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All Grain Brewing / Re: New equipment
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:53:11 PM »
I think the rule is 'It didn't happen unless there are pictures.'  ;)

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The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:52:03 PM »
I will add to this thread that I recall reading something a year or two back that there is a significant social movement in the UK where individuals choose to make all of January a dry month for them to 'clear the system' so to speak.  The article quoted a gastroenterologist who said it was silly.  What would be more beneficial health-wise is to periodically take 3-4 days off from alcohol consumption.  Apparently that is all your body needs.  More time off isn't bad, it just doesn't increase the benefit as I recall.

My 6 weeks during Lent is a spiritual discipline that has only a secondary purpose of rejuvenating the physical system.

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The Pub / Re: Now White Labs - take that!
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:43:05 PM »
The surprise to me in that article was the top salary of $60K/year for microbiologists.  Yike!  I hope that means a BS rather than MS or PhD.  Seems very low to me.

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That was a good one.  I enjoy those experiment shows.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:53:49 PM »
Are we talking about black IPAs here?

Sshhh.  Don't say Black IPA!  There are certain word-oriented OCD types that cannot reconcile Pale with Black.

Just kidding of course.  Yes that is the context.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Immersion Chiller Solder
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:48:24 PM »
When I first started brewing I had one of these.  It was not a cleaning nightmare.  I actually got a lead testing kit to make sure what they said was true - it was (free of lead).  I don't think I'd return it if it were me.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Success Finally
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:43:01 PM »
On a side note...  I noticed that you clicked off post #4000 today Jim!  Congrats!  We started on this forum within a month or so of each other and I haven't reached 1000 yet.  Apparently I am the slow learner with less question-answering acumen.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:48:36 AM »
No, I don't think they clash.  I made one last Summer using a standard IPA grain bill with the addition of Blackprinz.   Flavor/Aroma hops were Centennial, Amarillo, Citra.  I did a 100% Brett fermentation though.

It was OK.  Nothing wrong with it, it was just too subdued in the flavor/aroma area for my tastes.  If I do it again, (Brett or not) I will pump up the hops.

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The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:21:44 AM »
I usually give up alcohol for Lent, so for 6 weeks.

My typical intake is 4 nights a week I'll have 2 beers, occasionally a third.  On my Friday I'll bump that to 3-6.  Usually 6 = an irresistible sleeping pill.

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The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:46:37 PM »
Two words: culinary science.  But beer is way cooler than rigatoni.  Make it once, share it for a month.  That and the future.  My next beer is always my best beer.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada HopHunter
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:05:00 AM »
Very interesting.  This actually occurred to me when I visited one of the mentioned mint extraction facilities here.  I wonder though what the difference is between this method and the CO2 extraction method.  Regardless it will be interesting to taste!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: my favorite Belgian breweries
« on: January 07, 2015, 07:44:13 AM »
I nominate homoeccentricus to be the official supplier of Belgian beers to the AHA forum participants.

We have a deal! The first bottle is free!

Oh happy day!

No one tell me he's teasing for a couple of hours please.

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The Pub / Re: Another day in paradise
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:48:08 PM »
Love it.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: my favorite Belgian breweries
« on: January 06, 2015, 03:48:54 PM »
I nominate homoeccentricus to be the official supplier of Belgian beers to the AHA forum participants.

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The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 06, 2015, 03:43:23 PM »
You know what's funny?  I'll almost never buy a Dogfish Head beer because of the opposite reason: I think they try way too hard to be on the cutting edge with new innovative 'beers.'  Now obviously this is just my personal perspective but you just don't have to release to all of America every hair-brained idea for weird adjuncts.  I'm all for experimenting, but wow.  What's next, an authentic Middle Eastern beer brewed with camel spit?

Sam Adams makes excellent beer - but nothing that I am ever hankering for.  But a LOT of people do enjoy their beers.  I think SA will continue to be a gateway beer for people moving away from bland lagers to craft beer. 

So yeah, something in the middle is what I like, like what Deschutes does, or Ninkasi, or Stone, or Sierra Nevada, or...

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