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The Pub / Re: The Cat....
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:22:39 PM »
Acute lead poisoning?

My first thought was a visit to the COOP for some meat packet warfran rat poison.  A small amount won't kill him but he will walk sideways from that point on.

We had a very sweet little dog out on the farm that we just couldn't break her of digging the stuff out and eating it.  It finally killed her but she kept going back.


Zombie dog?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Active fermentation.....
« on: August 29, 2011, 02:29:06 PM »
Next time try a few drops of FermCap S.  The stuff works wonders.  I use it to both prevent boilovers and control fermentations.  I was hesitant to use it at first because I assumed it did something to the surface tension of the beer that would have a negative impact on the head and head retention of the final product, but I have seen no such issue.  
I also use Fermcap, but mostly to prevent boil-overs.  A few drops indeed.  30 grams will work on 10 bbls.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: denny's favorite 1040
« on: August 29, 2011, 05:06:18 AM »
I found this in a thread titled Denny's Favorite 50 in Yeast and will repost it here (quoting Denny):

OK, kids, here's yer bedtime story...

Many years ago I decided to try my hand at yeast ranching.  I bought a kit of supplies and some slants from a company by the name of Brewtek, which I later found was run by the inimitable Maribeth Raines.  I picked slants at random and one was called CL-50 Cal. brewpub yeast (or something like that).  I had just finished developing my Rye IPA recipe and had been using WY1272 for it.  I tried the CL-50 and found that it gave the beer a wonderful silky mouthfeel which really complemented the other aspects of the beer.  I started using it as my base AM. ale yeast in lieu of 1272 and 1056.  I also started talking the yeast up online in the few brewing discussions that were around back then (primarily rec.crafts.brewing for you old timers).  A few people started buying slants and many more wanted to see it come put in a larger, more common homebrew format.   Meanwhile, back at the ranch (who doesn't love saying that?), MB had shut down Brewtek and sold the stock to a company in CO.  Don't recall the name, but I ordered CL-50 from them a few times.  I saw it going downhill every time I got some, and IIRC that store eventually sold the library to someone else.  I had met and begun talking to Dave Logsdon, then owner of Wyeast, about them releasing it commercially so more people would have access to it, but Dave was reluctant as long as someone else had the strain.  Some kinda BS about ethics, ya know....Wink .  I ordered a couple more slants from whoever had it back then just before they vanished.  When Dave found out it was no longer available, we arranged for Wyeast to get a sample from my yeast bank.  They went back and forth on what to call it (I suggested "Noti Ale yeast") and finally informed me it was going to be called "Denny's Favorite 50".  Since I make largely Am. style beers, it's still my go to yeast for almost all of them.  It makes a great BVIP and I really like it in my Noti Brown Ale recipe also (Am. brown ale).

So there you have it.  I feel like I'm a really lucky guy to have had such great honors as a homebrewer....the yeast, the GC, the great friends I've made.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 28, 2011, 11:52:22 AM »
Quoting Denny on the benefits of exercise seems incongruous.  I'm happy you got that straightened out.

All Things Food / Re: smoking wood
« on: August 27, 2011, 12:58:16 PM »
I just bought three bags of alder chips from the outdoor kitchen store at $5.95 per bag.  Each bag is 180 cubic inches and weighs between 1.5 and 1.7 pounds.
I found this site that has pretty much the same thing a bit less expensive, but then there's shipping:
I have a lot of citrus in my yard which is nice and much cheaper, but it's hard to chop up.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Competition bottling SNAFU. Advice?
« on: August 27, 2011, 09:29:44 AM »
Actually, the rules are not so rigid for bottles with raised lettering.  The intent is to have the bottles as anonymous as possible and since so many people use recycled S.A. bottles they are almost always allowed by the competition registrars.  Send two S.A. bottles and don't attempt to transfer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 26, 2011, 11:59:46 AM »
11) marry a woman who loves beer.

Heck I need the exact opposite, my girl likes my home brew too much some times.
See, that's where I have the advantage having a wife who doesn't drink beer.  Mine, all mine!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 26, 2011, 07:29:28 AM »
My wife does not drink beer.  Wine, single malt, gin, vodka, rum, but no beer unless I ask her for an opinion on my homebrew.  She doesn't so much support my brewing as tolerate it since she knows how important it is to me.

All Things Food / Re: Rye Bread
« on: August 26, 2011, 05:48:06 AM »

That makes me want to go buy some and I don't even like fish sauce.

The Pub / Re: Why am I still here?
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:35:09 PM »
I enjoy drinking too much to slack off brewing. ;D
I don't enjoy drinking too much.  Even though I'm a veteran drinker, it makes me grumpy and slow the next day.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Falcon - New hop?
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:30:06 PM »
I totally did. ;D

Ask Denny and Jeff, they were at NHC.  Denny tried it, I'm not sure if Jeff did but he might have seen the whiteboard with the name there.  Maybe not though, it kicked pretty fast.
Of course I tried it!  Who could resist with a name like that?

The Pub / Re: Irene's fury
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:25:02 PM »
One nice thing about hurricanes is that they move so slowly you have time to think about a plan.  Even if it's as close as 100 miles away it still only moves at 15 mph.  Not true with other calamities, like earthquakes or volcanoes.
Having brewers supplies makes the power outages manageable - freezer full of frozen water bottles to keep everything from spoiling, propane burners to cook stuff, big kettles to boil water.  It's all good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 25, 2011, 12:31:13 PM »
I rarely have a beer before noon when I'm brewing.

The Pub / Re: East coast earthquake
« on: August 24, 2011, 03:49:56 PM »
My favorite maple syrup story was on NPR a couple years ago:

I remember that story it was funny! Exloding maple trees :o
The best part was at the end of the story about table syrup.  It takes a lot of time to come up with a pun that elaborate.

The Pub / Re: East coast earthquake
« on: August 24, 2011, 02:17:18 PM »
My favorite maple syrup story was on NPR a couple years ago:

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