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Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic bucket vs. glass carboy
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:52:23 AM »
Just curious, as I 've seen different opinions on this, but how how ferments will you use the same bucket for????
I started with carboys for t he first 4-5 years I brewed.  AFter breaking 3 of them and losing 10 gal. of double decocted pils, I went to buckets and never looked back.  I find buckets easier to use, easier to clean, and take up less storage room.  In addition, they're unbreakable.

I have no idea....dozens at least.  I don't track it or worry about it.  I've got maybe 10 buckets and usually 2-3 are in use at any moment.  I look for scratches before I use them, and take them out of service if I find any.  But in 10 years, that's only happened once or twice.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic bucket vs. glass carboy
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:45:46 AM »
I started with carboys for t he first 4-5 years I brewed.  AFter breaking 3 of them and losing 10 gal. of double decocted pils, I went to buckets and never looked back.  I find buckets easier to use, easier to clean, and take up less storage room.  In addition, they're unbreakable.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Some noob questions
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:42:57 AM »
1.)  That's pretty darn close for OG.  A slight variation in volume or weight could account for the difference.  I wouldn't worry about it.

2.) I think you're close enough.  IBUs are an approximation, anyway.

3.)  You're better off at lower temps than higher.  The ambient temp doesn't matter, it's the wort/beer temp.  Fermentation will add a few degrees to the temp.  Leave it where it is.

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Denny 2012! Four more years! Four more years!

... There's a space for write-ins, right?

3 more years is the length of the term, and I've thrown my beard in the ring.  If I get elected, it will be my last term.  You're term limited to 9 years and I've already done 6.  I could take a year off and run again, but I don't know if I'm that crazy.....

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Congrats and good luck!

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The Pub / Re: My Back's Killing me
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:05:35 PM »

Can you see me from there?
btw I'm right behind you with that big b-day in April.

Congrats!  Let's get together for an old fart celebratory beer at NHC!

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Ingredients / Re: Coffee Addition into Secondary
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:03:54 PM »
I do both.  I add lightly cracked beans to secondary for aroma and strong brewed espresso at packaging for flavor.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe similarity in competition
« on: February 08, 2012, 11:23:07 AM »
So what you're all telling me is that you CAN taste the love.
Thanks.
Or the flavor contribution of a 15 year old  BLUE cooler ;D

ESPECIALLY THAT!

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Thanks, Kate.

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The Pub / Re: My Back's Killing me
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:24:13 AM »
IMO, most people who have problems with their "backs" also tend to have problems with their "fronts" (i.e., big flabby bellies).

Prevention is key:  Strengthen the core.

This.

I guess I'm not most people.

I think that's obvious, Jeff!

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The Pub / Re: Very cool
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:23:35 AM »
They've paid back all the money, haven't they?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: help interpreting BJCP scoresheet
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:22:13 AM »
Good analysis, Thomas.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe similarity in competition
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:16:17 AM »
IMO, recipe counts for maybe 10%, at most 20%, of the finished beer.  Ingredient choice and quality and brewing techniques are a much bigger factor.  For instance, at one NHC I tasted 7 different versions of my Rye IPA recipe.  None tasted like the other and none tasted like mine does.

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Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:14:02 AM »
and may i add, you better have damn good food or they won't come back even if the beer is good.
I don't think that's true at all, not everyone goes out to eat AND drink.  Some people just want to stop somewhere after work for a couple beers and head home for dinner.

Based on my own actions and what I've seen and heard from others, I think you're underestimating the importance of food.  Most people who go to a brewpub, including myself, won't go back if the food isn't top notch.  Sure you get some who go there only to drink, but most of the $$ is made from the food, not the beer.  As much of a beer geek as i am, I won't be there just for the beer.  There are too many other choices, at least around here.

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