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Equipment and Software / Re: SS Kettle MLT Question
« on: October 17, 2012, 06:59:04 AM »
I have a Pico system, and the pick up is below the false bottom. If the fit to the kettle is tight and I recirculate, I don't have much comming through.

It looks like this.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re:
« on: October 17, 2012, 06:49:38 AM »
I stumbled across this today. An aggregation of all sorts of brewing content on the web. I like the non cluttered display and that I made the cut :)


Nice find. This will improve my time wasting ability.

You made the cut? More like a first round pick.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 17, 2012, 06:37:54 AM »
Happy birthday Keith. Hope the German restaurant had your beer on tap.

The Pub / Re: Returning Commercial Kegs
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:56:08 PM »

Thank you for trying to bring kegs back. If it is local brewery you can contact them directly. They will be more than happy to get their kegs back.

Happy indeed!  I found a keg from a small brewery on the coast along the side of the road.  I drove over and returned it to them.  They were stunned somebody would do that and gave me free food and beer all afternoon.

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The Pub / Re: Stratos (highest parachute jump attempt)
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:54:13 PM »
When he said the visor was fogging/frosting up, was I the only one who thought they should have watched the first Ironman movie closer?

Ingredients / Re: 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:14:59 PM »
Simcoe was only grown on 3 farms in 2011. Peterbaugh (hopsdirect) was not one of those 3.

The acres have gone up in 2012. Don't know if it is still the same 3 farms or more.
From the USDA, simcoe acres.

Those would be first year plants in the increased acreage, but they can get a good yield the first year in the Yakima Valley, 50 to 80% of the mature plant depending on the variety and year (so they say).

Ingredients / Re: 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: October 16, 2012, 11:51:40 AM »
My local has had all of the hot hops for sale all year. Since I still have left over Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra the new crop came and went on me without much angst.

The European hops are a dfferent story. Went through a bunch last year. Will buy a few pounds around the New Year.

The Pub / Re: Stratos (highest parachute jump attempt)
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:44:58 PM »
Of a like nature and interest is this vid of the U2 spyplane

That was James May, AKA Captain Slow from the British Top Gear. To keep it beer related, he has done some advertising for Fullers.

John Keeling, head brewer, is behind the bar in the tasting room.

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 15, 2012, 01:09:58 PM »
No sharks??? Where's the fun in that???

Hey what are all of those things on the horizon?


I know - the oil and natural gas has to come from somewhere.

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:09:26 AM »
I know, the great lakes are all amazing. I'm just messin. Even down south further where the water was pretty bad a while ago it's been cleaned up alot in the last 30 years or so.
Even the Cayuhoga river, which did catch on fire near the refineries and mills, is clean up.

The one benefit from the invasive Zebra Mussels has been that Lake Erie is said to be very clear now. The mussels have filtered out a lot of pollutioin, and also organisms that are food for larger forms of life. The also clog water intakes, grow on docks, and have to be removed from boats.

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:44:28 AM »
Mort, just another online poll. But it does not suck up on the Leelanau.

Of course the cat is now out of the bag, as they say.

There are many that have taken up a summer place, including a rotund red haired Italian with a pony tail.

Like I said, it does not suck up there.

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:12:47 AM »
I love living just 3.5 hours from this

Beautiful white sand, crystal clear waters, no salt, no sharks.

plus if you get to cold you can just set the lake on fire  ;)

You have never been there, I can say for sure.

Might go up to the Keweenaw next week.

The Pub / Re: Stratos (highest parachute jump attempt)
« on: October 14, 2012, 11:14:30 AM »
Got on youtube when he was into it 1:00 minute. Wow.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: going to Germany
« on: October 14, 2012, 07:33:27 AM »
I am not familiar with the Baumholder area, looks like it is near K-town. That is not the area of Germany with a lot of breweries. You are a lucky guy regardless.

Back in 98-99 I lived in Weisbaden, and homebrewing was not a thing the Germans did. It has become more common now, but still not to the level in the states. There may be other Army guys who homebrew. I talked to an Army guy last time I was in Schlenkerla in Bamberg who was a homebrewer, so it is done over there.

Your challenge may be supplies. There are places to get them online in Belgium and England - though I have never done that. The "Fan Shop" at Weyermanns was closed the week we were in Bamberg, so I don't know what they sell on site. You should go to Bamberg,see the town, drink Rauchbier, and visit Weyermanns to check it out.

There is this German homebrew site I have bookmarked. All auf Duetsch.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Binding Römer Pils
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:08:57 PM »
I agree with what you said. Mainz is a wonderful German city, St. Stephan's is unlike other churches because of the Chagall windows. The Dom is one of the best examples of a Romanisch style church in Germany.

Binding however, was held with disdain by my German friends while I lived in the area. Maybe I should try that again next time.

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