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However, I'm the same way with coffee.  At home I only drink it out of white mugs.  Colored mugs change the taste.  I will endure coffee in most any cup when away from home...but the worst is cobalt blue.  All I can think of is Vicks VapoRub.

Maybe you have synesthesia in addition to OCD?

I don't think it is as strong as an official diagnosis :-).  Its more like an association that I think about.  Regardless, I prefer stainless.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: SS Brewtech pressurized transfers
« on: December 14, 2015, 02:57:09 PM »
It sounds like you might have some yeast or hops plugging your racking arm.

This.  I keg straight from my Chronical, and sometimes I pressurize with co2, sometimes not.  Anytime there are dry hops, I remove the post from the keg, attach a hose barb on the end of a silicone tube which I put directly into the top of the 'beverage out' tube.  Hops will plug the ball lock every time.

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This is what its like when Steve sees beer in a plastic cup
https://youtu.be/sc0mi0Ei1CQ

I love it!  Very funny!  I'm not quite that bad though. 

However, I'm the same way with coffee.  At home I only drink it out of white mugs.  Colored mugs change the taste.  I will endure coffee in most any cup when away from home...but the worst is cobalt blue.  All I can think of is Vicks VapoRub.

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I have shared my thoughts on mashing in a cooler elsewhere.  I acknowledge that my inclination away from it is largely emotional.  I don't even like to drink out of plastic cups.  I will do it, but it is clearly not my favorite.  Whether it is in my head or not I often taste plastic.  I think it is an OCD kind of thing: I imagine the plastic leaching ___ into the liquid.

So no, I have no science behind my decision to avoid a cooler MT, but I also don't want one.  having said that, I will drink any of Denny's beer!  Even out of a plastic cup.

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The Pub / Re: Flooding in the NW
« on: December 10, 2015, 02:55:22 PM »
Yup.  Soggy but good.  I noticed on my way home yesterday that the Yakima river was maybe 2-3 feet from flooding Hwy 82.  Today should be the high point for that.

Last year it was the lack of rain.  It's either one way or the other.  The professional hand-wringers in the media are pretty good about getting breathless over things on a slow news day.

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I bought one during the Kickstarter phase of their business.  I really like it.  On a recent cold brew day here (in the upper 20's but in my garage, so mid thirties?) it held temperature quite well only dropping 2-3 degrees over the hour.  This is just by the single thermometer that comes with the unit.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 02, 2015, 05:40:12 PM »
Thanks everyone.  I may have to take a trip to Seattle to get the Sazerac.  Yakima does not have a good liquor store.  Everyone only has the stuff that sells a lot, no specialty or hard to find items.  I went to the best stocked store in town yesterday and brought up the list that Dixon made...nothing.

I know I can find a Knob Creek though.  Thanks Guys.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone "Enjoy After" Brett IPA
« on: December 02, 2015, 05:34:57 PM »
I think it is a brilliant way to differentiate it from other (non-brett) IPAs.

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The Pub / Re: New Baby Sun Shower
« on: December 02, 2015, 03:49:00 AM »
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. 

I have often said the worst thing about parenting is the perception of time.  It seems there is no escape and that it will never end - with all the responsibilities and constant attention...and then it does. 

Please, if you can, borrow from your parent's perspective.  It really is a short time that they rely on you that much.  Find peace where you can in the mean time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« on: December 02, 2015, 03:41:49 AM »
I feel your pain!  I went to brew last Saturday and realized the hose was frozen outside.  Fortunately two sons-in-law were visiting.  They took it upstairs to the tub and thawed it out.  Now it is on the garage floor where it belongs in the Winter.  Doh!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone "Enjoy After" Brett IPA
« on: December 01, 2015, 10:48:00 PM »
I have one bottle in my cellar.  It is Enjoy after 12/26/15.  Obviously a Christmas beer, so I will open it that day.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 01, 2015, 05:33:10 PM »
I'm wanting to buy a very nice bottle of whiskey for the holidays.  What do you recommend?  Anything under $100.  I realize I am probably opening myself up for 40 opinions but I hope to distill (pun intended) a decision out of your responses.

I find I do not prefer peaty scotch.  Also in my limited experience I have preferred rye whiskeys.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast starter procedure
« on: November 30, 2015, 01:06:10 AM »
Man I'm so relaxed I slept through half the Seahawks game. 

Oh, and too many beers last night to have any today.  ooof.  Last night was full of outstanding examples.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast starter procedure
« on: November 30, 2015, 12:13:21 AM »
Thanks Jim.  No I watched it like a hawk all day.  I figured I may wake up to high krausen, but no.  And no indication (based on a ring of dried crud above the level of the liquid) that it occurred at all.  I did pitch the starter this morning at about 8:00.  No airlock activity...

I hope it wasn't a bag of dead yeast.

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This is one of the reasons why breweries use a hop-back.  Those volatized oils are still captured.

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