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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 30, 2011, 09:51:48 PM »
'Just got to Michigan today and am having a Founders Centennial IPA as I type.  We had lunch at Sullivan's brew pub in Frankenmuth and are now enjoying the view of Lake Huron from a funky 1950's cabin.  At 41F it is way colder than Florida, but still a nice change.

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: September 29, 2011, 03:32:35 PM »
Totally amazing.  I had to go to bed before all that happened and was actually shocked to see the results in the paper this morning.  Last regular games of the season and it goes down to 12 innings.  Wow.

All Things Food / Re: Making Hot Sauce
« on: September 27, 2011, 09:04:16 PM »
You may want to experiment with adding some other, sweet ingredients, like carrots or fruit.  It can still be as hot as you want, but adds another dimension to the flavor.
Be careful how you store it, too.  A friend of mine made some hot sauce by boiling down peppers and water for a long time and bottled it, but it started to ferment after bottling for some reason.  It can be a real nasty surprise to open a carbonated bottle of hot sauce.  Wear safety glasses.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Availability
« on: September 27, 2011, 05:52:39 PM »
I have about a dozen, mixed between pin lock and ball lock, and I don't think I paid for any of them. 8)

Events / Re: GABF first timer
« on: September 27, 2011, 01:45:05 AM »
Drink lots of water - alternate between sample glasses of water and beer.  Walk the whole floor looking only for one style of beer, say milds or another lighter beer.  While doing this make a note of what you want to taste on your second round, perhaps Belgians.  If you are still up for it go all out on the third round, say smoked beers, double IPA, or sour beers.
That's what I do anyway.  You could just as easily look for breweries you've always wanted to experience and stop in for a beer there, but sometimes you will spend a lot of time in long lines with that strategy.
Some breweries only bring enough beer for the first couple of sessions, but you can't predict which ones will be out of beer by Saurday afternoon.  New Glarus has run out early in the past, so if you like sour beers, check them out on your first session.
The floor is organized by geographic regions, so you can go to a region that doesn't distribute in your area and skip the ones available any old time.
There is so much good beer that you can't really have a "bad" strategy, can you?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whoaaaaaa!!!!!!!
« on: September 27, 2011, 12:40:16 AM »
The first one I bought, I think it was 1990, had no index.  The next edition was quite an improvement just for that.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can't re-attach corny posts - pics included
« on: September 26, 2011, 07:06:05 PM »
Did you try it in the other post hole yet?

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Defusion" mash
« on: September 26, 2011, 07:01:45 PM »
the enzymes are in the liquid, not in the grain.  Pulling and boiling mash liquid destroys enzymes.

If you're still planning on getting conversion (your beta and alpha steps) I'd advise you to do a typical decoction and pull grain, not liquid.  The enzymes are in the liquid and if you boil that before the mashout step, you risk denaturing them and not getting what you're going for in your steps.

This is why Denny has over 6000 posts.  He quotes himself! ;)

Going Pro / Re: Do I got what it takes?
« on: September 25, 2011, 06:36:19 PM »
I agree with Denny.  Why ruin a perfectly good hobby by going pro?
Do you have the time to keep your firefighter job and slowly build a bigger brewery in your spare time by making and buying larger equipment?  You may be set by the time you're ready to retire.

The Pub / Re: GPS?
« on: September 24, 2011, 05:36:16 PM »
I have WPS

Wife Positioning System

I have one of those - it's never wrong.  It may not be right, but it's never wrong!
I have an SLD (spousal location device).  Some people call it a cell phone.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is your boil-off volume reproducible?
« on: September 24, 2011, 05:34:46 PM »
I fill up the kettle to the high dirt mark, boil for an hour and accept what's left.  It's usually about 10 gallons of beer.

The Pub / Re: Goodbye R.E.M.
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:35:02 PM »
What made me feel old was when I guy I was in a class with one day said 'who's david bowie?'

For some reason, rap music makes me feel old.  Every person less than 20 years old seems to have rap on his or her radio/cd/ipod.  It's not pretty, it's not easy to listen to, and I'm thinking that they don't like it either - they just play it to annoy people older than 20.  Works for me.
I was born in 1952, so I hit the perfect music period when I was 16 to 25.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts - Patrick Rue
« on: September 22, 2011, 03:47:14 PM »
I had a problem also. Emailed The AHA and they had me reenter password and no problems. Good info.

Yep, same here.  I think it has to do with the new database the AHA is using.
I still can't access it even after an email and a changed password.  Will try again later.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Probably infected
« on: September 22, 2011, 03:02:59 PM »
The thing about the 'bad' one is that I've never seen krausen or whatever it is that thick and sticky before. That and the fact that the two beers are filled from the same batch with the same yeast.
Mine look like that all the time.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Does anyone use Growlers to bottle with?
« on: September 22, 2011, 01:58:22 AM »
We did talk about this before here:
It depends on what you mean by "growler" the big, heavy swing-top bottles or the 1/2 gallon screw-cap ones.  Carbonating in the latter could be risky assuming the variables of residual sugar and overcarbonation.  They look a little weak to me for something as unpredictable as homebrew.

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