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Big brewing problem this weekend. My grain bag sprung a leak big enough to let some of the grains out, but not big enough for me to notice until the end of the steep. Lots of grain scorched on the bottom of the kettle.

Ooops.

I transferred as much of the liquid (and as little of the loose grains) as I could to other pots & pans, and as quickly as I could effectively do so I scoured the scorch off the bottom of the brew kettle, re-sanitized everything, and went on with the rest of the brew.

Everything looked & smelled like it should (I've made this recipe a number of times before), but I guess I won't know how successfully I salvaged it until time to bottle.

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The Pub / Re: Where Should I Stop on I-87?
« on: May 09, 2015, 07:22:16 PM »
Thanks for the recs so far. I'm going to make a list & see what comes of it. Yes, Pete B, the fest is at Mass Moca.

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The Pub / Where Should I Stop on I-87?
« on: May 08, 2015, 01:12:53 PM »
My wife and I will be heading to the Solid Sound festival toward the end of June. I see on the AHA Member Benefits map that I will be passing very close to Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY as well as C.H. Evans / Albany Pump Station. Not sure how much time I will have to spare, but I hope to stop by at least one of these places on my way up and/or back down. Anyone have an opinion about which I should choose if I can't do both? Any place(s) that DON'T offer AHA benefits, but are worth a visit anyway?

Also, I'll be staying in Bennington, VT, and the festival itself is in North Adams, MA. Looks like everything on the benefits map is at least an hour from either of those locations. Anything near either of these places that I should check out while I'm there?

Thanks.

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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:37:47 AM »
I always brew 6 gallon batches, so it's just a matter of looking at past batches to determine how many pounds of grain it takes to hit a particular OG.
As I said before, I tend to mostly brew a lot of the same recipes over and over again. I will further confess that I can't recall the last time I took a hydrometer reading of any kind. Back in the day I was all about taking copious notes on every brew, from start to finish. Over time I realized I really don't know why I was bothering with it. I know sort of what the ABV is on pretty much all my go-to recipes, but I don't really even care about that. If I were going to enter a contest or something, I'd measure and figure. But all I'm really going to do is drink it, so....
I also think I've brewed enough to look at a particular hop bill and know whether it's going to result in a beer with high, medium or low bitterness, hop flavor, and/or aroma.
Honestly, this is about as technical as I get these days.

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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:25:21 PM »
1) My recipes are generally stored in Word docs
I started to write this in my initial response, but yeah, I have all my recipes saved as well, in Evernote. I have around 30 recipes, but I tend to repeat my favorite 6 or 8 of them over and over. So, really, I don't very often do anything that software would be useful for.

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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:02:52 PM »
I started brewing before I ever owned a computer. (Hell, almost nobody owned a computer when I started brewing.) Now that I think of it, I don't believe I've ever seen a homebrewing program, even now.

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The Pub / Re: Officially a dad
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:12:34 AM »
I don't really post enough to have built up much of a relationship with anyone here on the boards, but nevertheless wanted to chime in here and offer my congratulations. Good for you, man. It's always nice when two people find each other.

Everyone loves to poke fun at marriage, and I'm no exception -- I enjoy a joke as well as the next guy. But all kidding aside, my wife is the greatest thing that ever happened to me, and I can't imagine having lived my life without her.

All the best to you.

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The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:39:22 AM »
I don't not like the feeling of being drunk, (or even tipsy really). Hungover however...
I've never been hungover, but I'm pretty confident that I wouldn't enjoy it.

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The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:23:41 PM »
When I have a drink --whether it be beer, wine, whisk(e)y, or cocktails-- I like to sit, relax, and enjoy it. So, depending on how busy I am, I routinely go for days without alcohol. I don't really keep track, but I'm sure it's not unusual for me to be dry for a week or more at a time. I doubt there have been many times when I've gone for a full month, but as I say, I'm not keeping a record.

On the other side of the coin, I also don't place any particular constraints, per se, on myself when I do drink. But that's not really a problem because I HATE the feeling of being drunk (or even tipsy, really), so there's never any chance of me drinking to excess in the first place. 

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 10, 2014, 12:43:44 PM »
I'd live to try ancient ancient age. Can't find it but regular old ancient age is a decent sip for the price. Better than decent actually.
You may already be aware of this, but Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year (as opposed to "10 Star") has been discontinued. This was a tough blow for me; it was my go-to sipper for years. Before it was discontinued, it was only available in KY. I had a network of friends and relatives who would replenish my supply whenever they happened to go to or through KY. This past June, one of said friends stopped to pick some up and ... nope.

I've never had the 10 Star, but reviews are pretty nearly unanimous that it doesn't measure up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:54:49 AM »
Welcome!
I'm a relatively new AHA member, too. I joined in order to support this organization and to get the magazine. Honestly, until I just opened this thread, I actually forgot that there were member discounts! HA!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:26:52 PM »
I use my plain old ordinary municipal tap water. It tastes fine and my beers taste fine, so I don't question it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Free Beer Bottle Labels
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:56:47 PM »
I have a standard "Brick Pig Brew" label, black logo & text on white background. At the bottom there's a space for the name (usually just a style, but sometimes I come up with something more creative), and below that another space for the date. As someone above said, I use a find & replace function to do the name & date. The label is laid out to print 9 per page. I stick 'em with milk. Takes me about an hour to label a batch, including cleanup. Time well spent, as far as I'm concerned.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:36:03 PM »

My .02...avoid the kits if they include glass carboys. You'll eventually want to get rid of them for something safer.
That gonna be a matter of opinion. (Although I realize a complete beginner is not going to have an opinion yet at all.) All I use is glass carboys. Otherwise, FLbrewer pretty much describes my setup.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Countertops and Homebrewing
« on: June 25, 2014, 12:19:36 PM »
...But everything is generally well contained by laying down a cheap $3 bath towel on the floor while I'm brewing. I bottle on the towel, too. This way if I break a bottle I can just dispose of the whole thing.
About once a year we buy about 20 of the cheapest towels we can find at Costco. They belong to the dog, mostly, but I always use them to cover the floor on brew day and bottling day. Just like you say, if things get way messy, the whole business gets wiped up with / wrapped up in the towel(s) and goes right into the trash.

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