of Nicoise salads.  Tomatoes and peppers are just starting to come in.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First Christmas Beer - Got questions!
« on: September 13, 2012, 08:52:47 AM »
Opps, not flaked wheat but flaked oats for head retention.  I was going off of pure memory when I first posted.  Might pull back on the crystal.  What else could I add for high ABV?  Special B?

Same thing.  Any flaked grain needs to be mashed with a diastatic malt to convert the starches to sugars.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oh no! All grain!?!?
« on: September 13, 2012, 08:46:35 AM »
Yes I have the bug!  I want to go all grain but with so many different set-ups I am confused.

Pots or Keggles?
March or Chuggar pumps?

What misc. piece of equipment did you wish you had when you first went all grain but didn't know about till later?

Any help is appreciated!

Equipment doesn't make the beer, you do!  I've used the Cheap'n'Easy system for 15 years and 426 batches.  It';s still the wat I prefer to brew.  Take a look at

I don't have a degree in fishing, but I have been fishing since 1960, using every type of bait imaginable.    ;D
Ok.  No one is going to call Carl on this?

I'm not giving him the satisfaction....;)

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Activities and Learn to Homebrew Day (11/3/2012)
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:27:33 PM »
The Cascade Brewers Society in Eugene OR is holding our event at Oakshire Brewing.  We'll have 7 homebrewers doing demos as well as live music and food trucks.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 09:25:09 AM »
Good to see ya back, Ryan!

I admire you guys for losing weight.  That's my goal now.  I lost about 35 lb. a few years ago, then gained it all back and more.  I'm on the "don't be such a pig" diet now and aiming for at least 5 days a week on the treadmill.  I'm shooting for a loss of at least 50 lb. You guys are an inspiration to me and proof that it can be done.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Avatars
« on: September 11, 2012, 04:28:34 PM »
Could be.  Just upgraded to FF 15.0.1, but no change.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Avatars
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:40:59 PM »
Carl, did you by any chance upload your avatar from Photobucket?  Did anybody else?

Nope.  A direct upload from my hard drive to my forum profile.

BTW my avatar is back when I use IE, but not when I use Safari.

Weird....I can see your avatar on my iPad using both Safari and Mercury, but not on my Win7/FF PC setup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Checking Back In.
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:39:46 PM »
Hey Paul!  Hope everything's OK.  Great to see ya back!

Questions about the forum? / Re: Avatars
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:09:59 AM »
Carl, did you by any chance upload your avatar from Photobucket?  Did anybody else?

Not only that, but it could be me on the label!  I'll at least try it if I can find it.  As long as you don't tell anyone I tried a wheat beer!  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On the Radio
« on: September 11, 2012, 08:18:05 AM »
Thanks, Jeff!  I'll check it out.

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