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Classifieds / Re: 10 gal Blichmann G2 Brew Kettle
« on: August 14, 2015, 04:10:25 PM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 14, 2015, 02:09:06 PM »
That looks pretty nice; let us know how you like it.

I'm seriously considering the SS Brew Tech version.

Yeah I have their fermenter and love it.  Theirs does look excellent.  At the time I ordered mine they only had a 10 gallon version, that is why I went with the Chapman kickstarter.  Glad they have a 20 gallon MT now - even if it is not yet available.

Hop Growing / Re: IV International Humulus Symposium Yakima, WA.
« on: August 14, 2015, 10:22:35 AM »
Looks interesting, but pricey.

Beer Recipes / Re: Fresh Hop/Wet Hop IPA
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:40:43 PM »
IPA is stacked category, but throw a good one down and see what happens.  Stave off you crew and hold a few back for this one.  Good luck.

For sure.  But there are only three categories and they are all stacked. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Fresh Hop/Wet Hop IPA
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:30:37 PM »
Signed up to judge the Portland one.

Nice.  I judged in the Yakima one last year but probably won't this year.  I really enjoyed it though.

Beer Recipes / Fresh Hop/Wet Hop IPA
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:20:42 PM »
This upcoming Fresh Hop Ale Fest ( is going to be my first entry into a competition.  I will be brewing an IPA.  I do not yet know what hops will be available to me in time to brew, but I am hoping for Citra and Amarillo.

I'll be maxing out my capacity by brewing an 8 gallon batch, hoping to get as close to 5 gallons as possible.  I'll be entering 3 12 oz. bottles and serving the rest via our homebrew club at the fest.

Any advice?

The Pub / Re: Fractional grain amount
« on: August 13, 2015, 09:55:21 AM »
To put things as simply as possible, being a Deck Ape can be a less than pleasant experience (lots of "chipping and painting" and other non-pleasant tasks), which is why many Deck Apes who manage to stay out of trouble eventually strike for a different rating.

Haha!  I told my recruiter that I wanted to drive the small boats.  "You want to be a Boatswain's mate!" he cried.  A year later I became a signalman.  Boatswain's mates are the ships janitors.  Yes they are also the true seamen in terms of doing actual nautical stuff, but the ratio was not sufficiently slanted toward seamanship to keep me.

The Pub / Re: Fractional grain amount
« on: August 12, 2015, 11:12:02 PM »
I'm tempted to repeat myself.  I'm just glad someone gets it.  I would feel stupid but I know most people feel the same way when I start talking theology.

The Pub / Re: Fractional grain amount
« on: August 12, 2015, 09:35:54 PM »
I ordered 1 lb 12 oz of Munich malt from Austin Homebrew.

My invoice shows:

"Amount: 1, Fractional Amount: 0.7500001875000468"

I hope they measure the fractional portion correctly. I wouldn't want to get short changed.

That's bizarre because 0.75 is not one of the fractions that cannot be represented in binary floating point, and there's no way that their scale has that kind of precision.

Gosh I wish I could say stuff like that and know what I meant.

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 12, 2015, 06:34:28 PM »
Is that their 9" version?  That is cheap enough I may just do that rather than bugging my son in law with a new project.  How much grain to you get passing through it?  You mentioned fluid dynamics, what specifically is better about this design?

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 12, 2015, 05:13:00 PM »

If I decide to work part-time after I retire, I definitely plan to contact the department head, or at least a major rainmaking principle investigator.

Well see, there you go - Yakima!  My wife is a Dean of one of the colleges at Heritage U.  They have undergrad degree programs in computer science.  And right in the heart of hop country!  The price of property / homes in Eastern Washington is low, and 300 days of sunshine per year.

Obviously I I'm twisting your arm only in a humorous way, but I do like Yakima, and plan to retire here.

The Pub / Re: Fire season
« on: August 11, 2015, 09:58:54 PM »
Yike.  Does this mean extra time at work?

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:53:47 AM »
I retired early, and am still in the same place. One more brutal winter and I might change my mind.

One tax strategy that I read about is to retire in Vancouver WA, no state income tax, and then shop in Portland OR, no sales tax.

That is frowned on.  There are even laws that won't allow you to come from WA to purchase some high dollar items (cars, motorhomes) in OR.

That happens in when the vehicle is licensed.  It works the same way with buying a used car from a private party.  If the stated purchase price is less than Blue Book price, they charge the tax on the BB - unless one can document why the vehicle is worth less.

That said, a lot of people go to Oregon for a shopping spree.  There are no border guards, no revenuers or customs agents.

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 11, 2015, 12:41:00 AM »

The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:00:56 PM »
One word: Yakima.

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