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This is very true. Homebrewers cite to a given experiment as conclusive proof of a given point but the conclusion rarely has such a broad application. Generally the results are some evidence of a particular conclusion under a particular set of circumstances.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:59:56 PM »
Other mods may be more in tune with what is happening. I know I have seen objections to Bayareabrewer's posts, It is simply impossible for me to police every post made on this forum. If there were inappropriate posts by certain individuals it wasn't intentionally over looked. I promise that.

Maybe it is time for the admins to appoint another mod or two.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:10:05 PM »
I was under the impression a troll is someone that intentionally spouts of nonsense in a deliberate manner to ruin things. For example, if someone came on here and just said "I hate beer and homebrewing should be illegal" or something like that. I've never intentionally been a troll or tried to ruin things.

My beliefs towards all this LODO stuff is well documented. The response I've gotten from the LODO proponents has been to either call me a "amateur hobbyist" or state that my ignorance is not as good as their knowledge. That's where my problem lies with them.


I lurked for a long time before making an account, and it really seems that the behavioral issues revolve around 2 members, monk and beerery. Just my observation.

You've definitely trolled those two with snide comments and personal attacks. That is not to say their comments are always above the board but neither are yours. You've inserted personal attacks and snideness into meaningful dialogue in ways that makes it difficult to imagine your goal wasn't to derail the conversation on LODO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:03:52 PM »
Jeeeezuz, what'd I miss? I don't check the forum out for a couple of days and come back to meltdown. What's the matter with you guys? It's only beer, do it the way you want and move on. The low oxygen threads are information threads, not argument starters. Is it STILL June of 2016?

I think you answered your own questions. You can never leave us.  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 04:46:04 PM »
I don't have a strong position about LODO. The goals of the LODO advocates are not necessarily my goals. I appreciate the ideas they have brought and earnestly believe they are trying to make the best beer they can in the styles they enjoy drinking and want to help others do the same. I think overall since the return of LODO advocates the conversation has been constructive and several members have tried their techniques and report positive results.

That said, I do think the forum, as a whole, has been a less receptive place since their return. I agree with Keith's concerns that a lot of topics suffer a heavy handed response of a paragraph of brewing text with the expectation that this is the single correct answer and intimates that all other responses are wrong. Sometimes an interesting technical conversation arises from it but the original topic question gets lost. That's no problem with everybody in the conversation has a high level of brewing knowledge but many of the posters and lurkers here are not technical brewers or seek a more narrow answer to their question. It pulls most conversations here into a LODO discussion.

I do not mean LODO discussions are bad or mean to vilify LODO. I would feel the same way if people came and drew all conversations into brewing IPA, using eighteenth century English brewing methods, or only preached mixed fermentations. No paradigm or style should monopolize discussion.

Encouraging good discussion is all of our responsibility. None of our participants should be permitted to post in a manner that is oppressive or dismissive of others. Conversations should endeavor to stay on topic, within reason. We've always meandered through topics but if a conversation is veering into a technical area or brand new subject it should be peeled off into a new thread or relegated to an existing thread on that subject. When we respond to a thread, we should always consider whether our response is helpful and responsive to the OP.

I think our mods should moderate towards these ends. Posting bare blocks of texts from brewing manuals or links without context or application to the subject should not be permitted unless requested by another poster. Topics with a limited subject should be cleaned up or closed when they derail unhelpfully. I am generally not a fan of aggressive moderation but we may be at a point where the forum needs some breathing room.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Brink
« on: January 28, 2017, 04:03:43 PM »
I'm pretty basic with mason jars in the fridge. Like Jim, I've done pretty much every variant.

These days when I buy a new strain I like to make a starter larger than what I need for the first batch and send the extra portion to a mason jar so I have a clean slurry. I may or may not harvest slurry from batches of beer. I can always make a starter out of the clean slurry and repeat the process so there's always clean slurry in the fridge and healthy yeast going into beer.

I have some mixed cultures as well. These stay in mason jars in the fridge as well. Periodically I take them out, pour off some of the liquid and add a little fresh wort. I'll leave it at room temperature for a day or two with the lid loose. Then I seal it up and put it back in the fridge.

You could easily take a recipe for an English brown or porter in that range and ferment it with a Belgian strain. You could sub in a little special B or dark syrup if you want but neither are necessary.

Beer Recipes / Re: NE IPA Recipes
« on: January 27, 2017, 04:00:55 PM »
Have you looked at your water profile for that beer?

Going Pro / Re: Raising Funds for Startup Brewery
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:27:07 PM »
If you are a member of the AHA, you can access the 2015 seminar "Panel: Taking Homebrewing to the Pro Level, From Concept and Design Through Opening" and the 2014 seminar "Top 10 Legal Mistakes Start-Up Breweries Make" which both discuss raising funds legally.  There are also books on going pro that most likely discuss raising funds legally.

Can't stress agreement with this enough. You can get yourself and your business into an enormous amount of problems soliciting investments unlawfully.

Wood/Casks / Re: Care for New Bourbon Barrel
« on: January 24, 2017, 07:28:36 PM »
Depends in part upon how recent the barrel was dumped. The longer it goes the more likely it needs to be rehydrated to seal water-tight.

Equipment and Software / Re: Improved Refractometer Correction calculator
« on: January 21, 2017, 06:14:02 PM »
I refuse to think that much about math on a Saturday morning and quite frankly you are an awful person for trying to make me do it.  >:(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: January 21, 2017, 05:52:54 PM »
To really purge you should try and put a vacuum on your yeast brink. Do a triple cycle of vac/purge. It will get your DO levels even lower.

Will a Hoover work or do I need something more expensive?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 20, 2017, 04:41:44 PM »
I'm amazed how many brew small

It's not the size it's how you brew it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Honing Your Skills
« on: January 20, 2017, 04:39:04 PM »
I agree I'm still relatively new to home brewing and in the beginning i struggled with all the info and which techniques to use. I would of loved to have a brewing basics book in the beginning.

Isn't this covered by How to Brew or Joy of Homebrewing?

IMO even Gordon Strong's book works as a good intro to all grain brewing.

Ingredients / Re: Pot Brownie
« on: January 20, 2017, 04:35:56 PM »
I thought this was really going to be about pot brownies. Now that it is legal it's an interesting question wether or not it violates our rule about talking about illegal activities. I suppose not as long as you are in a state where it's legal.

It's still illegal by federal law even if the presently-leaving president chose not to enforce it in states that legalized it. Without turning this discussion political, we don't know how the new president will address that issue. Even if he choose not to enforce federal law on the subject, it's still illegal.

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