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Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: February 08, 2012, 11:41:03 AM »
Here in Tampa we seem to be having a food truck fad.  Cigar City calls on one every Friday afternoon to park outside the entrance to the no-food served tasting room.  It's actually pretty cool.

The Pub / Re: My Back's Killing me
« on: February 08, 2012, 11:38:03 AM »
IMO, most people who have problems with their "backs" also tend to have problems with their "fronts" (i.e., big flabby bellies).

Prevention is key:  Strengthen the core.


I guess I'm not most people.

I think that's obvious, Jeff!

Can you see me from there?
btw I'm right behind you with that big b-day in April.

The Pub / Re: My Back's Killing me
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:55:37 PM »
IMO, most people who have problems with their "backs" also tend to have problems with their "fronts" (i.e., big flabby bellies).

Prevention is key:  Strengthen the core.


I guess I'm not most people.

The Pub / Re: My Back's Killing me
« on: February 07, 2012, 02:38:46 PM »
Go see a doctor!  Geez...asking for medical advice from a beer forum?

Hey, at least I put it in the Pub and not in All-Grain, even though I'm an all-grain brewer... ;)

First of all, I thought the AHA knew everything.  I was more intrigued in what people suggested simply because I'm skeptical of all of them. But, today it was bad enough that I went to a massage therapist on the advice of a friend and after she was done she suggested I see a chiropractor because it was beyond her ability to do much (I think she was a therapist, it said "Massage" in neon lights over her door.  Funny place for a doctor, out by the airport though...)  So anyway, I went to a chiropractor too and he cracked some stuff and pulled some stuff and now my wallet is appreciably lighter.  Luckily my work covers at least some of this stuff.  If this doesn't help after a few days then I'll go see my doctor but I hate seeing her for something like this (because the real reason for all this is because I need to lose 75 lbs).  Plus now that I'm over 40 I'm afraid of what other tests she may want to do.

They both suggested cold therapy with some ice for 20 mins at a time so I'm alternating between 20 mins outside and 20 ounces inside.

doesn't your government cover all that stuff?

Yeah, that's what I thought, too.

Events / Re: NHC sold out - any other way?
« on: February 07, 2012, 01:45:21 PM »
yeah, looking here..

this will be number 10 for me.

My first was the 2001 LA conference. Missed 2002 in Texas and 2005 in Baltimore.  Helped organized 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2011.

This will be my 13th.  All good, but I enjoyed Chicago the best.

The Pub / Re: My Back's Killing me
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:43:54 AM »
I hurt my lower back sorting 218 beers Friday afternoon just because I was stooping and sorting them all on the floor.  Stupid, I know, but it never affected me until I became as old as I am now.  Getting old sucks.

Events / Re: NHC sold out - any other way?
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:28:32 AM »
I know they didn't show up for the conference in Orlando.  I'm not sure why, whether it was distance or the fact that nobody wanted to go to Florida in June, but it was a very low turn-out.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: The slim 7
« on: February 07, 2012, 04:13:35 AM »
It should have different threads so you can't accidentally hook up the wrong thing though, right?

The valve on an O2 tank has left hand threads for the regulator, if I remember correctly, but who knows if you can swap over a different valve and screw it into the tank.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:14:14 AM »
Do you realize that you can't use the refractometer to read gravity after fermentation without making an adjustment based on the alcohol content?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tired of bottling...already
« on: February 06, 2012, 05:34:21 AM »
You'll need a CO2 bottle, the bigger the better, since they cost about the same to refill or exchange whether it's 5# or 20#.
You'll need an adjustable regulator with a gauge on the keg side, but not necessarily one on the tank side.  The tank pressure doesn't change much from full to empty.
You'll need c-kegs.  Ball-locks are more common, a little taller and narrower, so you can usually fit more into a space than pin-locks.
You'll need some hardware, like hoses, taps, quick-disconnects.  I still use picnic taps on my kegs.

I once bought a kegerator from a friend and sometimes you see them on Craigslist, that came with a 5# CO2 bottle, regulator, sanke tap and an empty half barrel of Miller Lite along with the fridge.  There was a lot of useful stuff for about $100.
Most all of my stuff came to me used and free.  If you hang around long enough and let people know you are looking, stuff may come your way.

All Grain Brewing / Re: help interpreting BJCP scoresheet
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:36:51 PM »
You left out what category you entered.  I see you're calling it IPA in your notes, but I see rye in the recipe, so it may have done better in Specialty. 
Rye may account for some of the astringency.  "Funk" may have been from the citra dry hop.  If you enter it in Specialty and mention rye and citra it may score much better.

Events / Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
« on: February 03, 2012, 09:40:40 AM »
I bit the bullet last night and charged up a full conference pass even though I'm not exactly sure I'll be able to go.  I'm glad I did now. 

Events / Re: NHC Hotel Room Booking Issues?
« on: February 03, 2012, 09:22:46 AM »
The people who live in Seattle have never seen sunshine.  It might scare them.   :D

Actually it's their little secret to scare away tourists, but it's really nice there in the Summer.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 03, 2012, 07:54:01 AM »
I just heard that they had to turn off the pump in the Manneken Pis statue because it's so cold in Europe.

Glad to be in Florida.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/3 Edition
« on: February 01, 2012, 04:56:10 PM »
Herding judges and stewards for the Best Florida Beer Commercial Competition Saturday.
Hopefully I will have the energy to bottle for the BFBC homebrew competition Sunday.

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